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Announcing two New Exciting Bird Photography Holidays

A goshawk image captured from the hides used on the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday

Following on from our Bears of Finland Photography Holiday announcement of earlier this weekend, today we are spilling the beans on a further two new bird photography holidays for 2017 that should be packed with superb opportunities to add some stunning images to your portfolio.

Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

An image of a Bonelli's Eagle - typical of the images that may be captured during the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday

NaturesLens invites wildlife photographers of amateur & semi-professional ability to join them in escaping to the wilderness of the Sierra Morena, capturing stunning images of native eagle & raptor species. Observe these magnificent birds as they soar overhead, scouting out prey across the hills below.

Based in a rustic Spanish village, you will enjoy the unspoilt scenery & emblematic species which 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 NaturesLens leaders where needed. Spaces are therefore limited, so book early to avoid disappointment!

Full details of the Eagles & Raptors of Spain Photography Holiday are available here – response has been great so far & we only have two places remaining available.

This photography holiday is being led by Sean Weekly, one of the NaturesLens guiding team since 2016.

Golden Eagles & Goshawks in Winter Photography Holiday

A goshawk image captured from the hides used on the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday

Join NaturesLens in the snow-covered forests & mountains of northern Norway, observing breathtaking scenes as golden eagles & goshawks soar & settle in their remote & unspoilt habitats. NaturesLens guides will assist you in taking stunning photographs of these impressive bird species, the Golden Eagles & Goshawks, as well as others, with the dramatic mountain landscape providing the perfect backdrop.

This is a wildlife photography excursion like no other, designed with photographers in mind to ensure you are given the best experience possible. Book early as places are limited.

Full details of the Golden Eagles & Goshawks In Winter Photography Holiday are available here.

This photography holiday is being led by Kevin Morgans, a veteran member of the NaturesLens guiding team since NaturesLens first started.

Images typical of our Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

We are happy to show a selection of images typical of the type of image that may be captured at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday.

A European Brown Bear - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear emerges from the forest - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

All these images were captured by Dan Trim over a period of three nights, the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday spends seven nights at this location, meaning the guests should have many photographic opportunities.

Lakeside, a European Brown Bear pauses for thought - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

The various locations available, lend themselves to atmospheric morning shots when the mist & light conditions coincide.

An early morning misty image - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Backlit photographic opportunities - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Of course, the stars of the photography holiday are the brown bears, who can be found ambling through the cotton grass at the time of year our visit is scheduled for.

A European Brown Bear walks alongside one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday A European Brown Bear amongst the summer cotton grass - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday Amongst the cotton grass, a European Brown Bear wanders to one of the lakes - typical of the type of image that may be captured photographed at the location used for the NaturesLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

JOIN US TO PHOTOGRAPH THE BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND FOR YOURSELF

Finland is one of the most important locations for the European Brown Bears in Europe & it is easy to see why. For photographers keen to add brown bear images captured in different conditions & lighting to their wildlife portfolio, our seven night stay in Finland in the midst the territory of these apex predators provides an abundance of opportunities.

With the early-bird pricing, our Brown Bears of Finland photography holiday costs £1099 exc flights & airport hotels – all transportation, food, accommodation & hide usage from landing in Kajaani to the return to Kajaani airport is included & is held during the dates of June 25, 2017 – July 3, 2017.

Early bird pricing for the Brown Bears of Finland

Join NaturesLens guide, Sean Weekly on a week-long wildlife adventure, in June 2017, you will be 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.

A European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

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!

EARLY BIRD PRICING FOR 4 PLACES FOR THE BROWN BEARS OF FINLAND

We have a tiered pricing for the places on the trip, however, any places booked prior to October 31st, 2016 will have the early bird price applied to them – the places are limited & you will not find another trip priced at a similar level to this for the same duration of nights.

European Brown Bear photographed at the location used for the NatureslLens Brown Bears of Finland Photography Holiday

Full details available on the dedicated event page – click here.

Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-wales

We’ve got a single place that has become available for our Autumnal Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid-Wales, the place costs £200 & includes an evening session followed by a full-day.

Short Eared Owl on Rocks

We have two photography sessions, one, for several hours on the evening of Saturday 8th October, followed by a full day on Sunday 9th October. This is with a falconer that we have worked with for the last 4 year; this year, we are hoping for some autumnal colours & settings for the owls & other birds of prey, we will focus mainly on British species, but the fantastic Great Grey Owl will, of course, be making at least one appearance as well.

Kestrel on a perch taken during the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

If you would like to join us, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk

Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire with Sean Weekly

We are excited to announce a new offering to the NaturesLens portfolio, a short landscape photography workshop to run immediately after our June Skomer Puffins Photography Holiday. This is a new workshop in West Wales, to photograph the Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire & it is to be lead by Sean Weekly.

The splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches in evening light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

If one of the nights is clear, Sean has kindly offered to run a night-scapes workshop for a few hours as well. Obviously this is weather dependent but hopefully it is co-operative.

One of Pembrokeshire's beaches captured in soft evening summer light - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

The extension has places for 6 participants only. The extension includes two nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the four main photography sessions, of which there will be two evening sessions, & two early morning sessions. Sean will be on hand throughout the day, but the bulk of the photography will be undertaken at the beginning & end of the days, when the light is best.

The dates for the ‘Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire’ are 20th – 22nd June & the cost is £399 for the two days.

If you would like to join this extension, please sign up by using the booking for at the base of this page.

Capturing the splendour of the Pembrokeshire beaches - typical of the type of image captured on the NaturesLens Beachscapes of Pembrokeshire Photography Workshop

Announcing our Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

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As noted on another blog post, Sean Weekly has joined our leading team, & we will be announcing a series of workshops & photography holidays that he will be leading over the next year. Hopefully this will be a long & fruitful relationship, as we have been talking about events for several future years with him; but right now, we’d like to announce the details of the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop that he will be leading for us in October 2016.
As the sun rises, a lone stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop   As the sun rises, a deer is silhouetted bellowing into the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
When discussing the workshop with Sean, he reinforced the fact that strong images can be captured at the end of the day, as well as the start; this lead us to develop the idea of an overnight workshop that will, hopefully, add a selection of fantastic rutting red deer & stag images to all our workshop participants photography portfolios.

Sean has been awarded a number of times in the British Wildlife Photography Awards for his stunning red deer imagery & this is your chance to learn from Sean himself on an evening session, then a following morning session – light allowing, you will be capturing images similar to the following:

As the sun rises, a walks through the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

The itinerary for the workshop is as follows – our group will meet at our hotel in Surbiton mid-afternoon on the 8th October, Sean will brief you in & will tell you what to expect, how he can help & assist you; as a group you will then head to one of several deer photography locations in the area. From this point until sunset you will be locating groups of deer or solitary stags & capturing images under the guidance of Sean. When the light has gone, we have reserved some rooms in a nearby hotel, the group will stay there overnight; you can freshen up & have a meal, maybe discuss what you achieved in the late afternoon photography session. The next morning is an early start as you need to be at the park gates ready for them to open prior to sunrise but don’t worry, we will co-ordinate all this; hopefully, the light will be kind & you will be able to put into practice the skills & guidance from the previous evening. Sean will be on hand constantly to offer advice & hands-on guidance on composition, isolated images, & how to produce images with impact.

The Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop has places for only 4 participants, the workshop includes one nights accommodation on a dinner, bed & breakfast basis. Photography guidance will take place around the two main photography sessions, an evening session, followed by an early morning session. The workshop will end on the Sunday when the light becomes too harsh to capture subdued imagery.

The dates for the Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop are 8th – 9th October 2016 – & the cost is £299 for the two days, including the overnight accommodation.

You can view all the workshop details here – to finish, here are a couple more images from Sean

As the sun rises, a stag is silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop
A stag bellows whilst being silhouetted against the morning mist - image is typical of that which may be captured on the NaturesLens Red Deer in Rut Photography Workshop

Single place available again for our Puffin Photography Holiday in June

Staring skyward at a gull one of the famous Skomer Puffins amongst the burrows – photographed on a NaturesLens Puffins Photography Holiday

One of the Skomer Puffins walks amongst the burrows – photographed on the Puffin Photography Holiday

June Skomer Puffin Photography Holiday

We have one place come available for the first of the two photography holidays that NaturesLens are running to Skomer in a few months, this space is for the June trip – if you’d like to attend, please send us an email to info@natureslens.co.uk & we will send you the details by return. Last year’s trip was a massive success, so much so that we expanded it to three days this year, many of those who attended in 2014 are returning this year too.

Reminder about Dalmatian Pelicans in 2016

The first trip is full, & several places on the second trip have sold already, if you would like to join us for our five day trip, which includes three packed days of photographing this enigmatic bird then you can do so with just a deposit of £200 & pay the balance in November 2015. More details here

David Howse Dalmatian Pelican image photographed on a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelicans of Lake Kerkini Photography Holiday

Black Grouse Lek Photography in Scotland

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

One of our personal highlights during 2014 was photographing Black Grouse in Scotland. We have photographed lekking black grouse before at a number of sites, but 2014 was very special! The setting for these sessions of black grouse photography was perfect & the conditions all came together. We are now able to offer this to others, but why stop at just Black Grouse Lek photography? Our trip consists of a packed pair of days which will allow you to also photograph red grouse & the ptarmigan, (a white grouse variant), plus we have great accommodation lined up & some of the best backdrops you could hope for.

Calling Black Grouse photographed in the Scottish Highlands during lekking season

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We have availability on the four days encompassing the Easter 2015 weekend, so that is either the Friday & Saturday or, the Sunday & Monday. Whichever days you choose, you should leave the pair of days with some fantastic shots, we certainly have done so in the past!

If the climb to the ptarmigan is not suitable, subject to the agreement of all guests, we can substitute in mountain hare, who at this time of year look brilliant as they are changing coat from winter coat to summer, often resulting in multi-coloured hares, some with brown body & white heads, others the inverse with white body but a brown head.

If you would like to book the NaturesLens Black Grouse Lek Photography Holiday, you can view full details here & send through an enquiry.

July 2015 Osprey Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday

An osprey pulls itself from the water with a trout grasped in it's talons - photographed on a NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday

We are happy to announce an osprey workshop for July, 2015; NaturesLens have secured accommodation & hide spaces for a stunning Osprey Photography Holiday during July 2015; these osprey photography sessions are one of the most exciting sessions of photography a wildlife photographer can encounter. The sessions typically start at 4.30am, the anticipation builds, the birds come in to fish, a splash as the bird dives to the loch an to grab a trout, then the lift-off … an exhilarating experience to photograph.

The bulk of the days are free for participants to catch up on sleep, however, one of the days does include an early evening session of Osprey Photography in the same hides. These evening sessions provide opportunities for backlit shots.

The NaturesLens Osprey Photography Holiday, which costs £599, includes:

  • Two morning hide sessions for photography of the ospreys as they fish to feed their new offspring.
  • One evening hide session for photography of the diving ospreys.
  • Accommodation at the High Range Lodge Hotel from July 9th – July 11th.
  • Tuition as required.
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In addition to the Osprey Photography Holiday in Aviemore, NaturesLens will, if demand is sufficient, run a 3 day trip immediately afterwards to Mull for several days of Sea Eagle Photography. This extension will include transport to Mull, three nights bed & breakfast accommodation, two public Sea Eagle Photography Cruises & two exclusive Sea Eagle Photography Cruises.

Autumn Welsh Birds of Prey Workshop

Female Buzzard on a kill. Photographed on the NaturesLens Welsh Birds of Prey workshop

Our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop has now been moved to September to enable our guests to photograph the birds in stunning autumnal colours. Since this is the fourth year we have run this workshop, we decided it was time for a change to keep things fresh & interesting.

The location for this Welsh Birds of Prey workshop is a 500-acre working farm in mid Wales with stunning natural backgrounds, natural perches, derelict buildings, open fields & a fantastic quarry providing wonderful colours & textures for a variety of shots.

Little Owl looking over textured tree photographed during the Welsh Birds of Prey workshop run by NaturesLens

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