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Munia mania at Hoskote

Last Sunday, I visited Hoskote lake in the hope of spotting a finch called Red Avadavat. I caught only a glimpse of the Red Avadavat but I found many beautiful birds in the bargain. Here's a photo tour...

I found some Indian silverbill also known as white-throated munia. It was like eavesdropping on a group of teenagers...
























Spot-billed Pelican...


Pied Bush Chat (female)...








Green Jewel bug...

















A juvenile Brahminy kite was seen flying with his yummy breakfast...


Green bee-eater...








Balloon plant...


Ashy prinia...


A lady was seen stacking hay bales...





I found this fairly large flock of male and female Streaked weavers foraging on the ground and flying around...






Female Streaked Weaver...












Male Streaked weaver...























In the cacophony of the Streaked weavers, I caught a glimpse of the adorable Red Avadavat...


Red Avadavat is also known as Red Munia and Strawberry Finch...


The breeding male Red Avadavat is red on most of the upper parts...








The female Red Avadavat is duller in colour...


Female Pied Bush Chat...





A Painted Stork caught a big fish...





The last spotting of the day was the Tricoloured Munia...


Again, it felt like I was eavesdropping on some romance. Such was the level of intimacy...








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32 comments:

  1. Lovely pictures! The flicks of bays weavers foraging is unusual. One usually sees them building 😊

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    1. Thanks Gayatri! Vidya Sundar told me that they are actually Streaked Weavers and they build their nest in the reeds.

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  2. Nice pictures shiju. Its pleasure to go through the album and the story.

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  3. It seems that I'm repeating myself, but this time too I say stunning! The small birds are so cute. The nature is miraculous.

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  4. That beetle is glorious up close!

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  5. Such diversity in your area - always a treat for the senses to see your photos.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2018/08/twin-fawns.html

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  6. ...fabulous collection of feathered friends. Thanks for sharing.

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  7. Beautiful pictures. I think I would really like bird watching now that I'm older. Hey, I host a link up party every Wed, so if you're interested, you're welcome to stop by and link your posts. www.thismainline.com

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  8. I hope you enter your photos in contests as they are wonderful....Michelle

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  9. The green jewel bug looks looks like a piece of jewelry!

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  10. Wow...the Painted Stork with his fish is a beautiful shot!

    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

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  11. You always capture such awesome photos! The munia are really pretty birds! I recognized the bee-eater (we saw the white fronted bee-eaters in the Kruger National Park) and where we live in the Western Cape we often see the southern masked weavers. I'm now following you on Twitter! Are you on Instagram? Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  12. Wonderful photos. The pair of birds appear to be conversing.

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  13. Wonderful series. The Red Avadavat are something unique!

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  14. Wonderful photos....I love the strawberry birds....

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  15. Amazing birds, bugs and beautiful interesting countryside! You saw more birds on this one outing than I see in months! The flight shots are so great..,seeing all those birds skimming along the fields makes it seem as if I’m right there!

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  16. STUNNING photos! The kite and the stork with their fishes were amazing! And I loved seeing that red avavadat (sp?)...a new one for me!

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  17. wonderful bird species. Superb photos! Congratulations!
    happy WW! ☺

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  18. I really enjoyed your beautiful photos!! It's just breathtaking... wordless, indeed.
    :) Thank you for sharring with them us!

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  19. I'm always amazed at your bird photography! I'll be sending a link to this post to my hubby so that he can look at your post. I like that crazy looking bug too. Every bird and bug seems to be so vibrant in color! Thanks for sharing! Just amazing photography!

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  20. Wow, what a gorgeous series of birds. Great post sharing your photography.

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  21. The Green Jewel Bug has the best colors. I always think that Mother Nature has the best color palette! Thank you for linking up today and I hope you have the best weekend!

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  22. Wow, such a huge variety of birds you captured. You have considerable talent and skill with your photography. Thank you for sharing.

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  23. What a wonderful collection of bird photos. The photos are stunning. I'll be sharing this in many places.

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  24. I can see why that bird is sometimes caled strawberry finch It is so beautiful but all your photographs are wonerful and you saw SO many birds. Have a lovely weekend.

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  25. Hello, I would love to see all these beautiful birds. The Red Avadavat is a pretty color, I like the flock of Streaked Weavers was a great sighting. The Tri-colored Munia is another favorite. The Green Jewel Bug photos are amazing. Great post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks also for the comment on my post.

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  26. A feast for the eyes! I am amazed at the stunning variety of birds you have there and always appreciate your quick eye and fast shutter!

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  27. You always share such a wide variety of critters with fantastic images! Thanks for sharing.

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  28. As always, thanks for linking in at I'd Rather B Birdin' Exotic birds!

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  29. The Tricoloured Munia are certainly striking birds! I always enjoy seeing all the different wildlife you share each week.

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