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Photo walk at Lalbagh

Sunday morning photo walk at Lalbagh Botanical Gardens was pretty eventful. Here's a photo tour of the interesting things I saw...



Sun rays seeping through trees...


An Ashy Drongo looks for flying insects to eat...


He didn't have to wait too long for his meal...


 A bee was busy as usual...


Brahminy Kite...


Brahminy kites are very wicked. They indulge in kleptoparasitism and attempt to steal prey from other birds. Here's one such successful attempt...


Large-Billed Crow...



A Cormorant caught a fish...



A female Indian Golden Oriole caught a caterpillar...



Dillenia indica, commonly known as Elephant Apple. Asian elephants appear to have a particular fondness for the hard fruit which is accessible only to the megaherbivores. Elephants are important seed dispenser for this tree. With the prospects of extinction of the elephants this tree has developed a back-up system, whereby its hard fruits that were only accessible to megaherbivores, slowly soften on the forest floor through the dry season to allow access to successively smaller animals such as macaques, rodents and squirrels. Seeds from both old and soft fruits are able to germinate well, enabling the persistence of this tree to be independent of the survival of its major megaherbivore disperser...



Red-Whiskered Bulbul...






Squirrel...



A little girl picked up a severed tail of a squirrel. Squirrels have detachable tails. If a predator grabs a squirrel's tail, the tail's skin will harmlessly detach, allowing the squirrel to escape.



White-cheeked Barbet...


 Common Moorhen or Waterhen...


Common Moorhen


Common Moorhen



Mottled Wood Owl...


Mottled Wood Owl...



A White-browed Wagtail catches a dragonfly...



White-browed Wagtail



White-Throated Kingfisher...



White-Throated Kingfisher...



The real king fisher of the day was this Cormorant exhibiting a clinical catch...











51 comments:

  1. Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing!

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  2. Hello!:) Awesome bird captures!:) The Kite, and the Red Whiskered Bulbul are such beautiful birds, and you have done them proud with your photos. The aptly named Wood Owl has feathers that look like the bark of a tree in my garden,...natures wonderful camouflage. The sunlight streaming through the trees is lovely too, nice shot!

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  3. Captures within captures :) Great shots all.

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  4. Wow! Great captures! The Brahminy Kite and the White-Throated Kingfisher are my favorites in this series. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  5. Such beautiful photography! I couldn't even pick a favorite!

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  6. Amazing sightings, and gorgeous photos! That kite with the fish is awesome, and the owl...and as ever I am fascinated with those lovely bulbuls!

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  7. Each photo is a work of art, but my favorite is the kite. Happy Thursday!

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  8. Your photos are always superb. I love the shot with the light streaming down. Thank you for linking up today and hope to see you again next Thursday.

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  9. Stunning set of images. The sun rays streaming through the tree is outstanding. I am a big fan of birds of prey, so the kite is a very intriguing image for me. Very nicely done.

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  10. lovely pix.. the Red-Whiskered Bulbul is my favorite

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  11. Oh wow fantastic photos, my favourite bird is the Red-Whiskered Bulbul - I don't know this bird - it must be a "Paradiesbird"
    Greetings
    Kirsi

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  12. A beautiful walk and great photos!

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  13. Amazing photos of some beautiful (and hungry!) birds. I found your blog on Blogger's Pit Stop, and I'm really glad I did. Have a lovely day.

    ~Christie

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  14. Shiju, your photographs are stunning! So glad I found you from Kathryn's link party!

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  15. Yes, those sun's rays shot is a winner!!! Good that you included people in it...they add interest to the scene.

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  16. What a wonderful variety of color and beauty!!

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  17. Wonderful photography! Love the owl shots and the opening shot with the diagonal light streaming in. I had no idea squirrels have detachable tails!

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  18. Oh, I can't wait until we have blossoms! The sunray photo through the trees is stunning! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

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  19. Wow! What amazing pictures. Especially that Kite. And the squirrel! Enjoyed these! #CountryKids

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  20. Fantastic shots! The Bulbul is amazing and the Brahminy kite has so elegant colours!

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  21. Really stunning photos. I had to look up where you are - it looks like a great escape away from the bustle of a city. #countrykids

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  22. You managed to get some beautiful shots, it's amazing that this is inside such a bustling city. It's great that the kids can get up close to nature there too, I'm sure that exploring Lalbagh Park is a great activity for all.

    Thanks for sharing on #CountryKids.

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  23. Beautiful set of images, thanks for sharing :)

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  24. Hello, beautiful photos as always! I love all the birds, the Kite, the Bulbul and the owl are some favorites. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Such stunning shots, what a great place to visit #CountryKids

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  26. Fabulous series of captures - thank you for sharing your photographic skills. Love the sunlight through the trees, plus the birds and bee !

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  27. Great photos, and as always I send along my thanks for sharing with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  28. Once again some beautiful photos. Thank you for sharing.

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  29. Amazing and wonderful as usual, such a variety of birds. I love the sun rays photo is so good.
    Kathleen
    Blogger's Pit Stop

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  30. All those photos are so interesting! I love observing wild life..and so colorful as well!

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  31. The photos of the bird catching the fish ought to be in National Geographic magazine. Marvelous! All of them are, actually.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/01/fun-with-textures-in-photoshop.html

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  32. These are stunning! Teresa from Nanahood

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  33. Never knew that about squirls! How cool! Lovely photos!

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  34. What stunning photos! Thank you!

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  35. You had one amazing walk, you did. Let's hope the elephants make it.

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  36. magnificent photos- I love how you caught so many birds in action.

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  37. "Eventful" does not even begin to describe this post. Astonishing. Dazzling. Divine. Yes, those are the kinds of words I would use!

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  38. Gorgeous photos of awesome critters! I love the bulbul--it's so unusual and pretty to see!

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  39. A wonderful collection of photos!
    Thank you for taking part in the Floral Friday Fotos meme.

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  40. Stunning photos, thanks for linking up.
    Greetings from Germany

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  41. Blogger Lucy Brown's comments are apparently not getting posted. Here's what she has to say...

    "Attempting one final time!!! Your photos are stunning and I love that there's an actual creature called a Drongo, it was a favourite childhood derogatory name at school! Also fascinated to read about the evolving Elephant fruit. Nature never ceases to amaze. Fingers crossed this gets to you finally..

    Great blog! No idea why my comment won't send."

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  42. So many wonderful photos, I can't choose a favourite. Your shots of birds with insects in their beaks are absolutely amazing. I had forgotten about squirrel tails detaching if necessary. Just fabulous!
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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