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One of the juvenile snow monkeys of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japan in Winter Photography Holiday

We have an offer that might entice you to join our Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday in February 2019; this is early-bird pricing for a single-occupancy room … you can book a place for £4999 each instead of £5249! We’ve managed to lower the pricing due to speaking with hotels & renegotiating our rates for rooms – & we’re passing those savings on to our clients.

You can join us & spend time with the gorgeous snow monkeys as shown in this post, also several days with the red-crowned cranes & the whooper swans, & four days focussed on stellers sea eagles & white-tailed sea eagles on our six boat trips & also at a couple of other locations.

A young snow monkey of the Jigokudani Valley photographed on the NaturesLens Japanese Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

You can book now & hold your place with 20% deposit only! That is £1000 now, with the balance due in November 2018.

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Perched on one of the pack ice icebergs, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

I was excited when I was asked to co-guide the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday. Japan is a country I’ve often thought of visiting, intrigued by the culture &, of course, the wildlife. How big a culture shock would it be? The holiday is primarily based on the Northern-most island, Hokkaido, which is very rural & nothing like the famous image of Japan as a land of teeming masses & neon signs.

There are gently rolling hills, extensive flatlands, & mountains, all snow-covered in February. The people are incredibly friendly & the accommodation clean & welcoming. Of course, there are cultural differences. You need to be a bit adventurous with the food; full of taste & always immaculately presented. A science degree & operator’s manual is required to ‘fully appreciate’ the WC! Not to forget the onsen – hot bath – one of life’s sublime pleasures after a day out in the cold.

One of Hokkaido's red crowned cranes flies overhead photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

The first port of call for two nights was the Tsurui area, with the focus on the Red-Crowned Cranes. An early start was needed to bag a good place on the Otowa Bridge to glimpse the birds at roost in the river & flying off for the day searching for food in the surrounding fields.

The famous red crowned cranes roost photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

The local farmers see the cranes as a considerable asset & manage their land to ensure the cranes’ survival.

A pair of red crowned cranes performing their courtship dance photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Close up detail of one of the red crowned cranes of Hokkaido photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

After a late & hearty breakfast, we visited the Ito Tancho Crane Sanctuary where there were hundreds of the birds. We were able to capture them close up & displaying typical societal behaviour, including the ‘dancing’, an attempt to establish status in the crowd. Moving on from Tsurui, we paid a passing visit to the Akan International Crane Centre, which presented further opportunities to capture the cranes in a different environment, & to visit the interpretative centre.

A short drive further brought us to our next stop & another cultural assault on the senses. What an excellent hotel; the rooms are a cross between Western & Japanese traditional style, with all mod-cons but the beds lower to the ground. The food was a masterful display of Japanese catering at its best. The hotel lobby has fire pits for warmth & a full height/width window looking out on the adjacent river valley where wildlife abounds. A Blakiston’s Fish Owl visits each evening & other wildlife observed included fox, stoat, Eurasian Jay, Eurasian Nuthatch, Eurasian Blackcap, & Brown-eared Bulbul, all in about half an hour. Our photographic destination was Lake Kussharo to seek out the Whooper Swans.  They proved a little elusive but we did successfully track them down. We also paid a visit to the scenic Lake Mashu, a caldera lake high in the mountains.

Hokkado's whooper swans of Lake Kussharo, a caldera lake in a snowy landscape photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Moving on, we headed for Rausu on the Northwest peninsular of Hokkaido, for what, for many, was the avian highlight of the trip. The sea eagles, both Stellers & White-Tailed.

Stretching for the pick up, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles over the waters of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Our base was another Daiichi with a pleasing choice of indoor & outdoor onsen.

Silhouetted at sunrise, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles grabs a fish from the ciy waters of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Early starts were again the order of the day to meet up with our wildlife cruise boat. This was preceded by a rapid trip to the convenience store for breakfast essentials, including (you’d better believe it) cans of hot coffee. Weird but very welcome, given the temperature of -11°C with a windchill down to -23°C! The boat, though, has a warm cabin to retreat to for respite.

Wings out stretched, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles soars over the icy waters of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

For the next three days, we were out in local waters for about 5 hours each morning. We were treated to fishing displays by the Steller’s Sea Eagle & White-tailed Sea Eagle at sea, at sunrise, on pancake ice in the harbour, & on drift ice further out to sea. The birds were so close to the boat that a medium length lens was sufficient. The portrait image of the Steller on the sea ice is uncropped!

Making off with a fish, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles flies above the pack ice of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday One of the Steller's Sea Eagles stood on the pack ice of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday One of the White tailed Sea Eagles grabs a fish from the icy waters of the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Perched on one of the pack ice icebergs, one of the Steller's Sea Eagles photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

An unexpected bonus was a small pod of orca transiting south in search of food. The boat crew go to great lengths to get their passengers close to the action.

An orca swimming off the coast of Rausu in the Sea of Okhotsk photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Heading a little further south, we took in an area on the south-east of the island for a day to catch both types of eagle & Black-eared Kites as they scrabbled for the daily feed of frozen fish. The eagles command the frozen surface & jealously guard the fish. However, the kites are good scavengers & successfully get their share. The eagles stomp around the ice looking for food, providing an opportunity for unusual images. We also got lucky with visits from 4 foxes.

One of the Steller's Sea Eagles creeps in a comedic fashion over the surface of a frozen lake photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography HolidayA black eared kite soars above the eagle feeding site photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Having stolen some of the eagle's fish, one of Hokkaido's red foxes beats a hasty retreat photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Leaving Hokkaido, we flew to Tokyo for a night before the drive north-west to the Nagano area to photograph the Snow Monkeys at Yudanaka. The hotel is right at the start of the trail up to the monkeys, & is traditional. This meant tatami mats on the room floor & sleeping on a futon – an unusual concept, but I slept well. The host was attentive & provided still more sumptuous food at each meal. Visiting the monkeys in their thermal spa involves a half hour walk uphill. Not steep but ice spikes needed to maintain a sound footing,

Resting in a pool surrounded by snow, one of Japan's famous snow monkeys bathes in the thermal waters photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Searching for food in the snow, one of Japan's famous snow monkeys photographed during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

It’s possible to get very close to the monkeys, correctly known as the Japanese Macaque. But like many primates, they will take any opportunity to explore bags, especially if they can sense food! Portraits are the order of the day, with other opportunities to capture family behaviour & experiment with high key imagery.

That was it. Almost two weeks of excellent wildlife images, a new culture, excellent food & good company.

Did I enjoy it? Well, let’s say that I am really looking forward to going back in 2019.

Why not join us & experience for yourself the beauty of Japan’s culture & wildlife?

Photograph the Winter Wildlife of Japan for yourself

To photograph the charismatic winter wildlife of Japan for yourself, join David Miles & Ian Roberts, members of the NaturesLens guiding team, in Japan during February 2019 for a trip lasting 13 nights; this photography holiday will offer you the opportunity to capture images of the red-crowned crane, snow monkey, steller’s sea eagle, white tailed sea eagle, whooper swan, plus more; the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday is offered on a half board, non-shared room basis, & costs typically £5249 per participant, but there are several early-bird places available priced at £4999.

All the details of the  Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday are available on the dedicated event page.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle flies over the frozen seas outside Rausu this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

Peter sent us so many fabulous images from the boat trips taken during our Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday that we had to dedicate an entire blog post to them.

A Steller's Sea Eagle flies away having successfully grabbed a fish from the Rausu seas - this image was captured on the Island of Hokkaido during the NaturesLens Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Read more

An exceptionally beautiful Stellers sea eagle poses on a outcrop of frozen pack ice located on the coast of Rausu captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday

An & her husband Peter joined us on our Winter Wildlife of Japan photography holiday last year. Below are some of the images that she kindly sent to us to share…

One of the reasons for visiting Hokkaido is to witness the dance of the Red-Crowned Cranes. An was lucky enough to be able to isolate this pair of cranes as they performed their ritual dance. I love this image as it reminds me of a couple of prima ballerinas.

A pair of beautiful red crowned cranes performing their dance in the snow captured NaturesLens during the Winter Wildlife of Japan Photography Holiday Read more

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

During December 2017, I was lucky enough to spend some time with the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain; this was preparation for a trip that we were researching to add to our portfolio.  Once again, I visited Spain in the hope of capturing some images of the elusive Iberian lynx. This wasn’t the first time that we have attempted to launch a photography trip focussed on these subjects. My initial attempt was back in January 2016, but unfortunately, it was unsuccessful for a variety of reasons, not least the lack of sightings.

I arrived in Sierra Morena hoping to be lucky as the reports I had been receiving was that lynx had been spotted in the areas on a regular basis. I arrived too late to go into the lynx hide so spent the afternoon chatting with my host about the species I hoped to photograph to see if we could turn this into a potential photography tour for the guests of NaturesLens – over the next few hours, the plan for the Wildcats, Eagles & Lynx of Spain was formed.

Our host has been working on his lynx project for some years & the area is now home to a more Iberian lynx than Doñana National Park with excellent, regular sightings.

The following morning, I rose early to visit the Imperial Spanish Eagle hide. As soon as the sun rose, to my surprise, a Golden Eagle appeared on the large rock to my right. I watched this magnificent raptor feed for a short while, to allow it to settle before I started taking images.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Read more

A European Bison strides through the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

Elsewhere, we have covered the wide variety of bird species that you might encounter on the Polish Winter Wildlife Tour, including Goshawks, Buzzards White-Tailed Sea Eagles & Woodpeckers, in addition to the days spent in hides, two days are spent traversing the Białowieża Forest, locating & photographing the European Bison, that call Białowieża home.

Żubry w Puszczy Białowieskiej, 2011

One of the European Bison within the snowy environs of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday A European Bison strides through the snow typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the European Bison of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

The other mammal that is commonly seen & can be photographed within Białowieża, is the Red Fox, it can often be found near to the feeding sites, as these beautiful creatures want to scavenge food that is available.

A red fox at one of the hide feeding sites located near the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the red foxes of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday One of the beautiful red foxes of the Białowieża Forest typical of the type of image that may be captured on the NaturesLens Poland’s Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday

DO YOU WANT TO CAPTURE IMAGES OF THE POLISH WILDLIFE FOR YOURSELF?

We have a photography tour that is to be run at the end of January 2018, this is an opportunity for you to undertake photography of the wildlife of the Białowieża Forest, including the European Bison, for yourself; the photography holiday costs £1499 each participant, this price excludes air travel to Warsaw itself – all ground transportation from Warsaw & back, & to & from shoot locations, accommodation & guidance/tuition is included, the dates for the NaturesLens Polish Winter Wildlife Photography Holiday are January 21 – 28, 2018.

To hold a place on the trip, we only require a 20% deposit from you, with the balance due 12 weeks prior to the trip taking place.

Golden Eagle photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

Back in April, David, one of our clients, not one of our leaders, visited our latest location for bird photography in Sierra Morena, Spain. The site offered the opportunity to capture images of different bird species from those on our Birds of Calera tour such as Crossbills & the majestic Golden Eagle.

Common Crossbill Drinking photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain Golden Eagle photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

Perhaps the biggest surprise of the trip was when the lucky occupants of one of the hides witnessed a Golden Eagle fighting with a fox! This is just one image from that memorable encounter.

Golden Eagle and Red Fox Fighting photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain A Hoopoe emerging from it's nest photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

David told us “Once again the trip was very well arranged. The permanent hides were the best I have ever used. They were all brick built & had toilets while the temporary ones were very large dome hides with artificial turf floors. Thanks once again for another enjoyable trip.”

A female House Sparrow drinking photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain One of the Little Owls found in the area & photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain A Little Ringed Plover with food photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

The unexpected visits by the red fox certainly made this trip rather special & one to remember.

One of the Red Foxes that scavenge food from the Eagle hides photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain A Woodchat Shrike photographed on one of the pair of NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holidays to capture images of the Birds of Spain

WOULD YOU LIKE TO PHOTOGRAPH THE BIRDS OF SPAIN FOR YOURSELF IN 2018?

For 2018, NaturesLens have already planned a duo of Spanish Bird Photography Holidays that can be joined together to form one seamless opportunity to add a plethora of photos of the birds of Spain to your portfolio – or you can attend the separate events individually – the two events are the Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday followed the next week by Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday.

Starting with the Spanish Raptors Photography Holiday during mid-April – specifically starting on April 13 & ending on April 20, 2018 – to be led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens, then the amazing Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday starts on April 21 & ends on April 29, 2018, this trip is being led by … Sean Weekly … so you’ll have his company, photographic tuition & guidance for the whole fortnight.

Events

The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

With a selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best photography opportunities possible. It has taken years to habituate the lynx & wildcat to the presence of the hides – you will have the opportunity to capture all the target species within their habitats & interacting with one another.

Based in a beautiful Andalusian town, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species that the region has to offer.

Small group sizes ensure that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by the accompanying NaturesLens guide where needed.

The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

A thriving hub of indigenous species, the various mammals & avian species co-exist in the area surrounding Adamuz. This leads to facilitating stunning shots from each of the photographic hides that you will have access to. From the majestic Imperial Eagle to the small, but ferocious, wildcat, you should leave with some amazing photographs and experiences. To give the best chance of capturing award-worthy images, we include 3 hide sessions with the lynx; the Iberian Lynx is a naturally shy animal, but these hide sessions are proving to be extremely productive.

NaturesLens provides a trip of 5 days duration packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unrivalled access to hides, placed strategically within the landscape to provide optimum opportunity to photograph species such as golden eagle, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx & wildcat. You may well spot other species at some of the hides, including red fox & egyptian mongoose.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph some of Spain’s most impressive, yet elusive species.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday One of the red foxes makes eye contact with the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday A portrait of a female wildcat looking through the undergrowth image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Accommodation is provided on a full board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with a picnic lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment are all you need to worry about.

This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this region of Spain has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of both mammal & bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The typical itinerary for this tour is packed with photography sessions:

12th December 2019Arrive MalagaWolf PhotographyAdamuz
13th December 2019Imperial EagleLynxAdamuz
14th December 2019WildcatLynxAdamuz
15th December 2019WildcatLynxAdamuz
16th December 2019Imperial EagleHomeUK

Photographable Species: egyptian mongoose, ibex, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx, red fox, wildcat, wolf

You can view some of the images that were captured in December 2017 on this blog post.

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday AVAILABILITY

4 places available

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.

  • Waterproof coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  • 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.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 74mm – 600mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod.
  • 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 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.

Spanish Lynx, Eagles & Wildcats Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Wildcats, Eagles & the Iberian Lynx of Spain is a photography holiday of 4 nights duration, that costs £1499 & takes place in Adamuz in Spain, between the dates of 12th – 16th December 2019. It is ideal for photographing Iberian lynx, egyptian mongoose, european wildcat, golden eagle, imperial eagle, red fox & more. This photography holiday is led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus Sean. We consider this to be an event of easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Malaga Airport. Transfers between Malaga Airport & Adamuz are included in the cost of this photography holiday.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

With a selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best photography opportunities possible. It has taken years to habituate the lynx & wildcat to the presence of the hides – you will have the opportunity to capture all the target species within their habitats & interacting with one another.

Based in a beautiful Andalusian town, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species that the region has to offer.

Small group sizes ensure that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by the accompanying NaturesLens guide where needed.

The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

A thriving hub of indigenous species, the various mammals & avian species co-exist in the area surrounding Adamuz. This leads to facilitating stunning shots from each of the photographic hides that you will have access to. From the majestic Imperial Eagle to the small, but ferocious, wildcat, you should leave with some amazing photographs and experiences. To give the best chance of capturing award-worthy images, we include 3 hide sessions with the lynx; the Iberian Lynx is a naturally shy animal, but these hide sessions are proving to be extremely productive.

NaturesLens provides a trip of 5 days duration packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unrivalled access to hides, placed strategically within the landscape to provide the optimum opportunity to photograph species such as golden eagle, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx & wildcat. You may well spot other species at some of the hides, including red fox & egyptian mongoose.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph some of Spain’s most impressive, yet elusive species.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday One of the red foxes makes eye contact with the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday A portrait of a female wildcat looking through the undergrowth image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Accommodation is provided on a full board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with a picnic lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment are all you need to worry about.

This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this region of Spain has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of both mammal & bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The typical itinerary for this tour is packed with photography sessions:

7th December 2019Arrive MalagaWolf PhotographyAdamuz
8th December 2019Imperial EagleLynxAdamuz
9th December 2019WildcatLynxAdamuz
10th December 2019WildcatLynxAdamuz
11th December 2019Imperial EagleHomeUK

Photographable Species: egyptian mongoose, ibex, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx, red fox, wildcat, wolf

You can view some of the images that were captured in December 2017 on this blog post.

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday AVAILABILITY

4 places available

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.

  • Waterproof coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  • 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.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 74mm – 600mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a teleconverter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod.
  • 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 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.

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Wildcats, Eagles & the Iberian Lynx of Spain is a photography holiday of 4 nights duration, that costs £1499 & takes place in Adamuz in Spain, between the dates of 13th – 17th December 2018. It is ideal for photographing Iberian lynx, egyptian mongoose, european wildcat, golden eagle, imperial eagle, red fox & more. This photography holiday is led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus Sean. We consider this to be an event of an easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Malaga Airport. Transfers between Malaga Airport & Adamuz are included in the cost of this photography holiday.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

With a selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best photography opportunities possible. It has taken years to habituate the lynx & wildcat to the presence of the hides – you will have the opportunity to capture all the target species within their habitats & interacting with one another.

Based in a beautiful Andalusian town, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species that the region has to offer.

Small group sizes ensure that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by the accompanying NaturesLens guide where needed.

The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

A thriving hub of indigenous species, the various mammals & avian species co-exist in the area surrounding Adamuz. This leads to facilitating stunning shots from each of the photographic hides that you will have access to. From the majestic Imperial Eagle to the small, but ferocious, wildcat, you should leave with some amazing photographs and experiences. To give the best chance of capturing award-worthy images, we include 3 hide sessions with the lynx; the Iberian Lynx is a naturally shy animal, but these hide sessions are proving to be extremely productive.

NaturesLens provides a trip of 5 days duration packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unrivalled access to hides, placed strategically within the landscape to provide optimum opportunity to photograph species such as golden eagle, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx & wildcat. You may well spot other species at some of the hides, including red fox & egyptian mongoose.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph some of Spain’s most impressive, yet elusive species.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday One of the red foxes makes eye contact with the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday A portrait of a female wildcat looking through the undergrowth image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Accommodation is provided on a full board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with a picnic lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment are all you need to worry about.

This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this region of Spain has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of both mammal & bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The typical itinerary for this tour is packed with photography sessions:

13th December 2018Arrive MalagaWolf PhotographyAdamuz
14th December 2018Imperial EagleLynxAdamuz
15th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
16th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
17th December 2018Imperial EagleHomeUK

Photographable Species: egyptian mongoose, ibex, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx, red fox, wildcat, wolf

You can view some of the images that were captured in December 2017 on this blog post.

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday AVAILABILITY

Half Full – only 2 places remaining

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.

  • Waterproof coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  • 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.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 74mm – 600mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  Tripod.
  • 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 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.

Spanish Lynx, Eagles & Wildcats Photography Holiday BOOKING FORM

All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.

Wildcats, Eagles & the Iberian Lynx of Spain is a photography holiday of 4 nights duration, that costs £1499 & takes place in Adamuz in Spain, between the dates of 13th – 17th December 2018. It is ideal for photographing Iberian lynx, egyptian mongoose, european wildcat, golden eagle, imperial eagle, red fox & more. This photography holiday is led by Sean Weekly for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a full board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus Sean. We consider this to be an event of easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Malaga Airport. Transfers between Malaga Airport & Adamuz are included in the cost of this photography holiday.

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The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Taking a brief pause, before disappearing, the female lynx looks back at the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday Details

FULL – PLEASE SEE SECOND SET OF DATES

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the diverse landscape of the Sierra Morena. This is the same location that we make use of during our spring trip, Eagles & Raptors of Spain, but at the time of year that this trip is being conducted, our target species are something altogether different! You will spend 4 nights, 5 packed-full days taking the opportunity to spend time in hides, hopefully enabling the capture of stunning images of wolf, ibex, golden eagleimperial eagle, wildcat & of course, the Iberian lynx.

The young female Iberian lynx image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

With a selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best photography opportunities possible. It has taken years to habituate the lynx & wildcat to the presence of the hides – you will have the opportunity to capture all the target species within their habitats & interacting with one another.

Based in a beautiful Andalusian town, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species that the region has to offer.

Small group sizes ensure that you have optimum use of the hides, allowing you to capture spectacular images from the best angles, with photography guidance provided by the accompanying NaturesLens guide where needed.

The female Lynx of the area, pauses and looks back image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

A thriving hub of indigenous species, the various mammals & avian species co-exist in the area surrounding Adamuz. This leads to facilitating stunning shots from each of the photographic hides that you will have access to. From the majestic Imperial Eagle to the small, but ferocious, wildcat, you should leave with some amazing photographs and experiences. To give the best chance of capturing award-worthy images, we include 3 hide sessions with the lynx; the Iberian Lynx is a naturally shy animal, but these hide sessions are proving to be extremely productive.

NaturesLens provides a trip of 5 days duration packed with hide sessions, where your photography will benefit from unrivalled access to hides, placed strategically within the landscape to provide optimum opportunity to photograph species such as golden eagle, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx & wildcat. You may well spot other species at some of the hides, including red fox & egyptian mongoose.

This is a unique opportunity to photograph some of Spain’s most impressive, yet elusive species.

Perched on a rock, a Golden Eagle lit by the dawn light image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday One of the red foxes makes eye contact with the photographer image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday A portrait of a female wildcat looking through the undergrowth image captured during a NaturesLens Wildcat, Eagles & Iberian Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday

Accommodation is provided on a full board basis – from a light breakfast through to a 3-course dinner with a picnic lunch in between. Everything is taken care of for you so that experiencing & photographing the species & their environment are all you need to worry about.

This trip suits keen photographers with a desire to experience the magnificent wildlife that this region of Spain has to offer; capturing editorial-quality images of a range of both mammal & bird species to treasure for years to come. Places are highly limited to ensure the best experience for every guest, so book early to avoid disappointment.

The typical itinerary for this tour is packed with photography sessions:

8th December 2018Arrive MalagaWolf PhotographyAdamuz
9th December 2018Imperial EagleLynxAdamuz
10th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
11th December 2018WildcatLynxAdamuz
12th December 2018Imperial EagleHomeUK

Photographable Species: egyptian mongoose, ibex, imperial eagle, kestrel, lynx, red fox, wildcat, wolf

You can view some of the images that were captured in December 2017 on this blog post.

Wildcats, Eagles, & Lynx of Spain Photography Holiday AVAILABILITY

FULL – PLEASE SEE SECOND SET OF DATES

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.

  • Waterproof (and windproof) coat.
  • Warm trousers, preferably waterproof.
  •  Thermal clothing.
  •  Thermal socks.
  • 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.

Camera Equipment

  • Digital camera body.
  • Lenses in the range 74mm – 600mm.
  • Lenses with f2.8 will give the best light capture & speed of focussing.
  • An alternative to long telephoto lenses is a tele-converter (e.g. 1.4x or 2x).
  •  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 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.

FULL – PLEASE SEE SECOND SET OF DATES

Wildcats, Eagles & the Iberian Lynx of Spain is a photography holiday of 4 nights duration, that costs £1499 & takes place in Adamuz in Spain, between the dates of 8th – 12th December 2018. It is ideal for photographing Iberian lynx, egyptian mongoose, european wildcat, golden eagle, imperial eagle, red fox & more. This photography holiday is led by Pui Hang Miles for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a half board, non-shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 3 participants & a maximum of 4, plus Pui Hang. We consider this to be an event of easy level of exertion, if you have any questions about your suitability for this event, please contact us prior to making a booking enquiry. The photography holiday starts & ends at Malaga Airport. Transfers between Malaga Airport & Adamuz are included in the cost of this photography holiday.

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