Keen photographers of all levels of experience are invited to join Helen for this seven-night Birds of Toledo photography holiday near the town of Villacañas, . You are invited to join Helen for our seven-night itinerary to capture images of a wide variety of bird species found in this fantastic estate within Toledo located a couple of hours from Madrid.


This seven-night trip, scheduled for 6th - 13th July 2025, has an itinerary designed for of a wide variety of bird species found on the fantastic estate of El Taray, including Black Kite, Black-necked Grebe, Bonelli's Eagle, European Roller, Great Crested Grebe, Hoopoe, Lesser Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Owl, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite, Stone Curlew & more besides.

Throughout the duration of this photography holiday, Helen, one of our photography guides, will be on hand to guide & lead you, Helen will be providing assistance & advice as needed & helping you develop your skills. Helen will help you capture images of the wildlife of the estate whilst making use of the various hides on & around the estate.

We will fill the seven-night itinerary with as many hide sessions as we can, we guarantee you will have two fantastic hide sessions devoted to photographing the colony as well as the other hide sessions across the estate.
A Stone Curlew Drinking From The Waterhole Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Birds of Toledo Photography Holiday Itinerary

The following is the proposed itinerary for this photography holiday, it should be considered provisional & subject to change.
  • Day 1 - Assemble Madrid-Barajas International Airport - transfer to Villacañas - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 2 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 3 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 4 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 5 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 6 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 7 - Morning & Afternoon Photography in various hides on & around the estate - overnight Villacañas
  • Day 8 - transfer to Madrid-Barajas International Airport
A Striding Little Owl Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Birds of Toledo Photography Holiday Highlights

We have taken care to refine the itinerary for this wildlife photography holiday; as such, we consider the following to be amongst the highlights of this tour.
  • Twice Daily Photography Sessions
  • At Least 2 Hide Sessions Devoted to Photographing the Lesser Kestrel Colony
  • Capture Birds in Flight, in Their Environment & Interacting With Each Other
  • Fantastic Custom-built Photographic Hide Network on the Estate
  • Hides Are Situated Strategically Within the Landscape to Provide the Best Opportunity to Photograph a Stunning Range of Bird Species.
  • Opportunities to Photograph the Birds From Conventional Hides, Mobile Hides & Floating Hides on the Waters of the Laguna Del Taray
  • Stay for seven-nights on a full board, non-shared basis
  • Accommodation is a Comfortable Rural Hotel
  • Single Occupancy Accommodation is Provided at No Extra Cost to You
  • Great Guide to Client Ratio
A Portrait Of A Black Kite Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
A Male Lesser Kestrel Hovering Over The Farm Building Rooftop Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

What will we be capturing images of?

Please note that we cannot guarantee that any photography subject matter or specific behaviour will be present at any given location or time this is the nature of wildlife photography.
One Of The Many Black Kites Photographed During The Golden Hour Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday
One Of The Many Black Kites Photographed During The Golden Hour Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Travel Insurance

Travel Insurance – it is a requirement when booking on any wildlife photography holiday scheduled by NaturesLens that you have adequate travel insurance, we suggest a policy from TrailFinders or Campbell Irvine.

Camera Insurance

Insuring your camera equipment before embarking on any wildlife photographic holiday is crucial. Our trips often involve venturing into remote, & sometimes unpredictable environments where accidents & unexpected incidents occur. Insuring your camera gear provides financial protection against theft, loss, or damage, ensuring your investment is safeguarded.

Wildlife photography involves capturing unique & irreplaceable moments, & without proper insurance, any unforeseen mishap could result in significant monetary losses. By insuring your equipment, you can enjoy peace of mind, knowing that you’re covered in case of any unfortunate events, allowing you to fully immerse yourself in the awe-inspiring world of wildlife & capture stunning photographs without worry.

We recommend PhotoGuard for amateur photographers or Glover Howe, who we use.

European Rollers

The European Roller is a sensational & distinctive bird with general brilliant blue feathers but having a rusty back & a hefty, crow-like beak; juvenile European Rollers have a muted overall plumage. The European Roller prefers open & semi-open countryside with scattered trees & wooded patches; The European Roller frequently feeds on larger insects, such as grasshoppers, with which they are often seen returning to the nest site during the breeding season.

One Of The Juvenile Lesser Kestrels Peeks From Under The Roof Tiles Typical Of The Type Of Image You Will Have Opportunities To Capture During Our Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Floating Hide Photography

The floating hides or blinds we use at El Taray are superb for low-level wildlife photography on the lagoon. You do not swim around, the depth of the lagoon is approximately 1 – 1.5 meters & you walk on the bottom of the lagoon.

An Egret Strides Through The Reeds Of One Of The Ponds Captured At One Of The Hide Locations Used For The Natureslens Birds Of Toledo Photography Holiday

Marsh Harriers in several locations

The marsh harriers of the estate of El Taray are birds of prey of the harrier subfamily. They are medium-sized raptors & the biggest & broadest-winged harriers. During the day & late afternoon, the marsh harriers can be seen hunting over the marshlands & dense reed-beds found near the lagoon of the estate.

All the photos shown on this page are chosen from those contributed by Drew; he guided the trip in 2022 & sent in plenty of fabulous images from thousands he captured during his time on the fantastic estate of El Taray.

You are invited to join us for our seven-night itinerary to capture images of a wide variety of bird species found in this fantastic estate within Toledo located a couple of hours from Madrid

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2699 & takes place in Villacanas in Spain, between the dates of 6th - 13th July 2025. It is ideal for photographing a wide variety of bird species found in the fantastic estate of El Taray, including Black Kite, Black-necked Grebe, Bonelli's Eagle, European Roller, Great Crested Grebe, Hoopoe, Lesser Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Owl, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite & Stone Curlew. This photography holiday is led by Helen Webb for NaturesLens.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday is offered on a full board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 8, plus Helen.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring medium effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday starts & ends at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Transfers are included between Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport & Villacanas.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday requires a deposit of £550 to secure a place.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday is a seven-night duration event, that costs £2699 & takes place in Villacanas in Spain, between the dates of 6th - 13th July 2025. It is ideal for photographing a wide variety of bird species found in the fantastic estate of El Taray, including Black Kite, Black-necked Grebe, Bonelli's Eagle, European Roller, Great Crested Grebe, Hoopoe, Lesser Kestrel, Little Egret, Little Owl, Marsh Harrier, Red Kite & Stone Curlew. This photography holiday is led by Helen Webb for NaturesLens.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday is offered on a full board, single occupancy with no single supplement payable basis.

Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 4 participants & a maximum of 8, plus Helen.

We consider this to be a photography holiday requiring medium effort or exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us before making a booking enquiry.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday starts & ends at Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Transfers are included between Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport & Villacanas.

The Birds of Toledo photography holiday requires a deposit of £550 to secure a place.

NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.

The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead.

In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.

Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.

All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.

NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.

NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.

NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday participants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.

Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

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