Overnight camp at Cotigao: 21-22 July 2012

There were quite a few sightings for the overnight camp at Cotigao. We started for Cotigao in the afternoon and reached there by 3.00 pm.

Later we went to the sanctuary to a place called tree top which is a watch tower built on top of a tall tree.

We were welcome into the sanctuary with the calls of the White-bellied Blue Flycatcher which is a bird endemic to the Western Ghats. We also saw many other birds like the Malabar Grey Hornbill, Malabar Barbet, Malabar Parakeet, Racket-tailed Drongos….On the way we saw a Vine Snake just by the road. Everyone got good snaps of it.

We returned from the sanctuary at about 6.00 pm. For the night trail we saw the Malabar Gliding frog which also is endemic to the Western Ghats. There were about 6 of them. Then again we saw some other frogs like the Burrowing frogs, Ornate narrow-mouthed frog, East Asian tree Frog, Skittering Frog and Indian Bull Frog. We also managed to see the Indian Tree Toad.

One of the Participants also spotted an Indian Python about 2 metres long crossing the road. That was one of the highlight of the trip apart from the Malabar Gliding Frog. Also a termite Hill gecko was spotted hiding within the stones of a rubble wall.

The next morning we had an early birding trail in the campus itself. The birds seen were Bronzed Drongo, Asian Fairy Bluebird, Rufous Treepie, Racket-tailed Drongo, Black-rumped Flameback….

Then we started for the Kuske Waterfall which is in the Kuske village in Cotigao WIldlife Sanctuary. The waterfall was just amazing. The water just bounced off the rocks that it fell on right on to our faces. One could only stand facing the waterfall with difficulty as the wind and the water combined would throw one off balance. The amount of water splashing was so much that we could not get out our cameras for some photographs.

Everyone enjoyed in the water and then headed back to the camp site.

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