Walking With Birds In Maina, Curtorim, Goa

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Maina landscape
Maina landscape

One fine morning while Goa was still waiting for the rains, we walked through the narrow streets of quaint Maina village close to better known Raia and Curtorim. It is a typical Goan village with narrow roads passing through the paddy fields. While the fields look like a green carpet on earth, the blue sky provides the contrast. The clouds here and there move around to provide the eternal change. Hills stand on the horizon as if guarding the fields. Coconut trees loom on here and there. Water forms natural ponds and attracts many birds.

Birding in Maina, Goa

There is an absolute quiet, except someone off villager passing by on foot or on cycle. We spotted many birds with the help of Goa’s bird expert Pankaj Lad of Canopy Tours. But could catch only a few with the camera. Here are they for you:

Baya Weaver bird with a worm
Baya Weaver bird with a worm
Little Cormorant resting
Little Cormorant resting
Indian Pond Heron in-flight
Indian Pond Heron in-flight
Little Green Bee-eater
Little Green Bee-eater
Purple Swamphen strolling in the lush green fields of Maina
Purple Swamphen strolling in the lush green fields of Maina
Rose-ringed Parakeet near the nest on coconut tree at Maina
Rose-ringed Parakeet near the nest on coconut tree at Maina
White-breasted Waterhen in the paddy fields of Maina
White-breasted Waterhen in the paddy fields of Maina
White-browed Wagtail
White-browed Wagtail

List of some other birds spotted at Maina include:

  • Lesser Whistling-Duck
  • Cotton Pygmy-Goose male in breeding plumage
  • Indian Spot-billed Duck
  • Indian Cormorant
  • White-eyed Buzzard
  • White-breasted Waterhen
  • Purple Swamphen
  • Bronze-winged Jacana
  • Asian Koel
  • Greater Coucal
  • Common Kingfisher
  • Stork-billed Kingfisher
  • White-throated Kingfisher
  • Pied Kingfisher
  • Green Bee-eater
  • Black-rumped Flameback
  • Rose-ringed Parakeet nesting in coconut trees
  • Common Iora
  • Common Tailorbird
  • Ashy Prinia
  • Baya Weaver several nesting
  • White-rumped Munia

For birding enthusiasts, this area is a natural hot spot. One can spend some time around the paddy fields, lake & the trees to look out for the birds. A binocular would be very helpful to spot the birds at the distance. One can drive to the area and then walk around spending some pleasant time by nature’s beauty.

Thank you Pankaj for this lovely walk.

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