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Each year we visit various bird sanctuaries towards the end of December as this is the best period to sight both migratory and resident birds. In the last week of December 2017 we visited the Western Ghats to include Dandeli in Karnataka and Tamdi Surla and Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary in North Goa. The trip was rewarding as we saw many species of birds from close quarters.

In Dandeli we stayed at The Old Magazine House, a resort run by Karnataka Tourism. This place is a favorite with birders as they have put some bird baths in this area which attracts birds. The birds keep coming through out the day to have a bath and have a sip of water.

Grey Headed Fulvetta

The Old Magazine House has few good rooms and cottages which can be hired online from www.junglelodges.com

This is a place where you can literally do arm chair bird watching and photography.

Oriental White Eye

Grey Headed Fulvetta

Yellow Cheeked Black Lored Tit

You can also observe the Giant Malabar Squirrel feeding and playing around on the trees in this area.

I saw many Blacked Necked Munia here through out my stay.

Also this is place is full of Black Headed Warblers

Asian Paradise Fly Catcher – These are winter visitors to this place.

Grey Horn Bill

Yellow Bulbul

The Emerald Dove is a regular visitor here.

Grey Headed Fulvetta

Orange thrush

Play this video to see an orange thrush enjoying the bath.

White Bellied Blue Fly Catcher

We spotted this Rock Thrush at the timber depot at Dandeli. The timber depot is about half an hours drive from the Old Magazine House.

A Leaf Bird at the timber depot

We saw many Malabar Pied Horn bills at the timber depot.

An orange minivet (female) at timber depot. While at the timber depot take a walk around and you will get to see many species of birds.

Nut Hatch at timber depot

We also saw many Hill Myna’s

An Oriental Magpie at Ganeshgudi

Black Naped Monarch

Tickell’s Blue Fly Catcher

Oriental White Eye

Emerald Dove (female)

Puff Throated Warbler

Orange Breasted Fly Catcher

Asian Paradise Fly Catcher (female)

White Bellied Blue Fly Catcher

White Rumped Shama at Old Magazine House

For the next phase of our birding we moved on to North Goa. We stayed at Natures Nest Resort near Tambdi Surla.

Mahadev Temple at Tambdi Surla. Most of the birding is done in and around here. We heard the call of Malabar Trogan but could not site it. Next day we went to the Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary and did manage few snaps.

Asian Koel (female)

Bay Backed Shryke

Indian Robin

Shikra (female) – We spotted this at Bondla Wildlife Sanctury.

Ruby Throated Bulbul – State bird of Goa

White Cheeked Bulbul

Purple Sun Bird

Golden Oriole

Brown Winged Green Pigeon

….and yet another year end birding session came to an end. God willing we will be there this year end too, looking for more.