A look around the headland both sides of the lookout as far as Richards valley to the West & Seal Bay to the East found a Merlin , a sgl Swallow & a flock of about 20 Sand Martins feeding over some Cows above Seal Bay.Stonechat numbers seem to be good & a few Linnets are back on territory. A quick look out to Sea saw a few Gannets, Fulmar & a couple of Porpoise in the Tide Race.
The afternoon visit to St.Nicholas & Pwll Deri produced a Holly Blue at both sites & Chiffs singing everywhere. The Rookery at St.Nicholas very vocal.
Friday, 23 March 2012
Met Walrus at the Moor at 7p.m. to test out our bat detectors & see what we could find there.Initially we were met with a few spots of rain which literally dampened our spirits but we'd give it a go anyway, Walrus deciding " It wasn't proper rain"!Straight away we had a large Bat patrolling along the road bank being heard best on 20Khz , on consulting the handy leaflet received with the machine Noctule seemed best bet.It was joined by another & they flew back & forth along the bank giving good views in the half light.Next up was a Common Pipistrelle , used to them had them the last few days over the garden.We then moved up to the far bridge having the occasional pass over when a bat appeared right in front of us as if coming to check us over & emitting a weird whistling sound to which Walrus reaction was " What the bloody hell was that ", we both registered it on 80Khz , i made a suggestion but would have to check up later. All the action from then on was by a bat(s) registering loudest around the 50Khz mark which were probably Long Eared & the rain got a bit heavier so we headed back for the cars.On consultation with someone who knows & listening to sounds on the web Greater Horseshoe seems likely for the whistler! Can't wait to get out again.
Thursday, 22 March 2012
Just had to check the inner breakwater on the way home from work yesterday as 2 Snow Buntings had been found earlier in the day. Located them fairly easily & a male Wheatear about three quarters of the way to the end.Quite tame birds given the amount of people & dogs. The almost resident Shelduck still by the Flagpoles & the Barwit on the rocks with the Oycs.
Monday, 19 March 2012
Sunday, 18 March 2012
Friday, 16 March 2012
Wednesday, 14 March 2012
Tuesday, 13 March 2012
Monday, 12 March 2012
George wasn't really a guide as such & has no experience with birds but can take you out on excursions.He took us to Old Goa to visit the shrine of St.Francis Xavier where you can see the body of the saint displayed in a glass coffin, it sounds a bit grim but it's well worth the visit & the 20 minute guided tour was only 100 Rupees about £1.20 sterling.
Sunday, 11 March 2012
You get the best from any birding trip abroad by using a local guide & even after 6 trips to Goa it's still a good idea for us to have a few trips out with Raymond ( In case he has any new rarities that only he knows about! ).Should you want to find him when you're there he works from the Taxi rank outside the Beira Mar in Baga & even if he's not about leave a message with the others & he'll catch up with you very quickly.
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As mentioned before in lots of trip reports , many Taxi drivers will claim to be birders & quite a few know the good sites but there are only a few will get you the more difficult birds.
Friday, 9 March 2012
Thursday, 8 March 2012
If you happen to take a holiday in Goa & you like to do a bit of birdwatching Divar Island is a must! A visit late in the afternoon is best , specialities include Marsh,Monty's,Pallid & Pied Harrier , Black Shouldered Kite,Greater & Lesser Spotted Eagle,Yellow Wattled Lapwing this list goes on!
Wednesday, 7 March 2012
Next trip out with Raymond our guide ( more about him later)was to Batim Lake, Unfortunately no pics of the Spot Billed Duck (too distant) but a couple of not so good shots of some of the huge no's of Garganey , Pintail , Lesser Whistling Duck.A large flock of Purple Swamp hen can be seen on the far bank.
Tuesday, 6 March 2012
There's been a bit of a technical problem with this years pics so i'm going to put a few pics from my archive in. First trip out of any visit is now traditionally Morjim Beach , Gulls , Waders & a long staying Bay Backed Shrike(Goan Rarity)seen about 2 metres from where i had it in 2010 & 2009!