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A short birding trip to Hesaraghatta

It has been over an year since I visited Hessaraghatta for a birding trip. It was a lovely vista of 1000 acres of grassland formed by drying up of a reservoir. I had driven around the vast grassland and managed to spot many interesting birds. You can read the blog posts of those two trips here and here.

This time the nice place had a higher handicap of trouble to get the car in. The authorities have blocked vehicles to scuttle the illegal mining activities. So, this time I walked around till my legs got stiff and managed to spot some interesting birds. Here's a photo tour...


The beautiful landscape...


Bay-back shrike...


Cattle egrets were accompanying cattle to catch insect and small vertebrate prey disturbed by these animals...





Greater coucal...


Large grey babblers were in the mood for romance...


Isn't neck kiss the sexiest thing?


Red-wattled lapwing...


An immature Black drongo...


The drongo was trying to catch prey by making fast sorties from its perch...

















 Later, the drongo was spotted hitchhiking on the back of a kid...


Hoopoe...


A White-throated kingfisher caught a fish...


Indian roller...





On my return, I stopped to see a villager trying to catch fish with his not-so-fancy fishing rod...


His skill is enough to beat any fancy spinning rod...


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Blissful birding at Hoskote

It's startling how enjoyable my recent birding trip to Hoskote was. As the migratory birds trickle in, there is unbelievable beauty all around. Here's a photo tour...


The elegant landscape may distract you but the real attention seekers are the birds you see all around...


A Jacobin Cuckoo or Pied cuckoo...


Jacobin cuckoo is partially migratory and in India, it has been considered a harbinger of the monsoon rains due to the timing of its arrival...


It has been associated with a bird in Indian mythology and poetry, known as the Chaatak represented as a bird with a beak on its head that waits for rains to quench its thirst. The crest might have looked like a beak to the poet...



Grey heron...


A Tridax daisy with unusual seven petals makes it quite useful for a broken hearted. The last petal will definitely say “He/She loves me”...


Talking about broken hearted, I wonder what's the story of these three Jungle Babblers. They seemed to be in a really messy relationship...


Little Cormorant...


Long-tailed shrike...









Male Purple-rumped sunbird...








A Painted stork was trying to catch fish...


A Brahminy kite flies in with a fish...






Intermediate egret in breeding plumage...


Little cormorant...


Yay! The painted stork manages to catch a fish...


The wise bird controls its excitement and slowly carries the fish to the shore...


It ensures that the fish doesn't slip into the water and escape...





Upon reaching the shore it maneuvers to gulp the fish...











Swallows on wire...


Barn swallow...


Black drongo...


Stone chat...


Female Baya weaver...


A Eurasian cuckoo was seen flying around...


After a bit of stalking it was located on a wire...


The stalking continued until it decided to pose...





This species is a widespread summer migrant to Europe and Asia, and winters in Africa...





Male Pied bushchat...



Female Purple sunbird...


Intermediate egret in non-breeding  plumage...



Indian silverbill...


Juvenile Brahminy kite...


 Brahminy kite...



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