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Rainy day birding trip to Malathahalli lake


Our first birding trip to Malathahalli lake, Bangalore turned out to be more dramatic than we had imagined. What promised to be a sunny day when we started, turned out with thick teal tinged clouds as soon as we reached the lake. The bad weather came as a blessing in disguise. Read on to know...



As the dark clouds started to dim the light, an Oriental Magpie Robin made an appearance...





I somehow captured a Pale-billed Flowerpecker in the low light condition...


It started to drizzle, but we chased a Plain tiger butterfly to have at least some pictures before the rain played havoc...








Rain finally fell, drenching the surroundings and the flock of Eurasian Coots in the lake...


I clicked water drops as we took shelter under the canopy of an outhouse...

Thankfully, the rain and thunder storm ended soon and caused very minor annoyance...



The most amazing sight awaited us as we exited the outhouse after the rain. Some Peafowls came out for a dance after the rain...


Usually the peafowls limit themselves to the small island in the lake and are very difficult to spot...


Peacocks are vulnerable to attacks because their flight is slow due to their heavy plumage. They find it safe to come out in the open only before and after a rain. During rain, their predators will themselves be scampering to find a safe place to hide...


Far away, a peacock was seen in flight...


Calotropis gigantea aka milkweed flowers...





Ashy Prinia...



Blue Tiger Butterfly...





Greater Coucal...


Passiflora foetida...



Saw a beautiful Peucetia Viridans aka Green Lynx spider on the Passion Fruit vine...



The species is primarily of interest for its usefulness in agricultural pest management, for example in cotton fields. The Green Lynx spiders have been observed to hunt several moth species and their larvae, including some of the most important crop pests...


Indian Robin...








Oriental Magpie Robin...


Passiflora foetida aka Stinking Passion Flower....


Rose-ringed Parakeets...


Crimson Rose Butterfly...


A female Purple Sunbird...














45 comments:

  1. Truly wonderful images from nature. Thanks so much for linking up with "Through My Lens"

    Mersad
    Mersad Donko Photography

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  2. Just amazing! The photos are just amazing! They leave me speechless!

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  3. Such gorgeous photos! And what a wonderful birding adventure that must have been.

    Happy Blue Monday!
    ~ Joy @ joysweb

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  4. Wow... what a fantastic Post!

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  5. Cannot believe Bangalore has so much natural beauty! :O Simply stunning!

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  6. Wow! Your photos are so incredibly gorgeous! I loved seeing all the exotic birds and butterflies and flowers. Just stunning!

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  7. Oh my - once again your post makes me gawk in amazement. Such beautiful photos, and such an amazing variety of flora and fauna.
    Thank you for sharing each week. I always look forward to seeing what you've been shooting.
    https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/05/strange-sights.html

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  8. The blue tiger butterfly was my favourite this time but it’s so hard to choose as all your shots are such great quality and well composed. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot 📸

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  9. Your photography is stunning. Every single picture is wonderful, and I especially loved the ashy pirinia (I hope I spelled that somewhere near correctly). Beautiful post.

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  10. You are a wonderful photographer. I am having a hard time deciding which birds I like best...I love the beak of the sunbird...and parakeets, always...the saucy tail of the Indian Robin...I could go on and on!
    Thanks for sharing.
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. Beautiful photos! Glad you were there in spite of the rain.

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  12. Oh my what beautiful photography!
    #wordlesswednesday

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  13. ...such a wonderful collection of nature's wonders! Some I recognize from my trips to Maui and others are new to me. Thanks for sharing, enjoy your week.

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  14. Amazing collection of images. This time I choose, even it is difficult, the butterflies!
    Thank you for sharing them!
    Wishing you a beautiful week! Happy WW!

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  15. totally gorgeous.... I am awash with envy. Thank you!

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  16. The Photo Heaven.
    I love the peacock flying - never seen one before like this.
    Happy WW :)

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  17. Amazing photos! That green spider looks like something out of an animated movie, that's so cool!

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  18. very wonderful images from nature. Thanks for sharing.
    Happy WW! ☺

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  19. Wow .... You got some great photos in spite of rain...

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  20. Okay, beautiful pics of the birds. You totally had me there!!! BUT....... When you posted pics of BUGS.... YOU LOST ME!!! eeeeeeeuuuuuuuu I HATE BUGS & THEY HATE ME! I'm so allergic to small insect bites I swell up like GI - GAND - DAH!!! Sheesh! Oh well, the birds are pretty anyway!

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  21. Love those Peacocks! I often think I would like to have one on my farm, but they are quite noisy. Thanks for linking up today!

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  22. The Peacocks are beautiful...we are fortunate to have a few that roost near us, however my favorite from this shoot was the Pale Billed Flowerpecker. Quite beautiful in that light.
    Thank you for sharing!

    - Lisa

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  23. You always have such beautiful nature photos! I liked listening to the rain fall in your video.

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  24. You have the talent, equipment, location, knowledge and eye to make such remarkable photos. The bird ones are wonderful. I love how the rain sounded, with no cars or other noises nearby. And the droplets off the outhouse roof are really something. Thanks!

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  25. Beautiful! These are postcard worthy. Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

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  26. It really did come down thick and fast didn't it. It looks as though the animal kingdom is well used to that and know when to take cover. I love your peafowl.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  27. Wow! Your photos are amazing. It looks like you saw so many birds and creatures. #CountryKids

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  28. Hello, your bird photos are always amazing. I love the peafowl and the butterflies. Lovely flowers. Thank you so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.

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  29. I've never seen a peacock in flight! Your photo captures are so good!!

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  30. Wow - some fantastic shots there #countrykids

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  31. Hello, the Crimson Rose butterfly is my favourite.

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  32. Constantly in awe of your amazing photography.

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  33. For sharing this special post with us birders this week at I'd Rather B Birdin', I thank you!

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  34. What amazing pictures - what did you use? Shame about the rain.

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  35. Gorgeous series of images.

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  36. Every week I cannot wait for your windows on the world , you take me there in unique fashion.blessed mother's Day

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  37. Wow! I am totally blown away. Gorgeous! #pointshoot xoxo

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  38. Wow. I've never seen a peacocks wings out like that in flight, amazing birds. Love seeing your nature shots :)

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  39. The peacocks are so beautiful. Lovely pictures.
    dropping by from #openslather

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  40. Awesome photos. Loved them. I've never seen a Peacock in flight before. Also that spider was super cool looking.

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