Winged wonders of Hoskote

Yet another Sunday morning trip to Hoskote lake in Bangalore to meet the winged wonders. Here's a photo tour...

We reached the lake around 8 am, later than usual. By now the sun was much above the horizon and warming things around me...

A Painted Stork was seen standing in the shallow water near the bank of the lake...

It was clumsily dipping its bill in the water, and didn't look smart enough to catch a fish...

Suddenly, it sprang up with a huge catch, proving my thoughts wrong...

Like me, the bird too seemed to be in awe of the catch... 

The fish was swallowed in whole...

Here's the last I saw of the two together...

We moved to the marsh area with reeds where munia birds thrive...

Soon, a couple of female Black-breasted weaver also known as Bengal weaver flew in...

A Ground Skimmer dragonfly in flight...

While we were waiting for munias near the reed area, a Grey-headed Swamphen made an appearance...

Then came a flock of Indian Silverbills....

A glimpse of the male Red Avadavat also known as Strawberry  Finch or Red Munia...

Male and female Red Avadavat...

Tricoloured Munia...

Brahminy Kite...


Bush Lark...

I could here the calls of Red Avadavats and Tricoloured munia  in a Cilantro farm...

Pied Bushchat male...

Indian Roller...

More Indian Silverbill...

Milkweed bug...

A glimpse of Jacobin Cuckoo...

Female Pied Bushchat...

Paddyfield Pipit...

Indian Silverbill...

Oriental Garden lizard...

White-breasted Kingfisher...

Few more Tricoloured Munia...


Zitting Cisticola or Streaked fantail warbler...

I hope you liked the post. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section below...


  1. Wow so beautiful pics. Loved the post.

  2. Looks like some great birding, thanks for sharing! And the Strawberry Finch is so cute, with such a cute name too!

  3. You have captured nature at its best. I appreciate nature and its beauty. Enjoyed your witty captions and came to know names of many birds. Thanks for the post.

  4. What a wide variety of birds.I simply loved your post.

  5. Wow, I can't get over how much varied and abundant wildlife is at Hoskote Lake. Amazing photos and place :) #openslather

  6. The wildlife around this area is incredible! I love the different birds that inhabit this land. Thanks for the share, have a fantastic rest of your day. Keep up the posts.

    World of Animals

  7. Amazing photos! The Red Avadavat is such a stunning color! Great post.

  8. It's a wonder that bird didn't choke to death - what a huge fish for such a narrow beak and throat!
    Thanks for joining us at

  9. I'm always looking for my favorites, but it's hard to choose! I think the Red Avadavat, the Tricoloured Munia and the Kite win. :)

  10. Your shots are fantastic, as usual. I like the Silverbills, never seen before .
    Thanks for sharing .

  11. Love to see the birds up close. Happy Macro Monday!

  12. Stunning! Thank you for introducing me to wildlife I would never see. The stork is quite the fisherman!

  13. Beautiful pictures. Thanks for sharing!

  14. Great series of images, thanks for sharing :)

  15. Your collection of birds is stunning! You really have an eye for them, don't you? I couldn't recall where you're from until I refreshed my memory with your "About" page. I knew these feather friends weren't from the USA. The Strawberry Finch might be my purrrsonal favorite. It's so cute and vibrantly colorful. The Brahiminy Kite is a handsome fellow, no doubt a cousin to the American Bald Eagle, right? I'm not a bird person even though I'm married to one. No, he's not a bird brain but I'll let you think about that as he first name is the same as a particular specie. :) I appreciate you joining me for not-so Wordless Wednesday and very much enjoyed browsing through your photographs. You got some purrrfect shots! Have pAwesome day!

  16. Hoskote lake must be part of paradise! fabulous!
    Happy WW! ☺

  17. great time on bird eating the fish.
    Happy wordless wednesday...Coffee is on

  18. The stork pictures are just amazing! How did you ever manage to capture a dragonfly in flight?

    1. That was a lucky shot, it wasn’t in a mood to sit.

  19. I really like the painted stork and the strawberry finch. That finch has such fantastic coloring and so rich. Thanks for linking up today and I hope you have a great weekend.

  20. What wonderful photos of your walk in Nature. Great captures. So enjoyed seeing those. Some I had never heard of. Thanks for sharing with Pictorial Tuesday.

    Peabea from Peabea Scribbles

  21. Wow, fabulous series of photos. Each is beautiful. Love the painted stork.

  22. Wonderful birds! The stork is incredible.

  23. Some remarkable birds here. Fabulous!

  24. Hello, gorgeous collection of birds and photos. Some of my favorites were the Painted Stock and the Tricolored Munia. The Red Avadavat is lovely. The Kite is an awesome bird too. Great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend.

  25. Thank you so very much for coming over to Marmelade Gypsy. The birds you show here are so breathtaking (and I can't resist "fishing" photos. What a fabulous series. Thank you for starting my day off with a bit of awe!

  26. I think what I find most astounding (other than the incredible line up of images you provide us each week) is that the people there demonstrate good stewardship of the land. If the land isn't taken care of (by way of keeping man's pollution out), these birds and other critters would not be thriving as they do.

  27. Like a bird fest!! Your contribution this week was awesome, as always. Thanks for joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  28. <3 I love the Strawberry Finch!! So lovely.
    This week's photo collection is stunning :).

  29. I am always so impressed with your dragonfly shots. I loved the Indian Roller too the blue reminded me of a kingfisher. Thanks for linking up with #pointshoot

  30. So many great photos! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

  31. If you're looking for a venue for a small event in this area, you may want to stop by and check it out. Their staff is very friendly and the food is great. We preferred this venue NYC because they are all-inclusive, so you don't have to worry about chairs and catering because it's all part of the package.

  32. You captured so many winged wonders and amazing how the one could swallow that fish


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