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Saul Kere lake birding

I visited Saul Kere Lake after a year and it didn't disappoint despite the overcast, low light conditions. Here are a few birds I found...

At 7 AM, it was still dark due to the overcast conditions. A shy White-breasted waterhen gave a brief sighting... 

There were no birds in sight. Probably they were waiting for the sun to show up. I concentrated on the Hibiscus bloom...

A cattle egret was restlessly hopping and flying around in the dark...

An Indian Spot-billed duck was moving with practiced elegance...

I walked along the lake bank as the sun reluctantly broke through the misty morning...

A pair of Spotted doves were behaving like a lovey-dovey couple...

As the sun broke out, sunbirds and sundry other small birds came out chirping. A Cinereous tit caught my attention...

An Indian Silverbill couple found the early morning time fit for intimacy...

I guess, the Purple-rumped sunbird was waiting for the sun to show up. It was so animated seeing the slight glimpse of sun rays through the clouds...

It is so fond of sunlight, just goes head over heels basking in whatever little is available...

Spotted dove...

A juvenile Eurasian coot learning life with his mother. Coots can be very brutal to their own young under pressure such as the lack of food. They will bite young that are begging for food and repeatedly do this until it stops begging and starves to death. If the begging continues, they may bite so hard that the chick is killed.

But this mother looked considerate. It was aggressively trying to find food. Eurasian coot is omnivore. Here it was seen biting some seeds from water vegetation...

It was funny to watch this squirrel, nibbling his breakfast like a baby spilling more than eating...

A Greater coucal showed up for a few seconds...

A Red-whiskered bulbul came out biting a black berry. The plant had some red berries too. I decided to wait for it to bite a red berry...

 A Pale-billed flowerpecker was seen as I wait for the bulbul to get its act right...

I tracked the Red-whiskered bulbul, hoping it will bite a red berry...

It did bite a red berry after a bit of frustrating wait...

The next bite just made my day. The red berry was matching the red whiskers...

 And the final gulp and the glee...

That ends the short birding trip to Saul Kere lake. It was a bit frustrating to begin with but ended well. Hope you liked the post. Do let me know your thoughts in the comments section below...


  1. Gorgeous birds. I enjoyed them all.

  2. As always a fine series of images. The sequence of the bulbul with the berry is priceless!

  3. Birds and blossoms and berries---all this beauty! Thank you!

  4. Your patience paid off with those delightful shots of the bird with the berry!
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  5. So much to see here. The colors are so bright. Several birds I have never seen like the spotted dove - beautiful.Love all these details of pairs, and your capture of the duck with all of the water reflections is phenomenal. Wishing you peace, love, and joy this week - that it may be enduring state of mind! So much appreciate you becoming a part of All Seasons this year! Also many thanks for your kind comments.

  6. Amazing photography! It is always an adventure not knowing what you may find but this morning was very special.

  7. An absolute stunning selection of photos. I have to say though I fell in love with the Purple-rumped sunbird. The the slightly cross looking red eyed coucal is quite different to the coucals I know, it is beautiful. Having said that your closeups of the Red-whiskered bulbul are superb as well. All the best for 2020, Diane

  8. Dear Shuju,, once again your post is a triumph! The bulbul with that perfect red berry marching his red is absolutely stunning. So many new and different birds I would love to see and such beautiful pictures. And again even the one bird I am familiar with (the doves), you have taken the absolute perfect picture. Thanks for all of thes wonders.

  9. Your patience in waiting to capture the red berry definitely paid off! Great photos of a variety of birds. You must have had a fun day.

  10. What lovely photos as always love the close ups and can see all the detail :-)

    Merry Christmas to you have a tinseltastic day :-)

  11. Beautiful birds!
    Merry Christmas!

  12. Great set of pictures - where about is the Lake?

    Hope you have a great Christmas - Stewart M, Keswick, UK

  13. Isn't nature grand! What a beautiful group of photos - happy holidays!

  14. Great set of pictures!
    Merry Christmas !

  15. Woa, that coucal is a gorgeous bird. Never seen one with red eyes. Thanks for sharing your wonderful pictures.

  16. The sunshine and light bring such a difference to images don't they?

    Thank you for being a "loyal linker" for Life This Week in 2019 and I look forward to sharing more stories and reading yours in 2020. Happy nearly New Year. See you on Monday 6 January 2020 for the first link up if you choose... 1/51 Word/Intention for 2020 6.1.2020. Denyse.

  17. wonderful photos. Sometimes overcast is the best for photography. Enjoy the rest of your week and thank yo for visiting my blog today.

  18. Stunning photography, as always! I just love them. We'd love to see you link up with us at Encouraging Hearts and Home. (https://www.myslicesoflife.com)

  19. Great captures!! Coming here after a really long time...very refreshing to see these beauties :) Thanks for sharing!

  20. So very lovely. Beautiful pics.

  21. So many beautiful birds, your photos are always amazing. Love the beautiful flower! Thanks so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

  22. What breathtaking photographs! The colours are outstanding. I can't get over how you captured the images of the birds so beautifully! I especially like the doves. The plants you photographed are stunning too, especially the hibiscus. Thank you so much for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Happy New Year!

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  24. Beautiful birds ... and bloom! I had to feature it for Flower Friday.


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