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Birding with Rohan

I could not go birding for close to a month due to unrelenting rain. Finally made a trip to Hoskote lake with my 7 year old, Rohan. Here are the pics...

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As we walked near the lake, we saw a few Spot-billed Pelicans floating gently looking for breakfast...
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A female Baya Weaver was seen next...
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A Grey Heron...
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A Little Grebe...
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An Indian Pond-heron camouflaged in the dried up water hyacinth leaves...
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Meanwhile, Rohan was exploring on his own with one of my old cameras...
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There were plenty of things to observe and I was happy to see him exploring in detail...
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A Little Cormorant was drying himself after a dip...
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And an Indian Pond-heron was focused on procuring his next meal...
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A Green Bee-eater sat on a wire...
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Rohan continued to explore. It was amusing to see how he closed his one eye...
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A Jerdon's Bushlark foraged in the grass...
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And a Purple Heron skulked...
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We reached the Baya Weaver colony. The male Baya Weaver is a fascinating tale of patience. One was wooing females hanging from his unfinished nest...
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While one was building yet another storey to his rejected nest in the hope of getting accepted...
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We watched them tirelessly building nest and trying to impress the passing females...
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The sky was looking good...
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A Jungle Myna hops on a cow to take insects disturbed by the grazing cattle...
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I took a timelapse video of the moving clouds...


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A juvenile Pied Bushchat...

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Rohan was still clicking pictures. I was curious to know what he was finding interesting...
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I introduced Rohan to the Shame plant (Mimosa pudica). He had fun making the leaves sleep. Here's a video...

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White-browed Wagtail is an unmissable bird here. And by chance if you miss, it gives a loud 3–4 noted whistle to alert you...
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...And another loudmouth is the Ashy Prinia...
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We sat near the lake and watched the water birds and reviewed the photos...
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A Painted stork...

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A Eurasian Moorhen...
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We browsed through Rohan's clicks. His subjects of interest were the cows, some pugmarks and the most interesting according to him was a sleeping dog...
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We headed back home satisfied with what we saw and clicked...
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When we reached home, Rohan showed me this snail shell he collected from the lake shore...
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Off-season visit to Hoskote

Couple more months for the start of the migratory season. For now we have to contend with the local birds. My visit this week had many other interesting sightings. Have a look at the pictures...
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Pomegranate flower was the first sighting...
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A Red-whiskered Bulbul was seen sitting on a stash of beans...
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A helicopter was flying around in great speed...
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The last sortie was so low that it made a Common Myna fly in panic...
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A squirrel wasn't bothered though...
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Meanwhile a Eurasian Coot enjoyed its swim...
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A White-throated Kingfisher seemed happy after a meal...
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A Purple Heron sat in its skulking pose...
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A Plain tiger butterfly fluttered around taking nectar...
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A bee also was busy buzzing around carrying pollen load...
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Also seen was a Pioneer butterfly...
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And a Common Castor butterfly...
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Saw a Jungle Myna couple sporting their distinctive hairdo...
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A Rufous-backed Marsh Hawk dragonfly was seen next...
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A Green Marsh Hawk dragonfly flew in...
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A Jungle Myna was seen sitting on a cow displaying their symbiotic relationship...
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The sky was looking good...
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A female Rock Agama lizard showed up...
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And then I saw a male Rock Agama lizard up close. You can see my reflection in his eye...
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I was delighted to see this Indian wave striped ladybug ...

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A Common Mormon butterfly  fluttered around a Curry tree...
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With that we come to the end of the post. Hope you liked the pictures.
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