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/

Meet the Real people from the world of Photography

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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.

VV SSS Sarma     | DPC Member + Photography Enthusiast +Traveller  |  American Express – Service Delivery Leader Technology

How you started your photography

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In my younger days i developed an interest in photography seeing my mother taking our pictures and covering family events, but did not get chance to click pictures. During college days learned dark room techniques reading books and attending distance learning courses etc. but count not invest much in equipment’s etc.

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In 1995 after coming to Delhi for job, starting exploring Delhi / neighbouring places and thus the need / interest in photography was rekindled. In 1997 purchased a Canon Power Shot camera and after using the same for some time felt a need to buy a SLR. After reviewing many magazines online sites etc purchased a Vivitar V3000S Manual SLR and started photography more seriously.

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With the advent of Digital Photography i also felt the need to explore the same and hence purchased a Sony W80 Camera in 2007 and later in 2009 purchased a Nikon D60 camera but photography was only happening when i visited a tourist places or taking photographs of kids / family members. So started to lookout for clubs and groups to explore more photographing opportunities. Got in touch with Delhi Photography Club in 2010 and then started going out for taking photographs on regular basis.

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

With the advancements in Imaging technologies taking photographs has become very easy and affordable to common people.

Social networking has also enabed common people sharing their photos easily

Anything specific that you want to share with people.

Creativity / composition are still the basic for any good photograph, technology can only help in capturing the same.

What gives you motivation to go out and click despite having busy schedule and on going conditions .

Photography gives an opportunity to unwind after a very busy work schedule and also meet friends with similar interest in-person which is becoming rare now a days 🙂

Small write up about myself

I was born in Hyderabad, did my schooling in Sunabeda, Odisha and Bangalore. After completing Diploma in Computer Science and Engineering started working in Bangalore. Move to Delhi in 1995 for better opportunities. Currently working in American Express as a Service Delivery Leader in technologies. My hobbies are travelling, photography, cooking.

I did almost all kinds of photography but my interest lies in Landscapes and Architecture photography.

DPC announces next Travel Photography Course

Travel Photography Course

 If you love to travel, if you love to photograph while travelling, if you are bored of your routine job, if you dream of leaving the boring lethal routine, and work for your passion of travel and photography, then Delhi Photography Club organizes travel photography club, meant specially for you.

At Delhi Photography Club, we ensure that you won’t need to do your routine job after this workshop. You can take up travel photography on your own.

The unique content offered in the workshop is the compilation of the long discussions and brain storming sessions and keeping in the mind the needs of the photography enthusiast at different levels. Remain assured that we will be serving you the best of the quality content carefully tailor-made to suite your requirement s. And it is in synchronization with the experience of our subject matter experts and faculty members.

Workshop Outline

  • From early origins to today’s innovations and opportunities
  • Learning the Equipment
  • Aperture, shutter, exposure, focus
  • Composition, lighting, color, filters
  • Types of travel photography
  • Editing: Post processing and image enhancing software
  • How to plan and prepare for a photography assignment
  • Building and keeping an audience online by mastering social media
  • How to capitalize on new media
  • SEO, and adsense to monetize your blog and pay for your travels
  • Living the dream

Also, wanted to tell you

Workshops are conducted in small batches in order to give individual attention.

Workshops conducted on Friday evening and Saturday Mornings

Experienced faculty to help you learn the basics

Workshops can be adjusted with other batches in case you miss the session with the existing batch Requirements: Any digital camera

Batch size: Max 5

Venue: Building No 5 D, Second Floor, ShahpurJat Village, New Delhi, India

Fee: 45000 rupees (inclusive of all taxes) and loads of enthusiasm!

You can pay by visiting register option on DPC website

Exploring Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary, Maharashtra by Vinod Goel

During my posting as Commissioner of Central Excise & Customs at Raipur , capital of State of Chhatisgarh , in the initial years (from 2002 to 2008) ,there was no train on Sunday from Delhi which could take you to Raipur in the morning of Monday and you could attend office. The train was up to Nagpur and one had to travel by road to reach Raipur. During one such journey while I was crossing Sakoli ,a small town in the midway ,I observed a sign board giving information of the wildlife sanctuary at Nagzira. My driver had no knowledge about it. Even at Raipur no forester could any clue about Nagzira Wildlife destination. Then from an article in a wildlife magazine got some information about a tigress having cubs. My desire to see the sanctuary arose.

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That was the reason for my first visit in May 2005 even after knowing about the inhospitable living conditions in the park. But in reality what I observed during those 4 safaris I have never seen till date.

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I was a regular visitor to Nagzira from the 2005 to March 2010. In the first week of March 2010 we were fortunate to observe a sloth bear climbing a tree for getting his sweet diet of honey comb. On the very same day we also observed a tigress with a cub very near to the prime Forest Guest House Nilay (on the banks of the lake) . This was my first sighting of a cub of 4 to 5 months with the tigress. How can I forget the biggest tiger of my life who was

JAY’s father I observed in my first visit to this sanctuary in May 2005.

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In one of the earlier visits we were fortunate to observe a Changeable Hawk Eagle cooling off in a water hole during a hot day during summer. This shot is on the walls of the WWF India Head Quarters at Lodhi Road ,New Delhi.

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Many nature lovers may not be aware of the fact that there are only two tiger reserves in the country where Forest rest house are located in the core area and tourist can avail of the facility. Many hard core nature lovers know about Dhikala in Corbett National Park. But what about Nagzira. This is the second. It is the forest of my dreams. It has delivered many many first to me .

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The Sanctuary Asia came out with a book namely “The Tadoba Inheritance “in the year 2015. One of my image from Nagzira Wildlife Sanctuary adorns the very first page of the Chapter 1 of the book. The langur monkey as sitting like a king on the anthill.

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Please enjoy the wild experience through unique images taken over a period of almost initial 6 years into wildlife .

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/

“Spectacled Cobra in Delhi—-Live or Dead

I happen to observe and shoot Spectacled Cobra snake in the heart of Delhi for the first time on 25th June 2013. Many people did not believe me but on seeing the image they agreed.

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Once again on the Shivratri day on 25th July 2014 ,I again had darshan of the same in the early morning.

Last week I was in Rajaji National Park at Haridwar and many tourists except me observed a King Cobra feeding on a monitor lizard in the early morning of 8th June 2017. It was one of the rarest moment of natural history as King Cobra feeds mainly on snakes including cobra. That is why it is called King Cobra.

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In the morning of 10th June 2017 at Delhi , on observing the movement of connon mynas hovering around a patch of grass , I could visualise the movement of some reptile in the undergrowth. After waiting for some time I was rewarded for my patience. I observed a Spectacled Cobra in Delhi and I could some pictures.

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However exactly a week later on 17th June I initially observed a certain patch devoid of grass as the same was removed by workers . But later on, i was shocked to see a dead Spectacled Cobra on the road. Its condition revealed that it was cut into two pieces by a cutter. Inquiry from the daily wagers after about half an hour on their arrival on duty for the day revealed that the incidence took place at about 1500 hrs of the previous day as the snake was killed by the workers involved in cleaning the undergrowth from the ground .

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I took some shots of the dead snake. I found innocence in his eyes .
To me it appeared as if asking — Can someone tell my fault ?

Did I harm any body ?

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I was in my natural habitat and my home.

We are important in the food chain and should not be killed simply because people fear thinking all the snakes to be poisonous.
Please spare my community for God’s sake. We are your benefactors and not your enemies as we feed on other snakes , birds ,bird eggs ,frogs and mammals.”

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/