A boat trip up the River Sal

Trip Start Nov 01, 2012
Trip End Nov 27, 2012

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Flag of India  , Goa,
Thursday, November 8, 2012

So, we were sitting in Mike's beach shack having a small - or was it a large? - Kingfisher and Dennis came up to us and asked if we fancied a boat trip on the river. Maybe, we say, and he proceeds to offer us a five hour "all inclusive" boat trip, guaranteeing we will see dolphins and all sorts of other wildlife for 850 rupees - about 10!. We'll think about it, we say and wander off for our next Kingfisher fix...

The following day, Jack wanders into our hotel complex and offers us the same trip for 800 - and he'll pick us up from the hotel - so he's got himself a deal!!

We walked to Jack's boat on Thursday morning for 9.30 (as we'd later agreed) and surprisingly, as we'd been led to believe it would most likely be 11.00am before we started, we were away by 10.15. A good start which got better when the Kingfisher's (beers not birds) started to fly around.

First stop, the sea, a couple of kilometres from where we boarded, where we were to see all these dolphins! Did we see dolphins? Did we ever! Dozens of them, all over the place, congregating where the river flows into the sea. Never seen so many dolphins! Jane's photos suggest that she still needs a touch more practice at the wildlife shots (lots of sea views!!) and mine were little better but we did manage to catch a couple of fins popping out of the water....

By Thursday, we'd spent a couple of days discussing the moderately sized birds of prey that were abundant overhead. They were, ooh I'd say a metre across the wingspan and the concensus was that they were either sea eagles or, more likely, buzzards. Jane's money was on the sea eagles and she foolishly thought them to be five or six feet across. We saw lots on the boat on Thursday including the one photographed that almost took the roof off. Sadly, I have to report that Google has them as Goan Sea Eagles with a wing span of 1.8 to 2.2 metres!! Is Jane smug? Just a touch....[ Jane: Given that PJJ is only a recent convert to the joys of ornithology / wildlife this entry is remarkable! As were the sea eagles!]

The trip continued with more Kingfishers, prawns in garlic sauce for breakfast, loads of birdlife as we cruised up the river followed by a nice lunch of kingfish and kingfishers.

Before heading back, we had a quick detour to disturb the fruitbats that had been quietly minding their own business hanging around in a tree. They're quite a sight when they're disturbed.

A good day (another one!) overall......
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