Biodiversity of the Western Ghats, Goa - October 2018

Biodiversity of the Western Ghats, Goa - October 2018



18 Oct 10:00 - 21 Oct 14:00 - Goa
Goa

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Continuing the series on Biodiversity of the Western Ghats, its a pleasure to announce DCP Herpetofauna Photography Workshop at few of the most trilling patches of rainforests of the Western Ghats this monsoon!! In this expedition, the team will be exploring the Bhagwan Mahavir WLS, Bondla WLS, Tambi Surla and Chorla Ghats of Mhadei WLS, Goa.

Situated in the Konkan region along the West coast of peninsular India, Bhagwan Mahavir WLS is a 240 sq km of protected area within Western Ghats along the eastern border of Goa and forms a part of the one of the largest contiguous patches of protected areas in the central Western Ghats. The sanctuary has Mahdei Wildlife Sanctuary to the north and Netravali Wildlife Sanctuary to the South. Dandeli Anshi Tiger reserve borders the area to the East. The annual raifall exceeds 3,000 mm. Tambdi Surla, is not only known for the 12th Century old temple of Lord Mahadeva, but the forest of Tambdi Surla is extremely popular amongst the Macro Photographers because of its rich biodiversity that it hosts which starts vibrating with life specially with the onset of the monsoon. Chorla Ghats is situated in borders of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra. This area is at a higher elevation. It is a part of the Western Ghats at an elevation of 800 meters. The geography boasts of a few rare species of wild-life such as the barred wolf snake (Lycodon striatus) in its sub-tropical forests. Lastly, Bondla WLS is located in North Eastern Goa, in the Ponda taluka of the state. The total area of the park is 8 km2. The location is amazing for a Macro maniac during the monsoons.



Target species

Hump nosed pit viper, Malabar Pit viper, Bamboo Pit viper, Saw scaled Viper, King cobra, Common Krait, Bronze Backed Tree snake, Painted Bronze backed tree snake, Indian Rock Python, Common Vine snake, Checkered Keelback, Rat Snake, Beddome's Keelback, Common Wolf Snake, Mabalar Gliding frog, Indian Bull Frog, Skittering Frog, Dobson's Burrowing Frog, Bicoloured Frog, Fungoid Frog, Bronze Frog, Reddish Burrowing Frog, Ornate Narrow-mouthed Frog, Jerdon's Ramanella, Common tree Frog, Common Indian Toad.

Scheduled dates: 18th - 21st October 2018 (3 nights 4 days)

ITINERARY

Day 1

After your arrival at Margao, you will be escorted to our camp site. Our Photography and biodiversity expert would guide you through the entire plan for the Trip. After the room allotment process, freshen up and join the camp briefing over a cup of hot coffee. After a short discussion on the possible target species of the region and a few tips and tricks on Macro photography, enjoy a delicious lunch at the camp site. You must keep your camera ready with you anytime for possible sightings within the campsite. Take some rest and join the trail around the campsite in the evening and night around Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 2

The day begins early at 6.15 am with a hot cup of tea and coffee. The excitement starts with the early morning call of the Malabar Grey Hornbills. Today we will proceed for Tambdi Surla trail in Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary in the morning. Spend the whole day looking for reptiles like Hump nosed pit viper, Malabar Pit viper, Bamboo Pit viper, Saw scaled Viper, King cobra, Common Krait, Bronze Backed Tree snake, Painted Bronze backed tree snake, Indian Rock Python, Common Vine snake, Checkered Keelback, Rat Snake, Beddome's Keelback, Common Wolf Snake. Learn the various techniques of macro photography from our expert on field. We will carry packed breakfast with us on the trail. We will return by midday and enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional local recipes. We get together by 3.30 pm for a cup of tea / coffee and then move out for the evening trail to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 3

One more day full of thrill and excitement to be spent deep inside the forests of the Chorla Ghats of Mhadei WLS. Chorla Ghats is located on the intersection of the borders of Goa, Karnataka and Maharashtra and is a part of the Western Ghats at an elevation of 800 meters. This geography boasts of a few rare species of wild-life such as the barred wolf snake (Lycodon striatus) in its sub-tropical forests. Keep a watch on every leaf, every bark and every little stone in the forest, there is a life vibrating. It is not only the reptiles and the amphibians, but also the smaller of the life form that make amazing macro subjects. We will carry packed breakfast with us on the trail. We will return by midday and enjoy a delicious lunch of traditional local recipes. Shoot along with our macro photography expert and master the technique of controlling light and exposure on field. We get together by 3.30pm for a cup of tea / coffee and then move out for the evening trail to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary.

Day 4

We will explore the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary for some time in the morning. Come back to camp for breakfast and you will be dropped to Margao, post lunch to board the bus / train back to Mumbai.

Things to carry
Carrying your macro lens is a primary need. However, there are good opportunities to use wide angle lenses for landscapes as well.
Carry fully charged batteries for your camera / flash.
Carry battery charger. Carry extra pack of camera batteries
Carry backup memory cards / HDD storage drives, Laptop
Fill your camera bag with silica gel to protect your gadgets from moisture. They are available in chemist shops.
You must carry headlights / torches for the night search. Headlights make your both hands free to operate your camera.
We also advise you to carry protective footwear - gumboots are best. These boots give enormous confidence while walking through the forest floor or marshy areas. In case you are reluctant to use Gum Boots, do carry tough shoes (preferably covering upto ankle).
Carry Leech socks and way to use them will be demonstrated during workshops
Do carry protective rain gears for yourself and for your equipment. We find Ponchos very good
Carry basic first aid along with you. Carry regular medicines if you are on medication. Carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites. Carry Permite cream to keep you protected from tick bites.

On field learning from the experts is said to be one of the best methods of improving your skillsets. Our Wildlife Photography Expert will hand hold you at every possible step for a better understanding of perspectives, camera controls and how to make use of the best opportunities to get better images. The training will focus on the following

How to approach Wildlife in the field
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Use of external lights and creative wildlife photography
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Mentor:
Yuwaraj Gurjar - a nationally acclaimed Wildlife photographer, writer, trainer and a conservation activist carrying with him an extensive field experience of more than 25 years in the Indian forests. He has travelled across the vast Indian geography and has thorough knowledge of most of the Indian forests. He has many publications contributing enormously to Indian Wildlife conservation. He has a very good knowledge of the Western Ghats microfauna and he specializes in butterflies and all other forms of macro photography. He is an award winner of hundreds of national and international acclaim. He is truly a national phenomenon, a Biodiversity expert and Chief Macro Photography advisor associated with DCP group.

Package cost: Rs 26000

Cost includes

All meals (Beginning from breakfast on day 1 to lunch on Day 4)
Packed breakfast wherever necessary
Biodiversity expert for all days
DCP photography expert for all days
Transfers in two Innovas
Entry tickets

Cost does not include:

Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any extra meals not included in the above itinerary
Travel cost of reaching Goa


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