As the winters are round the corner, we planned a quick trip to Kotawade – Ratnagiri again this year and yes; we stayed at the same place as last time (Atithy Parinay). This time we decided to spend more time relaxing and spending some time at the pristine beaches around the place.
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For places that can be visited around Ratnagiri and details about the resort, you can refer to our previous blog post on Ratnagiri at Weekend Excusrion to Kotwade, Ratnagiri.
Coming back to this post, we are starting a new series of Photo blogs that will consists of some of the photographic highlights of the trips; more from a bird-watching perspective.
To start with; we spent couple of sessions (one early morning session and two evening session) at twin beaches near Ratnagiri; the Aare beach and the Ware beach. Some of key species seen were Western Reef Egret, Whimbrels, Common Redshank, Black and Brahminy Kites, White-bellied Sea Eagles, Eurasian Curlew and Caspian Terns, Heuglin’s Gulls, Pallas Gulls in huge numbers..!
Apart from the bird-watching sessions at the beaches, we spent rest of the time bird-watching in and around Atithy Parinay resort in Kotawade. We saw White-rumped Munias, Vigors and Crimson-backed Sunbirds, Stork-billed and Blue-eared Kingfishers, Black-hooded Orioles, White-naped Woodpeckers, Brown-headed Barbet, White-browed Bulbuls, Emerald Doves, Rufous and White-naped Woodpeckers and more. We also saw a monitor lizard and a langur munching on a fruit. However the highlight was to observe a group of 8-9 Niligiri Wood Pigeons; a species which was high on our list..!
Finally, we also managed few landscape shots during the sunset times; best of them was the Double rainbow we saw at Aare beach. The sunset at Ware beach was also very special.. which had different hues and clear reflection.
Here are some of the images we managed to capture 🙂
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– Rudraksha & Shraddha