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Location

Goa

Duration

4D/3N

31,500 35,000

31,500₹ 35,000

Overview

3 nights 4 days of Macro Photography Masterclass Expedition at Goa, one of the hotspots of the Western Ghats for the amazing herpetofauna that is found around this place during monsoons.

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About The Tour

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.

Quick Information

Route:

Ex Goa

Start Point:

Goa

Duration:

3 Nights 4 Days

End Point:

Goa

Inclusions

  • 3 nights 4 days of Macro Photography Masterclass Expedition
  • Biodiversity hospot of the Western Ghats
  • DCP photography expert for all days
  • Biodiversity expert for all days
  • All meals and packed breakfast wherever necessary
  • Transfers in AC Vehicle
  • All entry tickets

Experts

How To Reach

Reach Goa airport. Take a cab to Nature's Nest Resort, Goa.

Reach Margao railway station.Take a cab to Nature's Nest Resort, Goa.

Take a cab to Nature's Nest Resort, Goa.

Getting Ready

Things to carry:

  • Macro lenses – kit lens will help if you dont have one
  • 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
  • Torch - (If you have a head torch it would be useful)
  • Batteries (For your torch and other equipment’s)
  • Proper trekking shoes, Cap / hat, Slippers
  • Raingears to protect you and your equipment
  • Dull coloured clothes (Camouflaged, olive or khaki - avoid bright colors)
  • Extra pair of clothes (for overnight stay)
  • Medical kit, Toiletries
  • Equipment available on rental - please mail us at rentals@dcpexpeditions.com.

Itinerary

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 
 

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. After lunch.  Herping in Buffer of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary or at Anmode Ghat

We will explore the Herping on a plateau near Nature’s Nest 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.


Field Learnings

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

  1. How to approach Wildlife in the field
  2. Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
  3. Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
  4. Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
  5. Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
  6. How to get sharp images of moving subjectså
  7. Framing and composition in the field
  8. Ethics in Wildlife Photography

Image processing workshop

To maximize and complete your photographic learning, join our evening session of informal discussions on digital image processing. Our Expert will work on few of his own images or a few of yours (which you have clicked during the day) and demonstrate various techniques of image processing to give a final shape to your artwork. The following will be discussed

  1. RAW files processing
  2. Histogram and exposure control
  3. Colour correction methods
  4. Cropping and image resizing
  5. Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning
  6. Noise reduction
  7. Composition

Package Cost

Rs 31500 per head inclusive of all taxes (Ex Goa)

Cost includes

  • All meals 
  • Biodiversity expert for all days
  • DCP photography expert for all days
  • Transfers in AC Vehicles
  • 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

Map

Goa


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Cancellation policy

  1. All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
  2. All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
  3. All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible

FAQ's

Yes. Please write to us on info@dcpexpeditions.com as it is subject to availability.

Yes, you are welcome. The package cost however, remains the same.



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