Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter by David

A Close Up Of One Of The Golden Eagles Feeding In The Snow   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles Of The Swedish Winter Photography Holiday

During early March 2018, David attended our Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter photography holiday. We chose this time of year to visit Sweden because the Eagles are most active in cold weather. Also, Northern Sweden in winter is spectacular with the pristine snow providing a magical quality to the images.

As you can see from David’s photographs, he was blessed with amazing light & some stunning eagle activity. Just look at the catchlight in the eagle’s eyes & the gorgeous golden tones in the feathers.
Sunrise also provided some gorgeous colours for some stunning landscape photography. I always think that snow makes everything look prettier & the pink sky coupled with snow on the branches in the image below reminds me of a winter wonderland.
The Golden Eagles were the target species for our tour but the forest was full of wildlife such as siskins, magpies & red foxes. David captured this lovely moment of a pair of siskins throwing puffs of snow into the air as they squabbled. I also love his image of the fox staring at a magpie which is blissfully unaware of its presence.
One of the challenges of snow photography is making sure that the subject is sharp, especially when it is snowing. I’m sure I’m not the only one who has photographed a pin sharp snowflake instead of an in-focus subject!
David said “My trip with NaturesLens to photograph Golden Eagles in Sweden’s winter surpassed all expectations of seeing & photographing these magnificent birds in their natural wild state. Dan was an excellent guide, the accommodation was good & the eagles superb! We experienced a range of lighting & weather conditions which made the photography all the better. I would certainly book through NaturesLens again & am already contemplating my next trip.”
To photograph Sweden's magnificent Golden Eagles for yourself, join Robin Lowry, a member of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Skellefteå, Sweden during March 2019 for a trip lasting 5 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the the golden eagles & other birdlife; the NaturesLens Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared room basis, & costs £1599  £1499 per participant.

All the details of the Golden Eagles of the Swedish Winter Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.

Wild White Horses of the Camargue in monochrome

Portrait of fighting stallions typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of blog posts about the Wild White Horses of the Camargue. I will be heading out to the Camargue on Friday to lead our 2018 trip & thought it would be nice to showcase how these majestic steeds look in monochrome.

We always try to offer something a little bit different from other operators & in this case; we include a unique portrait session. This is an opportunity to photograph a white & a black stallion in a studio-like environment with both natural & studio lighting.

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The Wild Brown Bears of Finland from Summer 2018

One Of The Large Bears Walks Alongside & Is Reflected Within The Lake   Photographed By Johnny Södergård During The NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday

Our local bear expert, Johnny Södergård, led our 2018 trip to photograph the wild brown bears of Finland. Johnny is a familiar figure around the Finnish bear centres so our guests couldn’t have been in better hands. Furthermore, his lovely partner, Anna Wikén was also on hand to provide additional assistance. The hides are located around three ponds in a marsh area close to the Russian border. There are also hides in the forest, but due to the lack of light, we did not use these hides.

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Our photography holidays for Spanish bird photography during 2019

As with previous years, for 2019, we will be running a number of wildlife photography holidays to the Spanish Plains, each is designed to allow you to photograph the wide variety of Spanish bird species that live in, on & above these expansive vistas; you may wonder what species are likely to be photographable during each of the various Spanish bird photography tours that we have within our portfolio of offerings for Spanish Bird Photography .

One of Calera's Bustards at sunrise image captured during a NaturesLens Spanish Bird Photography Holiday
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My 2018 return to the Golden Eagles & Raptors of Spain

A Bonelli's Eagle Of The Sierra Morena Region Of Spain   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles & Raptors Of Spain Photography Holiday

I travelled back to the mountains of the Sierra Morena in Spain in mid-April to lead the NaturesLens Golden Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday for the second time.

Last year’s trip had been amazing & the whole group came back with some phenomenal images, including some from the now famous red fox versus golden eagle encounter. I couldn’t wait to go back & see what 2018 had to offer & I was not disappointed.
We took the first flight out of Gatwick to Malaga & then transferred to Adamuz which was our base & home for the duration of the trip. This provincial town is situated in beautiful natural surroundings & its picturesque location made it the perfect place to sit around for a beer or two after the photography sessions.
When we arrived, we dropped our bags at the hotel & headed straight out to the Golden Eagle hide. The location of the hide is about 20km from the hotel driving through some of the most scenic landscape. In case you are wondering, there is no long walk to the hide as we are dropped off right outside!
The Eagles decided that they did not want to play ball that afternoon. But that was ok, because the 50 Griffon Vultures that arrived kept us very busy! I love these scavenging raptors, so for me, this was vulture heaven!

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Forgotten Little Bulgaria? A new photography guide joins us

Does My Nose Look Big In This   A Macro Image By Victoria Hillman

Pui Hang & I are delighted to announce the addition of a new photography guide – Victoria Hillman. Some of you will have heard of, or know of her & some of you will have met her, especially if you happened to have been one of our guests on our June Skomer trip this year!

Victoria is best known as the author of ‘Forgotten Little Creatures‘, an exciting publication that celebrates all the smaller things that live around us, bringing together creative photography & interesting scientific & historical facts; the stories behind the images & how we can help the wildlife around us.
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New, new, new!

A Nest Full Of Grey Heron Chicks   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

New Website

As you may have noticed, a few things have changed on the website, this was not so much a make-over – as a burn to the ground & build up again – the event pages for our wildlife photography tours have had a total overhaul, much more information is available to you, plus as already evidenced by a few of the pages, we are uploading more imagery to show what can be added to your portfolio during each of the photography holidays & tours – or workshops.
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Spring Birds at Lake Kerkini

A Squacco Heron On Lake Kerkini   Photographed During The NaturesLens Spring Birds Of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

We are pleased to be announcing a new photography holiday for the birds & other wildlife of Lake Kerkini that will take place in Spring 2019.

Lake Kerkini is already a familiar destination, we have been running our Dalmatian Pelican photography tours to the area for the last 4 years, now in 2019, join NaturesLens for a unique wildlife experience, getting up close & personal with the Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini all within their natural habitat of the beautiful Lake Kerkini in northern Greece. This trip encompasses four full days spent getting to know this unique landscape, offering extensive opportunities to photograph a multitide of species such as the little owls, bee-eaters, herons, cormorants, the pelicans & much more – including, hopefully, as seen below, the young of the Grey Heron! Continue reading

Last chance for the Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini in 2019

A group of Dalmatian Pelicans known as a pod or a squadron photographed during one of the NaturesLens Kerkini Pelican Photography Holidays

With two photography tours already full, the third tour for 2019 really is the last chance for you to capture images of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini in 2019 with NaturesLens, no-one else has the same schedule as ourselves, including staying only 500m from the lake in a superb Greek Taverna-styled hotel, having a boat trip for the whole group every morning & multiple other photography opportunities in the afternoon, including feeds on the shoreline. For the past five years, NaturesLens has been working with the locals of Kerkini, & our guides & clients have produced award-winning images year-on-year.

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A 2018 visit to the fantastic Spanish Birds of Calera

A Lesser Kestrel Having A Scratch On The Rooftop Of A Derelict Farm Building   Image Captured During The 2018 Spanish Bird Photography Holiday In Calera

Spring of 2018 saw me spending two weeks in Spain. The first week was for the Eagles & Raptors photography holiday in the Sierra Morena Mountains. The second week saw me travelling to Madrid to collect the next group of clients & then on to Calera y Chozas for the NaturesLens Spanish bird photography holiday.

The Natureslens photography tour to Calera has been running for a few years now & always offers a wide variety of birds to photograph on the plains & the mountains close to the area.  2018 was my first visit here after taking over guiding from the incredibly talented Dan Trim. Having seen his images from the previous trips he led for NaturesLens, I couldn’t wait to see them for myself.
Calera y Chozas is just two hours drive from Madrid & is an area with many locations for photographic opportunities. In previous years, when David, Pui Hang & Dan have led trips there, the bar had been set high with images of Azure-winged Magpie, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red kite & red-legged partridge & more all being captured. Continue reading

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