Thursday, April 30, 2009

Goa India 29th March-12th April 2009

Our second visit to this superb Country, April is not really the best time for birding in Goa but its hot and very cheap there, we still managed to see 200 species though. Last year we saw 207 but that included 2 nights at Backwoods camp so we missed quite a few of those birds this year,we still saw over 30 species this time that we never saw last year including a Far Eastern Curlew which is a very rare bird in Goa.
I shall be putting the pics on as i sort through them at the minute i have just over 4000.

Ones Mick the others a Monkey

Mongoose

These two stunning creatures were right below us at the Bier Mar Hotel.



MUGGER

Awesome Beast seen on the Kingfisher trip with Lloyd our guide, this is a 70 year old male, about 16ft long and around half a ton, a fish eater which is a shame as i wanted to throw Mick overboard, we also saw a smaller one at Carambolin lake basking in the sunshine.




STRIATED HERON

This awesome little heron had learnt to pick up the bread thrown by the Tourist and use it for fishing, it would soak the bread then shake it into smaller bits, it would then place the bread on the waters surface, hundreds of little fish would then rush in and the Heron wouls snatch them up.













GREY JUINGLEFOWL

BONDLE RESERVE
GREY JUNGLEFOWL FEMALE
Really hard to get as she ran like hell.

GREY JUNGLEFOWL MALE
I had to run along the top of the hill while trying to take pictures of this bird, so these images turned out really well.




PHEASANT TAILED JACANA

JUVENILE PHEASANT TAILED JACANA, CARAMBOLIN LAKE GOA










ADULT CARAMBOLIN LAKE

OWLS

BROWN HAWK OWL
Another stunning addition to the Owl list, found by our guide Lloyd just up from Carambolin, i saw a second bird fly into the tree.


JUNGLE OWLET
Awesome little thing, on view for ages near Carambolin Lake, found by Lloyd our guide.




BROWN WOOD OWL
Two juvs seen really well at breeding site, though this site is not getting heavily disturbed, with buildings going up all the way to the base of the hill.


SPOTTED OWLET
CARAMBOLIN AND MORJIM BEACH