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“Pigeons? Oh heck!”

Pigeons are a pain. especially in the urban scheme of things. Nevertheless, to cut a long story short, Anne Ketteringham was showing me some of her photos the other day. I looked at this one and said to her, “This is the best photo of a pigeon that I have ever seen.” Honestly, I didn’t think Pigeons could look this good.

This is the link to this photo on facebook, if you’d like to leave her a comment.



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Birdwatching in Assagao, Goa, India in March 2011

I don’t know about you, but I like my Sunbirds.

Purple Sunbird (male)

As far as lifers go, there were a couple:

The male Koel.

The female Koel. That makes it Mr. & Mrs. Koel.

I never bothered about the Spotted Dove whilst they’d showed up on a couple of the BNHS outings. They’re actually quite nice.

Asian Yellow Oriole.

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Revisiting Assagao 24.2.11

I dropped in at Harmony Villas in Assagao to visit Anne who has been staying there since January. I’d been there a couple of times in 2010 and had the best birding experiences yet. I was in Goa on a filming assignment and so I didn’t carry my camera for photography. Nevertheless, through a pair of binoculars, I came across a bird or two anew.

The White-browed Wagtail or Large Pied Wagtail, Motacilla Maderaspatensis were seen in large numbers back then, about 13 months ago. One had to be in sight at most times, early in the mornings. 13 months hence, not a single one! Anne doesn’t remember seeing one there and there about in the two months that she has been there.

Nevertheless, we saw:

The Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)

The Jungle Babbler, Turdoides striata

The Red-whiskered Bulbul (Pycnonotus jocosus)

The Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer)

The Purple-rumped Sunbird -male and female (Cinnyris asiaticus)

The Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)

The Black Kite (Milvus migrans)

The Jungle Myna, Acridotheres fuscus

The Small Minivet, Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

The White-rumped Munia or White-rumped Mannikin (Lonchura striata), sometimes called Striated Finch

The Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopaceus

The Black-lored Tit, Parus xanthogenys



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Photographing Egrets at Vasai Fort, Benaulim, Assagao and Sewri

I’d posted this a while ago. Tore it down. I think it should be up though. I’d rather leave it published.


Sunday 27 December 2009 – a morning’s walk through Bassein Fort – a Portuguese establishment of 1534. And in the first half hour, I made these photos of a bird that that I couldn’t identify:

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Photographing birds on the hills of Assagao using a Mirror Lens

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.

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