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Meet the real people from world of Photography Interview Yashpal Rathore

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography this week we are featuring Yashpal Rathore

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We are featuring people who are hobbyist or professionals photographers and we think they are worth sharing of Delhi Photography Club Fan page .

The selection is purely at the Discretion of Founders and owners of Delhi Photography Club.

Yashpal Rathore  : Naturalist & Photography Mentor :  Owner: JMD Images & Rathore Nature Photography

1. How you started your photography

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My interest in Nature & wildlife dates from Childhood. I was regular in conservation related activity for college days whether its wildlife census or other activities. I did Naturalist certification course conducted by Jungle lodges & Resorts Karnataka, also did Certified Volunteer course conducted by Karnataka Forest Department & Eco tourism board. Photography came late, but naturally into my life. Once I got into nature photography, it was easy for me to move into it, as my engineering background & being Naturalist help me.

2. What is the role of new technology and medium in photography?

The residents of “Khichan”, a small village in Indian state of Rajasthan, have a special affinity to these Demoiselle cranes (Grus Virgo) called “Khurja” in the local language. The arrival of the birds is considered auspicious and several ballads celebrate the importance of these birds in the culture of Rajasthan. Few Decade years ago, the villagers started putting grain out for the few dozen birds that stopped over during their migration from breeding grounds in Eurasia. Over these years number of winter visitors grown to about 20 thousands. I wanted to portray the birds from the perspective of the spread out Grain by an ultra low - ultra wide angle. I dug small hole in ground so that camera can be placed inside with fisheye lens front element at ground level also made postcard size diffuser over external flash. This was not an easy task. The birds, even though they were habituated to the Human scape, would not venture within 5-6 feet of the camera hidden away in a well camouflaged cardboard box and buried under the ground. Ultimately I left the box for a couple of months to allow the cranes to become habituated to this. During my last visit towards end of winter, the proximity of the birds to the camera was unbelievable. They came in droves exploring the lens and pecking at it. This brought its own unique challenge. If the first few frames were not suitable, the rest would be unusable as the lens would be covered with dust, feather & foot marks. During post processing I had removed dust marks. Camera Gear: Canon 7D ; lens canon 8-15mm f/4 fisheye at 10mm ; Exposure 1/160sec; f/16 ; ISO 800; External flash EC -1/3; Remote trigger with Camranger device Location: Khichan, western Rajasthan, India

The residents of “Khichan”, a small village in Indian state of Rajasthan, have a special affinity to these Demoiselle cranes (Grus Virgo) called “Khurja” in the local language. The arrival of the birds is considered auspicious and several ballads celebrate the importance of these birds in the culture of Rajasthan. Few Decade years ago, the villagers started putting grain out for the few dozen birds that stopped over during their migration from breeding grounds in Eurasia. Over these years number of winter visitors grown to about 20 thousands.
I wanted to portray the birds from the perspective of the spread out Grain by an ultra low – ultra wide angle. I dug small hole in ground so that camera can be placed inside with fisheye lens front element at ground level also made postcard size diffuser over external flash. This was not an easy task. The birds, even though they were habituated to the Human scape, would not venture within 5-6 feet of the camera hidden away in a well camouflaged cardboard box and buried under the ground.
Ultimately I left the box for a couple of months to allow the cranes to become habituated to this. During my last visit towards end of winter, the proximity of the birds to the camera was unbelievable. They came in droves exploring the lens and pecking at it. This brought its own unique challenge. If the first few frames were not suitable, the rest would be unusable as the lens would be covered with dust, feather & foot marks. During post processing I had removed dust marks.
Camera Gear: Canon 7D ; lens canon 8-15mm f/4 fisheye at 10mm ; Exposure 1/160sec; f/16 ; ISO 800; External flash EC -1/3; Remote trigger with Camranger device
Location: Khichan, western Rajasthan, India

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In recent times technology is changing very fast, also in the field of photography. Today everyone is a photographer, those who own smartphones or stand-alone camera. In photography advancement of technology has made many things possible which was not possible before. Today camera’s high ISO performance makes shooting possible at late evening time, earlier we used to pack up camera bags those times. In-camera Multiple exposure, HDR, etc. creates opportunities to make new images.

The residents of “Khichan”, a small village in Indian state of Rajasthan, have a special affinity to these Demoiselle cranes (Grus Virgo) called “Khurja” in the local language. The arrival of the birds is considered auspicious and several ballads celebrate the importance of these birds in the culture of Rajasthan. Few Decade years ago, the villagers started putting grain out for the few dozen birds that stopped over during their migration from breeding grounds in Eurasia. Over these years number of winter visitors grown to about 20 thousands. Central to the spectacle is the spreading of JOWAR (millets, a form of grain) in a protected enclosure called Chugga ghar (or the feeding house ). Every morning at first light, cranes in Rows of v shapes would come from every direction, sky will be filled with sea of cranes, the birds descending into the dunes or grounds around feeding house. Then one group entered the enclosure, others would follow. Meanwhile other cranes wait patiently for their turn outside enclosure. I had setup camera with wide angle lens on ground well camouflaged such that, these Marching crane army walks till camera before taking leap to clear 7ft high fence to enter into Chugga ghar. Camera Gear: Canon 7D; lens Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 II at 11mm ; Exposure 1/2000sec; f/11; ISO 640; 1 No’s external flash (580EXII, -1), Remote trigger with Camranger device Location: Khichan, western Rajasthan, India

The residents of “Khichan”, a small village in Indian state of Rajasthan, have a special affinity to these Demoiselle cranes (Grus Virgo) called “Khurja” in the local language. The arrival of the birds is considered auspicious and several ballads celebrate the importance of these birds in the culture of Rajasthan. Few Decade years ago, the villagers started putting grain out for the few dozen birds that stopped over during their migration from breeding grounds in Eurasia. Over these years number of winter visitors grown to about 20 thousands.
Central to the spectacle is the spreading of JOWAR (millets, a form of grain) in a protected enclosure called Chugga ghar (or the feeding house ). Every morning at first light, cranes in Rows of v shapes would come from every direction, sky will be filled with sea of cranes, the birds descending into the dunes or grounds around feeding house. Then one group entered the enclosure, others would follow. Meanwhile other cranes wait patiently for their turn outside enclosure. I had setup camera with wide angle lens on ground well camouflaged such that, these Marching crane army walks till camera before taking leap to clear 7ft high fence to enter into Chugga ghar.
Camera Gear: Canon 7D; lens Tokina 11-16 mm f/2.8 II at 11mm ; Exposure 1/2000sec; f/11; ISO 640; 1 No’s external flash (580EXII, -1), Remote trigger with Camranger device
Location: Khichan, western Rajasthan, India

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3. Anything specific that you want to share with people.

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I see many new photographers devote too much time in discussion over various brands of camera or technical aspects of it. Every new model with few additional Megapixel or extra fps draws more attention. But Advancement of technology can’t replace knowledge of your genre of photography. You can be successful wedding photographer only if you know detail customs of wedding you are planning to shoot. You can’t be better fashion photographer if you don’t know the latest trends in fashion. Similar we can be better nature photographers if we have deep knowledge about our subjects of interest, because it’s all about anticipating moment well in advance. So to be better nature photographer we need to be a naturalist first, otherwise instead of doing good to nature by your photography, you will end up harming nature because of our ignorance.

4. What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedules.

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My desire to capture nature in new or different perspectives or derives me to go out in wilderness again & again. I had developed remote controlled buggy & developed dslr camera trap systems to capture wildlife in innovative ways.  I try to manage balance between my work, my family and my passion, which is very important.

About Yashpal Rathore :

Yashpal Rathore, is an Electrical engineer by qualification, but a naturalist and an avid nature photographer by choice.

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To enrich his knowledge for wildlife behaviour, he undertook the “Certified Naturalist training” conducted by Jungle lodges & Resort, a Karnataka govt. enterprise in the year 2008. Being a Certified Naturalist, he conducts weekend bird walking & photography tours in India & Africa  and introduce new people to basic of photography & nature. The joy derived out of providing orientation on these subjects to young people encouraged him to educate himself more in this field. Subsequently he did the “Certified Volunteer course” jointly conducted by Karnataka forest Department & Karnataka Eco tourism Board in the year 2013. These certifications provided him the opportunity to take part in forest management and participate in activities like Wildlife census, Bird survey, forest fire fighting and other conservation activities.

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He has visited the far-flung corners of India & Africa to be amidst Nature. These visits have given him an intimate insight into the dynamics and diversity of nature. He wanted to capture Indian wildlife in new perspective by innovative means. As he grew as nature photographer his photographs began receiving recognition & awards, National & International forums. He sells his work through leading UK based nature stock agency www.naturepl.com.

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Equipment and Gear:

Camera Bodies:  1DX/ 5DM3/6D body

Lenses:  17-40mm f4/ 24-70mm F2.8 /100mm macro F2.8/ 24mm F1.4 & 500 mm F4

3 sets of canon 550D body & 10-22mm lens for camera trap with Nikon SB-28flash and PIR motion sensor

To know more about Yashpal Rathore & follow his work, visit: www.facebook.com/natureglimpse  or www.natureglimpse.com

Join our Delhi Photography Club  at  www.facebook.com/delhiphotographyclub

Send in your sample works at Virendra@delhiphotographyclub.com

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DPC announces Photo Bus trip to Cattle fair Pushkar this October

Pushkar PhotoBus   27 to 29 Oct 2017

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About Pushkar Fair

The sprawling annual festivities of the 100 year old Pushkar Mela through its dramatic collage of diversified pictures, mirrors the vibrancy of the gracious state of Rajasthan. It is celebrated for five days from the Kartik ekadashi to Kartik Poornima, the full moon day of Kartik (October–November) in Hindu calendar. The full moon day is the main day and the day, according to legend, when the Hindu god Brahma sprung up the Pushkar Lake, thus numerous people swim in its sacred waters. This iconic fair attracts thousands of livestock and almost a million tourists including many from across the world.

Then & Now

The original intention behind the Pushkar Camel Fair was to attract local camel and cattle traders to do business during the holy Kartik Purnima festival. Today the Pushkar Mela creates a stir among travellers with its awe-inspiring celebrations at this grand event cherished with life oozing activities, cultural and musical events, thrilling camel safari tours and a stay in the traditional yet modern camps. Images of silver bells making heart pleasing jingles, animals walking over sparkling sand dunes and beautifully decked up camels with their owners sitting on their backs has become the most fascinating norm at this stunning cultural retreat. A huge carnival is held, with an array of musicians, magicians, dancers, acrobats, snake charmers and carousel rides to entertain the crowd. The grand occasion of the Pushkar Mela is definitely a priceless treat for those who wish to eye the vibrant culture and traditions of Rajasthan.

About DPC Photo Bus

DPC is all set for its next photobus trip to Pushkar to witness the world’s largest Camel Fair- ‘The Pushkar Mela’. 

A truly unforgettable experience to capture the vibrancy of the entire state of Rajasthan in one place!

Travel Details from Delhi to Pushkar

Date of Journey: 26th October, Thursday

Timings: 10.00 pm (pls be there 15 mins prior to departure)

27th October (Friday): Reach Pushkar by morning, check-in at a Hotel, grab breakfast and rush to the Mela

28th October (Saturday): Morning capture the Sunrise, visit the fair and also doing the local markets of Pushkar.

29th October (Sunday): Visiting the famous Brahma Temple known as the Jagatpita Brahma Mandir.

Late evening head back for Delhi and reach by Monday early morning.

 

Other Important Details:

Stay: will be on twin sharing basis.

Gear: You may carry tripods, zoom lens and wide-angle lens. Carry some warm clothing, comfortable shoes, shades and sunscreen. A digital camera, batteries and memory card all set! And needless to say – enthusiasm in abundance!

Mode of Travel: We will be travelling by ac tempo traveller

Meal:  Simple vegetarian meals will be provided by the club.
The group will follow the itinerary mentioned above, however if one wants to visit places at one owns will, can visit accordingly on their own.

Fee (per person): Rs.8500/- Non Members and Rs.8000/- for members (including registration fee of rs.3000).

Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay & meals.

Please carry the balance amount with you (only in cash) :) You can also pay the remaining amount at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.

Please note: 

1. Registration fee is non-refundable.

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DPC Announces Photo bus Trip to Ladakh

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DPC announces most awaited Photo trip of the year : Photo Bus to Ladakh.
A truly unforgettable experience to capture the most beautiful landscapes, monasteries, people.
 
Date of Journey: 15th September to 25th September
Meeting Place: IIT Delhi, main gate
Timings: 4.30 pm (pls be there 20 mins prior to departure)
 
Itinerary for the Leh Trip September 2017
 
15th Sep : DAY 0: Delhi to Jammu
16th Sep : DAY 1: Srinagar (stay in Hotel)
17th Sep : DAY 2: Srinagar to Kargil Night halt at Kargil
18th Sep : DAY 3: Kargil to Leh
19th Sep :Day 4: Acclimatization at Leh (Visit Shanti Stupa & Leh Palace)
20th Sep : DAY 5: Nubra valley. Diskit Monastery
21th Sep : DAY 6: Nubra valley to Pangong Tso to Leh via seyok river
22th Sep : DAY 7: Pangong Tso to Leh Via Chendmay Monastery
23th Sep : DAY 8: Start Back from Leh to Keylong via Sarchu and Night Halt
24th Sep : DAY 9: Keylong to Rohtang Pass Manali to Delhi
25th Sep :DAY 10: Delhi by 10 AM.
Other Important Details
 
Stay: will be on twin sharing basis in a home stay environment.
Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.
Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry wollen cloths, comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen!
Fee (per person): Rs. 33,000/- (including registration fee)
For Members: Rs. 30,000/-
Fee includes travel & group transfers, stay and meals
 
Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)
 
Please carry the rest of the amount with you (only cash) :) ,(please ignore if paid already)You can also pay the remaining amount at our club in Shahpur Jat Village.
Please carry your ID cards along, its mandatory.
For further clarifications feel free to call Virendra – 08826712162
Other Important Details
Stay: will be on twin or triple sharing basis in Siala Guest House, a cozy and comfortable home stay environment.
Mode of travel: We will be travelling in an TEMPO traveller .
Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry wollen cloths , comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen!
Fee (per person): 33000 (including registration fee)
For Members: 30000
Fee includes Travel from delhi, Local travel & group transfers, stay and meals
All Inclusive . Need not even pay for extra water bottle.
Please note : If there is any special need please do let us know in advance . For any medical requirements please share the history so that if required we may carry the medications to avoid any mishap.
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ॐ (AUM ) and its significance. by Shri Vinod Goel

“ॐ (AUM ) and its significance. by Shri Vinod Goel

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We nature lovers always tries to find out something different from our surroundings whether it is fauna , flora or the sky. Of course during the rainy season when most of the wildlife parks and the sanctuaries are closed except for the Southern India we look to the clouds which gives us chance to imaging as lot of patterns are formed among the clouds and it depends upon the viewer what he has in mind and what he is looking for.

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In the morning hours I always try to look towards the sky before the sun rises and even afterwards and one may be lucky to observe a lovely pattern which one relate to a known thing. Recently a viewer happens to see a Shivalinga in the sky. Another viewer observed lord Budhha in the clouds. I too is in search of something unique for a long time .

It was on 15th of July 2017 when I appear to have seen the formation of AUM in the sky. But really not satisfied. Again search .It was a better representation of AUM which I was looking for on 27th of July 2017.

What is so special about AUM ?

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It is considered as most sacred and powerful utterances across all Dharmic traditions of India whether it is Hinduism, Buddhism ,Jainism or even Shikhism as Omkar.

In Sanatan Dharma AUM is the most powerful and spiritual symbol. It is often found at the beginning and end of many mantras.

Adi Shankracharya in his review states that Aum is a symbolization of Atman .

As per Shiva Puran –Shiva is declared to be Aum and Aum is Shiva .

It encompasses all words and all kinds of sounds of the universe.

It represents all the three fold divisions of time ie PAST ,PRESENT and the FUTURE.

The AUM mantra when chanted sequentially activates the stomach ,spinal chord ,throat ,nasal zone and the brain. The energy moves from the abdomen all the way up to brain thereby channelizing energy and activating the super consciousness of our being.

It has a very clear and physiological affect on the body.

Lord Ganesha is identified with AUM or OM . Ganapathi Atharvashirsa refer to this association. Even one can see similarities between the shape of Ganesha body in the iconography and shape of AUM in the Devanagri and Tamil script.

Let us enjoy the beauty of the AUM through the images from the nature .”

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

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DPC PhotoBus to Haunted Bhangarh and Alwar 26th and 27th August

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DPC PhotoBus to Haunted Bhangarh and Alwar      26th and 27th August

Launching a Brand New Travel destination for the month of August 2017

The Day trip is basically a Idea to rejuvenate your photography and yourself with 2D1N  long trip which is full of information , Photography and gossips .

The Trip will give an opportunity to click places which are in close proximity to Delhi but they are worth Visiting .

Next in series is Bhangarh and Alwar     26th and 27th August 2017

About Bhangarh

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Bhangarh Fort, Rajasthan

Bhangarh fort is located in the ruined city of the same name, somewhere between Jaipur and Alwar, in Rajasthan. The place is so haunted by paranormal activities that even the Archaeological Survey of India has put up a board that restricts people from visiting the fort area before sunrise and after sunset. Legend has it that a tantric named Singhiya fell in love with a princess from the fort. He tried to use black magic to get her to fall in love with him, but it backfired and he died. Just before his death, he cursed the fort saying all who lived within it would die.

Today, villagers who live in the area continue to build roofless dwellings because everytime they do build a roof, it inexplicably collapses. People have also mysteriously gone missing after-hours inside the fort. It’s an hour and a half by road from Jaipur on the Jaipur-Alwar road.

About Alwar

Located in Rajasthan , Alwar’s history dates back to 1500 BC. Located around 160 km south of Delhi , the capital of Rajasthan. A Rajput state for a long time, Alwar eventually fell to the Delhi Sultans in the 12th and 13th centuries. In 1771 AD Maharaja Pratap Singh, a Kachwaha Rajput belonging to the clan of Jaipur’s rulers, won Alwar back and founded a state of his own.

Known earlier as Mewat, Alwar gained reputation as a remarkable seat of art and culture under the patronage of Maharaja Pratap Singh. In the 18th century, Pratap Singh evicted the rulers of Jaipur to the south and the Jats of Bharatpur to the east, and successfully resisted the invasion of Marathas. It was one of the first Rajput states to ally itself with the British Empire. Like all the princely states, this stronghold of the Rajputs also came under British rule and remained so until India gained independence.

Places we will be visiting  Siliser lake, mooch Maharani Ki Chatri and Bala Quila

About Bhangarh

Other Important Details

Mode of travel: We will be travelling in AC TEMPO traveller together.

Gear: You can carry tripods and wide angle lenses for cameras. Any camera is good for this trip so long as it digital. For yourself, please carry comfortable shoes, take hats/caps, shades and sunscreen AND umbrella!

Fee (per person): Rs. 4800/- For Members

Rs 5400 for Non- Members   (including registration fee)

Fee includes travel & group transfers and meals

Does not include tickets for camera and equipment if any)

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DPC Photobus to Garh Mukteshwar ( the First day trip)

The first in series is the Garhmuketshwar , An old historic town and place for River Ganga .

About  Garhmukteshwar

Garhmukteshwar is situated on the National Highways 24 joining New Delhi   with Lucknow. The town is the closest point from the capital where the river  Ganga flows. Garhmukteshwar is also famous for its bathing fair that takes place on the Full Moon Day in the month of Kartik. This city hosts two important fairs in a year. One is the bathing fair on the full moon day of Kartika and another fair is held on the occasion of Dussehra, both of which attracts tourists from all over the country.

The Gadho-ka -Mela which is a part of the big Garh Ganga fair is a huge trading center for asses, donkeys and horses.

Garhmukteshwar has also been mentioned in the Bhagavata Purana and the Mahabharata. It is said that Garhmukteshwar was a part of the ancient city of Hastinapur. The place boasted off a very ancient fort that is said to be built by later Pandavas, brothers of Kauravas. The name of the place is derived from the great temple of Mukteshwar Mahadeva that is dedicated to the goddess Ganga who is worshipped here in four temples. The place is also known for its eighty Sati Pillars.

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Peacock Fight ——– After the breeding season by Sh Vinod Goel

Peacock Fight ——– After the breeding season

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Why do they fight is the natural question?. Can they not live in peace and harmony ?

I think they fight for the same reasons as the human fight.

They are also living creatures with emotions ,fear, hopes and dreams.

They fight to defend their territory, mating rights ,their mates and the food resources and of course their dwelling places however temporary they might be.

I have observed a number of birds such as mynas ,doves ,pigeons ,peacocks ,peahens ,house sparrows etc fighting during breeding and non breeding seasons.

Last year the breeding season was over by the month of September and most of the peacocks had moulted all the tail feathers .

I happen to observe a fight between two peacocks on 15th October 2016.The way they fought in the air and on the ground and the poses they gave were remarkable. I am sharing one of them . I am sure you will love it.

Like two wrestlers they fought . One of them slipped while defending the probable attack from the opponent which is still in the air ready to pounce on the rival. Yet another one in the vicinity is observing the fight as if trying to understand the tricks of the trade.

Enjoy the fight as I enjoyed the real fight from the eyes of my camera.”

About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/

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Red Jungle Fowl—Primary Progenitor of Domestic Chicken by Sh Vinod Goel

Is there anybody who is not mesmerized by the colours of the Red Jungle Fowl. My friends who are lovers of different varieties of chicken on their dinner table whether in hotel or house , who enjoys the leg piece right or left should thank the progenitor namely the Red Jungle Fowl, which was domesticated about 5000 years back .

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During the breeding season the male announces its presence with his loud call ‘Cock a doodle ..doo” and the call cuts off abruptly at the end. The basic purpose of the call is to attract the potential mates as well as giving a warning to other males in the area to keep away or they have to fight a battle for the mating rights.

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I have been observing this specie right from when I got introduced to the wildlife right from the year 2004.I saw it closely in Kanha National Reserve in the same year. It is found in all the parks of North and Central India. In the Deccan India you will observe the Grey Jungle Fowl and not the Red Jungle fowl. After being in the wild for so many years I found Dudhwa National Park to be the best place to shoot them with your camera. Recently at Rajaji National Park I found two males in the river bed who were ready to fight for the mating rights but did not as they thought of fighting with each other at a later time ,being disturbed by the sound of our vehicle. I also lost a rare opportunity to record the fighting sequence. Better luck next time.

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Purebred Red Jungle Fowls are facing a serious threat of extinction on account of hybridisation at the edge of the forests where domesticated chickens are in plenty. Is there any solution ? Yes a good buffer zone between the reserve forest and the human habitation zone.

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Enjoy the unbelievable colours of this specie.

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About the Author

A retired civil servant by profession but a True wildlifer at Heart . Sh Vinod Goel started his journey from the tender age of 11 years, he left his home and parents for schooling in a hostel. Later on as a Civil Servant his job took him to various parts of the country of India. His very first visit to Kanha National Park in Central India in April 2004 ignited the passion for wildlife and has not digressed from that.

During the last 13 years he had been to more than 50 to 60 National parks and wildlife sanctuaries. Initially he visited the wildlife sanctuaries in the States of Chhattisgarh, Madhya Pradesh, and Uttarakhand. He had been to all the National Parks of Madhya Pradesh, Rajasthan, Maharashtra, Uttar Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Bihar and West Bengal. Out of 50 tiger reserves in the country he has been to more than 20 tiger reserves and photographed tigers in 12 of them. Apart from tigers he has captured unbelievable moments in the wild.

Sh Vinod Goel is widely known in the wildlife community   and his work has been acclaimed globally. In his free time he can be seen capturing the unusual moments of denizens of the wild in various parks and sanctuaries of India. His daughter Nitya Goel Aggarwal and son Bharat Goel are with him in his mission.

You can also visit his page on facebook

https://www.facebook.com/wildlifephotographyindia/