Chidiya Tapu or literally translated as "Bird Island" is another interesting place for birding especially to see the endemics. Once again it is a gently undulating area & makes for a good early morning sojourn.
|pair of Long-tailed Parakeets - again endemic to the Andaman& Nicobar Islands|
|its raining endemics! - Spot-Breasted Woodpecker|
|another view of my favorite Long-tailed Parakeet|
|this charming bird is the Andaman Woodpecker|
|This is the swanky ride|
|Andaman serpent Eagle right in the resort|
Some good birding in Havelock too.
|Flock of Blackbirds|
|the resort - Beach No. 5. good ambiance right on the sea shore, but maintenance & customer service need to be improved|
|View of the resort grounds with the sea beyond|
|Some creativity in the sand|
|Sunset at Radhanagari|
|Burrowing by Hermit Crabs|
|One of the 7 billion Homo Sapiens that overpopulate this planet. At Radhanagari beach, trying to gel with the background - Ha ha|
|more views of the beach|
|Andaman Teal at a wetland near Port Blair|
|Above & below - Mud volcano at Baratung|
An increasingly popular destination for Andaman visitors, is the limestone caves at Baratung islands. The journey itself is quite memorable. First and early morning rise at 3 am, tea at 3.15 am and on our way at 3.30 a.m. That surely tells you something of the exciting journey. After a long drive in the darkness through some beautiful forests we reach a point at 5.40 am where our vehicle joins a convoy of some 20 other with a police escort in front & the rear. The reason - we will be passing the Jarawa Reserve Forest. the convoy starts at 6 am sharp and there will be no stopping during this period. Strict instructions by our camp leaders - "Please remember that the Jarawas are people like us, so do not treat them as objects for viewing and photographing. If a Jarawa sees you taking a photograph or looking through any lens, there is every likelihood he will just come and grab your equipment & walk away with it and there is nothing we can do." Sound advice indeed! It got us all scampering to pack our equipment and stock it away in safety. We did get to view a few Jarawas with their faces painted white & bare bodies. the drive through some of the dense forests was a wonderful experience.
The convoy ends at Middle Street where we take a puffing, crowded ferry for a five-minute drive to Baratung & again a smaller boat to reach our destination through some beautiful mangroves. And a further 1.2 kms walk through forests and fields till we reach the Limestone caves.
|Above & below - views of the Limestone caves|