Siolim Paddy Fields
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis, very much in its element!
Blue-tailed Bee Eater Merops philippinus
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Cattle Egret Bubulcus ibis
Small Pratincole Glareola lactea
Black-headed Ibis Threskiornis melanocepahalus
Asian Openbill Anastomus oscitans
Woolly-necked Stork Ciconia episcopus
Jungle Mynah  Acridotheres fuscus
White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smyrnensis
Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis and Black-capped Kingfisher Halcyon pileata
Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis
Intermediate Egret Mesophoyx intermedia
Kit goes wading in the paddyfield to get close to a large gathering of Small Pratincoles,
much to the amusement/bemusement of the local paddyfield workers: they kindly offered him a
cup of tea, but neglected to warn him about the blood-sucking leeches! Time to reach for the
First Aid, Kit!

If you ever happen to be wading out there, please keep an eye out for a soggy, leech-infested
wallet containing a few credit cards and a driving licence! Oops! Some photos cost you a
bleeding (arm and a) leg.
Just outside Siolim village, a small (but often busy!) road cuts through the middle of a large
expanse of paddyfields which are teeming with birds when the water levels are right. Stop
half-way down the road to scan the area and see what flies over. There could be up to five
species of kingfisher by the road and on the wires above your head!

In the photo above, the tiny dots on the wires are all kingfishers, and more than likely with the
odd Blue-tailed Bee Eater thrown in for good measure!