Baga and Arpora area - I
I spent two weeks in Goa in the second half of November 2007, along with fellow photographer and skilled
birder Kit Day ( We stayed at the Riverside Regency Hotel on the Baga River, close to
Baga Beach. The hotel is basic but comfortable, small and friendly with extremely helpful staff. The food here
and elsewhere in Baga/Arpora is excellent and very cheap. Two other hotels that are popular with birders are the
Marinha Dourada and the Beira Mar in Arpora.

The terrace and balconies of the Beira Mar overlook the Baga fields and marshes, which hold some prize birds
such as Greater Painted-snipe, Slaty-breasted Rail and Cinnamon Bittern to name but three. Apart from this
obvious advantage, any other reasonable-looking hotel in the Baga/Arpora area should be fine. There are cheap
taxis everywhere, so getting around is never a problem. The Riverside Regency Hotel is ideally placed to walk to
the Baga fields and woods within minutes. We would certainly stay there again. The popular breakfast stop and
watering hole known as the
Lila Cafe is just a few hundred metres down the road.
Riverside Regency Hotel
Indian House Crow Corvus splendens and Jungle Mynah Acridotheres fuscus
White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Black Kite Milvus migrans
Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus
Green Bee Eater Merops orientalis
Indian Roller Coracias benghalensis
Indian Spotted Eagle Aquila hastata
Black Drongo Dicrurus macrocercus
White-eyed Buzzard Butastur teesa