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Mother's Day birding


My Sunday birding trip to Hoskote lake in Bangalore was replete with display of motherly love by some birds. Here are some birds I saw on Mother's Day...

A nest with two day old chicks of Indian Robin. Waiting for its mother for feed...


Soon mother arrives with feed...


Father also chips in...


Father has stuffed a lot of food for the babies...


The chicks go back to sleep after the hearty meal...



It is so soothing to watch the contented chicks sleep...



A female Common kingfisher had just caught a fish...


She tosses and thrashes the fish for a while...





She looked satisfied after the big meal...


Talking about meals, caterpillars are the favourite meal of  cuckoos. There were plenty of caterpillars crawling in the open, foolishly offering themselves to preying cuckoos...


A Jacobin's Cuckoo catches a big caterpillar...


It unfurls its crest after the meal...


Meanwhile, the early morning sun was throwing some spectacular rays from behind the clouds... 


A female Pied Bushchat seemed to look for food...








Black-headed Ibis...


Grey-headed Swamphen...


Plain Prinia...











Red-rumped swallow...


Nest of a white-cheeked barbet...


I waited for some time for the barbet to show up. She popped out her head....


Another selfless motherly love on display. I noticed the broken bill. Probably, she got injured while burrowing that hole for her family...


She was keeping an eye on lurking predators...















Cattle egret in breeding plumage...



I could not identify this bird...


 A white-throated kingfisher, all wet after a dip in the lake...





 An Indian pond heron was on a fishing expedition...



 




Wishing a happy Mother's Day to all the mothers! 
I hope you liked the post. Do let me know your feedback in the comments section below...


40 comments:

  1. Wow! Excellent, hard to get shots!

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  2. So beautiful and such a variety of photos. You really have a gift!

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  3. Your bird photography is amazing! I particularly love the colours of the kingfisher!

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  4. Your shots are so amazing!! Love the clarity and closeups #Lifethisweek

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  5. As always, an amazing collection--complete with shadows.

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  6. And of course, thanks for your blue and red contributions as well!

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  7. Wow! Those are some really fabulous photos. How wonderful to get to see so much wildlife in one day.

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  8. For your participation this week at I'd Rather B Birdin', I thank you.

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  9. Amazing photos, and such colourful birds, especially the Kingfisher. I love the detail you get in your shots. Thanks for sharing.

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  10. Glorious photos of so many magnificent birds. I enjoyed the variety of "poses" and action shots. Amazing photography.
    My post features a visit to Seattle's Volunteer Park Conservatory.

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  11. Reposting comment from Jesh:

    Hello Shiju,

    Your images of the birds with food in mouth are so delightful!
    My favorite is the kingfisher with fish in mouth and the baby chick
    sleeping - awesome! You must have a powerful lens - thank you much
    for linking to All Seasons!
    Hope you and yours enjoyed your Mothersday, and have a great week.
    Jesh (Junieper)

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  12. WOW! Your captures are stunning! Love them all especially the kingfisher.

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  13. Your pictures are absolutely perfect and you see the most wonderful birds. Thank you! (I had the same theme, but not nearly as many birds and not anywhere near such beautiful pictures,)

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  14. Unbelievable how you managed to capture these images. So well done.

    Thanks for sharing on #lifethisweek and next week's optional prompt is 20/51 Share Your Snaps #4 20/5/19 so do join in! Denyse

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  15. are there your photos? amazing!

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    1. Yes, all photos in this blog are clicked by me. Thank you for visiting!

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  16. Wonderful pictures! We were able to see a bluebird feeding its chicks last week. I think they have now flown off. No more babies in the bird house!
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  17. Wooow! What a story! Wonderful birds!
    My best regards from Romania!

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  18. happy wordless wednesday 😊

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  19. Wow... wonderful captures, thank you for sharing .

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  20. Stunning critters! Especially the kingfisher.

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  21. I'm in awe of your photos and narratives. Each story is fantastic by itself. You must be a very patient photographer! The birds are so interesting.

    Thanks for joining 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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  22. What a fruitful excursion you had. And spectacular captures.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  23. You always take the most incredible and marvelous photos!
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  24. Thank you for this excellent photo tour - it is like a visit to an art gallery. The kingfisher with a fish in his mouth was THE moment!

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  25. What´s a impressive Sky.
    And your nature photos are so incredible !
    My respect.
    My contribution

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  26. wonderful selection of photos, specially those of the Indian robin (such a handsome bird) and the barbet peering out of her nest hole

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  27. Hello, your bird photos are just awesome. I love them all. It is hard to pick a favorite, but the Kingfisher is cool. I love the baby birds in the nest. The Barbet peeping out the nest is a great capture. Beautiful post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day. Wishing you a great weekend. PS, thanks for the visit and comment on my blog.

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  28. brilliant series of photographs. Love the chicks and the reflection of the Heron is great. I hope you have a lovely weekend.

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  29. Fantastic photos! Thank you.

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  30. Ahhhh, those are amazing pictures! The bird with the fish in its beak is my favorite!! Thanks so much for sharing your wonderful photography with us at Thursday Favorite Things! I will be featuring it tomorrow at the TFT party.

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  31. Looks like there were a lot of hungry birds that day! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

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  32. Satisfying photos. Thank you for sharing them on my What Are You Doing? Blog hop!

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