Category Archives: spain

Best Value Wildlife Photography Holidays including Full-board & Drinks

One of the amazing Golden Eagles found at the mountain side hide photographed on the estate used for the NaturesLens Eagles of Extremadura Photography Holiday

For 2021, if you want a nature photography experience that has everything included, you’d do a lot worse than taking a look at the following trio of what we would call our best value wildlife photography holidays – all are in Spain, all are full-board with all meals included & wine & beer with the meals too. Two are for the summer while the middle one is for the Winter.

The tremendous Birdlife of Central Spain

The first wildlife photography tour is the 2021 visit to the tremendous Birdlife of Central Spain, for the wildlife of the estate of El Taray, 2019 saw some fantastic species photographed including the Stone Curlew, a superb Lesser Kestrel colony & some stunning Marsh Harriers – plus a lot more besides. We’ve written about the experience before & we previously published a number of blog posts relating to the 2019 visit as well

Continue reading

Dan’s images from the Winter Birds of El Taray

A lone Marsh Harrier stares intently at the photography hides within the estate of El Taray in Spain photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday

This was my second visit to the estate of El Taray, but the first time I have visited during winter. The contrast was fantastic with temperatures exceeding 35C in summer, but now, in winter we were looking at sub-zero misty mornings. The summer migrants have gone, but the raptors have swelled in numbers & the bearded tits are making use of the food on offer – if anything, winter makes the setting even more impressive!

Continue reading

Birds of Central Spain at El Taray

One of the estates fabulous raptors flies across grassland photographed during the NaturesLens Birds of Toledo photography holiday at Hides del Taray

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.
Continue reading

Lammergeier and Golden Eagles – Trip report

A Lammergeier soars above the hides wings fully outstretched photographed during the NaturesLens Lammergeier Golden Eagles of Spain photography holiday

Early December, I headed off to Spain with a lovely group of photographers to photograph lammergeiers or bearded vultures, griffon vultures, black vultures and golden eagles in the Pre-Pyrenees of northern Spain. I was especially excited about leading this trip because photographing the lammergeier has long been a dream of mine.

The drive to the base for the hides from the hotel took around 45 minutes. Once off the main road; the drive up was very picturesque with views across the mountains and valleys topped off with some wonderful autumn colours.

On the first day, we all went to the lammergeier hides. This was a short drive or a lovely walk up to the feeding site with a choice of three hides. Each offered a different perspective from the chance to capture close up portraits to wider angle flight shots.
Continue reading

The Winter Birds of El Taray

One of the Harriers poses on a small tree stump in front of the hides on the photography estate photographed at the Winter Raptors of Toledo photography holiday at El Taray

During early-November 2019, after our Polar Bear trip & before I headed out to Costa Rica to run multiple trips back to back,I headed to Toledo in Spain, to the estate of El Taray, this is the estate that is our base for our summer trips that encompass a massive variety of species & also the Winter Birds of El Taray photography holiday – the estate at this time of year is a real mine of gold for those raptor loving photographers. During winter the number of harriers present on the estate increases & several other species become bolder or make use of El Taray to spend winter upon – it is not only raptors that make use of the estate, there are impressive starling murmurations – that have to be witnessed to be believed – & a large population of cranes also make use of the pools of El Taray, which of course have hides strategically positioned in adjacent positions.

Continue reading

21 fabulous images of the wildlife of the estate of El Taray

Locked in the stare of a harrier an example of the wildlife of Laguna del Taray that may be photographed during our Spanish Wildlife Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday

This was my first visit to the hide network that David had spent a year raving about; this hide network facilitates photography of the wildlife of the estate of El Taray & I was blown away by the accommodation, the setting & the wildlife.

Continue reading

21 images of the captivating Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo

A lesser kestrel perched on a tree photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Wildlife Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday

Graham was one of the group of guests that joined me & Dan in Spain during July 2019, to photograph the fabulous Wildlife & Birdlife of the estate of El Taray – we had a superb group of guests join us, who were a lot of fun, totally engaged & there to make the most of the week of photographic opportunities; along with the superb organisation skills of our hosts, this made for a most enjoyable time.

Continue reading

20 images of the fabulous Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo

A European hare stands on the ground glances at the camera photographed during the NaturesLens Spanish Wildlife Birdlife of Toledo Photography Holiday

Like John & George, whose images we published recently, Tim was another of the guests that joined me & Dan for the Spanish Wildlife & Birdlife of Toledo Photography Tour during July of Summer 2019 – as you will see further down, Tim has a bit more of a ‘raptor thing’ going on, with the harriers, he’s my sort of chap! He did, however, capture some images of some rather splendid other species, including the hare at the top of this blog posting!

Continue reading

We use cookies to enhance your experience. By continuing to visit this site you agree to our use of cookies.