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Day 4 (Monday, 5th February)

Backwoods forest

Hair-crested Drongo

Backwoods forest

Hair-crested Drongo

First order of the day was to walk a short distance from the camp to look for Woodpeckers, with White-bellied top of the list. The absence of this species didn't really matter too much, since we finally obtained good views of the Flamebacks, which included the first definite Greater. We then walked from the woodpecker site to the bus, where the Hair-crested Drongos were showing well, perched out on bare trees. A short ride of about 10 minutes led to an area which had some of the best concentrated birding so far. The bus parked at the start of a large crescent shaped track next to a bridge over a flowing river, and the former was lined by bushes and trees. From the bridge, Striated Heron, White-breasted Kingfisher and Little Cormorant were sat almost together, and a Broad-billed Flowerpecker landed on the wires directly in front of us. The track was a lot easier to bird than the denser forest, and immediately had Grey-breasted Prinia and Tawny-bellied Babbler, Most of the birds appeared in the canopy, which wasn't too high to be uncomfortable. Best was probably Little Spiderhunter, which was very fleeting, as well as some Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters and singing Red-whiskered Bulbuls.

Thick-billed Flowerpecker

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Broad-billed Flowerpecker

Velvet-fronted Nuthatch

Purple Sunbird

Red-whiskered Bulbul

Purple Sunbird

Red-whiskered Bulbul


Map of Arpora and Baga area

 

Baga Hill

View from Baga Hill

Baga Hill from paddy fields

View North from top of Baga Hill

After 1 hours drive during which we dodged cattle, people, motor bikes, and lorries, at what was probably the maximum speed that maintains life, we arrived back at the hotel at around 16:00. As is required, we were in the field within 5 minutes, and headed straight to the paddies in front of the Marinha Dourada hotel, where we expected and saw a variety of waders in small numbers, and kingfishers. Eventual target was Baga Hill, and we found the almost hidden track opposite some concrete seats reasonably easily. Overall, the hill was fairly quiet, with all of the birds in the trees on the ascent and descent. The top of the hill is exposed and windy with virtually no birds, but the view from the North side of the farmland and countryside is wonderful. Amongst the bulbuls, orioles, and parakeets, we had singles of White-throated Fantail and White-cheeked Barbet lower down. Before the treat of our first beach shack meal, it was off to the Marina Douradha area again, where we had Stork-billed & White-breasted Kingfishers, Common Mynah mingling with Jungle Mynahs, and a couple of Little Swifts overhead.

Marsh Sandpiper

Plum-headed Parakeet

Marsh Sandpiper

Plum-headed Parakeet

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