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Collared Kingfisher  Halcyon chloris photographed by Sergey Yeliseev
About Goa

About Goa

Renowned for its beaches, places of worship and world heritage architecture, Goa is visited by hundreds of thousands of international and domestic tourists each year. It offers a magnificently rich flora and fauna, owing to its location on the Western Ghats range, which is classified as a biodiversity hotspot.Bounded by the state of Maharashtra to the north, by Karnataka to the east and south,and with the Arabian Sea forming its western coast, Goa is one of the top birding attractions in the world and a fortnight's holiday at a resort location such as Baga will provide most birdwatchers two to three hundred species without much effort.

When to visit

About a nine hour flight from London, Goa has to be one of the most exciting and rewarding of all birding destinations, with an incredible diversity of habitats in a relatively small and easily explorable area.It is at its most interesting in Winter (especially November) , when Indian species are joined by those from both the Palearctic and the Himalayas. There are plenty of tour operators and useful information sites on the internet, but to give some starting information we recommend the GoaCom web site by clicking here....

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Goa Birding

It's now easier than ever to organise your own birding trip to Goa or check out the Goa birding holiday specialists in our bird holidays section. Baga is probably the most popular base and due to the increase in birding, many of the local taxi drivers know the best sites such as Carambolim lake south of old Goa, Bondla forest reserve in the lush foothills of the Western Ghats,Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Molem. (click banner below for further details..
Whichever way you choose to visit this superb destination,we hightly recommend the two guides below to further your enjoyment.

Field Guide to the Birds of Southern India Field Guide to the Birds of Southern India

This guide is a successor to the much acclaimed Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by the same authors. Covering southern India, the superb plates re accompanied by a succinct text highlighting identification, voice, habitat, altitudinal range, distribution and status. The text is on facing pages to the plates, for easy reference.

Like previous guides covering Bhutan, Northern India and Nepal, this guide is a perfect size for use in the field and will be an essential companion when visiting this region.
Format Paperback 240 pages. 216x135 mm.
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A combination of beautiful landscapes, fascinating culture, friendly people, wonderful weather and a staggering wealth of birdlife make the Indian state of Goa an intriguing birding destination.

Naturalist Malcolm Rymer captures the essence of this popular Goan destination in two comprehensive birding travelogues. In the first film, "The Fish Owls of Cowpat Corner", Malcolm looks at Goa and introduces its rich avifauna.

In the companion DVD video "Flamebacks and Frogmouths" he continues his Goan adventures, exploring a range of different habitats and bird species further afield. He visits coastal regions in the far north, the bird-rich wetlands of Santa Cruz and Carambolim, birds the Zuari River and goes in search of sought-after species inhabiting the picturesque forest regions of Cotigao, Bondla and Molem in the Western Ghats.

The two DVD videos will interest both the newcomer to the Indian sub-continent and also seasoned birders already familiar with Goa.

Duration: 90+ minutes - Filmed and edited by Malcolm Rymer

Click here for further information about Bhagwan Mahavir Sanctuary and Molem
Indian Roller photographed by Sergey Yeliseev

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