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Waiting for the migrants

When I visited Hoskote lake last week, it was brimming with excitement. It was as if the native birds were ready to welcome their counterparts from far off lands. Next post will hopefully feature many migrants. Here are some pictures from the visit...
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A White-throated Kingfisher was flashing its bright colors...
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A Red-wattled Lapwing was flying around alerting everybody of my arrival...
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A Little Egret was flying quietly though...
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Water strider took short strides on the water surface. They form easy snack for Little Grebes...
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A Brahminy Kite flew in with a fish...
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I followed a Pied Cuckoo (Jacobin Cuckoo) to get a decent shot...
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A female Indian Robin flew in...
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One more shot of the Jacobin Cuckoo...
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Saw a Blyth’s Pipit flitting rather quickly...
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Long-tailed Shrike marked its presence...
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Another Oriental Skylark...
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Another sighting of Jacobin Cuckoo. Known as the harbinger of rain, this pied cuckoo must be glad about the excess rain this season. You can see the rain drops on the branches...
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Little Egret walked gracefully in the reeds looking for an unwary fish...
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A Pied kingfisher hovered over water ready to make a dash...
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Then I saw a couple of Black Drongos swooping around...
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The nice blue sky...
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I saw some dragonflies. A female Ground Skimmer...
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Then a male Ground Skimmer dragonfly...
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Then a Red-veined darter...
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A female Indian Robin...
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A Pied Kingfisher sitting on a wire looking expectantly for a fish...
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A Jerdon's Bushlark was foraging for insects...
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A female Baya Weaver was seen next...
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An Indian Silverbill couple...
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Male Pied Bushchat...
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A Little Grebe was taking water striders...
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Little Cormorant caught a big Tilapia fish...
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After gulping the fish it splashed in water...

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The quest for another meal continued...

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Last bird of the day was this Long-tailed Shrike...
Thus ended one highly productive trip. Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to seeing some visiting birds on my next outing. Hope it won't rain this Sunday morning. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below...

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A staycation during rainy season

It has been raining and the family wanted an outing. So we planned a staycation in a hotel just 30 minutes drive from home. We hoped to just stay indoors, use the hotel amenities and relax. Did find some birds during the 3 days stay though. Here are the pics...
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It was raining as we checked in. The view from our room...
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A pillow fight was our first activity...
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We had opted an all meals package. We headed for the lunch. Rohan looked tired after the pillow fight...
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Nishant was cheerful...
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Kids moved to the Play house where they had electronic gaming console...
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Play Station...










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Rohan attended his online class...
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I took a time lapse video of the cloudy sunrise...
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It was nice to watch the sunrise. Rohan enjoyed watching the birds flying in flocks...
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Saw a wedge of Ibises. Yes, a group of ibises is called a wedge, probably due to the wedge like shape they form in flight…
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Rohan likes the bubble bath. He will lie in the tub for long and loves to show his wrinkled fingers...
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Some workout at the gym...



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Breakfast time...
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After breakfast we played pool...
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Play Station games...































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Rash driving by Nishant...
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Lunch time...
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The view outside...
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Swimming time...
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Frangipani...
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Coffee time...
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We went to the rooftop to watch the sunset...
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Several black kites made the sky more dramatic...
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A black kite came near to our 12th floor room...
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Overall the trip was quite fun. The kids enjoyed the activities. 
Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to your comments...

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