Many places along Karnataka’s coast, with the Arabian Sea on one side and the Western Ghats on the other, offer very interesting experiences for the birder. One such place is Byndoor (also spelt as Baindoor or Baindur), a small town by the sea situated around 70km north of Udupi.
As we drive into Byndoor, we are often greeted by one of the 2 rulers of the air here – the elegant Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus. Their characteristic calls keep ringing the air here as they fly over the three major habitats here – the beach, the hillock and the estuary (along with the river).
The Someshwara Beach at Byndoor is a beautiful stretch of beach that is used mainly by local fishermen and their families. That means that the beach is one of the cleaner beaches one encounters along the western coast of India.
And virtually no disturbance means that a lot of birds flock to the beach, especially in winters. Plovers (like Greater and Lesser Sand Plovers, Grey Plover), Eurasian Curlews and Whimbrels, Ruddy Turnstones, Sandpipers (like Terek Sandpipers, Common Sandpipers, Curlew Sandpipers), Common Redshanks, Pied Avocets, Western Reef Egrets, Great Crested Terns and many other species of waders (shore birds) have been seen on this beach.