A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Many followers of NaturesLens will probably know that David & I have been friends for many years. Well before he & Pui Hang set up NaturesLens & have enjoyed many photographic adventures together.

Just before Christmas 2017, David asked me if I had been to the Little Rann of Kutch. I said I had never even heard of it. Kutch is a little-known wildlife destination in the state of Gujarat near the Pakistan border.  So off we went in March this year to carry out a recce for NaturesLens.

Sunset over one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

We stayed at a lodge near the park of Little Rann of Kutch. The area is mainly a vast saline desert interspersed with thorny scrub & grasslands, appx 5,000 sq kilometres.  It is a very strategic location for bird migration including many types of raptors, waders, cranes, flamingos & other bird species. It is also home to the very rare Asiatic Wild Ass, Indian Wolf, Indian Fox & Desert Fox. Some of these species can be seen nowhere else.

One of the Indian Foxes walking across open grassland an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Desert Foxes curled up on the ground an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

An Asiatic Wild Ass with foal an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A young Desert Fox kit an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A trio of Asiatic Wild Ass including one of the foals make their way across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

This is a fantastic opportunity to photograph rare & endangered species which will make great additions to your portfolio. The Raptors do not have trees to perch in, so unusually they sit on the ground. This provides unusual opportunities to photograph raptors at eye level as they take off from the ground.

One of the Steppe Eagles flying over the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayOne of the female Montagu's Harrier hunting across the salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

It can be scorching hot in this desert region often up to 38c. But it is a dry heat so much more bearable than some other states of India, which can be very humid.

David & I spent a week exploring the habitats & there are many more great locations we did not have time to visit. Our timing was probably a little bit late as the migrating birds were starting to leave & return to their breeding countries. But we still had great opportunities for photography & realise it could have been even better.

A mirror reflection of a wading bird at sunset in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayA sunset silhouette of a wading bird in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography HolidayIt is indeed a location I would not hesitate in returning to in the future. Hopefully, the images here will give you a taste of what to expect on any future Wildlife of the Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday to Gujarat.

Two Black Winged Stilts wading in the mirror like waters of one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

Three Lesser Flamingoes standing in the reflective waters of a lake in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Steppe Eagles with out stretched wings gliding over the barren salt flats an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

One of the Lesser Flamingos feeding an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A pair of Lesser Flamingo getting ready to take off at one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

 

A mass of the Lesser Flamingos take flight an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A juvenile Lesser Flamingo with its beak in the water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Juvenile Black Winged Stilt standing in water with one leg raised an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A group of Lesser Flamingo and juveniles feeding in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes in one of the lakes at Little Rann of Kutch an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A flock of Demoiselle Cranes congregating in one of the lakes in the Kutch area an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Female Desert Fox an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A Bar tailed Godwit looking for food in water an image captured during a Natureslens Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday

A barn owl on a vintage water pump, photographed on the NaturesLens Autumn Birds of Prey Workshop

Darren joined our Autumn Birds of Prey workshop to capture stunning portraits of our charismatic raptors. As you can see, I would say he achieved his goal!
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The barn owl perched on a vintage water pump photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales

We have been running our Welsh Birds of Prey workshop for a number of years now, so it is important to keep things fresh, especially for guests who have attended before. On this occasion, we took along a water pump & a wooden wheel to facilitate some special setups.

The water pump has been used before but we got so many requests to bring it to the autumn workshop that we couldn’t refuse. The shot we were trying to achieve was one where you could just make out the water pump. This involved experimenting with where to position the pump to ensure that enough light fell on the Barn Owl and playing with exposure settings on the camera. The barn owl perched on a vintage water pump photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales Read more

Framed in a broken window, the barn owl photographed during a NaturesLens Birds of Prey Workshop in Mid Wales

We conduct our Birds of Prey workshop in Mid-Wales for many reasons, the main one being that our falconer is also a farmer who has a great photographic eye. He has also allowed some of his buildings to fall into rack & ruin to give us some fabulous settings for our photography workshop.
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A Dalmatian Pelican drifts gently on the waters of Lake Kerkini photographed during a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

Karen joined our Pelicans of Lake Kerkini trip in 2018, having missed out in 2017. She may not have gotten the snow, but she got some awesome light, coupled with fantastic opportunities for reflection shots.

With three boat trips and three shoreline feeds, there were plenty of opportunities to get some classic shots “in the bag” before trying some more creative photography.

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A trio of in flight Dalmatian Pelicans fly over Lake Kerkini photographed during one of the NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holidays

Richard joined our Pelicans of Lake Kerkini tour for the third time in as many years. One of the reasons he joined the trip was to capture a reflection of a Dalmatian Pelican in flight. He didn’t quite manage this in year one or year two, but as the saying goes, “third time lucky!”
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A pair of Dalmatian Pelicans float on the calm waters of Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece photographed on a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday

John wanted to spend more time photographing the Dalmatian Pelican, so he booked onto two consecutive trips. During his time in Lake Kerkini, he was blessed with fabulous lighting conditions and perfected his reflection shots.

A pair of Dalmatian Pelicans float on the calm waters of Lake Kerkini in Northern Greece photographed on a NaturesLens Dalmatian Pelican Photography Holiday Read more