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Wildlife Photography Holidays with explicit changes for social distancing

A solitary Marsh Harrier flies in front of the reed beds within the estate of El Taray in Spain photographed during the NaturesLens Winter Birds of Toledo photography holiday

Whilst the vast majority of our wildlife photography holidays have non-shared accommodation, meaning that you would never be sharing sleeping accommodation with someone that is from outside your social bubble, we have made a few changes, with the kind help of several of our suppliers to some of our trips also to enable social distancing away from the accommodation. Perhaps the biggest change is to our Finland trip where we can now offer everyone their own room, as a change from the norm, at no extra cost to you! But more on that further down this blog post.

We have social distancing measures in place for the accommodation elements of a tour & we are taking measures for the transportation elements. But how do you socially distance when photographing from a hide where you may be spending hours at a time? Some people may not be comfortable sharing with someone who is from outside their social bubble, even if everyone is wearing masks.
We are pleased to announce that our partners in Toledo & Finland agree, meaning that …
Winter Birds of Toledo is now to be conducted on a single person per hide basis. Our partners are building additional hides & taking other measures to ensure that the experience is still the same, just on the basis that takes social distancing into account. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
So you can join Pui Hang in the Castile-La Mancha region of Spain, for a 5-night photography holiday to the estate of El Taraybetween the dates of 27th January – 1st February 2021, safe in the knowledge that your accommodation on the estate & your time in the hides is to be conducted in a socially distanced manner.
Whilst on this holiday, over 4 ½ days of photography, you will have the use of a collection of brilliant hides to capture images of a range of birds, including the raptors of the estate, that call Laguna del Taray their home during the winter months.
This tour is also temporarily reduced from £1799 to £1599 – plus it is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of the Winter Birds of Toledo trip
Traditionally both the accommodation for our Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland Photography Holiday & the hide usage has been shared. But for 2021, this is not the case – social distancing rules! The price remains the same; however, we have arranged for the accommodation to be single occupancy & the hide usage to be on the same single occupancy basis. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
You can join NaturesLens for our 6-night nature photography tour in Finland, photographing the majestic European brown bear between the dates of 12th – 18th June 2021. You will benefit from the long hours of daylight to capture stunning images of this magnificent predator in swamp, meadow & forest habitats – all from the professional hides located in the Taiga.
Unlike some operators who visit just one location, you will have the opportunity of visiting two of the best locations in Finland to capture incredible images of this secretive species with opportunities also to photograph wolverine & if you are lucky, the wolf. What’s more, you will also be photographing from the professional hides on a single occupancy basis.
This holiday is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests holidays forward to 2022 at no increase in price!

View Details of the Majestic Brown Bears & Cubs of Finland trip
For a summer trip, we head back to Toledo, to the same estate again, all on the same basis. A single person per hide & a single person per room in the accommodation, unless you are travelling with a partner or family member from within your social bubble.
Birdlife of Central Spain is now also on a single person per hide basis. For the summer season at El Taray, our partners are building additional hides & taking other measures to ensure that the experience is still the same, just on a non-shared basis. Of course, if you want to share with a partner or family member from within your social bubble, then that is fine!
This means that you can join David in Toledo for this 7-night photography trip to Spain between the dates of 27th June – 4th July 2021, safe in the knowledge that your accommodation on the estate & your time in the hides is to be conducted in a manner which takes into account the need for social distancing.

You will spend many hours from dawn to dusk making use of an amazing custom-built hide network within the estate of El Taray, which includes ground-level, water-level & sunken hides to capture images of bearded reedling, warblers, collared pratincole, sandpipers, Iberian yellow wagtail, Kentish plover, kingfisher, lapwing, grebes of various type, moorhen, pin-tailed sandgrouse, shelduck, spotless starling, the brilliant stone curlew, water rail & more; & of course, the lesser kestrel.


This holiday is also temporarily reduced from £2499 to £2099 – plus it is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place, we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of the Birdlife of Central Spain trip
At the end of 2021, we have our seal photography weeks, until social distancing restrictions are eased, we are assuming thatthis pair of photography holidays will be conducted on a socially distanced basis.
This means that every social bubble will have their own bedroom & bathroom, we can accommodate any combination of single photographers or couples.
You will not be sharing with a stranger or a person from outside your social bubble.

This tour is covered by our booking guarantee so if this trip doesn’t take place; we can roll guests trips forward to 2022 at no increase in price!
View Details of our Seal Photography Holidays
We are grateful to our partners, who have implemented changes to their offerings to accommodate the need for social distancing.

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.
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12 mesmerizing images of the Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini

Beautifully reflected in the waters of Kerkini a quartet of the Pelicans photographed by Tony Berry during one of the 2019 NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Tours

Earlier this year, Tony attended our Dalmatian Pelicans of Kerkini photography holiday. 2019 saw the return of snow & ice to the region so he faced some challenging weather conditions but thanks to our resourceful boatman, Tony came back with some stunning photos. He has very kindly sent in 12 beautiful images for us to share with you.

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Finland’s Wild Brown Bears & other Wildlife from David Jones

One Of The Wild Brown Bears In The Rain   Photographed During The NaturesLens Wild Brown Bears Of Finland Photography Holiday

David attended our Wild Brown Bears of Finland photography trip earlier this year. His primary interest is in bird photography, but when presented with the opportunity to photograph bears & possibly the elusive wolverine, he couldn’t resist.

The bear centre is home to some beautiful bird species such as the goldeneye. David was lucky enough to capture images of both the male & female & even a chick!
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Wild White Horses of the Camargue in monochrome

Portrait of fighting stallions typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Earlier this year, I wrote a series of blog posts about the Wild White Horses of the Camargue. I will be heading out to the Camargue on Friday to lead our 2018 trip & thought it would be nice to showcase how these majestic steeds look in monochrome.

We always try to offer something a little bit different from other operators & in this case; we include a unique portrait session. This is an opportunity to photograph a white & a black stallion in a studio-like environment with both natural & studio lighting.

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Lake Kerkini’s Pelicans by Rosamund

A splendid group of Dalmatian Pelicans, with a single juvenile showing off his immature plummage photographed during one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

Rosamund was one of our guests on the last of our three trips to photograph Lake Kerkini’s Pelicans in Greece. She wanted to capture some stunning reflection shots, and I think it would be fair to say that she succeeded! Take a look at the colours in the image below – gorgeous.
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The Black Stallions of the Camargue

Black stallion prancing during a portrait session typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

One of the things that make our White Horses of the Camargue trip unique is the opportunity to photograph black stallions.

We will have a session with a black stallion on the beach/ dunes and in the sea plus a further creative portrait session. Each session lasts around 90 – 120 minutes so there will be plenty of time to capture some truly stunning images of these midnight steeds.

Serge and I will be on hand to provide advice on settings to help you get the best images possible. There will be a chance in between sessions to look at our pictures for those who would like some extra tuition.

We will stay in the medieval walled city of Aigues-Mortes during our time in the Camargue. In our free time, we can walk the ramparts and take in the fantastic view of the eerie red salt lagoons and enormous sparkling salt piles as well as the canals that skirt around the town. So much to do and see in just five days!

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Wild White Horses at sunset in the Camargue

A perfect reflection of white horses walking in single file at sunset typical of the type of image that may be captured during the NaturesLens Wild White Horses of the Camargue Photography Holiday

Wild white horses at sunset have long been a popular romantic image. Our tour to the Camargue offers so many different opportunities from exciting action to intimate portraits; from high key images to gorgeous sunset colours (weather permitting!)

The essential thing to remember when photographing at sunset is not to go anywhere. Just when you think that the best colours are over, sometimes, they are just beginning, so keep that camera handy until the light is truly gone. There is often a pause of several minutes where all the colours fade from the sky only for incredible intense colours to return as the sinking sun lights up the clouds that are higher in the sky.

If we are lucky, we may even get some reflection shots. When composing for your reflection shot, make sure that the top of your subject is not cut off at the bottom of your frame. Also, remember to shoot low. Getting down close to the ground can reveal reflected colours that are not visible when you are standing up.

During each of our sessions with the horses, there will be several Gardians on hand to herd the horses. They will skilfully drive the horses towards our cameras, giving us the very best possibilities for some fantastic photography.

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