birding sites in Goa

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The Bhagwan Mahaveer National Park has always been the best place to find most of the rarer, endemic and semi-endemic forest species in Goa but now it is possible to see them with the help of local experts by staying at the Backwoods camp on the road to the temple at Tamdi Surla. By staying at the camp you will have the opportunity to benefit from their expertise and spend the best parts of the day (dawn and dusk) birding in these superb areas.

All the sites in this section are treated, in detail and with precise maps and directions, in my book ‘Finding Birds in North Goa’

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Wednesday, 24 August 2011

Many of Goa’s most exciting birds can be seen in and around the camp itself.

The lane immediately outside the camp is one of the best areas for birds such as Trogons, drongos, Shamas and frogmouths.

Small pools within the camp provide drinking sites for a number of birds, especially when there is little water elsewhere.

The water that drains from the kitchen sink runs into a channel that attracts Nilgiri Blackbird and, in some years, Indian Pitta.

The lanes beside the Barabhumi High School are good for many species, especially sunbirds and hornbills

The lane outside the camp leads to open fields with petronias, shrikes and a chance of seeing peafowl and junglefowl