The bulk of our trips only take 4-6 guests, this means that we carry on as usual & social distancing is the new normal.
Most of our photography toursdo not see strangers sharing same room accommodation, so nothing will change there. Social distancing should be relatively easy; our policy has always been to have single occupancy at no extra charge for the bulk of our trips unless the persons sharing the room are from the same household.
In the case of the seal photography weeks, we will be fully encouraging our guests to use their own transportation to & from the photography locations.
On all our photography tours we will be asking the following
That participants maintain a 2m socially distanced gap from each other where possible.
That participants wear masks or face coverings at any indoor area made use of during the photography workshop or trip.
That participants understand that we will conduct regular temperature checks for staff & participants.
That participants confirm, prior to the photography trip commencing, that they have followed current government guidance, including self-isolating if they (or their contacts) have tested positive or suffer any symptoms.
That participants have necessary travel insurance in place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography tour is taking place.
That participants have the necessary proof of negative COVID tests which have taken place in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography tour is taking place.
That participants will follow the guidance & requests of our photography leaders regarding remaining socially distanced when requested to do so.
For transportation on our photography tours, we will be following the requirements & the regulations of the country in which the photography tour is taking place. Currently, these vary massively by country however, some are easy to answer straight away.
For India, we have only ever had one person per row on the safari jeeps & this is how it will be in the future.
For our photography trip in Costa Rica, we use a 20-seater bus, so our guides & five guests should find it easy to remain socially distanced.
Greece has some interesting regulations & requirements, which means we will have to make some changes, but we will address those nearer the time.
For all other trips, we will be closely following the social distancing requirements & regulations of the respective country.
We will be requesting that all hotels, & other locations that we make use of, where practical, have a published COVID-19 risk assessment & procedures policy which has been made available to us & is in accordance with the regulations of the country in which the photography trip is taking place.
For the 2019 season, we decided to improve our Bears of Finland photography tours by visiting not just one but two different centres. During this photography trip, our group travelled to Viiksimo to photograph adult bears, wolf & wolverine before moving on to Suomussalmi to photograph super cute bear cubs with their mothers.
Our new tour to photograph the Winter Pumas of Patagonia is scheduled to run during mid-August 2022 & costs £8499 per person for seven full days of puma spotting, which is more days than comparable trips.
However, if you book & pay your deposit now & we can fill this Puma Photography Holiday prior to October 2020, we can secure 2020 pricing which would drop the cost of this trip down to £6999 which is a saving of £1500!
A full trip is 4 clients – so you should not find this to be a crowded affair.
Patagonia is one of the world’s top wildlife destinations to experience real wildness & also some dramatic wildlife photography. Located between rich subpolar forests & the vast Patagonian steppes, the backbone of the park is the Paine mountain range, with the famous & much-photographed Cuernos (horns) del Paine as its centrepiece. This 2,100 m massive granite formation rises abruptly over the surrounding plains, providing a unique & extremely photogenic backdrop.
Our primary focus on this tour is very much on the resident puma (also known as cougar & mountain lion) population of Torres del Paine National Park & its surrounding areas. We will be working with the local trackers involved in the National Geographic coverage of these magnificent animals. Some of the population are amazingly tolerant to people, so close encounters, while we are on foot, are a genuine possibility. We have deliberately chosen to visit early in the season because there is less traffic in the park & on the ranch & the pumas are a bit more active during the day, which always helps with the photography! Also, if we are lucky, we may have the opportunity to photograph them in the last snows as winter turns to spring. Continue reading →
We have launched a new photography safari holiday to capture images of the Leopards of Sabi Sands in 2022, we will be staying in a lodge within a private reserve, which we will have solely for the use of our group. The reaction to this photographic trip has already been phenomenal, with two weeks already having been fully booked, but we have dates for a third week.
Due to our policy of not asking people to share & not having single supplements, this means that every participant, unless they are a travelling couple, are being accommodated in one of five luxury suites, all with en-suite bathrooms. If you are are a travelling couple, then you get a suite to share! Continue reading →
This is the second of the blog postings from David’s visit to photograph the spring birds of northern Greece in June 2019. The first blog post can be found here.
The squacco heron has replaced the green heron as my favourite comical heron. There’s just something about their features & character that makes me smile whenever I see photos of them. The low perspective really helps to make these two images.
Gorgeous light helped to illuminate the feathers on this cormorant. I think this is my favourite image from all the ones that David sent in. A simple portrait but the bird just pops & I love all the detail in the feathers. Continue reading →
Our photography tour to El Taray to photograph the Birds of Central Spain was a new trip for 2019 but I can see how it may well become our flagship Spanish birding tour. There is literally something for everyone whether you like raptors, pretty little birds or wading birds.
Ellen was one of our guests on our inaugural trip and she very kindly sent in these stunning images for us to share with you.
We were originally attracted to El Taray because it is home to the largest colony of lesser kestrels that we have ever encountered. However, we soon discovered that the number of species that can be photographed here is simply phenomenal! This includes wild Goshawk that is not live-baited.
David was another attendee on our Spring Birds of Lake Kerkini trip in June 2019. He sent in so many stunning images that we decided to spread them over two blog posts.
A regular NaturesLens client, David has also visited Lake Kerkini with us many times for the iconic Dalmatian Pelicans. In fact, after he visited Lake Kerkini for the second time with us, he asked us, “when are you going to run a trip to photograph the spring birds?”