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Hebbal lake visit

Over the years, I have often visited Hebbal lake for birding. This visit comes after a gap of more than one year. Here's what I saw...

A Gray heron was standing motionless, waiting for prey to come within striking distance...


I walked along the bank of the lake...


There were beautiful waterlily bloom all along...


A squirrel was busy nibbling a berry...







A male Asian koel was singing its sweet song koo-Ooo repeatedly...





A Little cormorant was drying itself after a dip...


A Little grebe emerged after a dip for prey...


After few more attempts, the Little grebe catches a Water Strider...


The grebe has an expressionless face. I guess he was happy after the meal...


I continued the walk...


Some more beautiful waterlily...





A pair of Indian Spot-billed duck were seen in a small pond...


They were hunted extensively in British India, noted for their excellent taste...


When shot at, especially when in moult, they are known to dive and remain underwater to evade capture...


A Common castor butterfly was basking in the early morning sun...


A Rose-ringed parakeet was busy around its nest...





During the non-breeding season Eurasian Coots form large flocks, possibly related to predator avoidance...


A White-breasted waterhen emerges after a dip...









Luckily I found this Yellow waxtail damselfly hidden in the camouflage of leaves...


Macro closeup revealed the spider it was eating...





Its beautiful wings...








Also seen in the foliage was this Skipper butterfly...


Some serious deliberation between the Asian Openbill couple...



He gives up...






The Little Cormorant is still drying itself. A study in Sri Lanka found that the time spent drying was always after they had spent some time underwater, and that the duration was related to time spent underwater and inversely related to the temperature and dryness of air...


A juvenile Brahminy kite flew in with its food...









Got a glimpse of an extremely shy Greater coucal... 










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



38 comments:

  1. Stopping by and adding your link to share with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week is appreciated. Thanks!

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  2. Beautiful, you gave me a free eye vacation ;')

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  3. Another beautiful post. Amazing pics.
    Greetings.

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  4. Wow, awesome collection of photos. The flowers are gorgeous, I love waterlilies. The birds are all great sightings. That Asian Openbill is a cool bird. Great post. Enjoy your day, wishing you a great new week!

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  5. Your photos are so incredibly crisp and clear. They are wonder-struck by your skills and the magic of nature!

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  6. Love the contrast of the thin flowers and the giant lilypads! You must have an excellent camera to be able to capture the hairs of the butterfly so clearly! The spotbilled duck is so dainty. Your capture of the squirrel reminded me that what for one may be an anomaly, is for someone else a daily view (the squirrel I see daily). So many things to see, but all are noteworthy and excellent and thank you much for sharing them with All Seasons! Have a lovely week:)

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  7. Positively glorious photos!!
    Thanks so much for linking up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2019/08/mmmmmmm.html

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  8. YOu got some great shots there, but the one of the bird looking down at you is fantastic!

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  9. Your photos are such a pleasure just wish we had better WiFi so I could download them easier!! Living in the country is great but not when you only have speeds of 0,5. Have a good week, Diane

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  10. Wow! Spectacular nature walk full of vivid critters. The skipper butterfly is so sharp and beautiful. You have a great eye.

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  11. Hebbal Lake certainly provided a rich canvas. Your photos are gorgeous! I especially enjoyed the close ups of the damsel fly. Also, I had no idea water lilies could be such a vivid pink. I’ve only ever seen white ones. Fabulous!

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  12. Your models are simply superb beings and so very photogenic! Beautiful captures, Shiju.

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  13. Oh again...the details. On the insects too.Amazing pics.

    Thank you for linking up for Life This Week. Next week's optional prompt is 32/51 What Makes You Laugh? 12/8/19. Hope to see you there too! Denyse.

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  14. A collection of wonderfl captured moments <3. As usual it as a pleasure to stop for a while and just discover the details in your wonderful pictures.
    The squirrel and the waterlilies have been a great surprise ;)).
    Have a wonderfull and happy WW :D.
    Hugs,
    rux

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  15. superb snapshots! 😍 the macro photos have artistic quality, congratulations!
    happy WW 😊

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  16. No idea how you've realized such beautiful images!
    But there are... perfect! Thank you for such moments!
    Happy WW!

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  17. I am particularly impressed by the dragonfly photos!
    The spider, which looks like an alien, grabs the dragonfly directly between the eyes, wow!

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  18. Your photos always amaze me with awesome colors and some critters I've never seen before! I do appreciate that you share your photos with us!!

    I enjoyed your post at 'My Corner of the World' this week!


    My Corner of the World

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  19. Fantastic images! Love them.

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  20. Great pics Shiju. The water lilies look so lovely.

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  21. Stunning photographs! I think I should use your posts as a guide to identify birds ... Thanks for this wonderful e-walk around the Hebbal lake!

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  22. I love your really good sharp photos of the squirrel. You are a very good bird photographer.

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  23. The shots of the damselfly are my favorite. My grandmother always called them snake doctors. They are beautiful and so detailed. Thanks for linking up today.

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  24. Fantastic. Love the greenery with backdrop of blue sky

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  25. We sure do have some strange looking insects in Nature. You got some great shots....and closeups. Thanks for visiting Pictorial Tuesday.

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  26. Stunning photos! And the heron is my most favorite of birds!

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  27. Your photos are absolutely amazing!
    Love the dragonflies!
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  28. Amazing! You always provide such a great nature experience - thank you <3

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  29. Thank you so very much for showing so much adrobale photos. I love so many of them
    ///Laila
    http://tillklippt.blogspot.com/

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  30. Lovely images! Have a nice weekend.

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  31. What a gorgeous, peaceful place! Your photographs are wonderful. I especially like the close up of the squirrel and also those stunning water lilies. Thank you for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party!

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  32. Hello, gorgeous collection of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. The waterlilies are beautiful, I love the color. Cute squirrel. A great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your day and weekend! PS, thank so much for your visit and comment.

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  33. Wow! Such gorgeous shot! Thank you Shiju for sharing your link for Thursday Tree Love. Would really appreciate if you can link up.

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