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Waiting for the migrants

When I visited Hoskote lake last week, it was brimming with excitement. It was as if the native birds were ready to welcome their counterparts from far off lands. Next post will hopefully feature many migrants. Here are some pictures from the visit...
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A White-throated Kingfisher was flashing its bright colors...
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A Red-wattled Lapwing was flying around alerting everybody of my arrival...
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A Little Egret was flying quietly though...
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Water strider took short strides on the water surface. They form easy snack for Little Grebes...
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A Brahminy Kite flew in with a fish...
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I followed a Pied Cuckoo (Jacobin Cuckoo) to get a decent shot...
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A female Indian Robin flew in...
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One more shot of the Jacobin Cuckoo...
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Saw a Blyth’s Pipit flitting rather quickly...
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Long-tailed Shrike marked its presence...
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Another Oriental Skylark...
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Another sighting of Jacobin Cuckoo. Known as the harbinger of rain, this pied cuckoo must be glad about the excess rain this season. You can see the rain drops on the branches...
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Little Egret walked gracefully in the reeds looking for an unwary fish...
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A Pied kingfisher hovered over water ready to make a dash...
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Then I saw a couple of Black Drongos swooping around...
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The nice blue sky...
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I saw some dragonflies. A female Ground Skimmer...
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Then a male Ground Skimmer dragonfly...
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Then a Red-veined darter...
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A female Indian Robin...
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A Pied Kingfisher sitting on a wire looking expectantly for a fish...
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A Jerdon's Bushlark was foraging for insects...
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A female Baya Weaver was seen next...
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An Indian Silverbill couple...
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Male Pied Bushchat...
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A Little Grebe was taking water striders...
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Little Cormorant caught a big Tilapia fish...
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After gulping the fish it splashed in water...

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The quest for another meal continued...

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Last bird of the day was this Long-tailed Shrike...
Thus ended one highly productive trip. Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to seeing some visiting birds on my next outing. Hope it won't rain this Sunday morning. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below...

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48 comments:

  1. Amazing catches -- both by your eyes as well as your digital eye.
    The skylark is so cute and I can't get over the beauty of the white-throated Kingfisher. :)

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  2. Wonderful images of all the birds. I loved the 4th shot (Kingfisher) and the great series of the Cormorant with its dinner. Have a lovely weekend.

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  3. Great series of photos of the different birds and dragonflies.
    The white-throated kingfisher and the pied kingfisher are my favorite.
    All photos are perfectly sharp, my compliments.
    I wish you a good weekend.
    Greetings Irma.

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  4. Your snapshots are absolutely stunning! Awesome!!!

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  5. Hello,

    What a great variety of birds, your outing was successful with wonderful sightings and photos. It is hard to pick a favorite, I love them all. I would like to see all these birds, especially the Kingfishers and the Brahminy Kite. Thank you for linking up and sharing your critters and post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, I appreciate your comment and visit.

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  6. My favourites are the Kingfishers: small, beautiful and quick. :)

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  7. ...this is a fabulous collection and my favorite is the Cormorant with the big Tilapia fish!

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  8. Seems to me there's plenty to keep a birder happy until the migrants arrive. There are some great pictures today and I would hardly dare to pick a winner. But if pushed I would say - Pied Bush Chat, Baya Weaver and of course the action shots of the Little Cormorant.

    That first lark has the looks and bill of a pipit - perhaps Paddyfield?

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    1. Yes, it looks like a Blyth's Pipit. Thanks for pointing it.

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  9. Hello Shiju,:=) Brilliant captures of the the wild life. I also like the images of the Little Cormorant. It was a large fish to swallow, but swallow it whole it did, and you caught it all on camera. I love seeing all the varied species of bird life in India. The Pied Kingfisher is a striking bird, and your in flight image is beautiful.

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  10. Stunning photos and I love the Kite. Looking forward to seeing the migrants. Keep safe DIane

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  11. Amazing photos, you captured a lot of beautiful birds. My favorite is the Cormorant with the big fish.

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  12. Thrilling! I must be here often, S!

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  13. Wow, what a collection of incredible bird photographs. All of them tack sharp!! I am going to follow you on instagram so if you see @yogiab that's me.

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  14. It's an exciting time of year here in Florida too with the migration. We are seeing different birds now. LOVE the cormorant with the tilapia! And the dragonflies are neat. I always enjoy your photos! Have a good week ahead!

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  15. Brilliant photos of the birds, my favourite was the White-throated Kingfisher, superb.

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  16. A little patience is all that's required. The migrants will soon be joining the party.

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  17. Beautiful photos of beautiful birds Shiju. Some are the same as in the Netherlands. I like the little grebe and the Indian robin. Happy sunday. I haven't seen yet many migrants

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  18. Wow you captured so many beautiful photos of their everyday life out and about in lovely areas! Thanks for visiting my blog too nice to meet you!

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  19. Wow! very different birds for me ~ stunning photography ~ you must have a great camera and know you have a 'good eye' ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. love your colorful White-throated Kingfisher, the Indian Robin female is a real cutie. :) Long-tailed Shrike, seems you can always recognice a shrike. No matter from what country it is from.
    You have such a beautiful and rich wildlife. I wish I lived in your area. I would be busy around the clock.

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  21. A wonderful and productive outing for you. Love all the different types of beautiful birds you saw that morning.

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  22. the white-throated kingfisher is really beautiful with the flash of color

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  23. It's almost overwhelming how many bird species you photograph in a day, and all so beautifully portrayed.

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  24. The egret and the colorful kingfisher shots are my favorites! You always take such amazing photos.

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  25. Fabulous love these how do you do you capture such amazing photos and colours :-)

    Have a migranttastic week 👍

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  26. Absolutely top-notch!
    Thanks for sharing these marvelous photos at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/10/the-old-mill.html

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  27. Great photos as usual but my favourite is the pied kingfisher in flight.

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  28. Beautiful portraits of the Kingfishers!
    And the eating Little Cormorant...

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  29. Wow ! What an amazing variety of birds you've capture here! Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Wow... there are fantastisc captures. Thank you for sharing.

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  31. You haven't lost your touch yet, Shiju! That is an amazing wingspan, and the position of the black bronkos is phenomenal. Love how you show the diversity of the dragonflies - like the blue one you captured the most. Of course, the cormorant eating his fish, making me hungry.

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  32. Great photos! And some of these are amazing!

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  33. Love seeing the birds with little blue colours on their bodies. Amazing images! It's been great to have you share your post this week for #lifethisweek on Denyse Whelan Blogs. Thank you. I hope you will be back next week, where the optional prompt is “young” but my guest poster, Mr Whelan, is sharing his thoughts for the final time on the blog in 2021 on a different topic. See you there, Denyse.

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  34. Hi Shiju, I love scrolling through your photos! Your work is excellent, not just once in a while, but excellent every post! Thank you for sharing! Best wishes to you from Seattle! John

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  35. Your pictures never fail to delight.The Black Drongos one is amazing.

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  36. Truly awesome photos.
    Loved the post, Thanks for sharing :)

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  37. Stunning shots! The king fisher with its bright blue wings was a wow, as were the dragonflies <3

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  38. Beautiful shots, as always. Love the ones of the cormorant with the fish!

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  39. I like the cormorant and those dragonflies. Just beautiful! Thank you for linking up!

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  40. I hope you enter photos contests as your photos need to be seen....Michelle

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  41. Wow! These pictures are incredible! You must have an amazing camera/lens.

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