Tuesday, March 27, 2012

ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD

Common, always on Baga Hill early morning before heading out inland upto half a dozen can be seen on a good morning.

CRIMSON SUNBIRD

Now called Vigor's Sunbird, the rarest Sunbird in Goa i saw a couple of stunning males, but they are hard to pin down being very active and flighty.

WOOLLY NECKED STORK

Found these two stunning birds just round the corner from the hotel, as soon as the sun came out they were off, circling high and going over Aprora woods

Monday, March 26, 2012

ASHY WOODSWALLOW

Not that common but always seems to be around Baga fields.

MALABAR WHISTLING THRUSH

Stunning views, if you get a chance download and listen to the song of this bird.

COMMON TAILORBIRD

Sunday, March 25, 2012

RED WATTLED LAPWING

Several birds around Salt Pans Arpora and Bier Mar in Baga

Saturday, March 24, 2012

INDIAN LESSER SPOTTED EAGLE

High overhead at Mayem Lake

Friday, March 23, 2012

ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET


Breed on Baga Hill

LONG TAILED SHRIKE

ORANGE BREASTED GREEN PIGEON

Very flighty and very difficult to get anywere near, a rare bird in Goa some years.

ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

JUNGLE NIGHTJAR

There has been much debate about the Nightjars at Mayem, we saw two and both proved from Photographs to be the recently split (from grey nightjar) Jungle Nightjar and not Indian (grey) Nightjar which is a smaller species with a differing wing and tail lengths.


JUNGLE NIGHTJAR

This was the second bird we found at Mayem Lake

CHESTNUT HEADED BEE EATER

Another stunning Bee-Eater, two of these showed well at Mayem Lake,we missed them at the usual site in Bondla

WHITE SPOTTED FANTAIL

Split from White Throated Fantail, easy to see in Arpora woods and responds well to pishing, commonest of the two Fantails in Goa, the other being White Browed.

BAR WINGED PIED FLYCATCHER SHRIKE

Pair showed well in Arpora woods most mornings, very active and always high up in canopy

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

PLUM HEADED PARAKEET

Common in Arpora woods

Monday, March 19, 2012

PIED BUSHCHAT

fairly common around Arpora

Sunday, March 18, 2012

ORANGE MINIVET


Split from Scarlet Minivet

MALABAR LARK

Not as obvious this year probably due to the extreme temperature and humidity which reached 90%, very similar to Crested lark but smaller and more rufous on the breast, though some of the calls are very similar.

STORK BILLED KINGFISHER

This stunning Kingfisher was perched on the wires over salt pans right outside gate of hotel every morning.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Friday, March 16, 2012

OSPREY


Sat in early morning sun on a salt pan at the back of Baga Fields.

GREY FRONTED GREEN PIGEON

Will possibly be split  from Pompadour Green Pigeon into 3 species, Grey Fronted Green, Andaman Green and Ashy Headed Green leaving Sri Lanka Green as a full species.

LESSER ADJUTANT



Massive great ugly thing.

Thursday, March 15, 2012

SCALY BREASTED MUNIA

Sometimes called Nutmeg Munia


BLUE TAILED BEE EATER

A Stunning bird, while watching this Bee Eater on Baga Hill two Red Spurfowl shot across the track in front of me a lifer and probably one of the most difficult birds to see in Goa.

BLUE BEARDED BEE-EATER

Not a very good picture, heard calling on Baga Hill, it then flew over my head landing distantly, this is only the second one i have ever seen.

WHITE EYED BUZZARD

This was a new bird for me in Goa none seen this same time last year, this year we saw at least 7 different birds, 2 Baga Hill, 1-2 over Hotel, 3 calangute and 1 Nagoa, this is a small raptor it looked tiny when perched with a Steppe Buzzard.