Birds of Goa
Day 1 we spent shooting the Blue-eared kingfisher near the Tambdi Surla temple. Needless to say it was a lifer for me.
While shooting the kingfisher there were some distractions nearby...
... and we had a quick glance of the historic temple
Next day we were birding near the Bondla forest and this chestnut -tailed starling was having it's breakfast.
The Malabar region is known for the Malabar Grey hornbill. Here is an extreme closeup and I never knew Hornbills had eyelashes !!
this one trying to hold on to a dropping fruit.
The purple sunbird was common
and so was the Black-Hooded Oriole.
A Brown Headed barbet
a Pompadour green pigeon which looked well fed and barely moved
We then moved on to another area and did spot a Trogon from far. There was a white bellied blue flycatcher
and a Brown-breasted flycatcher
In the second half we saw the Srilankan Frogmouth
Day 3 we started shooting in the campus of Nature's nest. It is usually a feast time in the morning with a Purple sunbird immersed in nectar and pollen !!
a little spider hunter
and a vernal hanging parrot
Later we went towards the Tambdi Surla temple and got this rare Dark-Fronted Babbler
In the second half we went for a boat ride in Zuari river
and saw the Osprey
a distant ( and not clean) shot of the collared kingfisher
Lots of Brahminy kites
and an Eurasian curlew
On the final day ( Day 4) we were scheduled to catch flights in the afternoon.We started with a few shots of the Thick billed flowerpecker
and the Nilgiri flowerpecker
But we were desperate to catch a glimpse of Malabar Trogon. We could hear their calls but it continued to be elusive. In the meanwhile I got to the see the Brown-breasted Flycatcher
and the Yellow-browed Bulbul
and as luck would have it I heard some frantic summons saying that the trogon has been spotted. The Trogon is a bird that hardly makes a sound and also is very steady. It is difficult to spot because of lack of movement and sound. The Malabar Trogon (female) was right in front of me.
After a few mins we spotted the male..
and ended with spotting a juvenile as well.
What a day to end spotting an entire family of Malabar trogons. With hearftul of content and gratitude we left for our flights from Goa :)
More photos here