Fishing village, Bhadreshwar
After an excellent lunch of fresh fried pomfret we went onto the traditional fishing village of Bhadreshwar. This was one of the highlights of the trip as Mr Varu had ensured we coincided with the rising tide and the returning fishermen. Many hundreds of gulls and terns swarmed around and were very confiding for although they happily raid the fish stocks the villagers do them no harm. Heuglin’s dominated the larger gulls but a number of the smaller Steppe ( barabensis) and a couple of Caspian ( cachinnans) were seen. Brown and Black-headed Gulls were numerous but Slender-billed were again scarce. A few Pallas’s lorded over all, one already moulting into adult summer plumage which is always a fine sight. Gull-billed dominated the terns and were particularly adept at snatching the drying bombay ducks. Also good numbers of Lesser Crested and a few yellow-billed Greater Crested Terns harried the returning fish baskets. A few Little Terns were more circumspect hovering over the sea. As the tide rose waders gathered on the higher sand banks. They included a group of Bar-tailed Godwits, numerous Terek Sandpipers and a few Ruddy Turnstones. Mr Varu regularly sees Oystercatchers and Crab Plovers at this excellent site.