At Natures Images, we always select the right time and the right locations, working with the best wildlife photographers and guides in the business.
Gibraltar may be a small European rock situated just 14km from the African coast, but it is home to an impressive diversity of resident and migratory wildlife.
The Rock is the unchallenged centrepiece and is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Gibraltar. At almost 1,400 feet high, it towers over the town and the Mediterranean Sea & Atlantic Ocean beneath. The rock of Gibraltar has a beautiful nature reserve which covers most of its upper area and this will be one of the key areas where we will spend our photographic time.
Gibraltar is well-known for its species of monkey, the Barbary macaque. And this reputation is well deserved, because the rock of Gibraltar is one of the last places where it is possible to see and photograph this endangered species. Witnessing the interactions between mother and baby, the playful antics of the youngsters, and courtship behaviour of the adults is as much entertaining as it is rewarding.
The bay of Gibraltar is also home to three species of Dolphin, and part of the workshop will be spent on an exclusively chartered boat to photograph these beautiful cetaceans. In between photographing macaques and dolphins, we will explore additional locations looking for some very unique species. If you love wildlife, then this will be your ideal long weekend, photographing in a small and diverse area that is alive with opportunities.
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Day 1: Upon our arrival at Gibraltar airport, we will transfer to our comfortable accommodation where we will check in and enjoy dinner. We will provide a good briefing about the unique wildlife of Gibraltar and chat through the plan for the forthcoming days.
Days 2 – 4: The format for the next three days will have similar flexibility to ensure we maximise time with one of our main target species, the endangered Barbary macaque. Gibraltar is the only location in Europe to have an established resident population. Each day we will make use of the best light to photograph the interactions between family individuals, focusing on close-up portraits and wide-angle shots with some dramatic landscapes.
We have also chartered a private boat with a local guide to search for three species of dolphin that can be found in the Bay of Gibraltar; the Common, Bottlenose and Striped dolphins. Having exclusive use of the boat for a longer period of time means that we can be in the best positions to photograph these beautiful cetaceans.
As well as the Barbary macaques and Dolphins, there are many special species that we will be looking for at a number of locations, including the Iberian Wall lizard, Barbary partridge and Viperine snake.
With many rich and diverse opportunities over this long weekend, we’ll have plenty to work on each day before returning to our hotel for a well-deserved evening meal and the chance to look at the day’s images.
Day 5: Sadly, after breakfast and dependant on everyone’s flight times, we will make the final journey back to Gibraltar Airport to catch our return flights home.