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Bagful of birds from Saul Kere

This week's visit to Saul Kere was to sight the Pheasant-tailed Jacanas, again, before these northern breeders from south China, leave for their homes. I saw some other birds too. Here are the pics...

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A couple of Pheasant-tailed Jacanas could be easily spotted flying around...

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They were actively foraging in the floating vegetation...
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I walked further to see a skulking Intermediate Egret...
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An Indian Pond-Heron could catch a fish after a long session of skulking...
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Its excitement after gulping the fish...
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Another prolonged skulker, the Grey Heron was rewarded for his patience...
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There were unusually large number of herons. Here's a Purple heron...
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A Grey heron...
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An Indian Pond Heron...
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After watching the skulkers, I walked further to sight some dabblers. A solitary Indian spot-billed duck was dabbling peacefully...
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Another dabbler was a juvenile Eurasian Moorhen...
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And an adult Eurasian Moorhen was seen unsuccessfully hiding from me...

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I walked further to see a Eurasian Coot mingling with Spot-billed Pelicans...
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Next I sighted a White-throated Kingfisher justifying his name...

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Next I spotted a Spotted Dove...
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A Black drongo...


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And the last sighting of the day was this Rose-ringed Parakeet...
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Saul kere never disappoints. I returned with a satisfying haul. Hope you liked the post. Do share your thoughts in the comments section below...

A trip to Kasavanahalli lake

Last Sunday, I reached Kasavanahalli lake around sunrise time in the hope of utilizing the golden hour. The morning, however, was cloudy and overcast. Here are some pics from the two hours of unhurried birding... 


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I saw a solitary Painted Stork and decided to hide behind bushes and watch it at leisure until the light improves...


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I was delighted to see a team of Indian spot-billed ducks swimming in interesting formations...
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As light improved, I started my walk. A Brahminy kite was seen next...
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A movement on the ficus tree made me reach for my binocular. The resident Spotted owlet stared back at me...
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A White-throated kingfisher was seen performing a 
dazzling swoop targeting unwary fishes...
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Here's the catch...

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And again looking for more

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A Green bee-eater was seen next...
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Their mid air hunting sorties were quite interesting to watch...
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Dragonflies are the prey for a change...

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A bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch...

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A squirrel...
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View of the waterlily area of the lake...
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