Spain: Iberian Lynx, Eagles, Otters & More
Max 3 photographers & 1 tutor - no more than 2 persons per hide at any time
Private concession with specialist photography hides
No baiting of the lynx
*This safari will be conducted with social distancing measures in place if necessary at time of departure
Fitness level required: mostly easy days, just get in and out of the hides and vehicles! One session walking upriver with some slopes and less smooth terrain searching for otters.
Tour leader: Trai Anfield - award winning wildlife photographer, film maker, travel writer and broadcaster
Many thanks to Martin Steenhaut for additional photography on this page
Close encounters with the most exciting predator in Europe.
No wildlife photographer should miss the chance to photograph Iberian lynx, one of the world's most endangered cats.
Back from the brink of extinction, only 400 individuals exist in the wild, most of them concentrated in this rugged and unspoilt region of Andalusia in southern Spain.
Working closely with WWF to conserve this beautiful feline species, our private concession has a very healthy population of lynx. This time of year is the optimum time to photograph them, as this is mating season when they actively seek each other out.
Our hides are situated in the heart of rich feeding areas, and where well established trails intersect, so our chances seeing lynx are maximised. Of course this in itself does not constitute a guarantee, and patience is a necessity on your packing list when attempting to photograph these elusive cats.
There is so much more to photograph though, and you'll never be short on inspiration with Trai as your tutor!
Your Spanish Safari Highlights
Rich diversity of European wildlife
Specialist hides for many species including:
Monk & Vale Vultures
Small mountain birds
Red deer (including backlit against sunrise)
Otter tracking day on foot with Blue Magpie and many other birds
Safari scheduled to ensure best photographic conditions for wildlife & landscapes
Great opportunities for intermediate and experienced photographers looking for
1-2-1 technical tuition and creative inspiration with Trai Anfield
Expert local wildlife guide
Small group size - max 3 guests
Covid19 social distancing measures in place
Lots More Than Lynx!
In addition to Iberian lynx you will have the chance to use a specialist hide to photograph golden eagles against majestic mountain backdrops, and other iconic Andalucian species including Spanish imperial eagle, Monk vulture and Vale vulture.
We will also have access to a bespoke hide for red deer, carefully designed and situated to optimise your chances of gaining backlit shots against the sunrise.
To stretch our legs after a couple of days in the hides we will head out on foot along the river to track local otters, which seem far more accommodating for photographers than many we have encountered elsewhere.
And of course this area of Andalusia is teeming with birds - we'll be on the lookout for blue magpie and Iberian grey shrike amongst others, and listening for the melodious thekla lark and many more.
TYPICAL ITINERARY - please note that days may be rearranged depending on sightings and weather conditions
January 25 - fly to Malaga and transfer by car to guesthouse
January 26: Lynx hide - full day
January 27: Lynx hide - full day
January 28: full day guided photo tracking on foot for Otter, Red deer, Blue Magpie, landscapes
January 29: Lynx hide / Golden eagle hide - full day
January30: Lynx hide / red deer hide - full day
January 31: car transfer to Malaga airport and onward travel
2021 Departures and Costs
DATES: 25-31 January 2021
RATES: £tbc per person
Based on 3 guests each with own single room throughout.
No single room supplement.
***COVID19 financial considerations and guarantees***
INCLUDES: all Spanish road transfers, all hide rentals and transfers, walking safari, local expert wildlife guide, expert photographic tuition, full board accommodation and meals as described.
EXCLUDES: *international flights; visas if necessary, gratuities, personal insurances, drinks.
*Allow approximately £300 per person for flights from the UK - we are happy to assist with booking flights and quote on request.
Please note - places strictly limited and immediate booking is essential to secure your place.
Our preferred partner agency Wildlife Trails was established in Cumbria in 1999 and is an independent travel agency specialising in responsible eco-tourism and tailor-made wildlife encounters.
Their experts have a wealth of knowledge, based on first-hand travel experience. We combine this with our expert knowledge of photographic requirements to give you the ultimate photography experience.
Please do not attend the safari if you or your family are showing any symptoms of Covid 19.
Social distancing measures are expected to still be required for this safari, though you can still be sure of the usual wonderfully intimate experience with the animals and birds.
Please note that your booking constitutes acceptance of the need to prioritise safety for yourself and all others associated with the safari at all times. This means you agree to adhere strictly to the relevant government's current Covid19 advice throughout, which may include the wearing of a mask when necessary. We cannot accept responsibility for any subsequent infection.
- We urge participants to travel to Malaga and on to our destination using all possible personal protection
- This workshop will be held well away from crowds in the beautiful peaceful mountains of Andalusia, Spain
- Places are strictly limited to 3 guests and 1 tutor
- Only 2 persons per hide at any time
- Clear plastic dividers inside hides
- Hand sanitiser will be available at all times
- 1m+ distancing will be maintained
- Masks will be worn when necessary
- Trai will also be wearing gloves when helping with guest cameras
Other than that it will be business as usual with the incredible animals and birds, and of course the most wonderful and creative photographic opportunities!