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More winter visitors arrive

Birding at Hoskote lake these days is rewarding me with special sightings of new winter visitors each time. Here are some native and foreign birds I saw in my Sunday visit... 

I was happy to see a White-throated Kingfisher adding a burst of blue in the gray overcast morning...



A male Asian Koel was also spotted on the same tree...


A Wood Sandpiper was looking around for food along the edge of the lake. Seeing this winter migrant for the first time this season was a welcome sight...


A Clamorous Reed Warbler, another winter visitor was flitting around in the bush clutter... 


The Eurasian Marsh-Harrier flew in with its typical "gliding over water and frightening off other birds" behavior...


I watched its antics in awe...


Eurasian Marsh-Harrier is a bird of prey from temperate and subtropical western Eurasia and adjacent Africa...


I liked the attitude of this bird...


Even its droppings look pretty 😝😃




Cattle egret accompanying cattle to catch insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by the animal...


Screeching noise diverted me towards this Rose-ringed Parakeet...


Due to the very mild sunshine and misty, wintry weather,  very few butterflies were seen. Here's a Plain tiger butterfly...





A Black Drongo was guarding its territory as usual...





I watched Indian Silverbills hopping on and off the wire...











Then saw a Brahminy Kite and a Gray heron perched close together...





One more sighting of  Eurasian Marsh-Harrier... 






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

43 comments:

  1. I liked the post - the butterfly is my favourite!

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  2. Beautiful, colorful winged friends! A bounty of wonder. I really liked the harrier "action captures".

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  3. Such beautiful photos - as always! That White-throated Kingfisher is stunning!

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  4. Really incredible photos. They are just awesome! I'm speechless! Have a wonderful week!

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  5. The beautiful blue feathered king fisher looks pretty feisty (maybe to make up for it's tiny size?)! What I love about your captures, besides the lovely and attractive sharpness, if that you show the attitude and personality of these birds! Some are so war-like and aggressive, I am not near them, like the black Drongo and the Marsh Harrier. Many thanks Shiju for showing these to All Seasons. Have a marvelous December week, Jesh

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  6. Beautiful collection of your winter visitors series! It's something I don't see here so thank you for sharing.

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  7. Loved every one of these photos! Amazing!
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  8. Nice post loved all the shots very clear too :-)

    Have a tweettastic week :-)

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  9. Beautiful bird photos! They make me want to get out my binoculars!

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  10. Oh wow! So many beautiful photos.

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  11. Stunning images. I almost can't believe how you managed to get those pictures of Marsh Harrier. totally unapproachable here in the UK (and Europe).

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  12. Just tremendous photos, Shiju. The Marsh-Harrier certainly looks like a bird of prey and I would have guessed hawk or falcon because I know nothing about birds but certainly love you incredible photos.

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  13. Nature does colour the best. That kingfisher blue..oh my!! Thank you for linking up for this 2nd last #lifethisweek 2019. Next week is the last link up for 2019. 51/51 Christmas/Holidays: Prompt Optional 23/12/19. Back in the business of blogging and link ups on Jan 6 2020. See you then...or thereabouts! Denyse.

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  14. Your photos are amazing as usual. Love the colorful birds, and your captures are wonderful, even in the most intimate moments of a bird going poo. :)

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  15. Lovely photos, I love the variety of birds you were able to capture!

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  16. These are so beautiful ...breathtaking bird photos! The series with the harrier was great..I could almost hear it scream! I loved the name of the clamorous reed warbler ...I’m sure based on the name that it is also a noisy bird. Loved the heron and kite sitting together ... and am envious of all your beautiful birds. Even the only one that is familiar to me, the cattle egret. Because you got a picture of it actually sitting on the cows head! I have wanted to get that picture for years, but never succeeded (we see that when were driving, but never when stopped wit a camera! Thanks fir all!

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  17. Absolutely beautiful and very interesting. I never knew how interesting birds really were until now. Thank you.

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  18. Wonderful images! Love the series on the Marsh-Harrier.

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  19. Shiju,

    You always do a bang up good job capturing some beautiful feathered friends in flight or perched. The white-throat Kingfisher looks so vivid against the gray sky backdrop and the Black Drongo looks like more midnight blue than black in my opinion. But wait, did you not see a partridge in a pear tree to photograph? Maybe next time, huh? lol Merry Christmas and happy New Year, my friend!

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  20. Wow, wow, wow! You live in birder paradise!

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  21. Such beautiful pictures and animals. Thanks for sharing! 🙋‍♀️🐝

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  22. That Kingfisher is so colorful. What a handsome fellow! Thank you for linking up today.

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  23. Your photography is amazing and that Asian Koel is wonderful!

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  24. Your pictures always amaze me. Beautiful!
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  25. The White-throated Kingfisher is so beautiful. - Margy

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  26. Bonjour,
    C'est fantastique. Plus je découvre les oiseaux et plus je les aime, ça dure depuis des années et c'est toujours aussi beau. Les photos 1 et 5 sont très belles.

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  27. So many different, colorful, and interesting birds! Your photos are beautiful!

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  28. These are amazing. I can always tell when a photographer isn't in Canada!!!!

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  29. Excuisite shots of these beautiful birds. The matching red berry was so fun :)

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  30. Hello, Gorgeous photos, always a pleasure to see your lovely post. The birds are great sightings. Sorry I am late commenting. Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend! PS, thanks also for the comment and visit.

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  33. Your pictures are amazing. I'll be Pinning to my Backyard Bird Board. Thanks for sharing.

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