Trip report: Goa, India (November 2010) by Tropical Birding

Guided by Keith BarnesThis was a custom tour.

This was a quickfire seven-day junket through south India for a few participants that wanted to add to their time in India after joining our set departure tour to North India. Goa is a South Indian state that hosts a series of laidback coastal beach towns, offering a great introduction to Asian birds and the fascinating culture of the Indian subcontinent. The town of Baga is an excellent base from which to see a ton of birds in a relaxed atmosphere. It is littered with western-style resorts, and restaurants with delicious prawn and fish curries. However, before we spent time at our base in Baga, we headed into the cooler hills of the western Ghats, located near the eastern border of the province. Here we lapped up the many South Indian endemics and the fragile beauty of these sub-montane forests. Because this trip was customized, we were not chasing a big list, and we specifically ignored the many waterbird-rich sites in Goa, as we would be targeting these species on our main tour in North India. Instead, we chased the many forest-based lifebirds that were new for the participants. As a result we saw few ducks, waders and shorbirds, but were focused on the forest specialties at Backwoods and coastal specialties at Baga that would be new, and specifically those that would not be picked up in N. India.

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