Discover the birds of Goa through the lens of Sanat Shirodkar
The Goan monsoons - it's a time of pure magic as the entire state transforms from its dry summer soils to one of abundant greenery and wetlands. That one time of year when nature truly reigns supreme (no pun intended) and reinstates its claim over Goa again. Forcing its human inhabitants to simply sit back and watch as the rain pours down to replenishes the region's diverse ecosystem for another year ahead.
And while the rains certainly do make an effort to cancel them out, the chorus of birds calling out in the morning is by far one of our favourite sounds. The monsoon season simply a kind reminder of just how wild Goa really is.
Sanat Shirodkar, contributor of today's photo series on the bountiful birds of Goa, is a 19 year old student from the village of Siolim in Goa's northern region of Bardez. And while he may be working towards a career in Computer Engineering at the Agnel Institute of Technology & Design, Assagao, we have a feeling it will only be one of his many successes in life.
Stating photography as a passionate hobby he'll never let go, the following are just a few of the gorgeous images we requested he share. Taken throughout his many walks in the woods, Sanat clearly has a talent not only for photography but also for knowing just where to go to get the shot.
A juvenile Magpie Robbin & Greater Coucal
And like most of those who celebrate nature as their muse, Sanat too has a thing or two to say about the importance of preserving Goa's natural environment.
"Preserving natural habitats has never been so important in the history of humanity and for the sake of humanity. Of course, the growing concrete jungles in Goa are the major contributors to the habitat loss.
If soon, no stringent steps are taken to save wildlife & it's habitat, it would not be long when they will find a place only on the list of extinct species & that would not be all! The extinction of wildlife species will certainly have a fatal impact on human race as well. So, for us as humans, it becomes a great responsibility to save the wildlife, our planet and most importantly, our own selves."
Purple-rumped Sunbird (female)
Purple-rumped Sunbird (male)
Green Bee Eater
Wire Tailed Swallow
Common Kingfisher & Vigor's Sunbird
Red Whiskered Bulbul
Chestnut or Cinnamon Bittern
You'll find more of Sanat's photos on Instagram @sanatshirodkar
A feed full of gorgeous imagery showcasing far more to Goa than its birds alone.
Plus if you find yourself in Goa and wish to embark on some bird watching of your own, we can suggest you check out the following links:
Goa Green | Bird watching tour in Western Ghats
Inditales | 15 best places for birding in Goa you must explore
Rahul Alvares | Bird watching & nature excursions in Goa
Thrillophilia | 3 day bird watching & nature tour in Goa
Fat Birder | Birding in Goa resources