I have ancestral property that is situated on a hill just outside a village in Goa.
As a boy I have a vague recollection of it being a dark, dense jungle. With rumored sightings of grey hare, civet cats, monitor lizards, wild boar, porcupine and even the occasional panther.
A couple of decades ago, my Dad decided to try his hand at farming. To prepare the land for the proposed orchard, a bulldozer was commissioned and every square inch of jungle on the 21⁄2-acre plot was razed to the ground. He was almost eighty years old at the time and single-handedly he ran the farm, generating some truly exotic produce before age finally caught up with him and he passed away in 2007.
I did not have the time, and honestly, neither the inclination to run the farm. And so for years it was left unattended. Unchecked, the jungle crept back, smothering the fruit trees in its wake. Slowly but surely, reclaiming every bit of available arable soil.
As it stands now the property is overrun with undergrowth and virtually impenetrable. The only accessible areas are the driveway leading up to the house and a small clearing behind it – the backyard.
A few years ago while browsing Google Maps I noticed that someone had flagged the hill as a ‘birding area’, and out of sheer curiosity, I decided to find out for myself. Believe me, simply sitting in the backyard and keeping my eyes open transported me to another dimension. All of a sudden birds, insects, plants, almost magically, began to appear.
As my interest grew so did the frequency of my visits. I now make it a point to spend a few days each month in Goa. And almost without exception each trip is a revelation. I’ve recorded over eighty bird species so far on the property alone, the majority of them from my backyard itself.
This book is a record of the birds I have seen, and photographed, in and around my backyard in Goa.
Below are a few screenshots from the book.
Loved the book ! Amazing pics !
Dinesh Parikh says
Great work Ian, keep it up.thanks for link.
I missed ur book while I was in o.t. of Holy spirit Hosp.continue sharing pictures I m enjoying them.
Thanks Dinesh. So glad you liked the images.
lohitaksha suratkal says
Nice idea Ian – well captured !
Suvrashis Sarkar says
Very commendable work done Doc, kudos to you
the images are superb
Shrirang Purohit says
Great work Ian. Its one thing to take pictures and quite another to publish a book. That requires a lot of hard work . Congrats .would love to visit this jungle.
Thanks Shrirang! Let me know when you plan to visit Goa next and we could meet up for a birding session and ‘refreshments’!!
Your blog is delightful and bird photographs are beautiful! A search to Chorla Ghats brought me to your blog, glad to be here. Thanks Ian.
Dheerendra jahagirdar says
Where can I get this book. Please send details my email thanks
Sincere apologies for the delayed reply. I have made several coffee table books but have yet to publish them publicly. Will be doing so over the next few months. Will send links as and when they are released. Thanks and regards. Dr. Ian.