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Lackluster mornings continue

After two weeks of continuous monsoon showers, yesterday morning was dry. I immediately set off for a birding trip to Hoskote lake. 

But, as luck would have it, drizzle started as soon as I reached the lake. And the lighting condition was terrible. Here are the few things I saw in the 20 minutes of walk in the rain...

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I sat in the car contemplating on whether to go back or wait for the rain to stop. The flutter of a Pied Kingfisher made me rush out completely disregarding the rain...
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It saw the prey and was ready to dive...
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Looks like it caught something. Wish I could get a better shot...
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A Plain Tiger butterfly was enjoying the humid morning...
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I saw an anthill with no ants about...
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Grey-headed Swamphen ran around looking very grim...
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Rain made the landscape so green...
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Indian Nightshade bloom...
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A male Baya weaver was guarding his nest...
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White-throated Kingfisher sat patiently with his sharp beak ready for action...
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The rain intensified and I realized, I was not carrying an umbrella. I shot this Long-tailed Shrike in a hurry and ran to the car...
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I shot this time-lapse video as I headed back home...

Looks like the lackluster mornings will continue for some time. As I write this, I can hear the rain drops splattering on...
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Birds and other beautiful things

 This week's birding trip to Hoskote lake produced some interesting views. Here are a few pictures...

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I reached just around sunrise and a mesmerizing view greeted me...
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A Green bee-eater and a Drongo were seen together...
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I saw a Net-winged beetle and immediately took out my macro lens...
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Now that the macro lens was out, I looked for tiny things to shoot. Here's a Mimosa pudica (Shame plant) flower...
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Lantana flower...
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A Thistle plant...
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A Blue Banded Bee...


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And another Net-winged beetle...
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A beautiful Spotted dove made me change back to telephoto lens...
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A Green bee-eater caught a dragonfly and I watched it beating the prey to death and gulping it...
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I noticed a few butterflies. One Common Crow butterfly...
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Plain tiger butterfly...
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I saw a guy enjoy powered paragliding...
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I composed a shot with the paraglider and the hills...


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A Little Egret's sudden focus caught my attention...
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It speared its sharp bill on an unsuspecting fish...
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Some Intermediate Egrets gave a fitting fly-past to end the satisfying birding trip...
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This week at Hoskote

The migratory season has ended, and we are left with the resident birds. Here are a few birds I saw this week at Hoskote lake...
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The 'always rattled' Red-wattled Lapwing was at its alarmist best...
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The Lapwing's alarm made a Grey Heron fly away...
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Amidst the water hyacinth, a Bronze-winged-Jacana was foraging...
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The sun was finding it really difficult to peep out from behind the cloud cover...
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A grey-heron was looking good in the dim morning sunlight...
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An Indian robin sat on a mound staring at me...
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The little bit of sun brought a dragonfly out...
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I reached the Baya weaver colony to check out the status of nest building. The males were still actively building...
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A female Baya weaver was inspecting the nests...


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Another female was building the entrance tunnel in one approved nest. You can clearly see the difference in the part built by the male and the female...
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A completed nest seemed occupied...
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I was surprised to see this male Baya weaver building a nest on a tall tree away from the colony...
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He seemed to be in a hurry, perhaps his nest in the colony got rejected by the females and trying out something afresh. I watched the frenzy for a while...
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I saw a bold and fearless Ashy prinia tweeting its loud ringing song...
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A Brown shrike marked its presence with a kichi-kichi-kichi call...
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A Grey-headed swamphen murmured as I walked past him...
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As I returned, I had a last look at the lake. The water birds were still looking for their morning meal...
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I turned my eyes to the water, and was happy to see a Great Cormorant...
Overall it was a nice outing. The clouds ensured that I did not tire. Hope you liked the post. I would love to see your comment.

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