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Bog creatures. Must be back at Backwoods!

A good drive over to Backwoods, we picked up two couples at Calangute. We’d been discussing who we were likely to get as company on this trip and had decided that either non-birders or good birders would be ideal. We’d told Keith and Rhian about our previous experience with *The Lister* Mrs Whats That. The […]

Gulls galore

Up at 5am and off to Morjim Beach. We’d calculated the tide just right. All the birds were gradually being pushed off the sand bar and onto the spit in front of us. Great views. What stonking birds those Pallas’s Gulls are. Ian and i had a trip tick – Little Tern. The following bird […]

Pitta, ants, snake

Up early and Shanu taxi’d us the short distance to Arpora Woods, arriving at 6.15am. Checked the Pitta (in the shitter) site first but no sign of the bird. Keith and Rhian were happily getting lots of new birds. Arpora Wood is definitely a morning rather than an evening site and there were some good […]

Keith and Rhian arrive

Our last lie-in for a couple of weeks. Our friends Keith and Rhian arrive today, here from Gibraltar for two weeks birding. We have all the bird spots to re-visit. Keith is on a quest to bring his life list up to 1000 – he needs 164 lifers and has two weeks to do it. […]


The humidity seems to have all but disappeared today. Beach day and had my customary walk along the beach as far as the beached tanker the River Princess. Seemed fairly quiet today, perhaps it’s getting to the end of the European tourist season. Shanu tells us that the folks fromMumbai keep coming until the end […]