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More birds from Hesaraghatta

The Blue-tailed bee-eaters from my last blog post inspired me to visit Hesaraghatta lake again. This time I wanted to see the Blue-tailed bee-eaters catching bees.  I managed to see Green Bee-eaters instead and some new birds in the bargain. 
Here's a photo tour...

I couldn't believe my luck when a couple of Green Bee-eaters flew in with their catch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch...



Next bird was the Hoopoe, notable for its distinctive "crown" of feathers...


The hoopoe has two basic requirements of its habitat: bare or lightly vegetated ground on which to forage and vertical surfaces with cavities (such as trees, cliffs or even walls, nestboxes, haystacks, and abandoned burrows in which to nest. These requirements are provided in the ecosystem at the dried up lake bed of Hesaraghatta lake...


The hoopoe unfurls its crest like a fan when it is excited...


Here's the spectacular unfurling of the hoopoe's crest...


A herd of goats made their way through the lake bed...



I was happy to see the hyper-active kid...


 The goatherd and her flock were returning home after a day of grazing...



Just as I was calling it a day, an Indian Roller showed off its stunning colours... 


So this fabulous evening came to a close with an amazing sunset...


Here's my previous post >> Birds at Hesaraghatta lake

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29 comments:

  1. Thanks for all pics, So beautiful.
    Greetings.

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  2. You've outdone yourself with these pictures. Such incredible birds and brilliant colors. That hoopoe is so cute when he flashes his crest like that. around Bandra, I only saw
    crows and kites, no brilliantly colored birds.

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    1. Hoopoe is the national bird of Israel.

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    2. These are some beautiful captures

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  3. Beautiful shots, you have captured the colours so well.
    Gordon.

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  4. Your photos are just stunning. I'm so glad I stopped by.~jeanie from Marmelade Gypsy.

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  5. Oh, what great captures! The birds are so fascinating with their colors and that hoopoe is awesome! The goats are pretty, too.

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  7. Beautiful bird shots and a lovely sunset to finish your day...

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  8. Beautiful photography! Very cool how you captured movement of the hoopoe... I would like to learn how to do that. Wonderful sunset shot, too!

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  9. Oh wow, the birds are gorgeous. I love both the Bee-eater and the Hoopoe! The herd of goats is cute. Awesome collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  10. Wow, I love seeing these amazing birds that we do not have here in the U.S. The goat kid is so cute and I loved seeing the herd and their master! Stunning sunset shot also! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

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  11. My daughter was sat with me when looking this blog post and she picked out the birds at the top and goats at the bottom as her favourites but said they were all "good photos." #MySundayPhoto

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  12. A stunning look at your wildlife in action

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  13. Impressive collection of photos....and the birds [my favorite animal] that you have in photos today, are so beautiful!!

    For all of us birders at I'd Rather B Birdin', I thank you for sharing this post!!
    [great feather unfurling]

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  14. What a fascinating post! What joy...finding the bee-eaters eating their bees! Love the hoopoe so much! Really awesome shots.

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  15. You are so lucky to have such colourful birds and a baby goat too! Fantastic #MySundayPhoto

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  16. Très belle série ;-)
    Céline & Philippe

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  17. Totally love that hoopoe unfurling its crown. Have never seen a bird like this! Also the Bee Eaters are so interesting!

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  18. These are beautiful! Great set of photos

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  19. Another fabulous photo post on the birds of Hesaraghatta. My favourite this time is the hoopoe although the green bee eaters and Indian roller photos are very impressive.

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  20. Stunning stunning stunning.

    Believe it or not...my favorite was the goatherd.

    Thank you for sharing!

    - Lisa

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