photographs by Paul Willoughby


Chestnut-headed Bee-eater is seen in small numbers in forested areas. This was one of a group of 12 birds that were feeding on bees that were nesting on a bridge over the Kali River, Karnataka.

Lesser Adjutant is seen in small numbers in Goa and at Dandeli.

We found a pair of Ceylon Frogmouths roosting together near our lodge at Dandeli. This is the male.

We saw another male when out spotlighting one evening.

Orange-headed Ground Thrush is fairly common in forested areas throughout.

It is always surprising to come across a European Cuckoo in the forests of the Western Ghats.

Collared Kingfisher is a rare and local breeder in mature mangrove areas.

Wire-tailed Swallows are common in wetlands throughout. Here, the thin wire tail is clearly visible.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater at Carambolim.

Striped Tiger was one of many species of butterfly we saw. With the recent publication of 'The Butterflies of Goa' we were able to identify almost 50 species.

Oriental Darter and Fulvous Whistling-duck.

Fulvous Whistling-duck

Great Knot was unknown in western India until recently. We found our first in Goa back in 1995 and have seen them on four or five subsequent occasions. They are still very scarce and we were thrilled to find three this year on Choroa  Island. Here two birds are seen alongside a Redshank.

Pallas's Grasshopper Warbler is rare in winter in India. This bird was our second sighting.

Indian River Tern.

Little Green Bee-eater is very common and widespread.

This Crested Hawk-eagle was one of three that we saw.

Vigors's Sunbird is endemic to the Western Ghats. This is a young male.

This Striated Heron was seen every morning as we walked from the rooms to breakfast at the Marinha Dourada Hotel.

Little Pratincole, Morjim Beach, Goa.

Stork-billed Kingfisher.

This Blue-eared Kingfisher was the sixth species of kingfisher we saw.


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