Photography Mentor - Sushil Chikne
About - Desert National Park
Desert National Park is situated in the west Indian state of Rajasthan near the town of Jaisalmer. One of the largest national parks, covering an area of 3162 sq km, Desert National Park is an excellent example of the ecosystem of the Thar Desert. With sand dunes forming around 20% of the Park, the other land form consists of craggy rocks and compact salt lake bottoms, inter-medial areas and fixed dunes.
This unique ecosystem stays home to many reptile species. Some of these are endemic to the Thar desert. With more studies, new species have been reported from this region. Our journeys have helped us witness host of these species. Some species spotted on earlier journeys are Toad-headed Agama, Spiny-tailed Lizard, Desert Monitor Lizard, Royal Snake, Sind Awl-Headed Snake, etc.
Despite a fragile ecosystem there exists an abundance of birdlife. The region is a haven for migratory and resident birds of the desert. Many eagles, harriers, falcons, buzzards, kestrel and vultures. Short-toed Eagles, Tawny Eagles, Spotted Eagles,Laggar Falcons and kestrels are the most common among these. Sand grouse are spotted near small ponds or lakes. The endangered Great Indian Bustard is a magnificent bird found in relatively fair numbers. Bird life in this sandy habitat is vivid and spectacular. Birds such as sandgrouse, partridges, bee-eaters, larks, and shrikes are commonly seen. In the winter, the birdlife is augmented by species such as the Demoiselle
Crane and MacQueen's Bustard. The national park's other notable inhabitants are the Blackbuck, desert fox, wolf
and desert cat.
About - Sushil Chikne
Sushil is an avid traveller and a photo artist based out of Pune. He has traversed India extensively and there's nothing he loves doing more. His passion for what he does translates into every one of his travels, ensuring every client experiences and makes the most out of their travel with him.
With a cumulative experience of 15 years in the field in association with an array of organisations, In the course of his travels and having mastered in biodiversity, he has had the privilege to observe some very fascinating and rare creatures that inhabit the wildernesses. Additionally, his unique ability to compose images of wildlife in an artistic manner, gives them a unique feel and can be interpreted in a myriad ways.
Sushil's pictures have been published in some leading magazines like Heritage India, Saevus and Sanctuary Asia and in books such as the Reptiles and Amphibians of Maharashtra and Reptiles of India. Sushil garners a deep love for India and a talent to be able to tell stories through his photographs.
Photo Tour Snapshots
- 3 Nights & 4 days in Desert National Park.
- Planning and visualizing an image and making your safaris more productive as a photographer.
- Advanced post processing tips and tricks.