The sea life, the bird life but also the flora in this little coastal strip of India is quite remarkable and I only saw a little bit of it which I am sharing with you. On our way to Tiracol Fort the air was heavily perfumed with the scent of cashew flowers and buds. When we were sitting at the Fort having a drink overhanging our table was a cashew nut tree. I have blogged about cashews before because I had the opportunity to see how they were extracted from the fruit or kernel and it is a delicate operation as the substance in which they are found is quite toxic to the skin. This time though I was able to see them growing on the trees and they are wonderfully fecund.
The delicate and highly scented flowers
The cashew nuts beginning to form on the base of the cashew apple.
We travelled around the coast which is dotted with estuaries and mangrove swamps and enjoyed seeing the immense number of black shouldered and brahmini kites swooping in the air.The fish eagle surveying the beach and keeping a watchful eye on the nest where two chicks were poking out. The dark cormorants contrasting with the snowy egrets on bare branches.
We swam in the sea and walked along beaches and my son picked up this strange looking fish which was just extraordinary. It was as if it was balancing on a tripod the two sharp fins being its two front legs and then the one sticking up on its back ready to pierce you. I have tried to identify it but have not succeeded. Would love to hear from any of you if you know what this is. The crabs abounded but these shells I only found on one beach. Admire the bright pink in them. Just beautiful.
You would not want to step on this one.