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 5 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

The Tigers of India – for the third time

One Of Bandhavgarh's Beautiful Bengal Tigers In The Cooling Water Of A Pool Photographed During The NaturesLens Tigers Of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday

April 2018 saw my third visit to photograph the Tigers of India, although this was the third time, the anticipation of that first tiger sighting was still as exciting as ever. That first glimpse of a tiger walking freely in their space sends a tingle down the spine & we didn’t have to wait too long.

Our clients made a point of noting it took only 25 minutes, & what a fantastic sighting it was to start our Bandhavgarh-based Tigers of India adventure. Our first encounter was with one of Spotty’s cubs. She has three cubs, approximately 18 months old, but they’re now rarely seen all together. As our guide liked to say – they’re in their ‘probationary period’ learning to be independent & to develop their hunting skills, but still coming together as a family on occasions. We could see one of the cubs resting in the leaves by the waterhole & what a fantastic treat it was to see her cooling down in the water a few hours later. Continue reading

A journey to photograph the South African Wildlife of Zimanga

An Oxpecker Sat On A The Neck Of A Giraffe Photographed During The NaturesLens African Wildlife Of Zimanga Photography Holiday

Last month I had the pleasure of guiding a great group of guests on our South African Wildlife of Zimanga photography holiday. This tour is the perfect blend of traditional safari game drives coupled with some extraordinary hide sessions. There was something for everyone – majestic mammals, beautiful raptors & little birds.

Zimanga, the South African wildlife reserve is a 3-hour drive from Durban airport. Upon arrival at the reserve entrance, we transferred to the lodge by a land cruiser. We were greeted by giraffe, buffalo, impala, warthog, kudu & nyala as we drove the short distance to our accommodation – what a great start to the trip!
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Bengal Tigers of Tadoba from Andrew

One of the new mother tigers of Tadoba leads her quartet of cubs down one of the jungle racks image captured during a NaturesLens Photography Holiday to photograph the Benhal Tigers of Tadoba

Andrew was one of the guests on this year’s Tigers of Tadoba photography holiday. We arranged the tour for Derek & Andrew after we learnt that two of the tigresses in Tadoba had recently given birth, which meant there was the possibility to photograph tiger cubs.

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