‘Osprey Photography Heaven’

Below are some of the images captured by one of our clients on the recent Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday, the photography holiday was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

These comments are from guests who have spent a lot of time in Scotland, photographing the ospreys in the Highlands – principally Aviemore; instead of waiting several hours for an osprey to dive, each early morning boat trip in Florida saw many ospreys overhead, in their nests, calling, fishing, chasing one & other – every type of behaviour was on show, for hours at a time! Continue reading

Launch price for the 2017 Ospreys of Florida Photography Holiday

As the sun rises over the lake, casting a blue reflection over the surrounding Cypress trees, hundreds of nesting Ospreys come into view. From an early morning boat trip, the light bathing this remarkable location in golden tones, you will have the opportunity to capture the magnificent Osprey in its glory – join NaturesLens on an odyessy to Florida & an eight-night trip to photograph the Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake.

Heading out to make another catch, one of the many ospreys that flew above the boat evey morning - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Blue Cypress Lake – so called because of the blue appearance of the cypress trees as the morning sun’s rays reflect off the water – is an idyllic destination for photographers wishing to add remarkable bird images to their wildlife photography portfolio.

Hundreds of Ospreys nest in the beautiful Cypress trees that adorn the lake. There were over 200 nesting pairs at last count, all in the trees which dot the lake’s shoreline & grow into the water. The NaturesLens Ospreys of Cypress Lake wildlife tour is focused on these fascinating birds & their wonderful natural habitat.

Soaring just above the boat, the magnificent osprey - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

We visit in May, which affords numerous opportunities to observe the parent birds soaring out across the lake, back dropped by clear blue skies above, & clear blue water below, to hunt for fish to feed their nesting chicks. Watch as the large raptor, with wings that can grow almost two metres in length, dives into the cool waters, plucking bass to return to its young.

The beauty of the morning as the sun breaks cover over Blue Cypress Lake - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

During five early morning boat trips, you will spend around three hours on the lake, photographing the Ospreys at eye level, nesting, diving for fish & gathering nest material.

In addition to the osprey trips, we include one early morning boat trip to a different lake to photograph the snail kites which are found in the area, this is an extremely rare raptor that has been seeing some growth in the Florida area over the last few years.

Every afternoon, we have access to the boat to visit either the snail kites or, more likely, the local rookeries, where you will be able to capture images of the beautiful roseate spoonbills, the various types of egret & their young.

Rookery photography presents opportunities for superb osebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

Rookery photography presents opportunities for egret & rosebill photography - photographed on the NaturesLens Ospreys of Blue Cypress Lake Photography Holiday

On the Saturday, we leave the Vero Beach area, transferring to Cape Coral, where we will have a later afternoon & an early morning session capturing images of the burrowing owls of the area, these are similar to our little owls but live in the main community areas of Cape Coral, as well as being able to photograph them in the public areas, we have access to a number of private areas that afford cleaner backdrops & nicer perches.

As with all NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays, small group sizes guarantee prime positions during the boat trips & at other photography locations, with space to work to capture breath-taking images.

We are launching the 2017 photography holiday this weekend, all newsletter subscribers are offered a promotional price of £3249 to join the trip, this works out to approximately £400 per day, which includes all accommodation, ground transportation, burrowing owl photography sessions & twelve AM & PM boat trips to the lakes typically of 3-4 hours duration each. Guidance & tuition by tour leader David Miles is also included, giving guests new to the area expert insight into the birds & their routines.

There are only 3 places available at the special offer price!

The 2016 trip was described by one guest as ‘exceeding all my expectations of how many ospreys we would be able to photograph’, whilst another stated ‘this is osprey photography heaven’!

Join us in Alaska with a discount of £500

We have one place that has become available for the November trip to photograph the Bald Eagles of Alaska, due to the manner in which the space has become available, we are able to offer a discount of £500 off the trip.

An Alaskan Bald Eagle perches in a tree above the snow & ice of an Alaskan plain

This offer is for the main trip, the supplement for single person accommodation & an extension for several days at the end of the trip to photograph other Alaskan Wildlife – the total for this is £3500 – but you can join the trip for £3000 – a discount of over 15%!

What the Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday includes

  • 6 days filled with Bald Eagle photography opportunities.
  • Photograph Bald Eagles perched in the trees, diving & fighting for fish or sitting within the landscape.
  • We hope to photograph a wide selection of images; both portraits & closeup shots of perched eagles, eagles calling, flying, diving & fighting for fish; plus wider bird in the landscape images to show the habitat that the birds live within.
  • The timing of the workshop is deliberate so that we can observe the bald eagles who gather for the late salmon run.
  • Bed & breakfast accommodation & transportation within the Haines area included.
  • 10 nights Accommodation in a comfortable hotel in the Haines area of Alaska
  • Based on non-shared rooms.
  • Extension to photograph Alaskan Mammals for two days at Kroschel Wildlife Centre.

Bald Eagle flies across a snow covered Alaskan plain

If you would like to join the trip, there is only one place available with this discount, please fill out the booking form here to secure the place at the special offer …

Some more great client images from India

As we mentioned earlier this week, we took clients who were participating in a NaturesLens Photography Holiday in India to two locations in India in late March; the first week was spent at Tadoba Tiger Reserve, whilst the second was spent in Nagarhole – Kabini, we also promised to share a series of photos from Jayne, here they are.

Enjoy …

Bee Eaters photographed at a location near Mysore during a NaturesLens Photography Holiday in India

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Client images from our back to back Indian trips

With our clients, we had a great time on a NaturesLens Photography Holiday at two fantastic locations in India during late March; the first week was spent at Tadoba Tiger Reserve, where the guests experienced encounters with sloth bears, tigers, a leopard (in Jayne’s case) & many birds. The second week was spent in Nagarhole – Kabini, where our target species were tiger, elephant & the leopards of the region.

We will share a second series of photos from Jayne later in the week, but first up, we have a selection contributed by Ian.

Enjoy

Elephant photographed by Ian Roberts whilst on a NaturesLens Photography Holiday in India

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One place left to join me in a Winter Wonderland

A blanket of white as far as the eye can see. Fat flakes lazily tumble down to create the illusion that you are actually sitting inside a snow globe. Across a land that lies heavy with tradition, an abundance of wildlife thrives. Snow monkeys bathing in the onsen, beautiful red crowned cranes seem to dance in the air, while Steller’s Sea Eagles & White Tailed Sea Eagles drift on pack ice. See it all with the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Holiday.

One of the Steller's Sea Eagles photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The headline features of the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Holiday, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of February 11, 2017 – February 24, 2017.
  • Lead by David Miles.
  • Capture images of the Red Crowned Cranes, Snow Monkeys, Stellers Sea Eagles, White Tailed Sea Eagles & Whooper Swans! 
  • Three days of photographing the impressive Stellers & White-Tailed sea eagles, with a 5am & 9am cruises each day whilst on Hokkaido.
  • Photography at a sea eagle feeding site on a frozen lake, this provides some amazing opportunities for shots of interaction between the sea eagles of both types, plus black-eared kites
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of Tokyo.
  • All airport transfers, accommodation, meals on a half-board basis & activities whilst in Japan are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from David.

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Join our Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday with £250 discount

After being declared a national park in 1968, & with numerous conservation efforts going on in the area, Bandhavgarh has fast become one of the best reserves in the world for nature & wildlife photography. Join us in 2017 to experience Bandhavgarh for yourself & better still, there are 3 places available on our 2017 Tigers of Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday with a £250 discount – which means you’ll pay £3049 instead of £3299. These places are limited however, once they are gone, they are gone! The headline features of this photography tour, which is has a special price of £3049, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of April 18, 2017 – April 26, 2017.
  • Lead by Pui Hang Miles.
  • 11 morning & afternoon safaris providing photography of the Bengal Tigers & other wildlife of Bandhavgarh National Park!
  • Included all day safari, which is an opportunity to explore the park & capture images at a time when the park is not open to the public.
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of New Delhi.
  • All meals, airport transfers, accommodation & activities whilst in Bandhavgarh are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from Pui Hang.

A Bengal Tiger Cub photographed on a NaturesLens Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday in India

Our Bandhavgarh Photography Holiday is lead by photographers, drivers & guides experienced in the park & the region as a whole to help you extract the maximum creativity & photographic opportunities from the experience.

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One place remaining for Kerkini’s Dalmatian Pelicans

There is just one place remaining available for the January Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini photography holiday, that PN is leading … the headline features of this photography tour, which is priced at £949, are as follows:

  • To be conducted between the dates of January 12, 2017 – January 16, 2017.
  • Lead by Pui Hang Miles.
  • Three full days of photography of the Dalmatian Pelicans & other species of Lake Kerkini – plus additional shoreline feed on afternoon of arrival & morning of departure! 
  • Like most of our tours – No single supplement!
  • Easy flights into & out of Thessaloniki.
  • All meals, airport transfers, accommodation & activities around the lake are included.
  • Tuition on an as-needed basis from Pui Hang.

David Howse Dalmatian Pelican image photographed on a NaturesLens January Dalmatian Pelicans Photography Holiday

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