Few days back my wife showed me a write up about Olive Ridley Turtles Conservation Festival at Anjarle Beach. This beach is about about 215 kilometers from Pune. I found the idea of being there for the festival quite interesting so we booked a room at Whistling Waves at Anjarle and made a visit there on 23 to 25 March 2019. We arrived at the beach late afternoon and were told that the volunteers would be checking if the turtles had hatched or not at about 6 pm. There was lot of anticipation in the air.
I talked to the volunteers who were conducting the festival and was informed that this was an yearly affair. The mother turtle comes late in the night and lays eggs on the beach. Volunteers collect the eggs and keep it at a safe place on the beach, well protected. When the eggs are hatched, the baby turtles are left near the sea who are attracted by reflected light and home on towards the sea. This festival draws quite a crowd and many photographers too.
No turltles hatched that evening so we walked along the beach and took some candid shots.
The sunset was amazing.
Next morning we got up early and headed for the beach as we were informed that possibility of turtles hatching was there this morning. Hundreds had gathered at the beach to witness this event.
Our hopes were not belied, we did get to see the baby turtles crawling towards the sea.
Having had our fill of the baby turtles we took a walk along the beach and managed to capture few shots of the Sea Gulls.
When at Anjarle do visit areas around the beach, specially the Harne fishing village. You will be able to take some nice photos, specially of sunrise and sunset.
Venture a bit away towards Dapoli and you may be able to site the white breasted Sea Eagles and other birds.
This was a great trip specially since I love photographing nature and landscapes.
For me in winters, the best past time is to visit Bhigwan for bird watching and bird photography. Come November and migratory birds start arriving at Bhigwan. Bhigwan is about 100 Km from Pune. There are two spots near Bhigwan which are good for bird watching, Diksal and Kumbhargaon. I prefer going to Diksal as you spot more birds here. It is advisable to reach Diksal early morning to witness a spectacular sunrise.
Take a boat, the local guides should be able to guide you to spots where the waders settle down for their morning rituals.
You can expect to site Flamingos, Open Billed Storks, Spoon Billed Storks, Bar Headed Geese, Northern Shovellers. RuddyShell Ducks, Pin Tail Ducks and many more species of birds here.Sharing few photos which I took during my visit in mid Feb 2019.
This Painted Stork was Walking along side our boat. The reflection in the water appealed to me and I clicked. While composing follow rule of thirds and always leave space towards the direction in which the bird is looking.
Spot Billed Duck. While shooting a flying bird use continuous focusing and track the bird till you get the right composition and then click.
Open Billed Stork. Photographed with an Olympus OMD EM 1 MK II Camera with a 300mm lens. Effective focal length comes to 600mm due to 2X crop factor in this camera.
Greater Flamingos. You see them by the hundreds here. Expose for the highlights while photographing Flamingos due white plumage. Thes birds have a comfort zone, the moment you get too close, the will fly off, so be prepared to catch them in the act.
Black Headed Seagulls
Have patience and you will be able to get few action shots like these.
Pintail Ducks are very shy and fly away if you get too close. Keep on taking shots as you approach them, you never know when they will fly away.
Watch the birds. Focus and be ready to click when they get into action. For such shots you will need to set the shutter speed to at least 1/1000.
Wow !!! That was a great morning.
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