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Nest builders and assorted birds

There was plenty of bird activity at Hoskote lake last Sunday. Here are the pics...

Started with what looked like a Paddy Field pipit but not sure about the Id...


White-throated Kingfisher...



Plain Prinia...


Zitting Cisticola...





Indian Silverbill...




Paddyfield Pipit...


Pied Bushchat female...


Green Bee-eater...







Ashy Prinia...


Another Green Bee-eater...


And a pair...


Another Zitting Cisticola...


Found this tree with lot of Baya weaver nests that looked incomplete. I waited for the birds to turn up to capture them in action...


After a while, a male Baya weaver turned up with a strand of grass...


It inserted the strand of grass and after a quick 2 second inspection flew away to get the next strand...


After 15 minutes another male Baya weaver arrived. It looked around for for any sign of danger before proceeding to build its nest...


Another arrived with a bunch of strands...


It started re-enforcing the nest...


He displayed the skill of a professional...



















The nests are built entirely by the males. The females come to inspect the nests and mostly reject...


Despite all the rejections, these guys continue to frantically build the nests. They sometimes add a new storey or two to a rejected nest to make it more appealing to the females...





It is hard work. A male bird is known to make up to 500 trips to complete a nest...


I spent more than an hour watching them make sorties carrying strands of grass...


As I was waiting for the Baya weaver to return, a White-browed Bulbul perched on the same tree...






The birds use their strong beaks to strip and collect the strands, and to weave and knot them while building their nests...








The nests are partially built before the males begin to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling while hanging from their nests...


The females inspect the nest and signal their acceptance of a male. Once a male and a female are paired, the male goes on to complete the nest by adding the entrance tunnel...




A study has found that nest location is more important than nest structure for the female when it selects the nest and mate...


Abandoned nests are sometimes used by Indian Silverbills and other munias...







A Red-vented Bulbul perched on the same tree...





Near a puddle of muddy water,  some Streak-throated Swallows were seen flying in and out. I sat there to capture them when they return...






They were actually collecting clay from the puddle to build their nest...





Mud nests are constructed by both males and females...









An immature Long-tailed shrike was flying around with its parent...





The Long-tailed shrikes are easy to photograph. They won't fly too far away when they detect your presence... 









Spotted dove...


A juvenile kite...





And the final bird for the day was a Common Kingfisher...






I hope you liked the post. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section below...


35 comments:

  1. Beautiful birds , Fantastic clicks.

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  2. Your photos never fail to inspire and amaze me.
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/09/a-strange-sight.html

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  3. You saw so many birds, love the captures of the king fisher, the spotted dove, and the juvenile kite! This was a trip worth for you! These Baja weavers are real artists! Am surprised with the speed of building these nests - thought it would take them at least a few days! Thank you for investing the time to share these images with All Seasons! Enjoy your week.

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  4. Beautiful photos. Those nests are amazing!

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  5. Birds are so photogenic! Love these photos. #SeniSal

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  6. You always have the most stunning nature photos! I just love these.

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  7. Birds are fun to watch, and your photos this week are great.

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  8. Fabulous birds and beautiful pictures....the weavers nests are beyond amazing! What a feat of engineering they are and how wonderful you got to watch some of the construction!

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  9. What a wonderful variety of lovely birds! I love their colors so much. And the nests are just stunning to see, wow!

    I'm happy to see your link on 'My Corner of the World' this week! Thanks for linking up!


    My Corner of the World

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  10. You dedication and patience is rewarded over and over with your photography skills and amazing shots!

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week the optional prompt is Taking Stock, I hope you can join in again. Denyse.

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  11. Amazing shots. I'm a bird lover and am so happy to see so many birds that are not in my area. In addition, I love those nests. I've never seen anything like it before

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  12. Those nests are SO neat! I've never seen them before. I love the yellow orange mohawks as well!

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  13. Thanks for linking week by week. All the best to you in your photographic endeavors.

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  14. Fascinating story about the nests. As usual, your photos are excellent.

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  15. Ihre Fotos sind bezaubernd.Ein Vogelparadies!

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  16. Great variety of bird photos. They are very sharp and clear and I love that your bookmark is subtle.

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  17. The bee-eater is my favorite. But they are all beautiful through your lens.

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  18. Those delicate nests are something to see. Amazing that birds can build the structures that they do. Thank you for linking up.

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  19. Your posts are always a delightful eye candy! The green Bee-eater would be a favourite bird of a garden lover :) Also the yellow bird building these funny nests is an interesting bird. Thn you so much for linking, wishing a happy weekend.

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  20. Such glorious photos...the nest is amazing and you catch every feather!

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  21. WOW! The photos are astounding! Love, love, love them!

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  22. Wow, oh wow! Great assortment of birds photos. These are stunning captures.

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  23. This is my first time visiting your blog, and your photos are fabulous...I'll be back!

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  24. The Baya weaver nest is amazing. What an industrious bird. - Margy

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  25. Thank you for linking up with us this weekend, at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  26. Hello, I am always amazed at your bird photos. Awesome series. It is hard to pick a favorite, I love them all. Those weaver nest are cool. I just got back from my trip and I am catching up with comments. Thanks for linking up and sharing your post. Have a happy day and a great new week! PS, I appreciate your visits and comments.

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  27. Hi Shiju, your pictures are fantastic. It was great to learn about all of these birds. Thanks.

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  28. WOW, so amazing! Great shots of so many different bird species. Happy Wedneday and thanks for joining Wild Wednesdays! ;)

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  29. Your photos are beautiful. I'm a bird watcher, so bird photos are one of my favorites. Thanks for sharing.

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