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ABOUT

Happiness is a butterfly, which when pursued, is always just beyond your grasp, but which, if you will sit down quietly and understand, may alight upon you. – Nathaniel Hawthorne

Talking of butterflies, Birdwing butterfly is the butterfly with the largest wingspan. The Birdwing butterfly personifies elegance & ease, weightless travel and freedom. And we believe that is exactly what every aspiring traveller, adventure seeker, photographer craves for – and at Birdwing, that is what we care for. We believe photography is all about passion, pursuit and happiness. And that’s how we came up with the name- Birdwing Travel & Photography, for our company.

Photography is a surefire tip on our pursuit of happiness. No matter what skill you carry, if you have the passion for travel, adventure and photography, you certainly have found the right partner.

We operate with pretty much a one-track mind; we just want our photographers and adventurists to have a hell of a good time. We truly believe it is imperative to understand the science behind the subject they are clicking, like of how a tiger moves and roars, how a monkey laughs and jumps and why a flower blossoms in a certain way – as much as it is important to know how a macro lens works or how to frame a moving subject or how you can play with natural light to bring your pictures to life. Experiential photography is what drives us forward and we believe it is as important as the skill you possess. And hence we insist our  fellow  travelers to understand the natural history of the subject before taking a photograph.

Birdwing is also about personalized wildlife touring and photo-sessions that feel like friendly and fulfilling adventure outings. We don’t believe in taking large groups on tours where the guide is like a drill master, where you will know the basics and gain the skill but there is no life, no experience and no feeling of doing something together as a group, no chance to getting a different perspective and learn through others mistakes. We want it to be a close-knit collective effort to enjoy, imbibe and experience nature and photography in the truest sense and hence, have a group of limited members per tour. After all, you need friends to hang out and learn with and big groups don’t necessarily help in complementing or supplementing those ideas we believe in.

So, that’s what Birdwing is for us – personalized, experiential and close-knit. With guides and skippers with years of wildlife photography experience, small groups and exotic locales where thankfully, the wild still remains untouched, Birdwing is an experience like no other. We believe nature and travel are our means to explore the art of photography in its truest form. So this is what we are and what we stand for – a close-knit small group of like-minded photo enthusiasts and nature lovers out on a tour of experiential nature photography where they live, learn and eat together in the most vibrant and diverse natural hot spots, be it the grasslands of Africa or the foothills of Himalayas.

The Team

Photography Mentor and Naturalist Kesava

Kesava

The Founder of Birdwing and a certified naturalist from Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Karnataka. Kesava has keenly studied animal behaviour in the wild. His in-depth knowledge on photography and natural history is what truly sets him apart.

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Santhosh

A certified naturalist from Jungle Lodges and Resorts, Karnataka. Santhosh’s primary strengths are his immense knowledge on natural history and photography. He especially loves the genres of macro photography and bird photography. Having the knack to make wonderful images of the life in the undergrowth in any situation & location is what truly sets him apart.