Bhigwan Bird sanctuary, kumbhargaon. hotel kumbhargaon bird watching, Pune, Maharashtra, India 413132, Pune, India
Birds, Chinkaras and the Star Trails - Bhigwan, February 2022
Around 100 kms away from Pune, exists a small town, also referred to as the “Bharatpur of Maharashtra”, as it hosts thousands of migratory birds during the winter. One of the major attractions of bhigwan is the arrival of the greater flamingos with the onset of the migratory season. However, the area is studded with many other different species of birds including Herons, Cormorants, Egrets, Kingfishers, ducks, geese and many more. Most of the bird sightings happen around two places, Diksal and Kumbhargaon. DCP is organizing a very exciting bird photography camp at Bhigwan this winter. The package comes with an exciting Star Trail photography Workshop as well. Photographing the night sky can be extremely thrilling and challenging too. However, if done following the correct technique, they can yield immensely beautiful results. We are sure that it would be a surreal experience. Finally the camp ends with a session of photographying the Chinkaras of Indapur. Overall an exciting weekend photography camp.
1. Night sky introduction
2. Startrails photography
3. Basic post-processing of the startrail image
4. Hands on Bird Photography training
5. Chinkaras photography
Scheduled dates: 26th-27th February 2022
Our journey starts from Navi Mumbai by 7 am in the morning. The assembly point and time will be intimated to you by our Skipper. We will be traveling on road in Tempo Traveller and will reach Kumbhargaon by around 2:30 pm. We will have breakfast and lunch on the way. We will freshen up and by 3:30 pm, we will proceed for the 1st boat ride. This ride will continue till 6.00 pm and we will have excellent opportunities to photograph the beautiful avifauna of Bhigwan from a close distance. Dont miss the silhouettes against the setting Sun of Bhigwan. After relaxing over a cup of tee we will proceed for a night trail to witness night life. We stand good chance to see owls, nightjars, lizards, chameleons, etc. we return for dinner post dinner we proceed for our exciting star trail photography session. Post this we return to our accommodation in Kumbhargaon and retire for the day.
Next day, we get up by 6 am. The 2nd boat ride of the trip which will start by 7 am. Carry biscuits or other munchies along. After doing photography for a couple of hours, we will come back for a late breakfast. Post breakfast we will head to Indapur Chinkara sanctuary to shoot Chinkaras and grassland birds. Return journey will start from Bhigwan post lunch at about 2.00 pm to reach Mumbai by 7.00 pm.
We will be staying the night at Kumbhargaon itself. the accommodation is basic and on sharing basis.
Things to carry
Your DSLR camera
Preferably a wide angle lens for the star trails
Telephoto lenses – preferably above 400 mm for birds
A remote shutter release (Wireless / cable operated)
A sturdy tripod is a must – for both star trail as well as bird photography
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
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
Please wear camouflage clothes and hats
Carry winter clothing, shoes / gum boots
Do carry extra pair of footwear (as we might have to enter into water)
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
Framing and composition in the field
Ethics in Wildlife Photography
Sangram is a skilled wildlife photographer and a hardcore nature enthusiast. He has travelled extensively across the Indian geography photographing and documenting the magnanimous beauty of the natural history of the country in his camera. His images have been appreciated and acknowledged in various photography competitions, newspapers and Exhibitions. He has a special interest Bird photography. Sangram has done his Bachelors of Architecture from University of Pune. Apart from being a skilled photographer, he is also a talented Artist and has a great hand in painting, sketching and sculpting. He is a skilled trainer, one of the DCP Explorers and is currently leading our projects as Panel Expert, Team DCP Nashik and a Consultant Strategy Team.
Rs. 9750 per person inclusive of all taxes
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Transport from and to Mumbai in Tempo Traveller
All meals as mentioned in itinerary
Stay for one night at Baramati
All boat ride charges
All guide and instructor fees
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 extra meals not included in the above itinerary
All cancellations before 30 days of the event date - 100% credit
All cancellations between 20 - 30 days of the event date - 50% credit
All cancellations within 20 days of the event date - No credit possible