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2019 – Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday

April 27, 2019 - May 5, 2019

£2249
One Of The Lesser Kestrels From A Large Clony Living In A Derelict Barn   Photographed During The Spanish Birds Of The Calera Plains Photography Holiday
  • Spanish Birds

    of the Calera Plains

    Join Alan, the latest addition to the NaturesLens guiding team, in Calera y Chozas on this 8 night photography trip to Spain

    Spend a week in a small town on the Spanish plains, taking photo opportunities with azure-winged magpie, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, cuckoo, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red kite & red-legged partridge & more.

    27th April - 5th May 2019

    £2249 per participant

    £500 deposit required to secure a place

    Group size: 5 - 7 participants - 7 places available..

    Bookings close: March 21, 2019

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    Spanish Birds of the Calera Plains - £2249 per participant

    £2249 per participant - 7 places available.
  • Join Alan on an exciting photography excursion suited to wildlife enthusiasts, photographing the diverse bird species that inhabit the plains of Calera. With a wide selection of comfortable hides throughout the area at our disposal, we will provide you with the best bird photography opportunities possible, capturing them in flight, within their habitats & interacting with one another.
    Working from dawn ’til dusk watching this wonderful range of species in action, this is an experience you won’t want to miss!
    Join NaturesLens to capture images of owls, kites & other birdlife, in Spain, during the Spanish Birds of Calera photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £2249 per participant.
    We have been capturing images in this region of Spain, using these hides for the past 5 years, & we can honestly say that the range of bird species which thrive in Calera is a sight to behold. From the Little Owl to Black & Griffon Vultures, their characteristics & common behaviours are diverse, but they all live side by side making up a large proportion of the delicate local ecosystem which exists in this region. Birds can provide some of the most exciting wildlife photography opportunities, as their quick, unpredictable behaviour keeps us on our toes & enables captivating movement & in-flight imagery to be captured.
    Our 8 night/9 day excursion to Calera offers opportunities to photograph a huge range of native species, including the Bee Eater, Little Owl, Great & Little Bustard, Black & Griffon Vultures, Lesser & Common Kestrel, Hoopoe, & the Black Winged Kite, as well as many others. We offer an all-inclusive accommodation & meal package to ensure that all you need to worry about is taking unique & mesmerising photographs.
    Sunrise & sunset are often considered the prime times of day for creative photography, so unlike other holidays & tours, we ensure that our photography sessions make the most of these times of the day. This provides unrivalled exposure to the variety of species & the environment which inhabit this region.
    NaturesLens provides 7 days of hide sessions, & on most days you will have the opportunity to use different hides in the morning & afternoon to photograph different species. This trip works on a rotation basis so that each member of the group gets the opportunity to take photographs from a variety of hides. The region is home to a wide range of Iberian Southern European specialities, & we will do our best to tailor your schedule if you make us aware of your target species, photography guidance is provided by Alan where needed.
    The freedom we provide with the times of day for photography is important, as many of these bird species are very wary & cautious around humans, & it may, therefore, be necessary to arrive under the cover of darkness. It will also be advisable to approach slowly, & keep noise at a minimum whilst in the hides so as not to startle the birds, as well as to optimise your chances of photographing the birds whilst they are unaware of your presence.
    The weather can vary between different times of day in this region at this time of year, so we advise that you bring layers & prepare for somewhat unpredictable weather conditions.
    Join NaturesLens for a wildlife photography experience you will never forget.
    Places are limited, so book today!
    Photographable Species: azure-winged magpie, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, common kestrel, cuckoo, egyptian mongoose, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red fox, red kite, red-legged partridge, roller

    Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday Itinerary

    day 1 - saturday - 27th april, 2019

    arrive adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport & transfer to calera y chozas

    day 2 - sunday - 28th april, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 3 - monday - 29th april, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 4 - tuesday - 30th april, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 5 - wednesday - 1st may, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 6 - thursday - 2nd may, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 7 - friday - 3rd may, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 8 - saturday - 4th may, 2019

    morning & afternoon photography in various hides * in calera y chozas

    day 9 - sunday - 5th may, 2019

    transfer to adolfo suárez madrid–barajas airport

    A Black Kite Amongst The Wildflowers Found At The Carrion Hide   Photographed During The Spanish Birds Of The Calera Plains Photography Holiday
  • 10%

    Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.

    NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.

    • Accommodation on a non-shared basis (with no single supplement payable)
    • Airport Transfers
    • All hide sessions & appropriate permits
    • All in-trip transportation
    • All photography sessions & appropriate permits
    • Food on a full board basis
    • Guidance & advice from our Photography Holiday Guide
    • Transportation between photographic locations
    • All Drinks
    • Any activities not listed on the itinerary
    • Flights
    • Meals not listed on the itinerary
    • Personal expenses of any type
    • Required Insurances
    • Sundries
    • Tips & Gratuities
    • Transportation to start location
    • Visas

    What our clients say

    • Alan - Calera - 2017

      Always good trips, with great photographic opportunities, & lots of camaraderie. Recommended!

    Make a Booking Enquiry

    To make a booking enquiry, please complete the form below & we will get back to you as soon as possible.
    You are making an enquiry for the Spanish Birds of Calera photography holiday, which is scheduled for the dates of 27th April - 5th May 2019 & costs £2249 per participant

    , this photography holiday requires a deposit of £500 to secure a place.
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    How to Book

    Before booking, it is important that you read the relevant photography holiday event page & our Booking Terms & Conditions. If you have any doubts regarding your suitability for this photography holiday, please contact us.
    To book, simply click the relevant link from the event page on our website. You will then be sent a booking form & a copy of our terms & conditions. In order to secure your place on the selected photography holiday, simply complete the booking form with details of all persons travelling & holiday indemnity, in relevant cases, & return to us (either by email or by post) with confirmation that the deposit has been paid. Payments should be made via bank transfer.
    A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.

    Recommended Equipment

    Recommended Camera Equipment

    For this photography holiday, we would recommend that you have available, an array of lenses from an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm, which is extremely versatile, through to your longest lens, whether that is a 400mm, 500mm or 600mm. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some birds in the environment shots.

    If you own a lens with an aperture of f/2.8 within the recommended focal length, bring it! These will allow you to focus on your subject faster & will also be useful in low light conditions.

    You should also pack a tripod to help steady your lens, especially when you are out photographing at dawn & dusk.

    Recommended Clothing

    For this photography holiday, the weather can be changeable so we would recommend that you pack layers of thin fleeces or mid shirts & jumpers since you can remove items of clothing as you start to warm up. You don't need to bring camouflage clothes but please do pack neutral coloured clothes so that you blend into the landscape. You should also bring a warm waterproof coat & waterproof trousers in case it rains, so you are covered for all eventualities.

    Silk gloves or a thin pair of thermal gloves with rubber grip on the fingers & palm will help to keep your hands warm. Silk gloves are great for wicking away moisture from your hands, leaving them dry & therefore lovely & warm. Gloves where the fingers are cut away so that you can operate your camera with them on would be a good substitute.

    Don't forget to pack sensible waterproof walking boots & a warm hat to protect your head.

    Additional Notes

    NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
    The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
    NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 5 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
    In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
    Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
    Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
    All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
    NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
    NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens. NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
    Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
    All bookings are made subject to our terms & conditions.
    Travel Insurance Requirements

    Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday Summary

    The Spanish Birds of Calera photography holiday is a photography holiday of 8 night/9 day duration, that costs £2249 per participant

    & takes place in Calera y Chozas in Spain, between the dates of 27th April - 5th May 2019. It is ideal for photographing azure-winged magpie, bee-eater, black kite, black vulture, black-winged kite, common kestrel, cuckoo, egyptian mongoose, great bustard, great grey shrike, griffon vulture, hoopoe, kestrel, lesser kestrel, little owl, red fox, red kite, red-legged partridge, roller & more. This photography holiday is led by Alan Hewitt for NaturesLens. The photography holiday is offered on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis. Group size for this photography holiday is a minimum of 5 participants & a maximum of 7, plus Alan. 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 Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport. Transfers between Adolfo Suárez Madrid–Barajas Airport & Calera y Chozas are included in the cost of this photography holiday, this photography holiday requires a deposit of £500 to secure a place.

    Spanish Birds of Calera Photography Holiday Payment Details

    • Deposit required to secure a place: £500 payable upon making a booking.
    • Final balance payment due: January 27th, 2019*. Bookings made after this date will require the full payment to secure a place.
    • Bookings close: March 21st, 2019.
    • No-interest payment plan: we offer a no-interest payment plan for our photography holidays. Please enquire for details.
    • * Unless stated otherwise on our event booking form.

    Financial Protection

    Financial Protection provided by the Travel Vault

    NaturesLens Limited is a company committed to customer satisfaction & consumer financial protection. We are therefore pleased to announce that, at no extra cost to you, & in accordance with ''The Package Travel, Package Tours Regulations 1992'' all passengers booking with NaturesLens Limited are fully insured for the initial deposit, & subsequently the balance of monies paid as detailed in your booking confirmation form.

    The policy will also include repatriation if required, arising from the cancellation or curtailment of your travel arrangements due to the insolvency of NaturesLens Limited.

    This insurance has been arranged by Towergate Chapman Stevens through Zurich Insurance PLC.

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  • Details

    Start:
    27th April - 5th May 2019
    Cost:
    £2249 per participant
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    Website:
    https://natureslens.co.uk

    Location

    Spain
    Calera y Chozas, Spain + Google Map