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Birding in Goa - November 2020

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Galago

Thanks for all the info on possible schedules @Soukous I'd have liked to go to Wayanad/ Fringe Ford as well, but if the consensus is to stay longer at Kabini then that's fine with me. At the moment I'm a definite maybe for both weeks with single room throughout. 

 

@Soukous and I met up at Birdfair at the weekend and established that neither of us have two heads :ph34r: As he mentioned, we both went to a talk on Nagarhole and it did look really good. The melanistic leopard has mated with a regular stripey leopard and the young have turned out stripey too, so no min-Bagheeras yet. Still, you never know what might be there next year! I learned that it's also very good for dhole and eles there. All in all it looked like a good park plus there are restrictions on vehicle numbers - hurrah!

 

The reason I'm delaying my decision a little is that I'm going to Goa for the first time this November. The first week is with a birding group, both around the coastal region and then inland to Backwoods Camp. I'm staying on for a second week on my own at Wildflower Villas (thank you Martin for the heads up!) so I will be able to report back directly. After that I'll know if I want to go back to Goa, so is that ok with you @Soukous if I wait till 3rd week of November or do you need a committment before then?

 

@Dave Williams I'll be hanging out at Wildflower and making forays into Candolim between 10th & 17th November. Will you be around that neck of the woods or are you staying in south Goa? It would be great to meet up if it's logistically possible. By the way, I'm flying out on charter (Tui) on 2nd November and I think that's when they actually start the flights.

 

@Treepol If I come on this trip we may actually get to meet up this time around - hurrah! :D

 

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Dave Williams

@Galago We don't arrive until the 18th of November which is a shame. Yes, staying in Cavelossim, South Goa. 

You should enjoy Goa, the dining possibilities are excellent but just one word of warning ( and it applies to all meat eaters!). Don't order rare steaks. Beef tapeworm is a real possibility.:o

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Soukous
15 minutes ago, Galago said:

regular stripey leopard and the young have turned out stripey too,

I assume you mean spotty. :rolleyes:

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Soukous
19 hours ago, kittykat23uk said:

Although I really can't commit at this stage as the possibility of my joining you very much depends on what I end up doing in February next year, the 13 day version that includes the longer stay at Nagarhole definitely is the one that appeals the most to me. :)

 

all the best

 

Jo 

 

IF you do decide to come along Jo, will it be just you or will the big fella be coming as well?

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kittykat23uk

Just me. Having a hard enough time getting him to commit to week long  trip to Iceland with friends. (The country not the frozen food store).

 

I don't mind sharing a room. 

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Galago

@Soukous duurr! Spots 'n Stripes - how's that for the title of our future TR :lol: 

 

@Dave Williams Oh bad timing on both our parts, shame! Thank you for the steak warning. I'm looking forward to trying Goan food and I will probably ignore all the European style stuff as I think there will be oodles of good local dishes to enjoy.

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Dave Williams

Bomra's Burmese isn't far from where you are staying, definitely worth trying.

 

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21 minutes ago, Galago said:

@Soukous duurr! Spots 'n Stripes - how's that for the title of our future TR :lol: 

 

@Dave Williams Oh bad timing on both our parts, shame! Thank you for the steak warning. I'm looking forward to trying Goan food and I will probably ignore all the European style stuff as I think there will be oodles of good local dishes to enjoy.

 

good decision

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ElaineAust

Good morning @Soukous.

I would opt for a single room please.

Elaine

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Soukous
9 hours ago, ElaineAust said:

Good morning @Soukous.

I would opt for a single room please.

Elaine

 

noted

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Soukous

Status update:

 

I looks as though the preferred itinerary is the 13 night one which begins with 6 nights in Nagarhole and then flies on to Goa for a further 7 nights at Wildflower Villas.

 

By my reckoning there are currently 4 people sounding as though they are definite: myself, Madame Soukous, @ElaineAust & @Treepol.

 

A couple of others have expressed interest; @Galago & @xelas come to mind.

 

I have checked vehicle capacities and we can take a maximum of 7 in total. Savio says he can take 7 and the jeeps at Kabini River Lodge should be full at 7 clients plus driver and naturalist.

 

That means there are 3 places still up for grabs. 

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