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A bounty of beautiful things

I had a fabulous birding trip to Hoskote lake. Here's what I saw...

The weather was pleasant...

Here's a timelapse video of the cloudy sky...

Eurasian Coot...

Pied Bushchat female...

Pied Bushchat male...

Tricolored Munia...

Red-vented Bulbul...

It flew away showing a glimpse of its red vent...

Ashy Prinia...

A Crimson Rose butterfly was more a flutterby. It just refused to stay still. Here are a few shot I took with fast shutter speed...

The sky was stunning...

Here's another timelapse video of the cloudy sky...

Zitting Cisticola...

A Pied Kingfisher was trying to spot fish from its high perch...


Here's the hover before the pied kingfisher dash into the water...

Purple-rumped Sunbird...


A male Baya weaver comes across as an example of  an "ideal family man". He single-handedly constructs the intricate nests which most often get rejected by the female. I saw three nests on a tree out of which two were apparently rejected and abandoned...

The active nest had newborn chicks in it...

Here, I saw the male's role as a sole breadwinner. Every ten minutes it will fly in with an insect to feed the chicks...

It enters the nest through the opening...

And rushes out to find more food for the family...

After ten minutes, our family man arrives again with delicious food...

Here are a few close-ups of the male Baya Weaver...

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


  1. Your bird photography is beyond amazing. Some truly magic captures here. #lifethisweek

  2. Beautifully captured images of birds.

  3. Those nests are superb and what a great breadwinner he is! Lovely shots again this week. #Lifethisweek

  4. Great photos. Love the Kingfisher and the sunbird. I so miss not having weavers in Europe, one of the many things I miss having moved from Africa. Have a good day, Diane

  5. Hi Shiju they were all amazingly beautiful pics, ad the narration for each with the activity made it a good post.... Could not share a like as your link takes to FB and I am not active there :(

  6. A few of all your beautiful captures for All Seasons! What a beautiful Crimson butterfly. A magnificent dive position of the king fisher. It looks like these nests the weaver builds are exquisite work! Wow, what an educational post - many thanks!

  7. Hello, beautiful post and sky images. I love all the birds. The Pied Kingfishers and the Weaver and it's nest are some of my favorites. But, they are all lovely photos. https://viewingnaturewitheileen.blogspot.com/2019/07/our-world-my-world_22.html

  8. Such lovely, crisp images! Love the weaver nest.

  9. The photos are so clear of the yellow bird it seems I could reach out and touch it and the time-lapse clouds are amazing! Sometimes it seems life really is going that fast. :)

  10. Oh wow! I love that weaver bird and what a beautiful butterfly!

  11. A wonderful collection of feathered friends, so beautifully captured & full of detail.

  12. Wonderful photos! The colourful birds were so cute: the family man Baya Weaver and the orange-white-black Tricolored Munia :) Wishing you a lovely week Shiju.

  13. Great photos! The detail is incredible.

  14. Magical captures, Shiju! The shots are incredible and so real.

    Esha from https://theskygirl.com/2019/07/23/when-art-comes-to-the-street-wordlesswednesday/

  15. Beautiful captures Shiju. The birds and the landscape are superb. Loved the male Baya weaver bird story :)

  16. We humans cannot replicate those colours in nature. What amazing images you have the patience to capture.

    Thank you for linking up for #lifethisweek. Next week's optional prompt is 30/51 Share Your Snaps #6. 29/7/19. Hope to see you there too. Denyse.

  17. Wow. What amazing shots. Those birds seem to pose for you.

  18. You got such great shots and video. Congrats!

  19. You have the best places to find spectacular critters!! Wow!

  20. I'm so glad you linked up at 'My Corner of the World' this week!

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  21. All the fotos are stunning <3
    I really loved today's birds, but the Crimson Rose butterfly was my fave :)

  22. Hoskote Lake looks to be an amazing birding place...and your beautiful pictures ...I’m in awe. Love the mosaic of all your sightings and each individual picture as well. I feel a little sorry for the male weaver bird, getting so much of his hard work rejected ... what an amazing thing that is! Thanks ..I loved everything about this post!

  23. Eine bezaubernde Vogelwelt. Die Zeitraffer Videos sind Super!

  24. Wow! This post was a real treat! That butterfly is super cool and the purple rumped sunbird too. The sky videos are a nice touch. Thanks for sharing and linking this on Amanda’s Books and More.

  25. Those birds are master engineers and architects. What an amazing nest. You had a productive day.

    Worth a Thousand Words

  26. I like the beak on the Munia. Reminds me of a Grosbeak here. Thanks for linking up.

  27. Stunning photos! I do not know much about birds but your photos are a good reason to start learning! :-)

  28. Ich bewundere dein Wissen über die Vögel,
    dein Können in der Fotografie ist bewunderungswürdig !

  29. Hello, awesome variety of birds. The butterflies are gorgeous. I especially love the weaver and it's nest. Beautiful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend! PS, thank you for visiting and commenting on my blog.

  30. The Baya Weaver colony brings back happy memories of Singapore, where I watched these busy birds for quite a while.

  31. The diversity and beauty of your photos never ceases to amaze.
    Thanks for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/07/save-gato.html

  32. I have really, really enjoyed your photos...love the time lapsed videos, too. So many beautiful birds all in one blog post...a real joy to see.

  33. Beautiful

    Thanks for joining us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

  34. Wonderful pictures of beautiful birds and butterflies.
    Nice shooting trip.
    Have a nice summer day!

  35. These pictures are stunning!
    You've captured birds I've never seen in North America!

    Come to share your beautiful pictures at the Homestead Blog Hop if you'd like to! I particularly love nature shots!


  36. You are an amazing nature photographer! Love seeing all these birds in their natural habitats! So blessed to have you have Tuesday Turn About!

  37. I am amazed at the fantastic birdlife and the great photos and the time-lapse movies, which reflect wind, clouds and landscape so beautiful.

  38. Great series,
    Love that Pied Kingfisher in jumping

  39. Shiju,

    Your images are outstanding as always. The weaver bird takes the cake with it's deftly crafted nest and parenting skills.
    Thank you so much for linking with us on #WordlessWednesday.
    Our linky is now open at:

    Have a fantastic week ahead and we wait with bated breath for more of your stunning shots.

  40. That butterfly is beautiful - almost looks like it is a painting! Thanks for sharing with us at The Blogger's Pit Stop!

  41. Such gorgeous pictures and those birds steal the show. You bring in delights from the city that is slowly being covered in concrete I feel.
    I am so glad you joined Thursday Tree Love. Would you be able to link up too?
    I hope to see you back tomorrow. :)

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