Photographing birds at Carambolim Lake in Goa using a Mirror Lens

CARAMBOLIM LAKE 15°28′0″N 73°54′0″E

The lake in Goa is a popular destination in the birding map of India. Assortments of migratory birds flock here during the winter months. Bird-watchers assemble along the edge of the lake all through the day during these months.

It is close to Karmali Railway Station on the Konkan Route – a couple of kilometers southeast of Old Goa.

The Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird, Ardeola grayii

(Above and Below) The Purple Swamphen, Porphyrio porphyrio, also known as the African Purple Swamphen, Purple Moorhen, Purple Gallinule or Purple Coot

One gentleman sitting along the edge of the lake said to me, “I am waiting for my train to Mumbai. It isn’t until another couple of hours. So I have come here to look at the birds instead of sitting in the waiting room at the station.”

The lake appears to be a comfortable haven for the birds that choose to hang out here. The surroundings are calm and peaceful – almost magical. And the lush green paddy fields on the other side of the road add to the romance.

Technical Notes

  • I photographed these in the evening at about 4 ‘o clock. And the Mirror Lens didn’t do too badly.
  • Use a tripod. It is easy and efficient to use one in circumstances like these because these species of waders and aquatic birds don’t make too many rapid movements.

The Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Hydrophasianus chirurgus

The Bronze-winged Jacana, Metopidius indicus



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