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Birdwatching in Benaulim, Goa, dec.11

Typically I’d have at least two weekend birding trips under my belt by the end of the first week of December. This year, work, or the possibility of work has kept me away from booking a trip. I’d gone to Goa last week and decided to club in a couple of birding escapades into the itinerary.

Look, photographically it’s totally useless. But it’s a fantastic recreation, especially early in the morning. So that’s five thousand Indian rupees well spent, and thank you, mirror lens. I hope it lasts a couple more decades.

So here’s the birds from that morning. I’ve decided that I’m not going to bother about names anymore.

This weekend, I’m going birding to Sewri (report: 2009-10 | feb’2011) . I better brush up my Sewri birds so that I can show off in front of the ignorent.

FIN

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Peacock /Peahen? Pea, anyway.

My birdwatching escapades begin in the month of November and terminate by the second week of March. So, if you come upon a blog post between April and October, it has got to be an exceptional /accidental sighting. Like this one. I came upon this bird in this village a couple of days ago. They seemed to think that it is a peacock/peahen. Perhaps. I haven’t got this close to one of them in the wild before.

FIN

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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

FIN

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Bird photography at Karnala Bird Sanctuary using a Mirror Lens on 12.2.11

This morning, I went to Karnala for the first time. I have heard of the sanctuary since since the past couple of decades. Fables about bird spotting etc. at Karnala have traveled far into the land. I had great expectations from this outing. Well, the trip didn’t live up to my expectations. I did encounter four lifers though. And spectacular ones at that!

A couple of weeks ago, I’d encountered a male Purple Sunbird at Nerul. This morning, we spotted a female.

The Purple Sunbird (female) Cinnyris asiaticus

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Artis Amsterdam Zoo

I don’t know how I feel about zoos. Nevertheless, these are some form Amsterdam. I haven’t colour corrected etc. any of them.

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Swans in Prague

And only because I happened to visit Prague the other day, I must share these swans with you. I shot these along the Vltava River.

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