While looking for some wildlife and birding experience in Goa, we found out about the Karmali Moor. It’s a tiny lake/wetland next to the Karmali Station and is home to many resident waders and other water birds. Opposite the moor are paddy fields, so this whole area becomes a rather rich birding spot. We spotted Purple Moorhens, Cattle and Intermediate Egrets, Jacanas, Whistling Ducks, Little Cormorants, Golden Orioles, Coppersmith Barbets, some wagtails amongst others. And this, when we didn’t have much time.
Every time we visit a place like this, I promise myself I would come back with more time. Hasn’t happened till now. I must resolve to make my promises come true this year. Goa truly has a lot to offer beyond busy beaches.
[box type=”success” width=”100%” ]Where is it: Just look around for Karmali Railway Station. The wetlands are right behind the station.
When to visit: Winters is the preferred time for birind, but since these birds at Karmali are mostly resident, good sightings can be had most of the year. Winter only makes it easier to spend longer hours. Where to stay: Goa has plenty of stay options. We had stayed at the Fontainhas. [/box]