I had the privilege of being introduced to the Zuari river by the late Mr Kamat, fondly known as Kamatbab. An avid birder, highly regarded among the wildlife photographer fraternity in India, he and I built a fast friendship over numerous trips down the Zuari river. I would listen, rapt, as he shared his wealth of knowledge of all the birds indigenous to Goa. His ability to spot birds was peerless. A single boat ride would throw up sightings of at least five varieties of kingfishers, osprey, white-bellied sea eagle, terns, and not to mention, the occasional crocodile.