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Hebbal lake visit

Over the years, I have often visited Hebbal lake for birding. This visit comes after a gap of more than one year. Here's what I saw...

A Gray heron was standing motionless, waiting for prey to come within striking distance...


I walked along the bank of the lake...


There were beautiful waterlily bloom all along...


A squirrel was busy nibbling a berry...







A male Asian koel was singing its sweet song koo-Ooo repeatedly...





A Little cormorant was drying itself after a dip...


A Little grebe emerged after a dip for prey...


After few more attempts, the Little grebe catches a Water Strider...


The grebe has an expressionless face. I guess he was happy after the meal...


I continued the walk...


Some more beautiful waterlily...





A pair of Indian Spot-billed duck were seen in a small pond...


They were hunted extensively in British India, noted for their excellent taste...


When shot at, especially when in moult, they are known to dive and remain underwater to evade capture...


A Common castor butterfly was basking in the early morning sun...


A Rose-ringed parakeet was busy around its nest...





During the non-breeding season Eurasian Coots form large flocks, possibly related to predator avoidance...


A White-breasted waterhen emerges after a dip...









Luckily I found this Yellow waxtail damselfly hidden in the camouflage of leaves...


Macro closeup revealed the spider it was eating...





Its beautiful wings...








Also seen in the foliage was this Skipper butterfly...


Some serious deliberation between the Asian Openbill couple...



He gives up...






The Little Cormorant is still drying itself. A study in Sri Lanka found that the time spent drying was always after they had spent some time underwater, and that the duration was related to time spent underwater and inversely related to the temperature and dryness of air...


A juvenile Brahminy kite flew in with its food...









Got a glimpse of an extremely shy Greater coucal... 










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A bounty of beautiful things

I had a fabulous birding trip to Hoskote lake. Here's what I saw...

The weather was pleasant...


Here's a timelapse video of the cloudy sky...


Eurasian Coot...


Pied Bushchat female...


Pied Bushchat male...









Tricolored Munia...







Red-vented Bulbul...


It flew away showing a glimpse of its red vent...


Ashy Prinia...


A Crimson Rose butterfly was more a flutterby. It just refused to stay still. Here are a few shot I took with fast shutter speed...















The sky was stunning...


Here's another timelapse video of the cloudy sky...


Zitting Cisticola...



A Pied Kingfisher was trying to spot fish from its high perch...

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Here's the hover before the pied kingfisher dash into the water...




Purple-rumped Sunbird...



Cormorant...


A male Baya weaver comes across as an example of  an "ideal family man". He single-handedly constructs the intricate nests which most often get rejected by the female. I saw three nests on a tree out of which two were apparently rejected and abandoned...


The active nest had newborn chicks in it...


Here, I saw the male's role as a sole breadwinner. Every ten minutes it will fly in with an insect to feed the chicks...


It enters the nest through the opening...


And rushes out to find more food for the family...


After ten minutes, our family man arrives again with delicious food...





Here are a few close-ups of the male Baya Weaver...














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