Sunday, April 27, 2008

GOA INDIA 13TH-27TH APRIL

A two week holiday based at Apora near Baga north Goa, we birded for a couple of hours morning and evening (it got hot) as well as three days at Backwoods camp, and a trip out to Carambolin Lake and Bhatim Lake.
We saw just over 200 species which is a good count for the time of the year as all the winter visitors had virtually moved on. We used local taxis which were very cheap, starting at about six quid for a couple of hours, birding was hard due to the heat but Backwoods was superb, we had LEO for the three days and he got us 44 new species.We also used Santosh for a couple of hours which cost about eight quid and within five minutes of arriving at his site we had Indian Pitta and Brown Wood Owl, both gave stunning views.

Backwoods e-mail backwoodsgoa@hotmail.com 70 pound with all transport.
Santosh e-mail goabirdingsantosh@hotmail.com

Tambdi Surla Temple

One of the areas you will bird watch from at Backwoods, good for Raptors as well.

Butterflies

We saw hundreds of Butterflies of several species, 3-4 weeks before we arrived it rained and put water back into some of the dried up pools and rivers,this made the Butterflies emerge a few weeks earlier than normal, though what the knock on effect of this will be no one knows yet, but its not good, Global Warming at work maybe.
As well as ones pictured below we also saw, Common Bluebottle, Common Jay, the awesome, Malabar Banded Peacock, several small blues, Common Grass Yellow and Spot Swordtail to name a few.

COMMON INDIAN CROW

COMMON ROSE

GLASSY TIGER

STRIPED TIGER

TAWNY COSTER

MALABAR GIANT SQUIRREL

We saw at least a dozen of these massive squirrels around backwoods Camp, they are about a metre long and make one hell of a racket when calling, we also saw Palm Squirrels which were very common eveywere, they look like Chipmunks, other mammals seen included Rats, Mice, Grey Mongoose and Indian Hare. Several species of Bats were seen from Pip sized ones th huge Fruit Bats



Western Ghats Flying Lizard

Look hard enough its there on the tree, and they do fly, awesome we only saw two this one, and one that leapt across several metres in front of me.

Lizards

We saw several species of Lizards, Skinks and Gecko's, plus two Snakes and about 5 species of Frog/Toad




Indian Bison


Indian Elephants

Awesome creatures, especially the one at Backwoods Camp.

Bonnet Macaque

Not as common as the Langurs which we saw everywere, including in Hotel grounds, we only saw the Macaque's at Backwoods Camp.

Black Faced Langur



Saturday, April 26, 2008

BRONZE WINGED JACANA

CARAMBOLIN LAKE GOA

Brahminy Kite

Apora





Black Kite

Various places around hotel area Goa



PHEASANT TAILED JACANA

Bhatim and Carambolin Lakes difficult to get any close ones though.



Cotton Pygmy Goose

Beautiful Little Duck, Bhatim lake


GREEN BEE EATER



Lesser Whistling Duck

A carpet of these ducks at the back of the lake, we counted over two thousand, none at Carombolin they had all moved to Bhatim due to works at the larger lake.