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]
9 thoughts on “Birding at Karmali Lake, Goa”
What a delight it must have been to visit Karmali lake. It is the first time I heard about it.
Looks Beautiful, although this lake doesn’t seem to give out a Goan vibe.
True, but there are so many beautiful wildlife and birding areas in Goa…
Wow…this is a rich blog, so delightful to see bird photography and details. Yes, I am not a bird watcher but traveled to Mysore, Kuranji Lake and at my farm house near Kerala seen so many birds and observed them that I don’t mind spotting birds. Generally its good, because the area you visit would be green and would have some wet land, so besides enjoying nature’s atmosphere we can also enjoy beholding, natures beautiful creatures. Travelling is fun. Do you know this year May at Orissa, Chatrapur there was baby turtle hatching season, I missed going for it!!, I reckon it would have been great being near the sea and seeing the babies off to the ocean.
Beautiful shots! I am trying so hard to improve my bird photography skills! Looks like a lovely place…
Thanks Chaitali. It’s a beautiful place indeed.
Wonderful Captures. Want to be be here and enjoy.