2023 – Birdlife of the Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday
January 13, 2024 - January 21, 2024
of the Little Rann of Kutch & Blackbuck National Park
Join David & Pui Hang Miles, the co-founders of NaturesLens, in Degam for this 8 night photography trip to India.
Travel across the desert plains of the Little Rann of Kutch, seeking photo opportunities with Peregrine Falcon, MacQueen's bustard, Imperial Eagle, Harriers, Flamingos & many many more birds. For the second part of the trip, we head to Blackbuck National Park.
13th - 21st January 2024
£700 deposit required to secure a place
Group size: 2 - 6 participants - places available..
Join David & Pui Hang for this nature photography holiday to the Little Rann of Kutch; the Little Rann of Kutch is a salt marsh which is part of the Rann of Kutch in Kutch district, Gujarat, India. This area is one of the best places to see Peregrine Falcon, MacQueen’s bustard, Imperial Eagle, Harriers, Flamingos & many many more birds.
The Little Rann of Kutch is home to the Indian wild ass, to conserve this species, the Indian Wild Ass Sanctuary was created in 1973 & covers nearly five thousand square km. The sanctuary is also home to many species of migratory birds, such as the sarus crane, ducks, the Dalmatian pelican, & flamingoes, as well as land birds like the sandgrouse, the francolin & the Indian bustard. It is also home to various mammals such as the Indian wolf, desert fox & nilgai.
Join NaturesLens to capture images of Indian Wildlife, in India, during the Birdlife of the Little Rann of Kutch photography holiday. This photography holiday is of 8 night/9 day duration on a Full Board, Non-Shared basis & costs £3999per participant.
The location for this wildlife photography adventure, the Little Rann of Kutch is a featureless expanse of flat land. Comprised mostly of low-lying salt marsh known as the sea bed, this saline wilderness is dotted with islands known as beyts where coarse grasses, acacia & scrub spring up in the monsoon season. The word rann means “salty desert” & while driving through the Little Rann of Kutch, a salty desert is all you see. When you first travel across the terrain, it feels a little surreal. The ground is cracked, the air is dry, mirages abound, & the parched earth unfolds endlessly in all directions.
But within this seemingly dead piece of land, lies one of the country’s largest wildlife reserves, the Wild Ass Sanctuary, which is also the world’s last refuge of the endangered Indian Wild Asses. Standing more than a meter tall at the shoulder & two meters in length, the wild asses are very agile & can run long distances at a speed of 50 km/h, making them more like wild horses, & far more captivating than their domesticated cousins. Around 3000 of them live in the sanctuary, & they are usually seen in herds, especially around breeding season.
The Sanctuary is home to far more than just the wild ass. Among the 32 other species of mammals are the chinkara(Indian gazelle), two types of desert fox (Indian & White-footed), jackals, caracals, nilgais(the largest antelope of Asia), Indian wolves, blackbucks, & striped hyenas. Since there are no bushes or trees for animals to hide behind, they are easy to spot while driving around.
We will spend time in the marshlands looking for the birds, & the dry desert for the mammals. The marshlands & Nava Talao (lake) are crowded with water birds. Flamingos & demoiselle cranes can usually be spotted in hundreds at some water bodies. The Indian wild ass & white-footed fox can be sighted on vast areas of golden ground.
Due to its strategic location on the migration routes of many bird species & its connection with the dynamic Gulf of Kutch, this sanctuary also provides an important feeding, breeding & roosting habitat for a large number of birds. Over 200 bird species have been recorded in the area. Breeding species include India’s only known nesting colony of the Lesser Flamingo.
Other key species consist of European Roller, Merlin, Peregrine Falcon, McQueen’s Bustard, Lesser Florican, Demoiselle Crane, Common Crane, Spotted Sandgrouse, Red-necked Phalarope, Cream-colored Courser, Sociable Lapwing, Collared Pratincole, White-rumped Vulture, Steppe Eagle, Imperial Eagle, Indian Spotted Eagle, a variety of harriers, Greater Flamingo, Dalmatian Pelican, White Stork, Greater Hoopoe Lark & Sykes’s Lark.
Our morning sessions will be “conventional” whilst the latter part of the afternoon sessions will be spent attempting to get good silhouette images of the birds of the marshlands or the Indian wild ass.
Discount from Lenses For Hire on any lenses, or other camera equipment, that you require FOR this wildlife photography holiday.
NaturesLens have partnered with Lenses For Hire to give you an exclusive discount on any lenses hired for any NaturesLens Wildlife Photography Holiday or Workshop.
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A deposit of 20% is required at the time of booking unless you are booking less than 90 days before departure. In this case, full payment of the photography holiday price is required.
Recommended Camera Equipment
For this photography holiday, we recommend that you bring along an intermediate telephoto lens such as the 100-400mm & a 500mm lens or the 200-400mm with built in extender. The combination of the 100-400mm & the 500mm will cover off close portrait shots as well as action shots. The 200-400mm with built in extender is perfect for this type of photography holiday thanks to its versatility. A wide angle would also be useful if you fancy capturing some environment shots or landscapes.
We recommend that you bring dust covers to protect your expensive lens from the dust whilst you are out on safari.
You might also wish to pack a monopod and/or beanbag to steady your camera while you are in the jeeps.
To be advised
NaturesLens photography holidays do not include flights unless it is explicitly stated on the event page. When it is time to book your flights, we will send you the details in plenty of time to allow for bookings at the best available price.
The photography holiday itinerary is subject to change & is to be considered provisional.
NaturesLens photography holidays require a minimum number of participants in order to be viable. If this minimum number is not met, the photography holiday may not go ahead. This photography holiday has a minimum participant level of 2 plus NaturesLens guide(s).
In the event that the minimum number for a photography holiday to go ahead is not reached, NaturesLens reserves the right to cancel any given photography holiday. In that event 100% of monies received will be returned. However, NaturesLens is not responsible for expenses incurred by its customers.
Not all mentioned wildlife can be observed & photographed at all times of the year, thus some activities may be considered seasonal & not available.
Please note the cuisine on many of the NaturesLens photography holidays is authentic & typical of the region in which you are travelling. International or western cuisine is often NOT available. If you have any concerns over the food arrangements or have any special dietary requirements, please contact us prior to making a booking.
All personal luggage are the responsibility of the owner & we request that photography holiday participants limit their luggage to the equivalent of one suitcase, one flight bag, one camera bag & tripod. We do not wish to appear dictatorial in this matter & the request is made to ensure space & comfort for everyone in our vehicles.
NaturesLens & its agents act only as agents for the passenger in all matters relating to travel arrangements, & as such, do not assume responsibility for injury, accident, damage, loss, delay or irregularity which may occur via defect of transportation or any other cause.
NaturesLens reserves the right to substitute hotels, & other previously outlined arrangements as necessary, to either improve or equal the travel experience.
NaturesLens reserves the right to pass on to photography holiday particpants any additional & unplanned expenditure incurred during a photography holiday, via events beyond the control of NaturesLens.
NaturesLens reserves the right to accept or decline any person as a member of any photography holiday.
Payment of deposit by photography holiday participants or their representative constitutes their acceptance of all conditions contained herein.
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Travel Insurance Requirements
It is a condition of booking that you are insured against medical & personal accident risks. This must include cover for the activities to be undertaken during the photography holiday. We also strongly recommend you take out cover for cancellation & curtailment & baggage cover.
We have made use of the services of Campbell Irvine Insurance in the past, Campbell Irvine has policies which are specially designed for adventure holidays & are underwritten by AXA Insurance. As an alternative, check your standard travel insurance, many bank accounts include suitable insurance as part of a packaged deal.
Personal Travel Insurance can be arranged directly at Campbell Irvine.
For photographic insurance, we highly recommend the services of Glover & Howe. We have made use of their policies for a number of years now, adjustments, policy maintenance & claims are handled in an easy & professional manner by them.
Birdlife of the Little Rann of Kutch Photography Holiday Summary