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Birding hiatus due to corona

I am on a birding hiatus due to the Corona virus threat. This series is from my trip to Hoskote lake two weeks back....


Due to the COVID-19 scare nobody was birding. Even my car sat alone...


A White-browed Wagtail welcomed me with its wheezy "wheech" calls...


A Common Sandpiper made me note its presence...


I liked the reflections of this sandpiper...







An aeroplane was crossing the moon...


Greater Coucal...


Intermediate Egret...


I saw this bird almost completely hidden by the nesting materials it was carrying. The arrowhead-like spots pointing upwards on the breast revealed its identity as Jerdon's Bushlark...


I waited for it to return for the next load...


An Ashy prinia flitted around...


Here's a closeup...


Freshly tilled farm land was attracting a lot of birds who were scampering to collect the leftover grains and exposed insects...


A Jerdon's Bushlark was one among the opportunists...




A cute squirrel held my attention for a while...







It was lovely to see the Barn Swallows...




An Ashy prinia unfurled its tail to match the tassel of the corn plant...






Then I sighted one Indian Silverbill...


A smart looking Western Yellow Wagtail...


 A Black-winged Stilt with a falling droplet...



 And another Black-winged Stilt with its drunk shadow...


  An Indian Pond heron caught a tiny Water strider...


 As I was walking back to my car, I saw this gentleman in black & white called Jacobin Cuckoo...



That's the end of the trip. I hope the world will be free from COVID-19 pandemic soon. I'm wishing everybody the best and we're going to get through this!



46 comments:

  1. Amazing to see the variety of critters in your country/continent...
    Very nice shots, as usual.
    Take care!

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  2. Birding from your car is a great strategy during these difficult times. Stay well. Best wishes to you and your family.

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  3. I loved all your beautiful photos. The squirrel really caught my eye - he's a little different than the squirrels I'm used to. I am fascinated by the antics of squirrels.

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  5. I am sorry that you are currently having to take a break but your photos are as breathtaking as always. I love that shot of an aeroplane was crossing the moon! #All Seasons

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  6. Looks like you have a spam attack - I do not understand people!!!!

    Great set of photos and you are lucky that you can go birding from the car. We are not allowed out at all except with a permit to buy food or go to the chemist/hospital Thank goodness we live in the country and we have a fair sized garden! Take care, Diane

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  7. Beautiful, absolutely beautiful! Stay safe & healthy.

    Thanks for linking in! Your friendship & loyalty to our world's birds are very much appreciated.

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  8. It took me a while before I saw the bird making the nest! I thought first it was a pineapple, lol!
    The water reflections of these birds are so sharp - - my favorite is the last one, because of the bended shapes. The squirrels in my yard are grey! Am so sorry, you are having that vile anonymous child vomiting on your blog. If you can remove it, do it. Have seen the same comment on another blog, so it's not anything you said:( Many thanks for sharing the beauty in nature with All Seasons. Have a safe and healthy week:)

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  9. Wonderful birdsphoto!
    Greetings Elke

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  10. Wonderful photos! Stay safe!

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  11. Stunning photos as always! The squirrel ones are my favorites!

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  12. Beautiful photos. Birds and ohters now have better conditions - less traffic, less people, better air.

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  13. Beautiful photos as always and so detailed :-)

    Have a safetastic week :-)

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  14. There are some great pictures there. The Ashy Prinia is superb the way you captured the tail. We're on lock-down too. Wont be long I hope.

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  15. Awesome pics.
    Stay safe. Hope all well soon.

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  16. I always enjoy your photos. Thank you for sharing. I hope you and your family stay safe from COVID-19.

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  17. Amazing photos! It is impossible to choose, you are a great photographer!
    Wishing you all the best in your world. Stay safe!
    Happy WW!

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  18. Thank you for sharing the happiness through your beautiful bird portraits! I smiled at many your descriptions also. For instance, that cuckoo really does look the gentleman in his black and white “suit”.. Your birds almost come alive for your readers through your pictures and words! ..... I think a lot of bloggers will be using pictures from old adventures for a while.

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  19. Your photos never fail to amaze me. So lovely!
    I hope this finds you well and your family also.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2020/03/the-explorer.html

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  20. Your photos are absolutely beautiful ! I love the little squirrel, it looks so real as if it would jump out of my screen. We are in our second week of lockdown due to Coronavirus and the end is not in sight. It's not easy to stay inside all day and only going out for food shopping or the pharmacy. All other shops and business are closed.

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  21. the photos with the birds are beautiful but the photography with the plane is colossal!
    Happy WW! ☺ stay healthy!

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  22. Your words of hope and encouragement to us all are appreciated. You and yours are wished well too
    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week, the optional prompt, is for some, the (Easter) seasonally-based 13/51 Chocolate 30.3.2020. Hope to see you back linking up then too. Denyse.

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  23. Spring birds are just starting to arrive here. Your outing was a success! The moon shot is incredible. Hope we're all able to get back to normal soon. Stay well!

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  24. The Stilt with the reflection is my favorite. Everyone staying home here, as well. Thank you for linking up today and stay well.

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  25. Your barn swallows remind me I might not be home by May to see them return, and to protect my front porch from nest building. I just couldn't take a nest down after it was built. - Margy

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  26. Beautiful photos as always. Thank you so much for linking up with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home.

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  27. Stunning collection of images. Love your photography. The moon shot is absolutely incredible. Love it the most. Stay safe.

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  28. Hello, I always enjoy your beautiful birds, awesome photos. Great capture of the airplane. Stay safe, healthy and happy. Enjoy your weekend!

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  29. It's great to have memories to savor when we are forced out of our daily routines by a pandemic.

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  30. Oh, I love the one with the reflection and the little birdie is holding up it's leg. Enjoyed seeing them. Have great weekend and stay well.

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  31. Hello, these are all wonderful photos and birds. I have many favorites and I always enjoy your post. I hope we can all soon be back to normal. Take care and stay well! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Enjoy your day, happy weekend! PS, thanks for the visit and comment.

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  32. Hello. Fantastic photos. Take care of yourself.

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  33. The birds are beautiful, but the squirrel is my favorite. Soooo cute! ^.^

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  34. I really enjoyed admiring all your beautiful bird photos, and many I had never seen. I had not seen a squirrel with a stripe in its back. It looks like a young one. I have not been out of my house since March 15. But I see robins, cardinals, bluebirds and more landing in trees in my backyard.

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  35. Hello again and Happy WW!
    Our new host for the game is
    https://povestiripescurt.blogspot.com/2020/04/suveniruri-mfc.html
    if you want to share with us your beauties!
    All the best and stay safe!

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  36. I am glad to see you are well and wanted to let you know that I have restarted Nature Notes meme....Michelle

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  37. Always uplifting to see your wonderful photos of birds & animals. I especially like the Stilt and his reflection. Keep well.

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  38. What a lovely selection of birds and the squirrel is so cute!

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  39. Heisann, wonderful series, birds are so nice to watch .... and their singing in Spring: I long for it... and now the singing is exploding!
    Happy Spring ;:OD)

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  40. What a fabulous variety of critters and scenery! The bird with nesting material is a great capture :)


    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

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  41. Delightfully characterful photographs. The heron with the water strider is especially striking.

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