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Bird Watching In Goa

Bird Watching In Goa

Goa being a coastal state enjoys a unique combination of nature's endowment, a diversity of its coastal habitat characterized by a variety of landforms like beaches, estuaries, islands and lagoons. Located along the Midwest coast of India, Goa is flanked by the rugged Western Ghats in the east and the vast expanse of Arabian Sea on the west. Always a popular destination for conventional resort tourist, Goa now witnesses an upsurge in eco-tourism, the mangrove related eco-tourism enterprise such as backwater cruises, bird watching and crocodile safari of Cumbarjua canal, the mangroves swamps of Chorao, one of the largest Island at the mouth of river Mandovi and also the site of Goa's only protected areas for birds, Dr. Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Bird Watching In Goa is a unique experience. Get information related to bird watching in Goa from Goa Hub.

Beira Mar is one of the hot spots for bird watchers. On can spot more than 40 species of birds here, some being White-throated Kingfisher, Green Bee-eaters, Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, female Asian Koel, Rose-ringed Parakeets, Spotted Owlet, Rock Doves, Oriental Turtle Doves, Black Kites, White Rumped Munia and many more.

Baga Fields - On the left hand boundary wall of Beira Mar there is a gateway which leads out to Baga Fields. One can spot here an amazing number of birds. White-cheeked Barbet, Pipits and Richards, Blyth's and Paddyfield . There are Pied Bushchat, Common Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers, Asian Palm Swift, White-throated Kingfisher, Spotted Owlet, and Oriental Skylark.

Arpora Forest (Baga Forest)-Some of the birds seen here are White-browed Bulbul, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Jungle Babblers, Black-rumped Flameback etc.

Morjim Beach- Morjim Beach is situated on the north bank of the Chapora estuary. It is about 8km from Baga. Birds such as Bar-tailed Godwits, Lesser Sand Plovers, Greater Sand Plovers, Kentish Plover, Grey Plover, Redshank, Greenshank, Wood Sandpiper, Common Sandpiper and Striated Herons are often found here.

Lake Maem- Maem Lake is about 35k from Baga and takes about one hour. The premier bird here is the Brown Fish Owl.

Tikana- Rufous-tailed Larks, Tawny Pipit, Siberian Stonechat, Plain Prinia, Black Drongo, Oriental Skylark and Greenshank are some of the birds seen here.

Chorao Island - To reach Chorao Island, one needs to take the ferry ride across from the village of Ribandar, about 5 kms from Panaji, on the road to Old Goa. Most of the western half of this island, is today a reserved area as the Dr Salim Ali Bird Sanctuary. Since it is dense mangrove swamps, the best way to navigate is by a canoe.

Carambolim Lake- You can find some great Green Sandpiper, Terek Sandpiper, Redshank, Western Reef Egret and Little Egret.

Santa Cruz - There were a number of sandy pools interspersed with scrub. One can scan these and pick up a few waders such as Terek Sandpipers, Greenshank, Black winged Stilt, Marsh Sandpiper, Grey Plover, Red-wattled Lapwing and a Black tailed Godwit.

Candolim Marsh - Common Kingfisher can be often seen here.

Fort Aguada- It's about 8k south of Baga. The only birds of note here were a Blue Rock Thrush, female Indian Peafowl, Thick billed Flowerpecker, Greater Coucal and Red breasted Flycatcher.

Backwoods (inc Tambdi Surla)- Birds seen here were Pompadour Green Pigeons, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Coppersmith Barbet, Brown-headed Barbet, Ashy Wood Swallow, Black-hooded Oriole, Black-rumped Flameback, Vernal Hanging Parrots flying overhead and Grey-breasted Prinia.

Mid-October to April is the best time to visit Goa for bird watching and bird sightings depend greatly on season, timing, and patience.

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