I am at that point now where it's almost impossible to choose the best moments of the day to blog about, its been an absolutely incredible day. Where to beigin? Shall I tell you about the Pied Kingfisher diving, as they do from 30 feet high and then successsfully catching a small silver fish,which it ate from a prominant perch opposite and giving me the privildege of witnessing a truly wonderful experience. Or shall I tell you about the Stone-Curlew Burhinus indicus that I stumbled on this morning and all before 7 in the morning, a species that I had hoped for but doubted I would be lucky enough to find. Apart from my guided tour the other day I have done the rest of my birding close to my accomodation reasoning that I would be better served getting to know the resident birds from this locality, know doubt I could be finding much rarer birds but its all new to me and I am more successful as a photographer by "getting my teeth" in to the birds her. If Little Cormorant, Taylor Bird and Purple rumped Sunbird are not exotic enough then there is something wrong.
The weather has been hot today and the fish market was perhaps not the ideal place in 30 degrees of heat and cloudless bright skies. The smell of the drying fish layed out on the sand was at first almost unbearable but amazing how quickly the nose becomes accustomed to it. The sights and sounds of dozens of working fishermen emptying their nets and sorting fish was a free spectacle but very entertaining. It was slightly disturbing to see the amount of baby fish being caught and it seems that this is not a consideration. It was also a surprise to see the amount of crows feeding on the drying fish and the odd dead rat!
This afternoon at theRanweli Nature Centre I had probable the best experiences of the trip so far.