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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 photos were taken by Keith.

Early morning gulls, Morjim Beach

Early morning gulls, Morjim Beach

Pallas's Gull (ok, i know, it's now a Great Black-headed Gull)

Pallas's Gull (ok, i know, it's now a Great Black-headed Gull)

Gulls, Morjim

Gulls, Morjim

Lesser Crested Tern, Morjim Beach

Lesser Crested Tern, Morjim Beach

Lesser Sand Plovers, Morjim

Lesser Sand Plovers, Morjim

When we’d finished at the beach we headed for Siolim.

Didn't know i had my own supermarket did you?!

Didn't know i had my own supermarket did you?!

We set off across the paddies. The rice is ready for harvesting – as with all the agricultural practices here it’s a manual, low intensity job, all done by hand. The rice is cut using hand scythes and then left to dry. The low intensity agriculture has to be of the reasons that the biodiversity is so good here.

Rice!

Rice!

Harvesting the rice by hand. A team effort, usually a family.

Harvesting the rice by hand. A team effort, usually a family.

Rice drying

Rice drying

Ian and Keith headed out over the dry area to look for Olive-backed Pipits. I stayed in the shade and watched a monkey family loafing in the trees.

Ian and Keith off to look for Pipits

Ian and Keith off to look for Pipits

Afternoon siesta. Pack our bags as we’re all off to Backwoods tomorrow. Walked along the beach as the sun set and had dinner in the shack. Lovely :-)

Sunset, Baga Beach

Sunset, Baga Beach

Waiting for dinner to arrive

Waiting for dinner to arrive

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