More Amazing Images from Alan’s Zimanga Photography Holiday

Cape Buffalo reflection taken at night during the NaturesLens photography holiday

Our Zimanga Photography Holiday includes two sessions in the overnight hides. These state of the art hides provide you with the opportunity to photograph mammals at close quarters at night.

The modus operandi is to enter the hide in the afternoon & have lots of fun photographing the colourful birds & mammals that come to the watering hole to feed & bathe.
This Cape Glossy Starling earned itself the nickname of the Kate Mossy Starling as it liked to pose like a model. Alan joked that it was “rocking the London look” for us.
I love Alan’s images of the tiny praying mantis & the giant cape buffalo because they give us a tiny glimpse into the mysterious world of Zimanga at night. The recommended lens for photographing visitors to the watering hole at night is a wide angle lens such as the Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8L II USM with a remote release cable. The buffalo are large mammals anyway, but when you are sat only 1 metre from where they are standing, they are massive even when using a wide angle lens!
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11 Stunning Images from Alan’s Zimanga Photography Safari

A colourful portrait of a Three banded Plover as captured during the NaturesLens Zimanga photography safari

In May 2018, Alan joined me on our Zimanga photography safari holiday. His primary objective was to photograph the incredible birdlife that Zimanga has to offer, but as it turns out, he also enjoyed a spot of mammal photography too! He sent in so many beautiful images that I have decided to dedicate a series of blog posts to showcase his images.

The birds in Zimanga can be photographed from the hides & while you are out & about on a game drive. All the hide sessions are timed to take advantage of the gorgeous light at dawn & dusk.
Alan’s first photography session was an afternoon in the Lagoon hide. In order to access this hide, you have to walk along a screened walkway that leads to a 30m long & pipe with a 1.5m diameter which you have to walk through. The internal concrete wall of the pipe is decorated with the signatures of every photographer who has ever visited Lagoon hide. How cool is that?
The hide is placed off-centre in the Lagoon which means that there is a long & a shorter distance available for photography. For the afternoon session, the longer distance was better for the light & Alan found that his Canon EF 300mm f/2.8 IS II USM was the perfect lens to use in this hide.
I think it would be safe to say that Alan really enjoyed his time in this hide. Just look at these stunning images of the three-ringed plover, wagtail & Egyptian geese! The lighting was just perfect for producing such colourful photos.
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4 adorable images captured on the beaches we use for Seals & Pups photography

A Seal pup nestled within the sand dunes used for the NaturesLens Seals Pups of the Norfolk Coast photography holiday

For 2019, we have moved our Seals & Pups photography workshop to Norfolk. Our base for this workshop is a stunning house which backs onto the beach with beautiful views of the sea.

Photographing seals requires ethical & respectful photography practices so, throughout the workshop, our guides will teach you how to capture images while behaving in a way which does not pose any threat to the welfare of the native wildlife.
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12 mesmerizing images of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini

Beautifully reflected in the waters of Kerkini a quartet of the Pelicans photographed by Tony Berry during one of the 2019 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Tours

Earlier this year, Tony attended our Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini photography holiday. 2019 saw the return of snow & ice to the region so he faced some challenging weather conditions but thanks to our resourceful boatman, Tony came back with some stunning photos. He has very kindly sent in 12 beautiful images for us to share with you.

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White Horses of the Camargue Photography – A Minimalist Approach

A silhouette of a rearing stallion photographed during the NaturesLens White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

I led our Wild White Horses of the Camargue photography holiday back in September 2018. This is one trip where big lenses are not required. In fact, the combination of a wide angle lens coupled with a mid-zoom lens such as a 70-200mm or a 100-400mm is perfect.

I had packed my 16-35mm & 70-200mm, but at the last minute, I decided to ditch both lenses in favour of my Canon EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens. I bought this lens back in 2010 because I hated changing lenses & wanted something that would give me a wide range of focal lengths.
The Canon EF 28-300mm f3.5-5.6 L IS USM Lens is known as Canon’s travel lens due to its incredible flexibility, but it wasn’t popular due to its weight & the fact that it was a push/pull zoom. I am a huge fan of the push/pull zoom; in fact, my go to lens was the original Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS USM Lens before I (reluctantly) upgraded to the Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM Telephoto Lens. I’ve heard a lot of horror stories about the original 100-400mm, but I never experienced any of the issues described with my lens so I guess I must have been the lucky owner of one of the few good ones.
I found it incredibly liberating travelling so light & throughout the trip, I fell in love with the Canon EF 28-300mm all over again. In my opinion, this lens is even more versatile than the Canon EF 100-400mm since it covers most of the most commonly used focal lengths in a single lens & with an aperture of f/3.5 at 28mm, it also works very well as a non-dedicated macro lens. And let’s not forget the enormous advantage of not having to change lenses in the middle of a photo shoot!
The Canon EF 28-300mm Lens turned out to be the perfect lens for this White Horses of the Camargue photography trip. I was able to capture clean shots of the horses at 300mm, as they ran towards us in the salt marshes & the sea before they kicked up too much spray. The push/pull system allowed me to easily adjust my focal length right back up to 28mm as the horses ran past us.
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Double Coverage in Wildlife Photographic magazine

An Adult European Tree Frog   One Of The Species That May Be Photographed During The NaturesLens Reptiles & Amphibians Of Bulgaria Photography Holiday

We’re rather proud to have a double entry in this month’s Wildlife Photographic magazine – in addition to the regular feature from me & Pui Hang, which this month is a double page spread of galloping White Horses in the surf, Victoria has a multi-page article about her Forgotten Little Creatures project & book.

Wildlife Photographic magazine can be found in the Apple App Store and in the Google Play Store at

Also, we are able to provide you for a free 3-month subscription, which will allow you to access the current issue as well as any other issues released during this time. You will also then have access to these issues beyond their free trial (for as long as they have the magazine app installed on your device). Please be assured that this free subscription does NOT carry forward as an auto-renew when finished. This means that the only way you would be charged is if you come back at a later date & subscribe using the standard method.

Ultimately, it will provide you with at least 2 completely free issues.

How to get hold of your free issues of the magazine:

Download the app for Wildlife Photographic magazine from the Apple App Store or on Google Play on your mobile device or tablet.

Tap ‘Subscribe’ on our app home page

Tap ‘Current Subscribers’ from the drop-down menu

Enter code: wp3mth3004

This code will be available to use until April 30th.

If you would like to join Victoria for a macro photography holiday, we have already announced the dates for 2020 have already been announced for both the Reptiles & Amphibians of Bulgaria and the Butterflies & Macro Photography of Bulgariaall the details are to be found here.

Fancy photographing the Atlantic Puffins of Fair-Isle this Summer?

A puffin with a mouth full of nesting material photographed during the NaturesLens Shetlands Puffins of Fair isle Photography Holiday

Robin Lowry will once again lead our Atlantic Puffins of Fair-isle trips in 2019. We have seen some fantastic award winning images coming from this trip in past years. One guest, Sunil Gopalan, won the Animal Behaviour category in the British Wildlife Photography Awards with his dramatic photo taken on our 2017 trip.

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Book two of our Spanish Photography Holidays & save £400

One Of The Little Owls Of Adamuz In Spain Perched In One Of The Trees In A Grove   Image Captured During The NaturesLens Golden Eagles & Raptors Of Spain Photography Holiday

Book both the Golden Eagles & Raptors of Spain & the Spanish Birds of Calera Spanish Photography Holidays & save £400

An image of a Bonelli's Eagle - typical of the images that may be captured during the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday
If you want to combine both the Golden Eagles & Raptors of Spain & the Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holidays, we have a deal for you, you can book both trips for £3999 – saving £400 off the original prices & £100 off our current discounted pricing.
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