First time i read about this bird was in Birds of Western Ghats, Konkan and Malabar by Dr Satish Pande and the description of its habitat which marveled me. I quote, its probably the best creation of god in Black-and-White with wings to fly, and nobody would disagree with me on this. The male of this species photographed here looks even more brilliant and enigmatic as it is in most of the birds, the female is a little pale in coloration compared to the male. This bird was photographed at Cotigao Wildlife sanctuary and i was accompanied with my birding pal Shriguru Shetkar on this occasion. Photographically one of my best shots of this bird at eye level and with a good enough background the light supported me well and i could capture the brilliant shine on the back and crown of this bird.
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Sri Lanka Frogmouth Great Crested Tern What makes Goa a great place for birding is a well-developed birding industry covering a relatively small area. Nowhere else in India will you find trained guides and birding infrastructure in the scale and quality available at Goa. This makes birding in Goa fruitful, and it is possible to see over species including regional endemics.
Goa birding map Goa birding hotspots Baga Baga village is located on the beach, 18 km from Panjim. Birds in the grassland are open area Indian species such as pipits, larks, munias, swallows, rollers, bee-eaters and raptors. Forested areas around Saligao Zor hold barbets, cuckoos, green pigeons, sunbirds, flowerpeckers, woodpeckers, orioles, starlings etc. The marshy areas behind the Beira Mar hotel can be a good place to see crakes, rails, bitterns, painted-snipes, sandpipers, raptors and other inland waders.
The sanctuary is only 8 sq. Carambolim Lake Carambolim is a large, marshy, lotus-covered lake about 10 km from Panjim. The lake margins have areas covered with good scrub, woodland and agricultural land.
Carambolim is good place to catch up with Indian waterbirds and wintering wildfowl. Species seen here include kingfishers, terns, reed-birds, cormorants, jacanas, lapwings, storks, pratincoles and other common wader species. The woodlands hold various species of wintering warblers, woodpeckers, barbets, orioles and cuckoos. The scrub holds wagtails, pipits, munias, larks, starlings, bulbuls etc.
Mayem Lake is close to Chorao Is. Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary Coatiago WLS is covered with mixed deciduous forests and is very similar to Bondla in terms of species diversity. It is 85 km south of Panjim. Other species seen on the Zuari cruise include most of the tern and kingfisher species in the area and raptors like Osprey and White-bellied Sea-eagle.
There is good scrub around the ruins of the fort and a place to easily catch up with some Indian resident species. The nearby Nerul River has a few mangrove patches where you can look for kingfishers, waders and shorebirds. Mollem Mollem is about 60 kms from Panjim and is the gateway to the sq. Image: David Williams Morjim Beach This is a high tide roost and is the best place to find gulls, terns and shorebirds. Morjim lies to the north of Baga. Where to stay Goa has an abundance of hotels catering to tourists of all kinds.
There are some hotels that specialize in handling birdwatchers or are located in suitable areas for birdwatching.
Sri Lanka Frogmouth Great Crested Tern What makes Goa a great place for birding is a well-developed birding industry covering a relatively small area. Nowhere else in India will you find trained guides and birding infrastructure in the scale and quality available at Goa. This makes birding in Goa fruitful, and it is possible to see over species including regional endemics. Goa birding map Goa birding hotspots Baga Baga village is located on the beach, 18 km from Panjim.
India - GOA, from the Konkan coast to the Western Ghats
Water bodies[ edit ] View from Varandha Pass Mahad showing the numerous waterfalls The Western Ghats form one of the four watersheds of India, feeding the perennial rivers of India. The majority of streams draining the Western Ghats join these rivers, and carry a large volume of water during the monsoon months. These rivers flow to the east due to the gradient of the land and drain out into the Bay of Bengal. The Periyar , Bharathappuzha , Pamba , Netravati , Sharavathi , Kali , Mandovi and Zuari rivers flow westwards towards the Western Ghats, draining into the Arabian Sea , and are fast-moving, owing to the steeper gradient.
The little known birdlife of Konkan
The Jog Falls, one of the most spectacular falls in the Western Ghats ecoregion. The region hosts 7, species of flowering plants, 1, non-flowering plant species, species of birds, species of mammals, amphibian species, freshwater fish species, and as many as 6, insect species. Many species are endemic to the region and at least species that have been globally declared as threatened live in the forests of this ecoregion. The climate is tropical humid in the lower reaches of the Western Ghats since it is influenced by the proximity to the Arabian Sea. The climate becomes more temperature with rising altitude.
The Biodiversity Hotspot Of The Western Ghats, India
Goa is extremely rich in birdlife, boasting a huge variety despite its small size. Key habitats are concentrated, and our itinerary features many small, easily worked areas. We visit all the best sites and stay at just three centres, so that relatively little travel is involved. There are approx 28 endemics within the Western Ghats, plus many regional specialities and near-endemics.