ASSAGAO 15°36′0″N 73°45′0″E
The White-browed Wagtail or Large Pied Wagtail, Motacilla Maderaspatensis
I visited Anne Ketteringham at Assagaon on one of my later visits to Goa. She had been living in Harmony Villas on the hill at Assagaon since the past three months. The hills are home to an assortment of birds. Anne had kept a few shallow earthen bowls filled with water in the garden downstairs much to the delight of the birds that lived there. We stationed ourselves at the landing on the second floor and photographed them as they quenched their thirst.
The villas are spacious and comfortable. They give you complete access to the kitchen – the fridge, microwave etc. ideal for long-stays.
The Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher, Cyornis tickelliae
The Red-whiskered Bulbul, Pycnonotus jocosus
- I find it difficult to focus correctly on a bird that’s on the branch of a leafy tree. I tend to get the leaves in focus and not the bird. Although I try very hard to focus right, I find this happening time and time again. I wonder why.
- A good pair of binoculars is essential for spotting a bird in the hills. This is primarily because most birds camouflage themselves very well whilst on trees. Even a 500mm lens can be inadequate in such situations.
The Ashy Drongo, Dicrurus leucophaeus
The Common Blackbird, Turdus Merula
The Leafbirds, Chloropseidae
The White-browed Fantail, Rhipidura Aureola
The Jungle Babbler, Turdoides Striata
And whilst at Assagao, we spotted a Stick Insect or Phasmatodea: