Come photograph the world’s most endangered species of wild cat! Though very rare, this Iberian lynx photo tour is optimized to give you a chance to see and photograph this incredible feline. Last year, I saw eight Iberian lynx in a ten day period, of which three were good photographic opportunities. Iberian lynx have a difficulty rating of difficult, this means that for the duration of the trip, our goal will be to have one encounter with good photographic opportunities.*
What to Bring
Photo Equipment: We recommend bringing at least one SLR camera, a telephoto lens at least 300mm long (the longer the better), and a tripod or monopod.
Clothing: Southern Spain has a Mediterranean climate which means that the mornings are rather cold while the afternoons get a bit hot. This means its best to wear lots of layers that can be taken on and off during the day. Since we are going to Spain in winter, it is very very cold in the mornings and evenings, so please bring lots of layers, hats, gloves, scarves, etc.
Shoes: Running or hiking shoes.
Travel: Fly into Malaga Airport (AGP), where you will be picked up and driven to our accommodations. Plan to land by 5pm on the 10th of January. Depart on the 18th anytime, though keep in mind you will probably be driven to Malaga in the morning.
Accommodations: Are included in the workshop fee. We will stay at one of my favorite places, run by some of my favorite people in the world. Rooms are basic, but comfortable and have their own bathrooms.
Food: Food is included in the workshop fee, however, alcohol at meals is not. On a personal note, the food cooked by the chef is some of my favorite food in the world!
Transportation: You will be picked up from and driven back to Malaga airport. Once at the accommodations, transportation to and from the field is also included in the workshop fee.
Day 0. January 10th. Arrive in Malaga by 5pm. You will be picked up from the airport and driven to the accommodations.
Day 1. January 11th. We will go out with a local guide so you get a lay of the land and learn about the local ecology.
Day 2. January 12th. We will spend all day in the field looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 2. January 13th. We will spend the entire day with a guide on private land looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 3. January 14th. We will spend all day in the field looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 4. January 15th. We will spend all day in the field looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 5. January 16th. We will spend all day in the field looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 6. January 17th. We will spend all day in the field looking for lynx. Minimal walking is involved.
Day 7. January 18th. If time permits, we will look for lynx at sunrise. After which you will be transported in the morning to Malaga for your flights.
Possible Extension: Set up your own camera trap(s) for lynx on private property on January 9th and take them down on the 18th. $1500.
Physical Requirements: This trip requires a low fitness level. Most of the time is spent sitting or standing, looking for lynx from a stationary point.
Deposit: $500 will secure your spot in the photo tour. I will ask for this after you sign-up, or if you contact me directly.
What’s included in the price: Local accommodations, food, transportation from/to airport and in the field, local guide fees, guide services of Sebastian Kennerknecht.
What’s not included in the price: Flights, and anything not listed in the “What’s included in the price” list above.
*Wild Cat Difficulty: Wild cats can be very hard to photograph subjects, they require a lot of patience and dedication. This means spending significant amounts of time searching for them, hours and possibly days without a sighting. Iberian lynx have a difficulty rating of difficult, this means that for the duration of the trip, our goal will be to have one encounter with good photographic opportunities. We cannot however guarantee with complete certainty that we will see or photograph any lynx. Please do know that we have organized the trip to maximize our chances to encounter and photograph this incredible feline.
Other Possible Species to Photograph (underlined species are the most commonly seen):
Iberian Hare (Lepus granatensis)
Iberian Red Deer (Cervus elaphus hispanicus)
Red-legged Partridge (Alectoris rufa)
Little Owl (Athene noctua)
Eurasian Magpie (Pica pica)
Fallow Deer (Dama dama)
Azure-winged Magpie (Cyanopica cyanus)