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Blue Sky Wildlife have a unique collection of wildlife photography tours led by experts to assist with refining guests’ skills.

A number of tour operators offer different wildlife photography trips, workshops and holidays catering for the beginner to the photography expert.

What is wildlife photography?

Wildlife photography is a genre of photography concerned with documenting various forms of wildlife in their natural habitat. It is one of the more challenging forms of photography. As well as requiring sound technical skills, such as being able to expose correctly, wildlife photographers generally need good fieldcraft skills. For example, some animals are difficult to approach and thus a knowledge of the animal’s behaviour is needed to be able to predict its actions. Photographing some species may require stalking skills or the use of a hide or blind for concealment.

In the early days of photography, it was difficult to get a photograph of wildlife due to slow lenses and the low sensitivity of photographic media. In fact, it was not until 1906 that National Geographic published its first wildlife photos. The photos were taken by George Shiras III, a U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania. Some of his photos were taken with the first wire-tripped camera traps.

While wildlife photographs can be taken using basic equipment, successful photography of some types of wildlife requires specialist equipment, such as macro lenses for insects, long focal length lenses for photographing birds
and underwater cameras for marine life. However, a great wildlife photograph can also be the result of being in the right place at the right time.

Wildlife photography tours & workshops

Blue Sky Wildlife have a unique collection of wildlife photography tours led by experts to assist with refining guests’ skills. Whether you are getting started in wildlife photography, wanting to improve your technique or keen to learn new tips and tricks, you will be in good hands.

Here are ten featured wildlife photography trips to get you in the right place at the right time.

Hummingbird Quest Photography, Beaks and Peaks, Lake Yojoa, Honduras

This is the ultimate tour for hummingbird and photography lovers, focusing exclusively on these agile little creatures and on giving you the best chances of going home with stunning shots of Honduras’ wonderful feathery acrobats. During the ten-day Hummingbird Quest with Beaks and Peaks, you will have the best opportunities to observe and photograph about three quarters of Honduras’ 43 hummingbird species. The tour starts near the Honduras capital of Tegucigalpa, in the cloud forest of La Tigra National Park. Then on to Cerro de Hula to look for the Slender Sheartail — a hard one to find. The tour then proceeds to Lake Yojoa, Honduras’ only freshwater lake. Finally, we make for the hummingbird paradises of Pico Bonito and Rio Santiago near La Ceiba on the north coast. Spaces on this tour are limited to a maximum of six people, to give all participants enough time and space to focus on their photography.

Raptors Bird Photo Trip, Birding in Spain, Lleida

This four-night raptors photo trip with Birding in Spain has had photographers marvelling at their raptor photo hide experiences since 2008. Species include Bearded and Cinerous Vultures, Red Kite, Bonelli’s and Golden Eagles, Goshawk, Lesser Kestrel, Little Owl and more. The tour runs from September through to April. The standard tour is an all-inclusive four-night three-hide day photo trip including hides, guiding, meals, accommodation and permits. Extensions are ideal, other configurations are possible by special arrangement.

Bird, Wildlife & Nature Photography, Walk with Jith, Colombo, Sri Lanka

A ten-day photographic tour focused on the photographer whose primary interest is to photograph top wildlife, nature and cultural locations in Sri Lanka. The emphasis is to get good photographic opportunities at optimal times in perfect locations and lighting. Usually photographers must go out on their own or join a birding or wildlife safari tour where their photography needs often conflict with the goals of serious birders and nature lovers. Even though their Bird, Wildlife and Nature Photography Tours in Sri Lanka look like a wildlife or birding tour, the emphasis is on photography opportunities rather than species count, while still endeavouring to seek a large spectrum of birds and other animals. What this also means is that any of their tours listed can be converted to suit a photographer. This tour with Walk With Jith is a great holiday in Sri Lanka at an attractive price.

Photobirds from Hides, Birding Extremadura Center, Campo Lugar, Spain

Through Photobirds Project, Birding Extremadura Center can offer several hides to photograph or to watch some of the bird species of Extremadura. All the hides are near Campo Lugar and Trujillo. The hides are sited to achieve the best photos, with the utmost respect for the environment while helping to improve the state of conservation of all species.

Wildlife Photographers Tour, BirdsChile, Puerto Varas

A complete fifteen-day wildlife adventure off the beaten paths of Chilean Patagonia with BirdsChile, visiting two of the most beautiful private reserves and National Parks of the Lake District, Chiloé, Aysén Region, Torres del Paine and Tierra del Fuego. This is the best option for naturalists who wish to experience the most comprehensive adventure in Patagonia.

Rainforest Wildlife Photography Tour, Rainforest Expeditions, Tambopata, Peru

This five-day photographic tour with Rainforest Expeditions offers opportunities to snap abundant Tambopatas wildlife from the Amazon’s premier ecolodges. Award-winning travel photographer Jeff Cremer will guide you as you photograph Purús Red Howler, Giant Otter, Scarlet Macaw, Hoatzin, Capybara and leafcutter ants, as well as a freshly discovered species of spider. The trip includes all photography equipment, cameras and lenses.

Laurie Campbell Wildlife Photography Workshops, Aigas Field Centre, Inverness-shire, Scotland

Laurie Campbell is widely acknowledged as one of the greatest Scottish wildlife photographers alive. His wildlife photography workshops at Aigas Field Centre, run with small groups, are always the first to fill. Book early to avoid disappointment.

Top End Photography, Experience the Wild, Northern Territory, Australia

A seven-day total immersion in Top End birding and nature, visiting Darwin, Mary River, Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks. Nature’s Way is the description used for the triangular route from Darwin to Jabiru to Pine Creek and return to Darwin, that takes you through the best of Kakadu National Park and then the tropical savannah woodland along Stuart Highway and back to Darwin. This itinerary is ideal for photography as it allows plenty of time in each location. This Experience the Wild tour starts with an early pick up from the guests’ accommodation in Darwin. Included are all touring costs, Kakadu National Park entry fees, breakfast, lunch and two course dinner. Accommodation is in comfortable rooms with queen and single bed, en-suite and air-conditioning. Cold water, tea, coffee and snacks are available at any time. Also included is a Yellow Waters cruise at Cooinda. This tour is available only as a private charter. Maximum of five people.

Shetlands Nature Photography Holiday, Scotland

These unique seven-day Shetland Nature photography holiday and workshop are designed to showcase the very best of Shetland which features two leaders and a range of assignments from purpose-built bird hides: Gannet feeding frenzy boat charter, Otter photography, seabirds, moorland waders, seabirds and landscape. Create unique imagery, learn techniques and fieldcraft.

Photo Wildlife Tours, Manakin Nature Tours, Boyaca, Colombia

A photographer’s paradise. Travel for fifteen days to amazing locations with Manakin Nature Tours, providing opportunities to take incredible wildlife photographs and experience a variety of ecosystems that include paramo, llanos, humid, tropical and cloud forest. Mammals, birds, reptiles, amphibians, insects, arthropods and a vast selection of plant species await you and your camera.