Light In The Night 

Enjoy a grand rendezvous as lights come alive in the sky!
 Light In The Night  is a Sky Lantern event that is being held in Bangalore that endeavors to spread the idea of a bright and jubilant India. Events have been taking place around the world to promote peace and harmony.

Last year, a similar event was held at Phoenix MarketCity Bangalore with an audience participation of nearly 1000 members. Lights filled the sky as lanterns were released by wonderful people of all ages, followed by live entertainment from Black Ice Crew( Bangalore)

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Come be a part of the celebration and Light the night with a sky lanterns. Join thousands in your city to witness the magical spectacle and cherish this memory for a lifetime.

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Birds of the Western Ghats – Goa birding, December 2014

Goa is blessed with splendid diversity of wildlife, culture as well as landforms. A diversity of 450 plus species is reported from this tiny state of India with 16 species endemic to the Western Ghats, which makes it one of the most exciting birding destinations. DCP announces an exclusive Goa birding camp at various birding hotspots in Goa covering Western Ghat forests of Bondla WLS and Bhagwan Mahavir WLS, a boat trip to the mangroves of River Zuari and also to Maina Lake.

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 is home to 15 species of Western Ghat endemic birds. It also has about 33 mammal species. Bondla WLS is another beautiful wildlife sanctuary, located about twenty minutes drive from the camp site. This sanctuary is also considered to be one of the best birding destinations in India. December to February is perfect season for Birding in GOA. This DCP Birding Tripwill give you sightings of about 120- 140 species of birds within three days with ample amount of photography opportunities.

THE CAMPSITE

The campsite has cottages placed amidst a permaculture farm on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. A calm river flows by the side of the lodge.The cottages are cozy& simple. They are constructed by local expert artisans with knowledge filtered over generations. The cottages suit the best to local climate and culture. All this is done keeping in mind the participants’ stay comforts.

SOME TARGET SPECIES

Malabar Trogon, Sri LankanFrogmouth, Flame-throated and Yellow-browed Bulbuls,Orange Minivet, Puff-throated and Dark-fronted Babblers, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Indian Blackbird, Malabar Whistling-thrush, Orange-headed Thrush, Indian Pitta, Small Sunbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Black-naped Blue Monarch, Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Oriental Scops Owl, Brown Hawk-owl, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Black Capped Kingfisher and Ospreys.

SCHEDULED DATES

12th to 14th December 2014 (2 nights 3 days)

ITINERARY

Day 1

After your arrival at Margao, you will be escorted to our camp site situated on the border of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. DCP Photography expert & Local birding expert would be there to 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 bird species of the region and a few tips and tricks on photography of woodland birds, 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 back for the evening birding around the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. Ongoing basis, participants may engage with DCP photography expert to get advice on photography concepts.

Key Species: Forest species & endemics: Grey-headed Bulbul, Ruby-throated yellow Bulbul, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Malabar Trogon, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Crimson-fronted Barbet, Bar-winged Flycatcher-Shrike

Day 2

The day begins 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. We will be going for morning birding at Bondla wildlife sanctuary. We will have expert birding guide with us who will take you to the typical known locations of few of the most sought after birds. 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 3.30pm for a cup of tea / coffee and then move out for the evening birding excursionaround the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. In the evening we gather for group discussions and review of the day’s images over a cozy campfire. This will be followed by an early dinner.

Key species: Bondla:Ruby-throated Yellow Bulbul, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Trogon, Crimson-backed Sunbird,Grey Junglefowl, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, Chestnut-headed Bee eater, Malabar Whistling Thrush.

We also are likely to find a lot of night birds calling from the woods and many a times offer exciting photography opportunities. During our stay of 2 nights and 3 days, we will have an opportunity to have one short night trail for the nightjars and owls.

Day 3

Today we will take a boat Safari at river Zuari followed by Birding at Maina Lake.The safari starts from Cortalim jetty at 7.30 am. We will be checking out early in the morning and proceeding to the Cortalim jetty about 90 minutes drive away. A 15 seater passenger boat takes you across the length of River Zuari going further in the mangrove-lined Cumbharjua Canal. The journey through the mangrove-lined canal is full of bird sightings (Good chance of sighting rare species here). The duration of the trip may vary from two and half hours to three hours. Around four – five varieties of Kingfishers may be spotted during this safari.

Boat Safari generally yields sightings of birds like Greater Crested Terns, Gull Billed Terns, Peregrine Falcon, Eurasian Curlews,White-bellied Sea Eagle, Black-capped Kingfisher, Terek Sandpiper, Lesser Adjutant and several other species of waders. After the boat Safari we head to a restaurant for an early lunch. Post lunch, we head to Maina lake for birding. We get to see Marsh harriers, Lesser whistling ducks, Northern Shovellers, Common Coot, Ruddy shelduck etc. Post the birding session at Maina lake we proceed to Margao for the journey back to Mumbai.

GETTING READY FOR THIS EXPEDITION

Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm
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
Carrying a Tripod is a must for all bird photography workshops
Carry a big towel / cloth to protect your gear from dust
Carry a big cloth / bandanna / scarf to protect you from the dust
Body Warmer for the chilly early mornings.
Sun screens are very important
It is advisable to carry basic first aid along with you.
Please carry Odomos to keep you protected from mosquito bites.
Carry a pair of good binoculars

ON FIELD PHOTOGRAPHIC LEARNING

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
Different modes of shooting (Av / A, Tv / S, M and P)
Exposure control in field under difficult light conditions
Mastering metering techniques (Spot, partial, center weighted, evaluative)
Mastering auto focus, focusing points, AF locking and focus tracking for moving subjects
How to get sharp images of moving subjects
Framing and composition in the field
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

RAW files processing
Histogram and exposure control
Colour correction methods
Cropping and image resizing
Sharpening, cloning, dodging and burning
Noise reduction
Composition

TEAM LEADER

Kane Lew, one of the finest artists in the DCP panel of experts. He is an arts graduate from Sir J.J. Institute of Applied Arts, Mumbai, and is an Art Director in a well known digital media entertainment firm. Kane is an experienced wildlife photographer and has travelled extensively across Indian geography for several years. He has brilliant photography skills and technical knowledge in all genres of Wildlife photography with a special interest in macro and super macro photography. He is known for his innovations and his capability of giving shape to imaginations. He has a great teaching acumen. Apart from his love for art, sculpture and music, he is a skilled trainer, trekker, biodiversity expert and Wildlife Photography advisor associated with DCP group.

PACKAGE COST

Rs 15,000 per head

Cost includes

Travel from Mumbai – Goa – Mumbai
Accomodation for 2 nights and 3 days.
Veg and non veg breakfast, lunch and dinner during the stay.
All park charges, entry fees etc
Boat safari charges
Expert birding guidefor 3 days
DCP photography expert for 3 days
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not include:

Camera fees at sanctuaries.
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

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :

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Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible

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In the land of the Head Hunters – DCP Hornbill festival 2014

This winter, join us for 5 nights and 6 days of mystic journey to the remote east of India, as we take you deep inside the land of the head hunters… the mysterious Nagaland. This expedition is not for all. This expedition is for the one who has inside him an ardent passion of capturing the colors of tribal rituals, the expressions of joy and the life away from the so called civilization in its raw form. Only 6 in a small group will be staying deep inside the hidden tribal villages and heritage cottages during this expedition. The basic objective is to experience the phenomenon from within than being on a typical tourist visit. Not only this, the team is also going to visit the remote, unexplored Tragopan Sanctuary and the world famous Dzukou Valley, which makes it altogether a thrilling adventure experience. Hold your breath !

For a photographer, there are too much to take back. The team is being led by 2 instructors from DCP, each having their expertise in their respective genre. Mr Amit Rane is a leading Travel photographer and Travel writer of the country who comes with his years of experience of photographing landscapes in the remotest corners of the country while Samrat is son of the soil of North East, a wildlife biologist and an expert field instructor in the North East Indian forests. During our stay at the villages, we will be teaching various aspects of travel photography including exposure, framing and composition, play of light, night photography, use of flash, HDR, landscapes including a special coaching on travel writing and guidance of development of personal portfolio. There cannot be a better platform to learn about travel photography than this – riot of colors, cultures and costumes ! Festival of the festivals – Hornbill festival !

ABOUT HORBILL FESTIVAL

Nagaland, a mystical land fabled for its ferocious tribes living amongst narrow strip of mountainous territory with rugged hills, emerald valleys, and sparkling streams has always been touted as the “Land of Festivals”, as each tribe celebrates its own festival with dedication and passion, and the Hornbill Festival is the grandest of all. It is one of the biggest cultural extravaganzas in India and welcomes tourists from around the world to explore the rich culture and traditions of the amazing tribes if NE India and undoubtly is a fest for the eyes – a riot of colours and costumes coupled with a sense of the exotic and mysteries.

For us, it means a closer understanding of our fellow brethrens, their culture , and an opportunity to experience the food, songs, dances and customs of Nagaland and other NE sister states. Hornbill Festival is a great time to experience the cultural diversity of North East India on a go as Cultural troops from all the northeastern states participate during this week-long celebration. It’s a celebration of the past and the present, a cultural extravaganza that not only celebrates the tribal way of life but also bridges the gap between generations and revives and strengthens human bonds. The Hornbill Festival is a magical experience in itself and represents unimaginable beauty, moulded perfectly for a breathtaking experience.

Major Tribes in Nagaland performing in Hornbill Festival

Ao
Angami
Chakhesang
Lotha
Kachari
Khiamniungam
Konyak
Kuki
Phom
Pochury
Rengma
Sangtam
Sema
Yimchunger,
Zeliang.
DATES

30th November to 5th December, 2014

ITINERARY

The Hornbill Festival exposes the culture and tradition of tribal people, and reinforces Nagaland’s identity as a unique state in India’s federal union. The Government of Nagaland organizes the Hornbill Festival every year in the first week of December at Naga Heritage Village, Kisama which is about 12 km from Kohima, the capital city of Nagaland. The Hornbill Festival showcases a mélange of cultural displays under one roof with the aim to revive, protect, sustain, and promote the richness of the Naga heritage and display its extravaganza and traditions.

Day 1

As you land in Guwahati Airport, our expert will escort you from there and we will start our journey to the land of the “Head Hunters”. It will take approximately 6 – 7 hours to reach our hotel at Kohima. Join the group for a discussion over dinner and take rest. Get ready for an action packed next 5 days.

Day 2

The day starts early by 5am with a wakeup call. We will drive to the grand opening ceremony of Hornbill Festival. The highlights include the Traditional Naga Morungs Exhibition and sale of Arts and Crafts, Food Stalls, Herbal Medicine Stalls, Flower shows and sales, Cultural Medley – songs and dances, Fashion shows, Beauty Contest, Traditional Archery, Naga wrestling, Indigenous Games, and Musical concert. Traditional Naga huts and Morungs (boy’s dormitories) typical to each of the Naga tribes are built and erected in a way that closely resembles their traditional euphoria on a small hillock in Kisama. The place itself is scenic and mystical, and the festival is simply epic!

The other big draw is the Peace Rally to commemorate the battle of Kohima. The World War II Jeeps and their crew in period costumes draw in a lot of spectators.

Day 3

One can get to see a colorful and vibrant celebration of a culture that is so mystic and intriguing. The warrior log drums, the colorful headgear, the soulful war cry, the exquisite costumes etc all are simply remarkable in their own ways. Delicious local cuisines and delicacies that are typical to each of the Naga tribes are served in their respective Morungs along with the finest rice beer. The amazing food simply makes it a gastronomic festival.

We return to our hotel rooms, get refreshed and then head for the Night Bazar. The Kohima Night Bazaar is also an interesting aspect of the Hornbill Festival. The stretch of the Kohima main town comes alive for 7 nights during the Hornbill Festival with food, music, and fun. The street is overcrowded with various food stalls serving out some of the finest delicacies and it’s simply amazing walking through the hustle-bustle.

Day 4

Hotel Check out by noon and then head for KHONOMA heritage village. The picturesque village of Khonoma lies 20 kms away from the capital city of Kohima. This village which has a very rich history is the stronghold of the Angami tribe.

What greets the eye is the natural setting of the village that is simply amazing with golden terraced fields encrusted by verdant hill slopes. But it is the thick forest, teaming with birds for which Khonoma has a unique position in Nagaland. It holds the distinction of being the only village in Nagaland where logging and hunting are banned. In 1998 the villagers demarcated 70 sq.kms of the community forest as a reserved forest christening it the Khonoma Nature Conservation and Tragopan Sanctuary.

Overnight in their ethnic cottages with exquisite cuisines for dinner.

Day 5

Visit the Tragopan Sanctuary and the world famous Dzukou Valley offering panoramic view of the beautiful landscape of the hill area. Onernight in the cottages.

Day 6

Head towards Jorhat on road for you return journey

TEAM LEADERS

Amit Rane is one of the most skilled Wildlife photographers in the DCP family. He has travelled extensively across Indian geography for more than 18 years and has in depth knowledge of difficult terrains spread across the Indian subcontinent. He has brilliant photography skills in all genre of Wildlife photography starting from bird photography to mammals, from landscapes to macro photography, from reptiles to amphibians. He is a trained Herpetologist and loves reptiles. He is a regular travel photographer and writer. He also has a deep interest in product and fashion photography. He has a fantastic teaching acumen. He is a trainer, biodiversity expert, wildlife photography advisor and holds the chair of Director, Outbound Expeditions, Team DCP.

Samrat is a young and dynamic zoologist and a Wildlife expert, specifically working extensively in the forests of North East India for over 5 years. He comes with exhaustive experience of working in the lesser known wild places of North East India including Dibru-Saikhowa National Park, Joypore Rain Forest, Deepor Beel, Orang National Park, Amchang Wildlife Sanctuary, Gibbon Wild Life Sanctuary and much other difficult geography of eastern Himalayas and North East India including Assam, Arunachal Pradesh, Nagaland and Manipur studying primate diversities and surveying avifauna conservation status. He is the youngest but most dynamic member of the group and is a group leader for North East Indian expeditions of DCP.

CAMP COST

Rs 42,000 per person (Ex Guwahati)

Cost Includes:

Transfer charges (Guwahati – Kohima – Kisama – Khonoma – Jorhat)
Food and Accommodation 5 nights and 6 days (on twin sharing).
Vehicle on all days
All activities and instructor charges.
All Taxes and service charges.
Cost does not Include:

Mineral Water, Soft Drinks, Laundry Charges, Phone Calls, Tips etc.
Any kind of insurance, Medical or/and Emergency Charges.
Any Thing not covered under the head ‘Cost Includes’.

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :

Please click on the ‘Register for Workshop’ tab on the top / bottom right corner of this page to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confimred only after a successful payment process. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible

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Bera Leopard Expedition – November, 2014

BERA is a small village situated in the Aravali region of Rajasthan, hardly visible in a map, very close to Mount Abu Hill station. Little known to the world even a few years back, the village is today, a Wildlife photography hot spot. Star attraction – Indian Leopard (Panthera pardus), called panther by the locals. The Leopards are commonly found in open degraded forest areas and open rocky terrains, adjoining the village itself thus etching your Leopard photography experience as a lifetime memory. Many of the villagers, having been guides for the British hunters, are experienced trackers & know their Cats very well. And since there is only one type of Tree called “Khejri” or “Sangri” in this area, leopard sightings are highly rewarding.

The Jawai Dam is one of the largest man made dams of Western Rajasthan, built by the Maharaja Umaid Singh of Jodhpur. It is also a Marsh Crocodile Sanctuary where you can see more than 15 crocodiles basking at a single spot, if lucky. In spite of the hostile terrain & extreme climates, Bera is an abode for various ungulates, including the “Neel Gai” or Blue Bull. On a clear night, one can spot various animals, herbivores & carnivores, during the night safari at the banks of the Jawai Dam itself. Bird life of Bera is also simply outstanding. Spending a few hours near few of the lakes and smaller water bodies can be highly rewarding. Come join us at the very thrilling DCP Leopard photography camp at Bera.

WILDLIFE AROUND BERA

Leopard
Bluebull
Sambhar
Marsh Crocodile
Hyena
Jungle Cat
Sarus Crane
Robin Accentor
Demoiselle Crane
Bar-headed Geese

SCHEDULED DATES

21st to 23rd November 2014 (2 nights 3 days)

ITINERARY

Day 1

Pickup from Jawai Bandh Railway Station at 12:30 pm. On the way to our resort Leopard’s Lair, we will be halting at the Jawai Bandh Dam for viewing crocodiles & some migratory birds. Leopard Lair Resort, conceived 14 years back, was an initiative by Sriji Arvind Singh Mewar to create the jungle lodge with animal conservation as a prime motive. The resort also receives continuing support and suggestions from HH Maharaja Gaj Singh ji of Jodhpur due to which Leopard’s Lair is able to provide unique customized, and the world renowned Rajput hospitality in the village of Bera. The perfect base to explore the territory of the regal leopard, where sighting the wild beast is very common. Proceed to the resort and check-in to the rooms. After a late lunch at about 2:30, spend some time in the village and get the feel of the ethnic culture & also the rural feel.

Leave for the Leopard Safari at 4:45 pm in open jeeps. Each Safari may last for approximately 3 hours. Chances of sighting of a leopard is extremely high. The trackers who accompany you in the jeep are excellent in their job and can track leopards from several meters away on hilly terrains. Return to resort after the safari and join the group at the dinner table.

Meals: Lunch, Evening Tea/Snacks & Dinner

Day 2

Bed Tea at 05:30 am. Leave for an early morning Leopard safari. Track leopards in the hilly terrain for approximately 2 hours and as sun goes up, we return to the resort. The lakes on the way also offer excellent opportunity of photographing Crocodiles from close quarters. This is the best place for getting various migratory birds. Return to resort for breakfast by 10:00 am. Lunch at 1:00 pm and have some leisure time to go around the village and visit the old temples. Leave for the Leopard Safari at 4:45 pm in open jeeps. Return to resort after the safari and join for Dinner.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch, Evening Tea/Snacks & Dinner

Day 3

Bed Tea at 05:30 am. Leave for early morning Leopard safari for about 2 hours and then move to some of the smaller water bodies of the village. Do bird photography and then return to resort for lunch. Check out post lunch & leave resort by around 3:00 pm. Halt at Jawai Bandh for some sightings or Landscapes.

Meals: Breakfast, Lunch.

EXPERT

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 truly a national phenomenon, not only a Biodiversity expert and Chief Macro Photography advisor associated with DCP group but also a figure of International acclaim including all genre of photography.

PACKAGE COST

Rs 24,000 (Ex Jawai Bandh Railway Station)

Cost includes

Pick up and drop from Jawai Bandh Railway Station
Accommodation for 2 nights and 3 days
Meals as mentioned for 2 nights and 3 days
All park charges, entry fees, jeep charges, guide charges etc
All Taxes and service charges.
Photography teaching by DCP Wildlife Photography expert.
Cost does not include:

Travel from Mumbai / Delhi – Jawai Bandh – Mumbai / Delhi
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

REGISTRATION INQUIRIES

Please click on the registration tab on the top of this page to register yourself. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible
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A day out with the Herps – November 2014

At times, you must have got mesmerized by some extreme close up images of some of the most venomous snakes in the DCP forum. Or may be a completely nontraditional perspective of a lizard provoked a thought in your mind… why didn’t I try this ? Or may be a frog or a spider or just a small insect showing details of its appendages might have left you awestruck ? Extreme close-ups and such rule breaking compositions are fascinating… especially when your subject is challenging. This Macro world of the lesser fauna, particularly reptiles and amphibians are magical, though the photography and creating such extra ordinary perspectives is not as easy as it looks like. We are sure it has happened with you many times. You might had photographed a species with another field expert and looking at his pictures you wondered – why I missed to get this angle? How many times did you come across a creature and wondered what exactly should your frame be? How many times someone commented on your images, ‘wrong frame’!?

Well, understanding your subject is the best helping hand at such times. Learn the skill of interpreting your subject, anticipate, plan and execute unique photographic perspectives. We always preach – a Wildlife photographer is a wildlife lover first and then a photographer. It is mandatory to know your subjects if you are looking forward to master this field.

DATE

Batch 1 – 29tth June 2014

Batch 2 – 27th July, 2014

Batch 3 – 31st August, 2014

Batch 4 – 14th September, 2014

Batch 5 – 19th October, 2014

Batch 6 – 2nd November, 2014

VENUE

The full day session will be conducted in Mumbai outskirts only. Exact location will be disclosed only on the workshop day.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

It’s a full day program where you get 8 hours of extensive hands on training on Reptile and Amphibian behavioral photography. This involves trekking through rough terrains and crossing rivulets, looking for reptiles and amphibians under not so pleasant climatic conditions. Yes this is not a luxury camp. Also please take a note that, we at DCP don’t indulge into any kind of captive photography and hence this is a true adventure into the raw wilderness of the Western Ghats in search of the most charismatic lesser fauna that it boasts of. It’s a great platform to experience what DCP Explorer’s expeditions expect out of you.

This camp also ensures that your selection for one of the DCP Explorers camp to one of the remote forests of India is facilitated. “DCP explorers” is a self funded, self supported, a very passionate venture to popularize conservation photography and also an attempt to support the scientific community by helping in building up a rich database of various life forms on earth. This project is now live and our team of explorers are on field !!! Team DCP will be exploring the lesser known remote forests of India not only to carry home some breath catching images of natural history moments but also to document the biodiversity of the geography to build up a rich resource of data and images, which can be extremely helpful for the scientific community.

EXPERT

Sushil Chikane – a nationally acclaimed Biodiversity expert, writer, trainer and a conservation activist carrying with him an extensive field experience of more than 15 years in the Indian forests. He has excellent knowledge of the fauna of the Western Ghats and specially loves reptiles. He is an adventure sports instructor for trekking, rafting, scuba diving, rock climbing and works in association with many renowned nature and adventure groups as advisor. He has published more than 8 research papers in various scientific journals on reptiles and avifauna diversity, habitat relationships, diversity analysis, behavioral ecology and conservation status of various species in the Western Ghats. He has travelled across Indian geography and associated with DCP as Chief Biodiversity Expert and project advisor.

REGISTRATION FEES

Rs 2000 per head

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :

Please click on the ‘Register for Workshop’ tab on the top / bottom right corner of this page to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confimred only after a successful payment process. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible

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Isaac Kehimkar Workshop – Butterflies of the North East, October 2014

Garo Hills are in the north-westernmost tip of the famous Indo-Burmese Biodiversity Hotspot and especially South Garo Hills is considered to be one of the best places to watch and study butterflies, both for the amateurs as well as the professionals. The butterfly fauna is extremely diverse. Kuthe et al reported 298 butterfly species from the Garo Hills, eight of which are legally protected under Schedule I and 33 under Schedule II of the Indian Wildlife (Protection) Act, 1972. The team also projects that the total number of species could be nearing 600 to 650 and almost half of them remain yet to be described. Notable among many species found are like the Blue Begum, Scarce Jester and Pointed Palmfly, along with other rare species like the China Nawab and Stately Nawab. This extremely rich biodiversity hotspot also offers you ‘bonus’ sightings of other wildlife like the Hoolock gibbon, Malayan giant squirrel and the hoary-bellied squirrel. During the expedition, we will be covering Baghmara Reserve Forest, Balpakram National Park, Siju Wildlife Sanctuary, Community forests.

Several trusts like Samrakshan Trust, Titli Trust and others have been working too hard for several years in various ways to encourage the Garos to keep their forests rather than turn them over to illegal coal miners. Part of this effort is butterfly tourism in the Garo Hills, and this year, DCP has decided to contribute. Please note this is not a profit making venture. If we save anything after this camp, it will be donated to BNHS in support of Garo hills Wildlife protection. Thanks to Isaac Kehimkar for guiding us the right way ahead.

SCHEDULED DATES

27th October to 2nd November 2014 (6 nights 7 days)

ITINERARY

Day 1: Guwahati – Baghmara (250 kms, Drive time: 6 – 7 hours)

We will be driving roadways from Guwahati to Baghmara. Baghmara is the district headquarters of South Garo Hills district and gateway to Balpakram NP and Siju WLS. Night stay is arranged at Baghmara Tourist Lodge.

Day 2: Karwani (Baghmara Reserve forest), Baghmara

Today, the major activity is butterfly watching at Karwani. Karwani is just a few kilometers away from the Baghmara town. Karwani is one of the hotspots for butterfly watching in Garo Hills. Karwani also harbors endemic carnivore plants like Pitcher Plant, Sundews and wild orchids among others. We will have a night drive at Baghmara Reserve forest. We may probably encounter elephants, slow Loris, Golden cat, Jungle cat, Leopard cat, Palm Indian civet etc. Night stay is at Baghmara Tourist Lodge.

Day 3: Panda – Balpakram National Park (65 kms, drive time: 2.30 hours)

Butterfly watching at Panda. Panda forest is adjoining with the Baghmara Reserve Forests and it’s about 20 km away from the Baghmara. After lunch at Panda, proceed to Balpakram NP from Panda. Night stay is at Balpakram NP forest IB.

Day 4: Location: Balpakram National Park (BNP).

Butterfly watching at BNP. Balpakram NP is covers an area of 220 sq.km. Along with rich wildlife, Balpakram NP is famous for its local cultural belief. The local Garos’ believes that the soul after death rest at the Balpakram. Herping at nearby streams and forests in the night. Night stay at Balpakram NP forest IB.

Day 5: Balpakram National Park – Siju WLS (100 kms, drive time: 4 hours)

Early morning bird watching at Balpakram NP. Proceed to Siju WLS. Siju WLS around 100 Km away from Balpakram National Park and usually takes 4 hours’ drive (via Baghmara). Siju WLS is adjoined with the Balpakram National Park and famous for its natural surrounding and stunning limestone formation. Siju WLS is also an Important Bird Area (IBA).

Day 6: Location: Siju WLS

Butterfly watching at Siju WLS. Evening, we will visit to Siju famous cave ‘Dobakol’. Night stay at Siju Eco Camp.

Day 7: Location: Guwahati (250 kms, Drive time: 6-7 hours)

Proceed to Guwahati from Siju Eco Camp.

ACCOMMODATION

Accommodation at all sites will be on twin sharing basis, consisting of a mix of camping tents and huts. At Baghmara and Balpakram accommodation will be mix of camping tents and room. All the sites have common toilet facilities both western and Indian.

MEALS

Three meals per day will be provided during your entire trip- breakfast, lunch and dinner and morning and evening tea. Packaged lunch in the field, wherever necessary. Meal timing on all days (tentative) are morning tea at 6:00 am, breakfast at 6:30 am, lunch at 1:00 pm (packed lunch, if in the field), evening tea at 4:00 pm and dinner at 7:00 pm.

VISIT GUIDELINES

Footwear: Shoes and sandals. Be prepared to wade through streams. Sandals are the best footwear.
Clothes: Temperature: Max: 23 degree, Min: 10 degree. Light jacket will suffice.
Butterfly watching guidelines: DO NOT BRING BUTTERFLY NETS.
Liquor: No liquor is allowed to be consumed during the tour.
General: Please carry water bottles, umbrellas, butterfly guides, touch, mosquito repellent (though mosquito net will be provided), personal towel etc.

GETTING READY FOR THIS EXPEDITION

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 PHOTOGRAPHIC LEARNING

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

THE MAESTRO AND THE MENTOR

Isaac Kehimkar, a name synonymous with butterflies, ace naturalist of India and a National asset. He doesn’t really need an introduction to the wildlife community. Apart from being the General Manager Programs of Bombay Natural History Society (BNHS) and joint editor of Hornbill, its quarterly magazine, he is also the author of books like Common Indian Wild Flowers, Moths – an Introduction, Common Butterflies of India and Book of Indian Butterflies. Having travelled extensively across length and breadth of the country, he holds with him a treasure of natural history documentation from the most remote forests of India. We at DCP are privileged to have Mr Kehimkar this winter for a Butterfly workshop at the Indo Burmese biodiversity hotspot of Garo hills of Meghalaya. There cant be anything better than this. This is DCP’s this year’s one of the grand events.

DCP SKIPPER AND COORDINATOR

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.

REGISTRATION INQUIRIES

Please click on GET TICKETS to register yourself. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible

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A day out with the Herps – October 2014

At times, you must have got mesmerized by some extreme close up images of some of the most venomous snakes in the DCP forum. Or may be a completely nontraditional perspective of a lizard provoked a thought in your mind… why didn’t I try this ? Or may be a frog or a spider or just a small insect showing details of its appendages might have left you awestruck ? Extreme close-ups and such rule breaking compositions are fascinating… especially when your subject is challenging. This Macro world of the lesser fauna, particularly reptiles and amphibians are magical, though the photography and creating such extra ordinary perspectives is not as easy as it looks like. We are sure it has happened with you many times. You might had photographed a species with another field expert and looking at his pictures you wondered – why I missed to get this angle? How many times did you come across a creature and wondered what exactly should your frame be? How many times someone commented on your images, ‘wrong frame’!?

Well, understanding your subject is the best helping hand at such times. Learn the skill of interpreting your subject, anticipate, plan and execute unique photographic perspectives. We always preach – a Wildlife photographer is a wildlife lover first and then a photographer. It is mandatory to know your subjects if you are looking forward to master this field.

DATE

Batch 1 – 29tth June 2014

Batch 2 – 27th July, 2014

Batch 3 – 31st August, 2014

Batch 4 – 14th September, 2014

Batch 5 – 19th October, 2014

Batch 6 – 2nd November, 2014

VENUE

The full day session will be conducted in Mumbai outskirts only. Exact location will be disclosed only on the workshop day.

WHAT DO YOU GET OUT OF IT?

It’s a full day program where you get 8 hours of extensive hands on training on Reptile and Amphibian behavioral photography. This involves trekking through rough terrains and crossing rivulets, looking for reptiles and amphibians under not so pleasant climatic conditions. Yes this is not a luxury camp. Also please take a note that, we at DCP don’t indulge into any kind of captive photography and hence this is a true adventure into the raw wilderness of the Western Ghats in search of the most charismatic lesser fauna that it boasts of. It’s a great platform to experience what DCP Explorer’s expeditions expect out of you.

This camp also ensures that your selection for one of the DCP Explorers camp to one of the remote forests of India is facilitated. “DCP explorers” is a self funded, self supported, a very passionate venture to popularize conservation photography and also an attempt to support the scientific community by helping in building up a rich database of various life forms on earth. This project is now live and our team of explorers are on field !!! Team DCP will be exploring the lesser known remote forests of India not only to carry home some breath catching images of natural history moments but also to document the biodiversity of the geography to build up a rich resource of data and images, which can be extremely helpful for the scientific community.

EXPERT

Sushil Chikane – a nationally acclaimed Biodiversity expert, writer, trainer and a conservation activist carrying with him an extensive field experience of more than 15 years in the Indian forests. He has excellent knowledge of the fauna of the Western Ghats and specially loves reptiles. He is an adventure sports instructor for trekking, rafting, scuba diving, rock climbing and works in association with many renowned nature and adventure groups as advisor. He has published more than 8 research papers in various scientific journals on reptiles and avifauna diversity, habitat relationships, diversity analysis, behavioral ecology and conservation status of various species in the Western Ghats. He has travelled across Indian geography and associated with DCP as Chief Biodiversity Expert and project advisor.

REGISTRATION FEES

Rs 2000 per head

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :

Please click on the ‘Register for Workshop’ tab on the top / bottom right corner of this page to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confimred only after a successful payment process. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible

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Biodiversity of Western Ghats, Kaas / Thoseghar – September 2014

Kaas plateau of flowers, a few kilometers ahead of Satara, is a magical piece of land and is one of the global biodiversity hotspots. The place displays one of the most spectacular natural events of wild Maharashtra during the latter half of the year. With hundreds of shades of millions of tiny wild flowers spreading across the horizon, the nostalgic earthen smell of the soil along with the dramatic play of lights amidst the clouds against the blue vast sky make a truly breathtaking spectacle for a human eye.

The lateritic soil crust of this place being very thin, is deficient of nutrients and thus doesn’t nurture growth of big trees and shrubs. Lack of much of grass here therefore avoids the grazing animals and hence these wild flowers get abundance of sunlight, water and air thus creating carpet layers of flowers in various stages of bloom as far as vision goes. Then there are the insectivorous plants in abundance throughout the plateau. Kaas, is not only a botanist’s paradise but also a photographers heaven.

SCHEDULED DATES:

26th – 27th September, 2014 (1 night 2 days)

ITINERARY:

Day 1:

On your arrival at Satara, you will be met with our representative and you will be transferred to your Hotel. After you freshen up, join the group for a hot cup of tea / coffee. This is followed by camp briefing and orientation (Introduction to staff and instructors, Camp facilities and Safety briefing). Following lunch at the camp site, we shall be visiting Chalkewadi Wind Mills and Thoseghar, an amazingly beautiful place for landscape photography. One would also get ample opportunity of Macro photography as this place is home to loads of monsoon flora and fauna, especially reptiles, amphibians, arachnids and insects. Our field experts would guide you to identify rare species which always helps to express your pictures better. Following this we come back to Hotel. Take rest and join the group for dinner.

Day 2:

After breakfast, we shall proceed towards Kaas. A global biodiversity hotspot, better known as the plateau of flowers, a heavenly spectacle with millions of tiny flowers of hundreds of different species – is famous for its endemic monsoon flora. Spend a morning with our field experts photographing the world of beautiful flowers. From orchids to insectivorous plants, Kaas has them all. Due to thousands of visitors visiting Kaas during this particular season of the year, it is possible that we may have to park our vehicle approximately 3 – 4 km away from the site of interest. This may therefore need a walk of 3 – 4 km, which we are sure wouldn’t be tiring for the participants. We break for lunch near Kaas. This is followed by a forest trail around Kaas, which again gives a lot of scope to photograph a few rare endemic flora and fauna. We come back to Satara for evening tea/coffee and then depart for Mumbai.

GETTING READY FOR THIS EXPEDITION

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 PHOTOGRAPHIC LEARNING

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

EXPERTS

Sushil Chikane – a nationally acclaimed Biodiversity expert, writer, trainer and a conservation activist carrying with him an extensive field experience of more than 15 years in the Indian forests. He has excellent knowledge of the fauna of the Western Ghats and specially loves reptiles. He is an adventure sports instructor for trekking, rafting, scuba diving, rock climbing and works in association with many renowned nature and adventure groups as advisor. He has published more than 8 research papers in various scientific journals on reptiles and avifauna diversity, habitat relationships, diversity analysis, behavioral ecology and conservation status of various species in the Western Ghats. He has travelled across the vast Indian geography and is associated with DCP as a project advisor.

Amit Rane is one of the most skilled Wildlife photographers in the DCP panel of experts. He has travelled extensively across Indian geography for more than 15 years and has in depth knowledge of difficult terrains spread across the Indian subcontinent. He has brilliant photography skills in all genre of Wildlife photography starting from bird photography to mammals, from landscapes to macro photography, from reptiles to amphibians. He is a trained Herpetologist and loves reptiles. He is a regular travel photographer and writer. He also has a deep interest in product and fashion photography. He has a fantastic teaching acumen. He is a trainer, biodiversity expert and Wildlife Photography advisor associated with DCP group since its inception.

CAMP COST:

Rs. 5000/- per person

Cost includes

Transport from Mumbai to Satara
Food and Accommodation at Satara for 1 night and 2 days.
All outdoor activities and instructor charges.
All Taxes and service charges.

PLEASE PRACTICE RESPONSIBLE TOURISM AT KAAS PLATEAU

Remember that the plateau has many rare, endangered and threatened, unique plant species, found nowhere in the world other than this place. It is our responsibility to protect these and avoid extinction. If we take care of the plateau and enjoy the beauty, without hurting it, it will be there for years to come for our enjoyment as well as for our next generations. It is prestigious World Heritage site. Damage to it will be shameful to us as a country. Let us not only put all responsibility on the shoulders of government, but own some responsibility of conservation.

Do not walk on the plants, flower beds.
Do not pluck any plant, flowers. These plants survive only in this plateau and cannot be grown in your garden.
Do not litter. Do not throw the plastic bottles, food wrappers or any sort of plastic
Avoid eating on the plateau. Do not throw and food items, chewing gum etc. on the plateau.
Avoid use of any music systems, however small it may be.
Avoid going too close to the flowers. Be sure not to harm the plants during macro photography.
Do not take your vehicles on the plateau. The smoke of vehicles is damaging.
Do not kill any animal of the plateau including snakes and scorpions.
Be careful while driving, avoid any road kill of any animal.
Do not consume alcoholic drinks on the plateau.
Avoid smoking on the plateau, which also adds to the litter and pollution, though at small level.
Avoid staying on the plateau between 6 pm to 6 am.
If you find some one damaging, plucking the plants/ flowers, sitting on the plants, be bold and do resist him/ her in good convincing words. If he is not in mood to listen to you, draw the attention of forest guard around.
It is illegal to collect any samples of flora or fauna from the plateau, without prior permission from the forest department. You may be fined heavily or prosecuted if you are found collecting anything.
Spread this message to maximum people.Govt of Maharashtra Forest Department, Satara Division

REGISTRATION AND PAYMENT :

Please click on GET TICKETS to register yourself. Once you fill in your details and click submit, you will be redirected to the online payment page. Your registration is completed and confimred only after a successful payment process. In case of any difficulty, please connect with us through any of the following route

Land line: 022-61818464 Fax: 022-61214950 Mail: info@dcpexpeditions.com Website: http://www.dcpexpeditions.com

CANCELLATION POLICY

All cancellations before 30 days of the event date – 100% refund
All cancellations between 20 – 30 days of the event date – 50% refund
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date – No refund possible