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Birding at Madiwala lake

Madiwala lake is one of the biggest lakes in Bangalore, spread over an area of 114.3 hectare. It is an ideal place for a family outing as it has a children's park, boating facility and lots of birds. 

Sunday morning saw us at Madiwala lake where we skipped the children's park and boating to explore the bird life over there. Here's a photo tour...



The Bird Board at the entrance gave us a glimpse of the variety of birds that inhabit there...


 Our first sighting was a charming female Asian Koel...



A male Asian Koel was also spotted on a tree nearby...






A flock of Asian Openbill Stork were seen foraging for food with not much luck...


And a flock of juvenile Cormorants were learning fishing skills from an expert...



A Black Kite was concentrating on a frog from his high perch...


A quick swoop...


And the little frog is caught...




A White-cheeked Barbet was spotted in an awkward position. If you look carefully, you can see an insect it has caught...


An Asian Openbill Stork in flight...


A White Breasted Kingfisher...


This is why it is called White breasted Kingfisher...


We moved to the bamboo habitat...


Lots of Black kites were found in the bamboo habitat...


Black Kite...





Brahminy Kite...


A beautiful Cattle Egret...





 Indian Pond Heron in non-breeding plumage...


Indian Pond Heron in breeding plumage...


An extremely shy male Golden Oriole was sitting very far away...







 Noticed a movement in the bushes near where I was standing. The beautiful patterns looked like that of a Checkered Keelback snake...


After a while it raised its head. The patterns below its eye confirmed that it's a Checkered Keelback snake. It is a common species of nonvenomous snake found in Asia. This snake is found in or near freshwater lakes or rivers. It feeds mainly on small fish and water frogs...



Purple Swamp Hen...


Black Winged Stilts...



Common Myna...



A shy White Breasted Kingfisher was sitting far away...



It flew away the moment it saw me focusing...









A Little Egret caught a fish...


A Rose-ringed Parakeet...






53 comments:

  1. Excellent pics Shiju. Very well narrated.

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  2. I love your nature shots! The blue bird with the red head is my favorite!

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  3. Your photos are positively stunning. Amazing photography!
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  4. Wow! Your bird photos are spectacular, and the birds themselves are so interesting. And, that scene in the middle with tree looks like a painting.

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  5. What an amazing place to visit, plus the photos are stunningly beautiful #pointshoot@_karendennis

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  6. Wow amazing photos of birds and seeing them in their natural habitat X #pointshoot

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  7. Love so many different birds where you are from. I have a soft spot for kingfishers, so that would be my favourite.Amazing photos :)

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  8. I have started looking out for birds in my garden, I doubt ill see anything as spectacular as these though! #pointshoot

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  9. Wow those are some spectacular captures and what stunning birds they are. Incredible. #PointShoot

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  10. Wild parakeets...sigh. Nothing like that here in Western Canada! And I'm guessing you really like the Whitebreasted Kingfisher...so do I. And it has that blue back...I'm pretty sure I've never seen anything so colourful!
    Kay
    An Unfittie's Guide to Adventurous Travel

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  11. Stunning shots! I loved the White Breasted Kingfisher it looked so majestic. Thank you for linking up to #pointshoot 📷

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  12. Such beautiful pictures of nature. Makes me really feel like.. WOO HOO HERE COMES SPRING!!!

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  13. Wow! I wish I coulf just take a long holiday on Bangalore. 😊

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  14. Amazing pictures. Every time I visit your blog, I wonder this is not the Bangalore I know. But I also realize the effort you put in to get to see these birds and then click :)
    Good work there!

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  15. Love all the birds and enjoyed seeing the landscapes. Wonderful post!

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  16. Wonderful ptotos.
    I saw... a snake in Paradis. :)

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  17. Amazing photos! Thank you for sharing them!
    Happy WW!

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  18. Wonderful set of photos of man birds that I do not know. Love the Black Kite catching its prey and I also love the shot of the snake. Have a good day, Diane

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  19. Hello!:) Outstanding nature images. I can't comment on all of them, but I do like your action shots, and the colour, and detail in all your images. I look forward each week to seeing the birds I will never see in real life. Thank you!:)

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  20. Wonderful!! The Madiwala lake is a magic place. Thank you for sharring the pictures :).
    Happy WW

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  21. Amazing shots! What an incredible variety of birds! Great place to go. Loved the hawk with the frog in its talons!

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  22. You are blessed with an abundance of glorious birds, the talent to capture them and the wisdom to share with the rest of us!!!

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  23. Magnificent photos of these magnificent birds . What a treat and thanks for naming them all

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  24. A few of these are familiar...although I’d love to get pictures even half as good. Stunning work! I would love to see that Kingfisher... what a wonderful bird.

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  25. A fantastic selection of photos. My favorite is the Black Kite. I don't care for snakes, but the detail on the shot is excellent. Thank you for linking up today and have a great weekend!

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  26. Stunning captures! Great to see even city hosts variety of fauna

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  27. Marvelous bird photos! I'm just going to avert my eyes from the snake.

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  28. Hello! What an beautiful place! Great serie of birds!

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  29. The ability to pan the camera with a bird in flight is a gift that I simply haven't mastered yet. Extremely well done and the images are outstanding. Have a blessed Easter.

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  30. I don't know how you capture such amazing wildlife photos, each one is so perfect. I think you are a secret bird whisperer getting them to pose for you! The park and boating lake sound a great place for a Sunday walk and play.

    Thank you for sharing with me on #CountryKids

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  31. Fabulous post with many varied and interesting great shots of the birds HAve a Happy Easter

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  32. Wow! Your photos are beautiful! You captured such an amazing variety of birds.

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  33. Hello, awesome collection of birds and beautiful photos. I would love to go birding at this lake! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend.

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  34. What a beautiful place to be able to visit. I love the fact they have the information boards so you know what you are looking at. Your photos are really stunning #countrykids

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  35. Great series of images that bring back fond memories of birding trips to Asia. It is always especially delightful for me to see the variety of colourful kingfishers; we have only one species here. Great job!

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  36. Oh wow! Amazing photos! You have captured shots of so many different birds. They are all beautiful in their own way but I do like the White Breasted Kingfisher. #CountryKids

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  37. That looks like a fantastic park to visit! Your captures of the different birds are just lovely. If only we had something like that nearby. Beautiful photos. #countrykids

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  38. Blown away as ever by your photos and the sheer volume of 'nature' where you live! The snake was a great spot, and what were the cute green and red berries? Looked similar to a gooseberry. #CountryKids

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  39. That's me from Kids of the Wild btw, always struggle to comment on your blog as KOTW!#CountryKids

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  40. Absolutely striking ...Hi! I'm back from my cruise to Jamaica and wanted to stop by and thank you for visiting I'd Rather B Birdin' in my absence. Have a great day! Hope to see you soon.

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  41. Beautiful image the building You chose well for the theme.

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  42. Wonderful photos, Shiju.
    The photos of the birds in flight, especially, are truly beautiful.
    Happy WE!
    Peace :)

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  43. You must have a huge bird life list...Michelle

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  44. Wow! Such stunning photography. These birds are beautiful. #CountryKids

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  45. Always love the bird photos you share! Thanks for sharing with SYC.
    Jann

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  46. What stunning photos of all the different birds. I love the photo of the black kite with the frog - such a brilliant capture. Sounds like it was a great day out :-) #countrykids

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