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Longer trip to Kaikondrahalli lake

I spent two leisurely hours at Kaikondrahalli lake observing some interesting bird antics. Here are the pics...

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I reached the lake exactly at sunrise...
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One solitary Little grebe floated on the golden water...
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Lots of Black-headed Ibis were seen in the center island...
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A silhouette shot...
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A pair of Indian Spot-billed ducks floating serenely on the water...
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And a pair of cormorants after a heated argument...
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Beautiful feet of Eurasian Coot. Its feet have distinctive lobed flaps of skin on the toes which act in the same way as webbed feet when swimming...
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White-throated Kingfisher caught a fish...
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A solitary Indian Spot-billed Duck doing a unipedal resting...
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An Indian Pond-Heron looking for an unwary fish...
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A Little grebe in search of a meal...
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Then I saw a romancing Great cormorant couple. First they discover that their thoughts match...
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Then they come closer...
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Then they kiss...
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A White-throated Kingfisher arrived...
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A little egret looked elegant...
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Another White-throated kingfisher flew in flashing his cobalt blue plumes...
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A pair of Indian Spot-billed ducks with blue and green speculum...
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A Little grebe...
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Last sighting of the day was this Black drongo...
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A brief visit to Kasavanahalli

My birding trips continue to be short until my ankle injury heals completely. This week, I visited Kasavanahalli lake and just captured the bird activity at one end without much walking around. Here are the pics...

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I reached the lake around sunrise time and the first sighting was this silhouette of a Little Egret...
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An Asian Openbill looked great in the golden hour lighting...
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It was constantly probing in the swamp and soon found what it was looking for...
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The emerging sunlight brought a golden twinkle in a Little egret's eye...
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I watched a patient fisherman, the Purple heron, waiting tirelessly for that opportune moment...
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It remained still in a motionless meditative posture until a fish caught its eye...
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A strike with lightning speed rewarded with the most hearty meal...
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Another Purple heron sat with its alert eye and sharp beak at the ready. Patience is indeed a virtue for birding but matching with that of a Purple heron is a big big deal...
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Birding after a 'break'

A minor ankle fracture from a twisting injury kept me away from bird watching trips. It is taking a really long time to heal. I recently visited Saul Kere lake. It was a short visit as there's still some pain around the ankle. I was happy to see some migrant birds still hanging around as the season ends. Here are the pic...

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A female Asian Koel was the first sighting...
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The male gazed at her from a distant tree...
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White-breasted Waterhen flew and perched on a nearby tree...
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Several Lesser Whistling-Ducks were flying around...
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Some Lesser Whistling-Ducks were found in the far reaches...
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I saw a Garganey couple dabbling around in the water...
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The handsome male Garganey...
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A small flock of Garganeys. Three pairs...
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And a Bronze-winged Jacana foraged in the shallow water...
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Wood Sandpiper with his meal...
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I watched the Garganeys for some more time...
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White-cheeked Barbet with his meal...
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Another flock of Lesser Whistling-Ducks gave a fitting flypast to end my short outing...
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