Junglescapes Amphibian/Reptiles Excursion, Tambdi Surla, Goa, 12-16 Sept,, 2012

September 25, 2012

The first Junglecapes non-profit wildlife excursion. PLEASE SKIP THIS POST.

Girish, Parimala, Santosh and I visited the Canopy Goa resort for their Amphibian/Reptilan excursions package. Everything was organized by Ramesh, who, however, had to drop out at the last minute. It was a memorable trip. I have put up photos on my Facebook albums, and here is the creatures list that we have compiled.

I strongly recommend Ramesh Zermakar and Omkar Dharwadkar...their knowledge is very impressive, and they are very helpful. Ramesh and Pankaj Lad (along with his brother Gowreesh Lad) run the resort extremely well. Even our Innova driver, Ali, was very helpful showing us Monitor Lizards on the side of the road as he was driving, and showing us pictures of a python that had eaten a macaque and later regurgitated it. Er, no, we did not have any Feni. We were drunk on the beauty of the monsoon, and the wonderful beings that we could see and observe. Amphibians: Frogs: Amboli bush (id yet to be confirmed) Common Indian Bullfrog Dobson's Burrowing Malabar Gliding Ornate Narrow-mouthed Reddish Burrowing Small-handed Skittering Waynad or Marten's bush frog (id yet to be confirmed) Fejervarya, Indirana, and Nyctibatrachus species...I do not know the others. Toads: Common Indian Birds: Babbler, Dark-fronted Babbler, Jungle Barbet, Brown-headed Barbet, White-cheeked Bulbul, Red-vented Bulbul, Red-whiskered Bulbul, Yellow-browed Dove, Spotted Drongo, Ashy Drongo, Black Eagle, Crested Serpent Flameback, Common Flycatcher, Tickell's Blue Fulvetta, Brown-cheeked Hawk-Cuckoo, Common Hornbill, Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Pied Iora, Common Kite, Brahminy Kite, Common Lapwing, Red-wattled Leafbird, Blue-winged Leafbird, Golden-fronted Minivet, Small Nightjar, Jerdon's Oriole, Black-hooded Oriole,Eurasian Golden Parakeet, Malabar Parakeet, Rose-ringed Parrot, Vernal Hanging Prinia, Ashy Prinia, Grey-breasted Robin, Oriental Magpie Shikra Spiderhunter, Little Sunbird, Crimson-backed Sunbird, Loten's Sunbird, Purple Sunbird, Purple-rumped Tailorbird, Common Treepie, Indian Treepie, Rufous White-eye, Oriental Woodshrike, Common Woopecker, Heart-spotted Woodpecker, White-naped Calls: Bulbul, Grey-headed Francolin, Grey Frogmouth, Ceylon Eagle, Changeable Hawk Junglefowl, Grey Myna, Hill Thrush, Malabar Whistling Birds sighted from train: Bee-eater, Small Green Bushchat, Pied Crow, House Crow, Jungle Dove, Laughing Dove, Spotted Drongo, Greater Racket-tailed Egret, Little Ibis, Black-headed Kingfisher, Pied Kingfisher, White-breasted Kite Black Mynah, Common Robin, Indian Butterflies Blue. Grass Blue, Pea Castor, Angled Castor, Common Cerulean, Common Crow, Common Crow, Double-banded Demon, Grass (cat) Eggfly, Great (Cat also) Emigrant, Common Emigrant, Mottled Gull. Common Jezebel, Common Lime, Common Mormon, Blue (also cat and eggs) Mormon. Common (also cat) Oakblue, Common Pansy, Chocolate Pansy, Lemon Pioneer Psyche, Common Rose, Common Rose, Crimson Rustic Tiger, Blue Tiger, Plain Tiger, Striped Yellow, Common Grass Yellow, Spotless Grass Yellow, Three-spot Grass Yeoman Dragonflies Dart, Malabar Torrent Glider, Crimson Marsh Glory, Clear-winged Forest Skimmer, Ground Insects and Others Spiders: Crab, Giant Wood, Jumping, Lynx, Orb-Weaver, Wolf. Tarantula, Indian Assassin Bug, Centipede, Grasshoppers, plain and painted, Mayfly, Millipede, Bark Mantis, Praying Mantis, Robberfly Stick Insect, and other assorted Moths, Beetles and Insects. One Web Scorpion, Several crabs of all sizes. Reptiles Snakes: Green Vine Keelback, Beddome's Rat Viper, Hump-nosed Pit Viper, Saw-scaled Wolf, Travancore Calotes, Forest Gecko, Banded Lizard, Garden (Calotes versicolor) Skink, Brahminy Skink, un id I would like help with the id of the Skink, I am sending the pic herewith Cheers, Deepa. I've put up the photograph on FB: The Green Vine Snake taking the frog up into the tree canopy: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151084062298878.450608.587058877&type=3 1st day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085434713878.450911.587058877&type=3 2nd day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151085858413878.451017.587058877&type=3 3rd day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151086602133878.451198.587058877&type=3 4th day: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10151088941563878.451735.587058877&type=3 I have put up videos: Saw-scaled Viper showing why it is so named: and http://youtu.be/qh4zpMxJIqI Ramesh Zermakar handling a Beddome's Keelback: A Hump-nosed Pit Viper:

Two videos of the Green Vine Snake taking a captured frog up into the canopy:



We missed Ramesh and Shalini very much, as they had to drop out…Ramesh, literally, on the last day.