Goa, Day 12, 21 February 2012 - Palolem & Patnem

After exploring Palolem beach yesterday and making a short pre-breakfast walk to the north end (Little Ringed Plover, Dunlin and Common Sandpipers only) we decided to wander a little further today, south to Patnem.
Midway between the 2 beaches and slightly inland our walk took us through a wooded area that was surprisingly productive. Several Asian Koels, shared the trees with 3 Shikras and 2 Black-rumped Flamebacks even put in a appearance. Over head were 2-3 Asian Palm Swifts, Ashy Woodswallow and a Little Swift. Best of all was a Jacobin Cuckoo which quickly flew away through a large copse where we also saw Greenish Warbler, White-breasted Kingfisher, Red-whiskered Bulbuls, Oriental Magpie Robin and Purple-rumped Sunbird. Down on Patnem Beach a White-browed Wagtail flew north along the tideline and several Jungle Mynas and Ring-necked Parakeets lurked noisily behind the beach. On the return walk a nice Sykes's Warbler showed well in a roadside bush.

Several Greater Sandplovers and Kenitsh Plovers were on Palolem Beach late afternoon when we decided to walk inland of the north side of the village for my only Indian geocache. It was  a success not only for finding the cache but also Striated Heron and a White-throated Fantail! All that despite being bitten to death by mozzies! 

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