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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 two couples we picked up turned out to be good birders and consisted of Ron and Christine and their friends Tony and Mary who were all coming to the end of (a gruelling sounding) 60 days trip birding in India. They’d birded every single day and were all feeling pretty shattered.

The first stop was the usual, at the entrance to the reserve, and we were greeted by a cheerful smiling Loven. We birded the area for a couple of hours, picking up House Martin as a trip tick and also two Oriental Turtle Doves, trip tick and lifers for both Ian and myself.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Keith's photo)

Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Keith's photo)

Off to camp for breakfast and leave our stuff in the cabin. We have Shama this time.

Around the camp at Backwoods

Around the camp at Backwoods

Outside our cabin, Shama - love the tree through the porch roof!

Outside our cabin, Shama - love the tree through the porch roof!

My first surprise was a huge spider when i lifted the lid on the toilet! :-o

Nasty surprise!

Nasty surprise!

Ian was next in line for surprises – he went about his business then flushed and happened to look into the toilet to see something floundering about in the bottom, *my god, i’ve given birth!* was his first reaction. It turned out to be a gecko which he duly rescued and put outside to dry out and recover.

We birded along the track from the camp until lunchtime. More new birds to add to our trip list – Bonelli’s Eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, White-naped Woodpecker and a stonking Oriental White Eye – a bird i’d really hoped i’d see.

Lunchtime. Rhian and Ron filling their plates.

Lunchtime. Rhian and Ron filling their plates.

A rest during the afternoon then off to the paddies near the Tambdi Surla Temple where we were really pleased to pick up our 300th species for the trip – a beautiful Black Bulbul which showed really well. Next new bird was a Brown-rumped Needletail. We sat at the temple reflecting on what a good day it had been and what a fab place this is.

End of a great days birding

What a great place for birding

Beer o’clock with a lizard for company.

Lizard

Lizard

Dinner and then off out for Nightjars. Very very humid. I think i enjoyed the experience more than last time although we didn’t get Jerdon’s this time. The nightjars were very active tonight, flying around and calling under the full moon. A magic experience at the end of a long but most excellent day.

Keith got this great Indian Jungle Nightjar shot

Keith got this great Indian Jungle Nightjar shot

1 comment to Bog creatures. Must be back at Backwoods!

  • Mohamed

    I am Mohamed, Ian’s trainee in Morocco.
    The birds and the places are truly lovely, and Ian looks in one photo enjoying the sun as well (as he did here in Morocco) along with him enjoinment with birds. When the trip is done with Ian with the very humorous Keith it can’t be easily forgotten.
    Good birding and banding (because you crossed the Atlantic) in Canada for you and Ian.