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Puffin Photography Holiday in June on Skomer – one place available again

Normally, this does not happen, but we have had a place become re-available for our puffin photography holiday in June during which we spend three nights living on Skomer Island.

A serene portrait of one of the Atlantic Puffins of Skomer – typical of the image that you will be able to capture on the NaturesLens Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday

This trip is to be held over the dates of June 17 @ 8:00 am – June 20 @ 10:00 am, & is to be lead by myself, David Miles, & Sean Weekly; the trip encompasses seas filled with rafts of puffins, razorbills & guillemots coupled with looming offshore rocks contrasting with exposed headlands or sheltered inlets, which are home to the seal population & many other mammals.

Skomer Island is located approximately 3 miles from Martin’s Haven on the beautiful Pembrokeshire coast. Skomer Island itself is 750-acres of beautiful habitat for a variety of amazing wildlife experiences. The island has the largest colony of breeding seabirds in Southern Britain Beginning in early spring, thousands of colourful puffins crowd the island, popping their heads out from the entry to their burrows, they skim the visitors to the island as they pass overhead carrying sand eels or burrow materials.

Additionally, they are often to be seen socialising in huge groups on the sea. The puffins, the “clowns of the sea”, are endearing & utterly photogenic. You can expect them to come within feet of you & even to walk between your feet – they also have an uncanny attachment to walking right up to a camera lens, making for some amazing close-up shots. It should also be noted that the landscape of Skomer lends itself to wider-angle shots, incorporating the scenic backdrop & birds in the foreground, to show the subject in it’s environment.

Skomer is not only about the puffins, although they are without a doubt the stars of the show. The more sedate razorbills & guillemots watch visitors from the rugged cliffs that make up the island’s terrain. If we are lucky, we might observe Gannets diving into the sea. It is also worth noting that inland of the island there are colonies of short-eared owls, these beautiful birds of prey fly & hunt during the day on the island.

The puffin photography holiday cost is £499 for the 3 night stay, this includes hostel-like accommodation in the converted farm house, breakfast & dinner, photography tuition from myself & Sean on an as-needed basis.

As mentioned, it is unusual for us to have a place become available at this late stage – if you would like to book it, please drop us an email using our contact page.

One place available on our Seal Photography Workshop

One Of The Young Atlantic Grey Seals Found On A Secluded Beach Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

Earlier this week, we launched our new intensive Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Workshops for November 2017, the first set of dates that we launched filled quickly, the second now only has one place remaining available.

One Of The Young Atlantic Grey Seals Found On A Secluded Beach Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

You can join Sean Weekly, who is leading this workshop for us for 6 days & venture to the coastal region of Lincolnshire, photographing the impressive Atlantic grey seal within this bleak & dramatic landscape. You will stay in a hired cottage, which will provide you with comfort & convenience so that you can focus on obtaining photographs that you will cherish for years to come. You will benefit from private access to a secluded beach, which is used by the seals, which provides excellent viewpoints from which to capture them on camera as they rest & interact with one another.

An Atlantic Grey Seal Pup Typical Of The Type Of Image That Participants Of The Natureslens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday Will Be Able To Capture

There will be two main photography sessions per day; one early session as the sun comes up & the second taking place in the late afternoon & evening as the sun goes down, both giving you the chance to make the most of varied lighting & tidal conditions with your photography. Our unique & private accommodation provides the opportunity for an ethical approach to photographing the Atlantic grey seal colonies without compromising the welfare of these iconic mammals.

One of the atlantic seals found on a secluded beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

Our intensive Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Workshop includes 6 nights accommodation in a gorgeous cottage on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis, your meals will be warming, homely & plentiful to get you warmed through & filled up after a long day on the beach. Numbers are limited to ensure that the trip is sustainable, ethical & enjoyable for every photographer, so make sure you book early to avoid disappointment!

An older seal found on a secluded beach - typical of the type of image that participants of the NaturesLens Atlantic Grey Seals Photography Holiday will be able to capture

JOIN NATURESLENS TO PHOTOGRAPH THE ATLANTIC GREY SEAL COLONIES FOR YOURSELF

North Lincolnshire is well known for being of the most important locations for the Atlantic Grey Seals in the United Kingdom & it is easy to see why.The bleak & often harsh coastal landscape enables images to be captured in different conditions & lighting, our 6 night intensive photography workshop in the midst the territory of these impressive animals provides an abundance of opportunities.

With tony one place remaining available, our Atlantic Grey Seals of Lincolnshire Photography Holiday costs £899 exc travel to North Lincolnshire & lunches – all transportation, breakfast & dinner, accommodation & tuition is included, the only remaining available date is November 11 – 17, 2017.

Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening light

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Great Grey Owl with curled wings taken during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography session

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Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light Photography Workshop

The NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography in Evening Light Photography Workshop will take place during the evening prior to our main September Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Great Grey Owl, an owl which is always a favourite subject on our owl workshops. The emphasis will be on achieving some really special, high quality images in gorgeous evening light.  The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere.

The 2 – 2½ hour workshop will begin with us photographing this striking owl on some perches & old posts. For the next part of the workshop, we will relocate to some nearby woodland & photograph our subject in it’s natural habitat, including hopefully the elusive peeking round the tree shot. Staying on or on the edges of the woodland, we will try for some flight shots. These can be challenging but generally work brilliantly, affording attendees some amazing shots which show off the wing span of the bird. At this point the Great Grey Owl will be fed, allowing for some great shots of the bird feeding, but you have to be quick!

Great Grey Owl flying across grassland photographed during the Great Grey Owl Photography session run by NaturesLens

This NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop will start reasonably late in the afternoon, with the aim of shooting in pleasant early evening light as opposed to the harsher light of the afternoon.

Please note: should the bird not be available, we will substitute in either a barn owl or a little owl & make use of farm buildings & abandoned machinery instead of the woodland locations.

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British Owl Photography in Evening light

The NaturesLens British Owl Photography workshop will take place during the evening prior to our main Welsh Owls Photography workshop in May. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a single British Owl species – the stunning Long Eared Owl. The emphasis will be on achieving some really special, high quality images in gorgeous evening light that would not appear out of place in a glossy magazine or book. The Long Eared Owl is a medium sized owl, it has erect blackish ear-tufts, which are positioned in the center of the head. The ear-tufts are used to make the owl appear larger to other owls while perched.

Peeking Long Eared Owl photographed during the NaturesLens British Owl Photography workshop

This event is now closed for further bookings – bookings are open for the September 2015 event, details may be viewed here.

The 2 – 2½ hour British Owl Photography in Evening Light workshop will begin with us photographing this striking & charismatic owl on old farm posts & gates. For the next part of the workshop, we will relocate to some nearby woodland & photograph our subject in it’s natural habitat, including hopefully the elusive peeking round the tree shot. The third location will be amongst some gorse which always makes for a great contrast. Our final location will be in a different area of woodland & upon completion at this point the Long Eared Owl will be fed, allowing for some great shots of the bird feeding, but you have to be quick!

Long Eared Owl eating a mouse as photographed during the NaturesLens British Owl Photography workshop

This NaturesLens British Owl Photography Workshop will start reasonably late in the afternoon, with the aim of shooting in pleasant early evening light as opposed to the harsher light of the afternoon.

Please note: should the bird not be available, we will substitute in a barn owl & make use of farm buildings & abandoned machinery instead of the woodland locations.

This event is now closed for further bookings – bookings are open for the September 2015 event, details may be viewed here.

Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

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Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

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Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

There are four grouse species found in the UK, black grousered grouse, ptarmigan & capercaillie: this Grouse Photography Workshop, which spans two days, has the intention of allowing for great portfolio shots to be achieved of three of the grouse species – the Red Grouse on moorland, the Ptarmigan on the heights of a Scottish mountain plus, of course, the Black Grouse; at the black grouse hides you will see the males strut around in a traditional area, known as a lekking site, the males display whilst making a highly distinctive mating call.

A pair of fighting Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Our Grouse Photography Holiday includes transportation, two nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis, the services of a professional mountain guide to the ptarmigan, moorland guiding to view & photograph the red grouse & an early morning session at what is probably the best black grouse lekking site in Scotland.

Profile of a Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Rather than use a black grouse site where we need to sleep in a cold hide prior to the morning spectacle, we make use of a site to which we can travel prior to dawn, we enter the hides in darkness, then await the arrival of the black grouse. When they first arrive, it will still likely be too dark to begin photography, but as the sun rises, the dominant Black Grouse male squares up to his challengers. With the females on the sidelines, watching the lek, the males perform their courtship ritual.

A pair of Black Grouse dance around one and other at a lek site in the Cairngorms region of the Scottish Highlands, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

The itinerary varies for this Grouse Photography Holiday, due to the early start one pair of clients will undertake the ptarmigan climb on the first day, whilst the other pair will have a very early start for the black grouse, upon return to the hotel we will all rest for a few hours, we will head to the red grouse moorland site for golden light towards the end of the day. For the second day, the reverse is applicable for each pair of clients.

Please note: in the event of the primary black grouse lek site not producing the results that we hope for or being in some other way not viable, there is a reserve backup site that may be made use of. Should the second site not be viable either, NaturesLens reserve the right to cancel the holiday, we would rather take this action than our clients have an unsatisfactory experience.

Please register your interest in the booking form below.

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Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

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Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

There are four grouse species found in the UK, black grousered grouse, ptarmigan & capercaillie: this Grouse Photography Workshop, which spans two days, has the intention of allowing for great portfolio shots to be achieved of three of the grouse species – the Red Grouse on moorland, the Ptarmigan on the heights of a Scottish mountain plus, of course, the Black Grouse; at the black grouse hides you will see the males strut around in a traditional area, known as a lekking site, the males display whilst making a highly distinctive mating call.

A pair of fighting Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Our Grouse Photography Holiday includes transportation, two nights accommodation on a bed & breakfast basis, the services of a professional mountain guide to the ptarmigan, moorland guiding to view & photograph the red grouse & an early morning session at what is probably the best black grouse lekking site in Scotland.

Profile of a Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

Rather than use a black grouse site where we need to sleep in a cold hide prior to the morning spectacle, we make use of a site to which we can travel prior to dawn, we enter the hides in darkness, then await the arrival of the black grouse. When they first arrive, it will still likely be too dark to begin photography, but as the sun rises, the dominant Black Grouse male squares up to his challengers. With the females on the sidelines, watching the lek, the males perform their courtship ritual.

A pair of Black Grouse dance around one and other at a lek site in the Cairngorms region of the Scottish Highlands, photographed during a NaturesLens Scottish Grouse Photography Holiday

The itinerary varies for this Grouse Photography Holiday, due to the early start one pair of clients will undertake the ptarmigan climb on the first day, whilst the other pair will have a very early start for the black grouse, upon return to the hotel we will all rest for a few hours, we will head to the red grouse moorland site for golden light towards the end of the day. For the second day, the reverse is applicable for each pair of clients.

Please note: in the event of the primary black grouse lek site not producing the results that we hope for or being in some other way not viable, there is a reserve backup site that may be made use of. Should the second site not be viable either, NaturesLens reserve the right to cancel the holiday, we would rather take this action than our clients have an unsatisfactory experience.

Please register your interest in the booking form below.

Workshop Availability

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White Tailed Sea Eagles of Poland

A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

A White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

Phil, who is guiding the NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday in January has provided us with some more photos of the kind of images that our clients should be able to secure themselves if they join him in Poland during mid-January 2015. The eagles themselves are impressive, but against such a stark landscape they should look even more so.

A White Tailed Sea Eagle strides across the surface of a frozen lake photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle prepares to land on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

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A White Tailed Sea Eagle posed on a frozen lake -  photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

A swooping White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The behaviour that singles out this site & makes the opportunities so special for White Tailed Sea Eagle winter photography, is that any gathering of eagles in these large numbers invariably leads to fights over the supplementary food put out for them. If we are lucky enough to get snow for our visit, then the fighting can reach frenzied levels, and leads to incredible photographic opportunities.

A diving White Tailed Sea Eagle - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide   A White Tailed Sea Eagle comes in to land - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle poses on a frozen lake - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide A White Tailed Sea Eagle flies into shot - photographed in Poland by a NaturesLens guide

The NaturesLens White Tailed Sea Eagle Winter Photography Holiday is priced at £899 & includes:

  • 4 day-long hide sessions for photography of the White Tailed Sea Eagles.
  • All Accommodation & meals.
  • All transfers and transport within Poland.
  • Tuition as required.
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Bald Eagles Photography in Alaska

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

We have just posted the event page & details for our Bald Eagles of Alaska Photography Holiday, to run during November 2016, the trip is to be conducted in & around the Chilkat Valley. Every portion of the preserve is used by eagles at some time during the year but from October to February, more than 3000 eagles congregate here to feed on spawning chum salmon.

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

Spanning seven days, the NaturesLens Bald Eagles Photography Holiday will include 6 days filled with Bald Eagle photography opportunities. Participants will have the opportunity to photograph Bald Eagles on their nests in the trees, diving & fighting for fish or sitting within the landscape. Continue reading

Intensive Great Grey Owl Photography Workshop

Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop

We are pleased to announce an intensive Great Grey Owl photography workshop on the evening prior to our main September Welsh Birds of Prey Photography Workshop, on 27th September 2015. It is our intention for this workshop to focus on an extended session with a beautiful Great Grey Owl, an owl which is always a favourite subject on our owl workshops. The emphasis will be on pushing the boundaries of what is possible with this stunning bird. The Great Grey Owl or Great Gray Owl is a very large owl, documented as the world’s largest species of owl by length. It is distributed across the Northern Hemisphere. Great Grey Owl in flight as photographed during the NaturesLens Great Grey Owl Photography workshop Continue reading

Spring Welsh Owls Workshop

Great Grey Owl and Tawny Owl photographed during the Spring Welsh Owls workshop run by NaturesLens

The NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls Workshop is timed to, hopefully, allow for the photography of the owls in bluebell woods. Accompanied by a dedicated falconer, this is a fantastic opportunity for photographers of all levels of ability to get up close & personal with some amazing & charismatic owls.

Long Eared Owl in bluebell wood photographed during the NaturesLens Spring Welsh Owls workshop

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