Avi-Tourism in Goa takes off with launch of photographic field guide ‘Birds of Goa’


Panjim, Sept 10:   Goa Tourism’s ambitious plan to  undertake massive promotion of Goa as a leading destination for Ornithologists and bird lovers from all over the world,  took off today with the  launch  of  the first-of-its kind  book on ‘Birds  of  Goa’ at the hands  of the  Hon’ble  Tourism Minister, Mr. Dilip  Parulekar.

The ‘Birds of Goa’ is a ground breaking photographic field guide to the birds found in the State of Goa!
For the first time, this book will cover the entire 400  odd species of birds found in Goa and distinct sub-species and contains over 480 full-colour photographs.
Goa though a tiny State  of  India has an amazing bird diversity boasting of almost 400 bird species available in the State. The  book and Goa  Tourism’s endeavor  to promote  avi-tourism is expected to get a big boost for eco and hinterland tourism.
 Goa Tourism recently  tied up with the Bird  Institute  of Goa based in Panjim,  which is an autonomous society to promote ornithological interest in the State. The Bird Institute  will  help Goa  Tourism/GTDC in developing bird trails in the State, and provide information to bird lovers on its website.

The  launch   of  ‘Birds  of  Goa’ opens  a new chapter for  Goa  Tourism/GTDC  which has  already made  a huge  impact world  over  of  its adventure tourism and several other new  initiatives  launched  recently.

‘Birds  of  Goa’  will  hit  the  book stands soon and  is a  must buy.
Many of the photographs in this magnificent volume appear for the first time and have been carefully selected to show the most important features of the species illustrated. In several cases, different plumages or flight shots are included. The concise text provides vital information on the plumages, voice and habits of each species covered and includes new information. Several related species are also mentioned in the texts. This book will enable accurate field identification in one of the world’s most diverse avifaunal regions. Indispensable reading for all bird lovers.
Mr. Dilip Parulekar  said, “Avi-tourism is expected to attract high-end tourists and bird lovers from all over the world to  it’s bird  hotspots  scattered  across the  State.  Goa is also expected to be prominently featured as a Bird Watchers Paradise on the global map.”
Mr. Nilesh Cabral, the  Hon’ble Chairman   of  Goa  Tourism Development  Corporation said,
“Goa has great potential for avi-tourism than is currently being realized. Goa  offers  the  perfect  setting  for  ornithologists  and  bird  watchers which would  include  fanatics for the  highly specialized  ones and   those   who are into it as a hobby.”

The  Bird Institute  of  Goa  in its  foreword has  appreciated  the  efforts put in  by all its  contributors.
The  pictures  in the   book  come from 68 of the best wildlife photographers from India and rest of the world. Some of the images come from legendary wildlife lensmen such as Nirajan Sant, Gururaj Moorching, Sumit Sen, Clement Francis, Nikhil Devasar, Sarwandeep Singh, Nitin Srinivasmurthy and Ramki Sreenivasan. Some of the photographs come from 40 different locations in Goa including diverse places like Chorla Ghat, St Inez, Pilerne, Alto Porvorim, Batim, Cotigao Wildlife Sanctuary, Shiroda, Shirgao, Margao, Baga, Arossim Beach, Bondla Wildlife Sanctuary, Tambdi Surla and Carambolim Lake.

The  book is  authored  by   Bikram Grewal who contributes his experience through the text and details about bird behavior, voices and habitats, and  Savio Fonseca who  contributes around 190 photographs to the book with information on habitats, maps, distribution and the time of the year the birds are found in Goa. 
Besides, 74 of the photographs in this book are contributed by Aidan Fonseca, now 16 but who started clicking when he was 12. Aidan was among 16 young birders from around the world selected by the Cornell University’s Cornell Lab of Ornithology in Ithaca, New York State in 2014 and is currently studying in Standard 11.

Both, Mr. Parulekar and Mr. Cabral, hailed  the contributions  of the  Bird Institute  of  Goa and, the   authors  of  ‘Birds  of  Goa’   and all its photographers  for the  mesmerizing  photographic  field  guide.
Also present  at the  function  were  Mr. R. K. Srivastava – Chief Secretary  of  Goa,  Mr Ajai. Saxena - IFS – Principal  Chief Conservator  of  Forest, Mr. Ameya  Abhyankar – IAS – Director of  Tourism,  Mr. Nikhil Desai – Managing  Director  of  Goa  Tourism Development  Corporation,  GTDC Board of  Director  and   Members  of the  State   Level Marketing and Promotion Committee.