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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 birds around – much the same as on our first visit back on the 28th January.

Rhian has bought her ant collecting gear with her and was busy pootering up various species. Knowing nothing about ants i can only say that she found big black ones, little black ones, big red ones (that bite and sting) and little red ones.

After the wooded area we walked the open area but it was getting pretty quiet now, approaching 10.30am. Walked back past the Pitta site. And there it was! We all had stonking views and it even perched in a tree. Keith got some great photos.

Indian Pitta. (Photo courtesy of Keith Bensusan)

Indian Pitta. (Photo courtesy of Keith Bensusan)

Off to Baga Hill around 11am but quiet up there too. Getting too hot for birds and birding now. On the way back down the hill Keith spotted a weaver ants nest – what an amazing structure! The leaves of the tree had been stitched together with silk (produced by the ant larvae) to produce a dome-like structure. Isn’t nature amazing!

Weaver ant nest

Weaver ant nest

ants

ants

Afternoon rest then off to Baga Fields.

Birding at Baga Fields

Birding at Baga Fields

Rhian pootering ants

Rhian pootering ants

Then via the back lanes of Baga to the Beira Mar.

The back lanes of Baga. And yes, someone does live in the house to the right of Rhian

The back lanes of Baga. And yes, someone does live in the house to the right of Rhian

Beautiful Hindu temple, Baga

Beautiful Hindu temple, Baga

No show of Cinnamon Bittern, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Painted Snipe or Spotted Owlet at the Beira Mar. We did spot a large rat snake out on the fields though. Will have to remember to be more careful next time i’m traipsing over there!

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