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An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

Ice Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS


Join NaturesLens on a wild Canadian adventure, travelling into the depths of Yukon wilderness to capture unrivalled images of the native grizzly bear as it feeds on spawning salmon in the Fishing Branch River. The specific conditions & sub-zero temperatures in & around this river transforms grizzlies into ice bears, as their fur becomes frozen & frosted; completely changing their appearance as photography subjects.

Only a fortunate few can witness this spectacle annually, & the unique nature of this wildlife photography experience means that we can only offer at most 3 places on this trip, typically only 2, so booking early is essential.

NaturesLens invites wildlife photography enthusiasts on a journey to a national park in the Yukon region, Canada’s wildest & most unspoilt territory, to capture awe-inspiring images of the native grizzly bears as they feed on spawning salmon. This natural wonder only occurs for six weeks of the year, so the lucky few who get to witness this event will take home memories to treasure for years to come.

The location for this wildlife photography holiday lies within a snowball’s throw of the Arctic Circle in the Fishing Branch Protected Area, where the Vuntut Gwitchin First Nation & the regional government have joined hands to set aside 2,500 sq. miles of pristine wilderness as Yukon’s largest territorial park.

An Ice Covered Grizzly Bear Of The Yukon Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

The season to witness this phenomenon is short, just six weeks long, in which the Grizzlies gather to feast on the spawning salmon. Their feeding behaviour is intense during this period as they are attempting to put on enough weight to last them through their hibernation in nearby limestone caverns over the winter months & the Fishing Branch River is the key to it all.

Fed by underground springs, it remains unfrozen all year round, & every autumn 35,000 chum salmon make the 1,500-mile odyssey from the Bering Sea to spawn in its pure waters. At times there are so many fish in the river you feel you could walk across it on their backs without getting your feet wet.

The salmon, in turn, attract the Grizzlies, as many as 40 every season & as they wade through the river an extraordinary transformation takes place. Within minutes their wet fur freezes in the sub-zero temperatures & they become ice bears to the delight of wildlife photographers.

Being allowed into the park is a rare privilege, as the region is very sacred to the indigenous Vuntut Gwitchin communities who reside in the area, & put great ancestral & cultural value on the land & the environment within the park. The 2500sq miles which make up the park was set aside by the government & local communities as an area for preservation, & the opportunity to capture its rarely disturbed wildlife population on camera is not one to miss out on. A guide with in-depth knowledge of the wildlife & culture of the Yukon national park will lead you throughout the experience to aid you in obtaining editorial-quality images that truly convey the magic of this exceptional wildlife spectacle.

A Pair Of Sparring You Grizzly Bears On The Banks Of The Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

Our trip includes a two hour chartered helicopter journey from Dawson City to Fishing Branch River, which takes us across a far-reaching emptiness of deep-frozen rivers & boreal forests bounded by range upon range of white mountains punching to the sky. You will also enjoy seven nights full-board accommodation in a rustic log cabin situated moments from the bank of the river; immersing you in the action yet providing a cosy retreat from the harsh conditions outside.

All internal transfers between Dawson City to Fishing Branch River, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.

An Atmospheric Image Of A Bear In The Landscape Of Fishing Branch River Typical Of The Kind Of Image That May Be Captured On The NaturesLens Ice Bears Of The Yukon Photographic Holiday

The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip, which offers you another unique view of the landscape. Group numbers are strictly limited, so book your place now to avoid missing out!

Ice Bears of the Yukon Workshop Availability

FULLY BOOKED.

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for early morning starts – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

For our boat trips, non-slip waterproof boots or wellington boots are recommended. As with most boats water can slosh through the scuppers if the boat rolls so sandals or light pumps can get wet and spoil your enjoyment.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  •  Non slip waterproof boots or wellington boots (no cleats or studs please).
  • Waterproof cap or hat.
  •  Gloves.
  •  Sunglasses.
  •  Warm fleece for early morning starts and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Sunscreen.
  •  Travel sickness pills.
Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Monopod or tripod.
  • Remote shutter release.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  •  Camera and lens waterproof cover.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

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

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 2 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Ice Bears of the Yukon Proposed Itinerary

  • 20-Oct-2018 – Travel to Whitehorse – overnight Whitehorse
  • 21-Oct-2018 – Travel to Dawson City – overnight Dawson City
  • 22-Oct-2018 – Travel to Fishing Branch River – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 23-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 24-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 25-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 26-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 27-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 28-Oct-2018 – Ice Grizzly Photography
  • 29-Oct-2018 – Travel to Dawson City
  • 30-Oct-2018 – Travel to Whitehorse
  • 31-Oct-2018 – Travel to the UK
  • 1-Nove-2018 – Arrive UK
Slovenian brown bear

Slovenian Bear Photography Holiday

This 5-day trip offers enthusiastic wildlife photographers an incredible opportunity to get up close to the magnificent Slovenian brown bear, capturing it on camera with the Slovenian forest wilderness as the perfect backdrop.

Accompanied by, Neil Burton, the latest addition to the NaturesLens guiding team & a frequent visitor to the Slovenian bear hides, you will spend afternoons & evenings photographing the bears from within comfortable hides deep within the forest, which are exclusive to your group. Witness this beautiful solitary animal as it roams the fir & beech woodlands, tracking prey across the land that this species has called home for centuries. You can view many more of Neil’s images of the Slovenian Bears in his gallery.

The forests of southern Slovenia, intertwining with hills, valleys & quaint local villages, offer the perfect setting for photographing the magnificent Ursos Arctos; the Brown Bear, in its natural habitat. These elusive creatures were in decline at the beginning of the 20th century, with fears that they were on the brink of extinction. However, the population has recovered & it is estimated that between 400 & 700 bears now thrive in the region.

Slovenian brown bear

NaturesLens have designed a unique photography experience, inviting guests to spend five days photographing the incredible brown bear within magnificent wilderness native to the Slovenian mountains, with the Bears’ stunning natural habitat providing the perfect backdrop for taking beautiful editorial quality photographs.

Our trip provides an unrivalled opportunity to experience the Slovenian bear as they roam fir & beech forests, tracking prey, tracing the paths these species have walked for centuries. The mighty brown bear is an age-old icon of the region, respected & avoided by locals, left in peace to rule the wilderness.

This trip also offers access to a complex network of specialised photography arenas, encompassing hides & hunting tracks. Your guide will be familiar with the region & the species, therefore able to help you make the most of this stunning natural landscape & the opportunity to come face-to-face with these magnificent predators, capturing raw images to cherish for years to come.

Morning schedules are kept flexible as the best time to photograph the bears comes in the afternoon & evening, giving you time to go over the previous day’s images or to enjoy what the surrounding area has to offer. Although the Slovenian bear is our target species, a variety of wildlife might pay a visit throughout the trip, such as foxes, jays, woodpeckers & sparrowhawks.

At around 3 pm you will be taken to the comfortable bear hides that are designed to blend into the surroundings, from which it is best to watch & photograph the Slovenian bears, until around 9 pm when you return to the hotel. Here you will experience warm Slovenian hospitality, delicious local food & comfortable surroundings, giving you time to relax, recuperate & reflect on the events of the day.

A bear cub and its mother forage for food within the Slovenian Forests typical of the type of image that you may capture on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

We at NaturesLens have created this trip to offer wildlife photography enthusiasts a unique opportunity to capture beautiful images of the majestic brown bear, carefully designing a schedule which removes the need to sleep in hides, ensuring comfortable nights and fulfilling days spent within the Slovenian wilderness.

We take care of every detail for you, including accommodation & private travel, ensuring that all you have to worry about is capturing the perfect images on camera. Booking early is advised as our tours offer limited spaces.

Slovenian Bear Workshop Availability

Closed for bookings

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focusing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a teleconverter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod or beanbag.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

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

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

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A young Grizzly Bear alongside the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens & delve into the heart of British Columbia, navigating the unspoilt region that surrounds the Taku river to track & photograph the outstanding range of native species that thrive in this expanse of forested wilderness.

The subject focus of this 11-day wildlife photography experience is the Grizzly Bears of the Taku River; the true king of the forest, & you will have the chance to witness in awe their power, intelligence & honest nature, making them the perfect subject for any keen wildlife photographer.

Unlike most other operators who spend 4-6 days in this area, we have negotiated a special rate that allows for 8 days at a camp alongside the Taku river in British Columbia.

A pair of young Grizzly Bears leaping into the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites amateur & semi-professional wildlife photographers to join them in getting up close to the magnificent grizzly bear, as it thrives in dense forests that surround the Taku river in British Columbia. This region is famed for its diverse wildlife inhabitants, & conservation efforts in the area have done a great deal in allowing species to live in peace away from human interference. Our trip therefore offers a rare opportunity to experience this environment & capture stunning wildlife images to add to your portfolio.

With the help of an expert local guide with years of experience working with the bears, you will be led to advantageous viewing points from which to take photographs, amongst other native species, benefitting from guidance on how best to spot the animals without causing any disturbance which might compromise your photography opportunities, or frighten the animals. The isolated location of our camp where the trip is based has been selected for the highest potential for bear photography that it offers, & we make it our goal to provide you with an experience which is both rewarding & unforgettable.

In contrast to popular belief, grizzly bears are not threatening creatures by nature; they are curious, tolerant & not interested in getting into trouble with photographers. As long as photographers remain respectful & stay calm, grizzly bears can be wonderful subjects for wildlife photography; allowing you to make the most of their captivating behaviour. The forests that cover this region provide a stunning backdrop for imagery, as the depth of green hues & soft light penetrating the tree tops create an environment that is both peaceful & mysterious for you to capture on camera.

You will be completely immersed in the world of the Grizzly Bears from the moment you arrive on the Taku River, living within their forest environment from dawn until dusk. Bears of all ages, both male & female, will be present throughout your trip, so there are hugely diverse bear photography opportunities for you to utilise including the chance to photograph adorable grizzly cubs as they explore & learn to survive.

A pair of Grizzly Bears sparring in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

You will also have a range of viewing platforms at your disposal which lie dotted throughout the forests, giving you the chance to be more independent & photograph the bears in an unguided situation, obtaining both wide-angle shots of bears within the landscape, as well as close up portrait shots capturing the bears’ majestic features in detail. There may also be opportunities to photograph additional native species, including moose, wolves, eagles & other bird species that might make an appearance during your visit, as well as salmon leaping from the river tempting the bears.

This trip offers some of the finest & most intimate grizzly bear viewing where you will discover that co-existence with grizzly bears is not only safe & peaceful but also entertaining & fun. By showing respect & tolerance for this magnificent animal you will learn the true nature of grizzly bears & in doing so, will help set a course for their survival.

All internal transfers, accommodation & meals at the camp are all included to make things as straightforward & enjoyable for you as possible.

All our photography opportunities are supervised and conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain the best from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

The location of the base for the trip can only be accessed by helicopter, & we also include this exciting experience in the price of the trip, which offers you another unique view of the landscape. The nature of the trip means group sizes must be kept small to allow for the best possible experience for photographer & animal alike, so booking early is essential.

International flights, drinks & items of a personal nature are excluded.

Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of British Columbia, capturing beautiful images of the impressive apex predators as they thrives in their picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.

Grizzly Bears on the Taku River Availability

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings as it can get quite cold. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod or beanbag.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

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

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Due to the remote nature of the camp, single rooms are not available, however, female travellers travelling alone will be paired with another single female & likewise for single male travellers.

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Grizzly Bears of British Columbia Proposed Itinerary

  • Day 1: Travel from UK to Whitehorse, arrival in Whitehorse & overnight.
  • Day 2: Early shuttle bus transfer to Atlin (1.5 hours) & helicopter trip to the camp where your bear viewing adventure begins.
  • Day 3: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 4: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 5: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 6: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 7: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 8: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 9: Grizzly bear viewing.
  • Day 10: Morning flight by helicopter to Atlin & shuttle bus transfer back to Whitehorse.
  • Day 11: Travel to UK
    We include
  • Overnight in Whitehorse, Canada
  • Services of professional wilderness guides
  • Return shuttle bus from Whitehorse, Yukon to Atlin, British Columbia
  • Helicopter transportation to remote wilderness camp
  • 8 nights accommodation with all meals
  • All non-alcoholic beverages at dinner while at camp
The cabins that make up the camp border the Taku river in British Columbia, whilst they are basic, they are clean & comfortable - accomodation for the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Our camp is that remote, that we fly in by helicopter, seen here hovering above the Taku river in British Columbia - just part of the experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Just an example of the amazing Grizzly Bear photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday All our photography opportunities are supervised and conducted in safe manner, enabling you to gain a stunning portfolio of bear images from the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday An immature bald eagle lands on a rocky bank in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday An immature bald eagle takes flight from the bed of the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday Both a Grizzly Bear & a mature Bald Eagle on the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday A Grizzly Bears following a successful fishing excursion in the Taku river in British Columbia - an example of the photography opportunities that you will experience on the NaturesLens Grizzly Bears of the Yukon Photography Holiday

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An offshore island so remote it feels like you are entering a community far removed from the rest of the world, Fair Isle is owned by the National Trust for Scotland, a jewel protected by soaring craggy cliffs, one moment bathed in sunshine the next topped by a crown of brooding fog.

Dramatic & untouched, our Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle wildlife photography trip sets the scene for images so atmospheric; they are nothing short of mesmerising.

Posing with a gathered flower, one of Fair ISle's Puffins looks in a contemplative mood - photographed on the NaturesLens Shetland's Puffins of Fair-Isle Photographic Holiday

With just 70 islanders inhabiting Fair-Isle, the world famous bird population far outnumbers the island’s human caretakers. An internationally renowned bird observatory, Fair Isle’s tiny status – just 3 km wide & barely 5 km long – gives little hint to the world-class seabird colony & migration research that goes on here.

Once home to Viking warlords, there is now no better place to experience Puffins up close than Fair Isle. In winter the hilly terrain is covered in snow & ice, spring & summer blanketed in flowers. The puffins adapt accordingly, nesting in burrows & squeezing into crevices in the cliffs. The colony is naturally most active in early morning, virtually guaranteeing optimal lighting for nature photography.

Guided by award-winning photographer Kevin Morgans, the NaturesLens Shetland’s Puffins of Fair-Isle photography trip offers an opportunity to add the distinctive brightly coloured bill & puffy cheeks of the Puffin to your photography portfolio.

A pair of Shetland's puffins against the dramatic coastline of Fair Isle - photographed on the NaturesLens Shetland's Puffins of Fair-Isle Photographic Holiday

The stated trip cost includes accommodation on Fair Isle on a full board basis, flight from Sumburgh to Fair Isle & ferry back from the island to Sumburgh. The itinerary is flexible in between the puffin sessions to allow you to photograph other species of birds such as Skua or go off on your own to explore the rest of the island.

One of the Atlantic Puffins sihouetted against the seas off Shetland - photographed on the NaturesLens Shetland's Puffins of Fair-Isle Photographic Holiday

WORKSHOP AVAILABILITY

Maximum 6 clients – Spaces available

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings as it can get quite cold. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  • Sensible walking shoes.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focusing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a teleconverter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod or monopod.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

ADDITIONAL NOTES

The residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Shetland's Puffins of Fair-Isle Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

A bear cub and its mother forage for food within the Slovenian Forests typical of the type of image that you may capture on the NaturesLens Slovenian Bears of the Forest Photography Holiday

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens on a Slovenian adventure, photographing the magnificent Brown Bears & their cubs in the forests, which surround a quaint village which will form the base for the trip. Our 5-day photography excursion is best suited to amateur & semi-pro photographers with love for wildlife & capturing stunning images of animals thriving in their natural habitat.

Have you dreamed about getting up close to Brown bear cubs as they explore the forests around them? Then this is the trip for you. We have put together a wildlife photography experience like no other, enabling keen wildlife photographers to encounter the magnificent bears & their cubs, capturing stunning images with the Slovenian wilderness as a backdrop.

Slovenian bears have lived in the expanse of forest, which blankets the region for centuries, & although just over 100 years ago there were fears that the population was dwindling, it has now recovered & now more than 400 bears currently thrive across the region. NaturesLens have designed a trip to enable photographers to witness these bears face-to-face, capturing them on camera amidst the wilderness that is their home.

European brown bear (ursus arctos arctos)

Bear cubs & their mothers maintain a close bond in early months of the cub’s life, as it relies heavily on its mother for food & protection. The mother must teach its cub the ways of the world so that when it becomes old enough, it will be able to track, hunt & protect itself. These early moments of a cub’s life & its interaction with its mother are quite a sight to behold, & from the exclusive hides within the Slovenian forests. Neil Burton, the latest addition to the NaturesLens guiding team & a frequent visitor to the Slovenian bear hides, will be on hand offering photography tuition as needed to ensure that you capture the best images possible. You can view many more of Neil’s photographs of the Slovenian Bears in his gallery.

The days will encompass leisure time in the mornings through to early afternoon, giving you an opportunity to go over previous day’s images or enjoy the delights of local villages. The afternoon & evening will bring photography sessions, accompanied by, Neil Burton, a NaturesLens guide who is familiar with the region & the species, bringing you fantastic opportunities to capture stunning authentic images to cherish for years to come.

We have specially designed this trip to provide enjoyable afternoons/evenings of bear photography, offering the best opportunities to witness the bears without the need to sleep in hides overnight thanks to our careful selection of locations & itineraries. Instead, you will be welcomed to a cosy local hotel, & enjoy the famous Slovenian hospitality & local food, which they have to offer.

The combination of exciting days spent within this magnificent landscape, witnessing the beautiful brown bear & their cubs in their natural habitat, as well as comfortable nights in a local hotel is taken care of by welcoming hosts, ensures that this trip is not one to be missed.

Adorable brown bear cub licking honey

The full cost of accommodation & travel (excluding flights) is included in the trip to make things as straightforward for you as possible, enabling you to make the most of your wildlife photography experience.

Accompanied by a NaturesLens guide, you will have access to unique bear hides which have been subtly integrated into the forest wilderness, providing excellent spots from which to observe & capture the bears on camera.

Slovenian Bears & Cubs Workshop Availability

Closed for bookings

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focusing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a teleconverter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod or beanbag.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

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

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Unless stated otherwise, most NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays are suitable for single travellers, we design our holidays so that each participant gets their own room, there is no sharing & no single supplement - if this is unclear for any event, please check the accomodation arrangements prior to making a booking.

Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens wildlife photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling, international or western cuisine is often NOT available - if this is unclear for any event, please check the cuisine arrangements prior to making a booking.

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A perched red footed falcon typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Red-footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday Weekend Details

One of the female red footed falcons perched typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens on the new Red-footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Weekend, an exciting photography excursion suited to wildlife enthusiasts, photographing the Red Footed Falcon & the other diverse bird species that inhabit Kiskunság National Park in Hungary. With a wide selection of hides designed & built to provide optimal opportunities throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with some of the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.

This fantastic extended weekend of wildlife photography is jam packed with opportunities & is an experience you won’t want to miss!

One of the red footed falcons perched high above the ground typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The Tisza River, being the second largest river in Hungary is the green ‘heart’ of the region where 3 large geographical zones meet from the West the Danube-Tisza Interfluve area dominated by sand; from the South soda areas still home to some very important natural bird habitats; & the Tisza-Valley itself bordering the area from East &, as still an unregulated floodplain reaching an area of 4,5 km2, a wetland of huge importance & part of the Kiskunság National Park.

This diversity of habitat is undoubtedly the reason for its outstandingly rich flora & fauna (both Vertebrates & Invertebrates), as well as creating a scenic & picturesque landscape.

The kestrels are frequent visitors to the hide sites typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

A hoopoe returns to the nest with a freshly caught grub typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday

The hides are designed & built to provide optimal opportunities in terms of light, background, & distance for a wide range of iconic species including our target species, the Red-footed Falcon. Other birdlife we may expect to see include Kestrel, White-tailed Eagle, European Roller, Bee-eater, Hoopoe, Lesser Grey Shrike, Red-backed Shrike, Middle-spotted Woodpecker, Hawfinch, Spoonbill, Black-necked Grebe, Little Grebe, Garganey, Ferruginous duck, Kingfisher, & more.

NaturesLens provides several packed days of hide sessions, where you will have the opportunity to use different hides in the morning & afternoon to photograph different species. This tour is the perfect introduction to the Steppe Birds of Hungary photography holiday for those who can’t manage the longer 7 day photography trip or can only get away for a long weekend.
The freedom we provide with the times of day for photography is important, as many of these bird species are very wary & cautious around humans, & it may therefore be necessary to arrive under the cover of darkness. It will also be advisable to approach slowly, & keep noise at a minimum whilst in the hides so as not to startle the birds, as well as to optimise your chances of photographing the birds whilst they are unaware of your presence.
The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions. Join NaturesLens for a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.

A grebe floats serenely on the waters in front of the lake hide typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Red footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Holiday Photographable Species: bee-eater, common kestrel, hoopoe, kestrel, red-footed falcon

Red-footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Weekend Availability

SPACES AVAILABLE – YOU CAN HOLD A PLACE WITH A DEPOSIT OF £280 – THE BALANCE IS DUE 90 DAYS BEFORE THE HOLIDAY COMMENCES

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Macro Lenses.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 200mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
  •  Tripod.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

The residential workshop itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.

NaturesLens residential workshops require a minimum number of participants, if sufficient residential workshop places are not sold the residential workshop may not be run, this residential workshop has a minimum participant level of 4 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

Red-footed Falcons & Steppe Birds of Hungary Photography Weekend BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Join NaturesLens on a week-long wildlife adventure, heading deep into Finnish forests to photograph the native brown bears of Finland which inhabit the region, observing this magnificent animal as it roams freely throughout its remote woodland habitat. The environment offers the perfect backdrop in front of which to capture the bears as they hunt & maintain their territory.

The Wild Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday is currently priced at £1099 each participant (until 31st October 2017, £1999 each participant thereafter).

This is a unique opportunity to capture incredible images of this secretive species within their picturesque natural environment. Group numbers are limited, so be sure to book early to avoid disappointment!
One of the European Brown Bears photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The majestic brown bear, considered by many as the king of the forest, wanders predatorily across an expanse of unspoilt woodland which lies along the Finland/Russia border. This is one of Europe’s few remaining true wildernesses, allowing native species like the brown bear to thrive without any threat from human activity.
Remaining hidden in comfortable hides with beds & bathroom facilities; disguised within the landscape, you will have the opportunity to photograph the bears within both forest & meadow hides throughout the day, using the changing light conditions to maximise the quality of your images. 17 of the 22 hides you will have at your disposal have been built specifically with the photographer in mind, meaning that their structure & interior is perfectly suited to provide an enjoyable & comfortable photography experience, whilst giving you the best access to views of the landscape from which to take photographs.
Being at the animals’ eye level lets you immerse yourself in the action, observing the bears’ behaviour using both close up & wide angle lenses, capturing perfect close-up images with the bears remaining none the wiser. You may also encounter other native species, such as the great grey owl, or the elusive red squirrel.
A single European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday
We have chosen to hold the trip at this time of year so that your photography will benefit from long hours of light, allowing daylight to light your images for as long as possible. This is also the season during which the bears are most active, making it the optimum time to capture the bears at their best, obtaining the most diverse range of photographs. The mysterious forested landscape provides the perfect backdrop for achieving editorial quality images. Johnny Södergård, our NaturesLens guide will assist you in making the most of the lighting & the environment when needed to ensure that you are able to make the most of the photography opportunities.
Join NaturesLens for on a unique photography excursion into the wilderness of Finland, capturing beautiful images of the impressive brown bear as it thrives in its picturesque natural habitat. We can only offer a select few people this opportunity each year, so book early to avoid missing out.
£1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included.
No single supplement is available for our Wild Brown Bears of Finland tour due to the nature of the accommodation at the centre.
Any places booked prior to October 31st, 2017 will have the early bird price applied to them – beyond that the price will rise to £1999 per person.

Wild Brown Bears of Finland Workshop Availability

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Recommended Equipment

Clothing

We recommend that you dress up warmly for the early mornings – it can get quite cold sitting in the hide in the early hours. Wearing layers is advisable so that they may be shed at a later stage where necessary.

  •  Warm fleece for early mornings and once the sun has set.
  •  Clothing for hide work should be camouflage or neutral browns & greens.
  •  Water bottle or flask for tea & coffee.
  •  Mosquito repellent.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 70mm – 500mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture and speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  • Tripod head.
  • Spare memory cards.
  • Spare battery.
  • Battery charger.
  • Lens cleaning cloth.
  • Laptop or another type of storage device – we will be shooting lots of images.

Additional Notes

NaturesLens photography holidays include only the travel stated on the event page, flights of any nature are not included. Flight details, where applicable, are made available to clients in plenty of time to allow for booking at the best prices available.

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

NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants; if sufficient photography holiday places are not sold the photography holiday may not be run, this photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).

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

WILD BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND PHOTOGRAPHY HOLIDAY BOOKING FORM

CLOSED FOR BOOKINGS

Overnight on way out at Helsinki Airport is recommended for either a lounge or an overnight in Forenom Hostel Vantaa Airport.
European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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