(Photo: B. Yorke)
On another visit (in another year) we paid our visit and we were startled to see young naked girls high up on the Banyan's thick branches, the girls were painted in camouflage and laid across the branches of the tree sort of blending in with the tree itself and could be difficult to see, it was certainly interesting to say the least to see how they spent their day!! I guess everything in this place is magical.
One year after visiting the Banyan I thought I would try and advance further up into the jungle, yet the only reasonable (but hard) access was heading up through a dried out (at this time of year) ravine and even then having to clamber over large 5ft rounded boulders, but there was no other way, you would have needed machetes to have got through the jungle areas. I had not been going for long maybe a few hundred yards when I heard loud "woh, woh, woh" ........noises from behind me and it became instantly scary because I knew that sound of the very large (almost human sized) monkeys which can be very dangerous to humans, so I quickly made retreat into safer quarters.
When we first used to go up to Aramble (early 90s) you would see the large family groups of these large dark coloured monkeys up on the very tops of the red sanded shrubby hills, high above us and to the sides of the jungle. They must have been looking down on us, but thinking about it the last two or three visits I have not seen them so whether they have retreated I don't know but I will try and check them out next week if I get chance.
This bird below is a "Lesser Sand Plover" I managed to take this photo on the Mandrem Beach on the way up to ARAMBLE.
I have spent quite a lot of time whilst in Goa search for my "wish list" bird, checking out a area on the way to Fort Aguada, which the bird has been seen on several occasions, but for me no success at the moment. Here he is the INDIAN PITTA
I will look up into the sky and quite regular I will see up to 15 kites and eagles soaring together, besides the commonest which will be Bhrimany Kites, you will also get the Black Kite or Pyrah Kites together with serpent eagles and mixed in will be the larger sea eagles. A few years ago I had a sail down the river and at one point had 4 Osprey and also about 10 large buzzards on the sandbanks resting up. Some years I have gone up to Fort Aguada to watch the eagles and kites climb on the thermals whilst coming within metres of you. And that is one thing I like about India, they respect wildlife and leave it alone.