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Goa Bird Photography - Jan 2018

Bird Photography related learning during the workshop
Today's Bird Photography is all about understanding your subject, action, creativity and uniqueness. The aim of this tour is to ensure on-the-field knowledge sharing & instruction with respect to bird photography, enabling participants to master creative photography skills and handle dynamic subjects such as birds with greater confidence.

During the workshop your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you master the core principles and concepts of Bird Photography. The sessions will help you to progress from taking images to making images. You will understand the concepts of storytelling images and what it takes to get your images published.

The below topics will be covered and the participants will learn how to apply these concepts in bird photography.

  • Manual and autofocus (focusing points, autofocus lock, single or continuous focus)
  • Manual exposure (ISO, shutter speeds, f/ stops and the light meter)
  • Metering modes (evaluative, matrix, spot metering) 
  • Depth of field (shallow, deep, hyper focal distance)
  • Motion (freezing, blurring and panning)
  • Picture styles / picture control (colour, black and white, sepia etc…)
  • Aperture priority, shutter speed priority, Manual exposure and other program modes 
  • In-depth coverage of Spot Metering, Evaluative / Matrix Metering, Partial Metering and Centre-Weighted Average
  • Understanding exposure - the 18% concept
  • White balance (pre-set and custom)
  • Different kind of outdoor lighting and how to study / make use of it.
  • Composition (framing)
  • Elements of design (seeing v/s looking)
  • Lenses and perspective (the right choice of focal length)
  • Pre-visualization
  • Completing the story
     

Post-Processing (Based on infrastructure and time availability)
During the course of the workshop, you will be taken through the fundamentals of image processing and the following topics will be covered:

  • Colour management policies (colour settings, working space, ICC profiles etc.)
  • Working with RAW files
  • Cropping and image editing
  • Levels, curves, contrast, saturation adjustments
  • Image sharpening, cloning, dodge and burn
  • Noise reduction
  • Advance concepts of targeted adjustments using masking and layers technique
  • Saving for web/ printing


During the Field Outing
During the field outing, your mentor Sudhir Shivaram will help you make memorable images. Inputs provided on the field will enable you make the most of the opportunity. Depending on what camera / lens you use, you will be taught how best to use it.

Your Photography Subjects at Goa
Around the camp:
The species likely to be seen are Crimson-backed Sunbird, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Orange Minivet, Small Minivet, Chestnut headed Bee-eater, Jungle Babbler, Brown-headed Barbet, White-cheeked Barbet, Malabar Barbet, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon.

Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary:
Here some of the species covered will be Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Grey Hornbill, Ashy Wood-swallow, 4 species of swallows, Dusky Crag Martin, Blyth’s Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling, White-rumped Munia, Black-throated Munia, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Crested Serpent Eable, Crested Hawk eagle, Shikra, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Orange-headed Thrush, Green Bee-eater, Flame-throated Bulbul, White-browed Bulbul, Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malabar trogon, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Lesser Goldenback, Greater Goldenback, Heart-spotted Woodpecker. Vernal hanging Parrot, Jerdon’s Leafbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Common Iora, Plum-headed Parakeet, Black-hooded Oriole.

Tambdi Surla area of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary:
Here we look for specific species like the Blue-eared Kingfisher which is found only along forest streams. Malabar whistling Thrush, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Dark-fronted Babbler.

Boat Safari in river Zuari and the Cumbharjua Canal:
We will look for species like Peregrine Falcon, Greater Crested Tern, Common Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Western Reef Egret, Great Egret, Gull-billed Tern, Osprey, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Little Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Wooly-necked Stork. 

Carambolim lake:
Some of the birds likely to be seen at are Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Lesser whistling Teal, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Spot-billed Duck, Darter, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Little ringed plover, Indian Golden Oriole, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Osprey, Greater Spotted Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Ruddy Shelduck.

Before the Workshop

  • Your camera / lens details needs to be sent to Sudhir so that he can prepare a chart of best practices for that set of equipment which you can use in the field.
  • Sudhir will have a video conference with all participants and answer any queires, doubts they may have about the workshop and explain the strategy for the workshop so that maximum learning can happen.


During the Workshop

  • Sudhir will demonstrate the best way to approach and shoot the subjects and also give deeper insights on the behaviour of the subjects.
  • He will introduce to the participants the advance custom function settings of the camera and teach them to shoot like a professional based on the chart he would have prepared for each individual.
  • He will continually guide participants during the hands-on field outing, review images and provide feedback.
  • Knowledge sharing and image review will continue through the evenings in the conference room where he will interact with participants to further reinforce the day's learning.
  • Assignments will be given to individuals which needs to be completed during the course of the workshop. This will enable better learning for the participants as they will have deliverables as a part of the workshop.


After the Workshop

  • Participants will select and upload their best images from the photo tour in the '"Sudhir Shivaram Photography Club" Facebook group.
  • Sudhir will personally review them and provide detailed inputs.
  • The learning continues through facebook and e-mail interactions, where doubts and queries related to their learning from the tour will be addressed and resolved.
  • The facebook group will also facilitate peer group interaction and contribute to the overall learning experience.

Day 1:
Pick up and transfer to Nature’s Nest. Nature’s Nest is an eco lodge located on the border of the Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary with Goan village style cottages. This is where you will be staying and having all your meals.

Post Lunch birding will be in the campus itself and the part of the sanctuary near the camp site. The forest will be dry deciduous with a stream flowing through it.

The species likely to be seen are Crimson-backed Sunbird, Purple-rumped Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Malabar Parakeet, Malabar grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Orange Minivet, Small Minivet, Chestnut headed Bee-eater, Jungle Babbler, Brown-headed Barbet, White-cheeked Barbet, Malabar Barbet, Grey-fronted Green Pigeon.

Day 2:
Morning birding will begin early at Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary. Bondla is known as one of the best birding areas in Goa in terms of the number of species one can see in a visit. The overall forest type is moist deciduous with patches of semi-evergreen forest also seen. Most of it is secondary forest with not a lot of tall trees which makes sighting birds and photographing them easier.

Here some of the species covered will be Coppersmith Barbet, Indian Grey Hornbill, Ashy Wood-swallow, 4 species of swallows, Dusky Crag Martin, Blyth’s Starling, Chestnut-tailed Starling, White-rumped Munia, Black-throated Munia, Golden-fronted Leafbird, Crested Serpent Eable, Crested Hawk eagle, Shikra, Velvet-fronted Nuthatch, Orange-headed Thrush, Green Bee-eater, Flame-throated Bulbul, White-browed Bulbul, Black-naped Monarch, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Malabar trogon, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Lesser Goldenback, Greater Goldenback, Heart-spotted Woodpecker.

We will return to Nature’s Nest for Lunch.

Post Lunch we will proceed to Tambdi Surla area of Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary. This is one of the prime areas in Bhagwan Mahavir WLS known for all kinds of wildlife (Birds, butterflies, odonates, herpetofauna). The forest here is semi-evergreen primary forest with very tall trees. Here we look for specific species like the Blue-eared Kingfisher which is found only along forest streams. Malabar whistling Thrush, Brown-breasted Flycatcher, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Barbet, White-bellied Woodpecker, Dark-fronted Babbler.

Post Dinner there will be a trail around the camp site for Nightjars. 3 species of nightjars are found in the area. There are also chances of seeing some owls like the Brown Fish Owl, Brown Hawk Owl, Brown Wood Owl.

Day 3:
Morning birding will again be in Bondla WLS in order to cover the species which were missed earlier. Species which would be seen are Vernal hanging Parrot, Jerdon’s Leafbird, Nilgiri Flowerpecker, Common Iora, Plum-headed Parakeet, Malabar Trogon, Black-hooded Oriole.

Post Lunch birding will be in the part of the sanctuary close to the camp site to look for Ceylon Frogmouth.

Day 4:
In the morning we will take the boat Safari in river Zuari and the Cumbharjua Canal to look for mangrove species of birds. Most of the birds seen in the area are winter migrants to Goa. We will look for species like Peregrine Falcon, Greater Crested Tern, Common Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Common Redshank, Common Greenshank, Western Reef Egret, Great Egret, Gull-billed Tern, Osprey, Common Kingfisher, White-throated Kingfisher, Lesser Pied Kingfisher, Stork-billed Kingfisher, Black-capped Kingfisher, Collared Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Little Heron, Black-crowned Night Heron, Wooly-necked Stork.

Then we will proceed to Carambolim lake for more wetland birds. Some of the birds likely to be seen are Purple Swamphen, Common Moorhen, Lesser whistling Teal, Cotton Pygmy Goose, Spot-billed Duck, Darter, Little Cormorant, Indian Cormorant, Grey Heron, Purple Heron, Glossy Ibis, Little ringed plover, Indian Golden Oriole, Blue-tailed Bee-eater, Osprey, Greater Spotted Eagle, Western Marsh Harrier, Ruddy Shelduck.

 

How to reach:
We can arrange a cab for you from anywhere from within 100 km from Nature’s Nest.

Best way to reach is to take a train coming to Margao or Londa or flight to Dabolim from where we can arrange the pick up. Alternately you may also take a bus from other major cities to Panjim or Margao and we then can arrange the pick up.

Public transport is a little slow. However you can reach Mollem (15 minutes) on a state transport bus from Margao/ Vasco/ Panjim plying to Belgaum via Anmode Ghat and get off at Mollem. We can arrange your pick up from Mollem located 15 minutes away.

Distances: Margao: 50 km; Panjim: 55 km; Calangute: 70 km; Airport: 60 km; Belgaum: 85 km; Londa: 55 km;
Dandeli/ Ganeshgudi (Closest birding destination in Karnataka): About 70 km



There are no questions related to this program!

Workshop Cost
Rs 29,500/-

* Price is per person, double occupancy.

Inclusions:

  • Accommodation in eco-cottages
  • All meals at Nature’s Nest Countryside Cottages
  • Morning Tea
  • Packed breakfast
  • Buffet lunch with veg. and non veg. options
  • Evening Tea
  • Soup in the evening
  • Buffet dinner with veg. and non veg. options
  • Full day guiding by expert bird guide in
  • Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary (BMWLS)
  • Tambdi Surla in BMWLS
  • Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary
  • River Zuari
  • Carambolim / Maina Lake/ other wetland
  • Charges for Boat Trip in River Zuari
  • Entry charges to Bhagwan Mahavir Wildlife Sanctuary only
  • Two mineral water bottles in the cottage on daily basis

Refund policy:

80% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done 45 days prior to the event.
50% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 30-45 days of the event.
25% fee to be refunded if cancellation is done between 15-30 days of the event.
No refund if cancellation is done between 0-15 days of the event.

Please note: The date of written (email) communication of intent to cancel is the date considered for calculation of the cancellation fees.