Moving into a wooded area Lloyds local knowledge was indispensable as he found these little beauties
After the woods we moved to a more open scrubby area where a different set of birds were seen.
Back to the lake on the way home we added Oriental Darterand Lesser Adjutant Stork.
On the road back to Calangute one more treat awaited when we spotted another favourite bird on a roadside wire.
The afternoon was spent on the beach relaxing,with a cold kingfisher of course.
Another early start next morning, we were taken inland to a plateau where as the sun came up lots of different birds were seen including plum headed parakeet,pompadour green pigeon,crested tree swift,white cheeked barbet,blue tailed bee eater,small minivet,bronzed and white bellied drongo,blue winged and golden fronted leaf birds and a crimson backed sunbird.Idon`t have photos of many of these as the dawn light was not good enough,but later on:-
As the heat increased the number of raptors also rose and we saw the following :-black shouldered,black and brahminy kites,crested serpent eagle,marsh harrier,shikra,honey buzzard,changeable hawk eagle, and booted eagle.
From here it was all downhill to a lowland water area where we were lucky enough to find three kingfishers,pied ,common,and white fronted all in one place
One more stop on the way back to find yellow wattled lapwing was successful and we also saw .....
Back to the beach for the afternoon
Before we checked out on saturday morning a few birds were in the hotel garden
So it was back to Bombay for a couple of days before coming home to the frozen wasteland of East Kent,
and Iwill finish up on a lighter note.
I was fined 200 rupees for throwing a tiny piece of tissue at a litter bin whilst getting into a taxi and missing,it was a fair cop as they say and it is pleasing to know that they are doing something to clean up one of the dirtier cities in the world
So we leave India with more good memories to cherish.