Splash of colors from Hoskote

Back-to-back visits to Hoskote lake were prompted by the Red Avadavat a.k.a. Strawberry finch who still remains extremely hard to observe. I got some luck in capturing its captivating beauty and also found many other lovely creatures. Here's a photo tour of the colorful trek...

The rainbow sighting, first thing in the morning was an apt prelude to a day that was awash with beautiful colors... 

At 7 am, I reached the reed area and was scanning for tiny red dots that get spooked so easily... 

Grass covered by rain drops...

The tiny red dot was finally seen. A lone male Red Avadavat...

I quickly zoomed in to capture the bird before it vanishes...

Red Avadavat breeds in the Indian Subcontinent in the monsoon season...

The species name of amandava and the common name of avadavat are derived from the city of Ahmedabad in Gujarat, India, from where these birds were exported into the pet trade in former times...

It has been estimated that the red munia diverged from the green munia about 9 million years ago...

The bird flew away after some 10 seconds and was not to be seen the rest of the day...

I moved on to explore more...

Soon I met a White-throated Kingfisher...

A grey heron has the ability to stand absolutely still for extended periods waiting for prey...

Long-tailed Shrike...

Long-tailed Shrikes are capable of vocal mimicry and include the calls of many species including lapwings, cuckoos, puppies and squirrels in their song. This singing ability makes it a popular pet in parts of southeast Asia...

A Painted Stork was seen standing with some Red-wattled Lapwings...

Bush Lark...

Red-wattled Lapwing...

Like other lapwings they are ground birds that are incapable of perching...

The lake seemed to be shallow as I could see some cows walking in the middle of the lake...

Indian Silverbill...

The fence-sitters among silverbills...


Hills in the backdrop...

Pied Bushchat female...

Pied Bushchat male...

Scaly-breasted Munia...

Indian wave striped ladybug...

Paddyfield Pipit...

Rose-ringed Parakeets...

Tri-coloured Munia...

The sun was getting hotter and the cows smartly occupied the shaded area under trees...

Indian Silverbills...

Pied Bushchat...

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


  1. Stunning pics. Beautiful birds.
    Happy Weekend.

  2. Awesome birventure! Amazing photos and narration.

  3. Very beautiful photos.
    Especially loved the photos of the Red Avadavat.
    Happy clicking to you :)

  4. Gorgeous photography but I am in love with the Strswberry finch

  5. What a trip and what photos! ☺

  6. Wow, so many beautiful photos. I think the Strawberry Finch is a favorite but I love all the birds. Beautiful rainbow. Great outing. Happy Monday, enjoy your day and week ahead.

  7. So beautiful birds!
    The Ladybug is also new to me...

  8. The Strawberry Finch is gorgeous! Thanks for sharing this little cutie and all the others too!

  9. Exceptional this week! And I do believe that red bird was posing for you. He is gorgeous!

  10. I'm always stunned by the beauty and diversity of your photos.
    Thanks for linking up at

  11. Wonderful photos! All the beautiful exotic birds in your part of the world are always such a treat to see!

  12. Wonderful images of birds I have never seen.

  13. I so appreciate your nature photos. Just beautiful. Love that red finch and the parrots :)

  14. I love Kingfishers. So beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing!

    - Lisa

  15. Wow, a stunning set of photos I love the Pied Bushchat but the Red Avadavat is the winner for me, so beautiful. Cheers Diane

  16. Wonderful photos and total bird envy....

  17. What fabulous photos! I loved the rainbow in the sky and the red beautiful! You do a great job capturing birds. Thanks for sharing and linking up today. :)

  18. I love the photo of the raindrops on the grass. Visiting from #PicturePerfectParty.

  19. I have never seen such a great diversity of birds in one place... Wow! They are wonderful and you are lucky to be able to see them. Thank you for sharing with us these moments of pure joy.
    happy WW!

  20. Wow, so beautiful! I love how the colors just pop out of the picture. The water on the grass is amazing too - so is the rainbow. Thanks for sharing your talent! Have a great week :)

  21. Wonderful wildlife pictures. I especially enjoyed the Red Avadavat.

    1. Gorgeous pics today. Love the Red Avadavat. I'm sure it would have been so exciting to capture this beautiful bird. All of your pics are great.

  22. What wonderful photos you captured. Really like the one where the sky looks so bright and overhanging the ground and the rainbow. :)

  23. Gorgeous photos and I love the Strawberry Finch. Justly lovely and so vibrant. Thank you for taking the time to link up.

  24. Beautiful photos, thank you. I especially appreciate the pattern and coloring of the Strawberry Finch.

  25. Brilliant post with fabulous photography. Have a wonderful weekend.

  26. Wow, your photos are stunning. Love all the gorgeous birds, awesome variety. The sky is looking beautiful, especially the rainbow. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend. PS, thanks for the comment and visit to my blog.

  27. What a fantastic variety of nature! I really love the water on the grass. They are all fabulous images!

  28. Your post & photos are super this week, as always...thanks so much for sharing it all with us at I'd Rather B Birdin'

  29. Great and beautiful pics. Like them.

  30. The glistening drops of water are lovely


  31. I'm constantly in awe of your spectacular photos. The raindrops on the grass, the red Avadavat, and the parakeet photos are my favorites.

  32. Thanks for linking to Shadow Shot Sunday 1.

  33. Beautiful! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger’s Pit Stop!

  34. The rich red of the the Red Avadavat is stunning. How wonderful to get those shots. Of course the other photos are interesting and great as well.
    We will feature this post on the next Blogger's Pit Stop

  35. So many stunning photos! Thanks for sharing them with SYC.

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