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Seeing birds after 7 months

Hello folks! Yes. I had been silent in the blogging world for quite some time. It has been a challenging period for all of us. I had been really cautious and didn't go for my usual bird watching adventures for 7 months. We were just worried about stepping out. Covid cases have seen a downward trend in the last 3 months. Wife and I decided to go to Hoskote lake this week to check out the birds and bees around there. In this post I have also included few pictures from my garden, which I had clicked during these past seven months. 


We planned to reach Hoskote lake by 6:45 AM, the sunrise time according to weather app. But we found Hoskote covered in mist with very poor visibility...


We decided to stay in the car until the fog cleared. It was nice to watch the swallows flying around. I took a video with my phone camera...



After some time, wife ventured out to explore the farms nearby. She found this patch containing rose shrubs...


Few roses eventually made it to her plaits...


Jackfruit tree laden with ripening fruits...


Hibiscus flowers were drenched in dew drops...






Everything seemed drenched in diamonds, even the harmless Signature spider... 


The weather and the sun started to smile upon us as we spotted a male Indian Robin...


A Paddyfield pipit caught our attention...





A Black-winged stilt and a Gray heron...


It is always a delight to see a White-throated Kingfisher...


A Painted stork was patiently trying to catch fish...


On a far away tree, sat the stunning Indian Roller. Please zoom to see it clearer...

A pair of lovely Beach Moon flowers...


Black-winged stilt...


A pair of Long-tailed shrikes probably evaluating the length of their tails...


The short trip after a really long wait was such fun. I am posting some more pictures from my terrace garden...
A blister beetle...


Some moth or butterfly eggs...


A Jumping spider gorging a damsel fly...


An Indian Green Tortoise beetle...



Housefly...




A Tussock moth caterpillar...


Lynx spider eating a wasp...


It was nice to write a blog post after so long. Hope you liked the post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below.





51 comments:

  1. I'm visiting from Eileen's party. Your photos are stunning! I think my favorite is the long tail shrikes. Thank you for sharing -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  2. Hello,
    I am so happy you are blogging again. It is great to feel safe for you and your wife to get outdoors and enjoy nature. Your wife looks pretty next to the roses. The Hibiscus with the droplets are gorgeous images. Your photos are just amazing! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post! Take care, enjoy your weekend! PS, thank you for visiting and for the comment.

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  3. What a great series of photos they are.
    I enjoyed your photos.
    We are allowed to walk, but here the covid is also very serious, we have a lockdown and a curfew, we are not allowed to go outside after 9 pm.
    Greetings Irma

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  4. Good to see you at Eileen's -- that appears to be a fabulous birding location (I googled it) and your photos are stunning!

    be safe... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Welcome back to the blogosphere! Hope you all are fine.
    The Kingfisher is a beauty...as well as all others. :)

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  6. Hello, I also came back to blogging not long ago, after a two year absence. Glad you went to the park with your pretty wife, she looks lovely surrounded by roses. A delightful series of photos. Your macro photography is as outstanding as ever, the birds( the ones that stand out for me) are the White-throated Kingfisher,... his beak is really impressive, and the male Indian Robin, but they are all beautiful.

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  7. It has been a very long time for all of us. Your seven months must have been very worrying for your family. Welcome back with your usual lovely and varied pictures.

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  8. The Kingfisher is very beautiful as well as your other photos. Great shot of the house fly, it fantastic to see it up close. Thanks for sharing your photos, stay safe and have a wonderful weekend.

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  9. Welcome back to blogland and your photos are each so beautiful I can not list my favorites, there are so many. Be well.

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  10. The Painted Stork and Kingfisher are just lovely and so is your wife! :) Nice to see all of the beauty around you! :)

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  11. Welcome back. Hope all of you are doing well.
    Beautiful photos.
    Stay safe.

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  12. I've missed your beautiful photos - welcome back! I know you missed walks and birds.

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  13. Great shots! I'm glad things are improving there. It is still scary here but my husband and I got our first vaccine doses.

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  14. Happy to see your stunning shots once again! Your wife looks beautiful with the roses in her hair :)

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  15. It's just wonderful to see your return to blogging. 7 months seems like a lifetime. But your time out was so fruitful with beautiful birds, flowers & critters!

    Welcome back!

    Thanks so much for sharing with us at IRBB this weekend. Stay safe.
    ~Anni at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  16. Welcome back. Great series of images to regale us with after your long absence.

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  17. You really made the most of your outing. Such beautiful images you found. I love your macros especially.

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  18. Welcome back to blogging. Seven months is a very long time to go without any outing. Glad to once again see your amazing images!

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  19. Such beautiful photographs and I'm glad you've been able to go out and about after so long. You must have missed it. Some of those close-ups are just stunning by the way.

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  20. Your insect images are phenomenal - and especially your thumbnail image! You have not lost your touch in 7 months:) Happy to know that the virus is subsiding and you can resume your interest in photographing nature! Have a happy week, Jesh

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  21. Stunning photos! Your macro lens is amazing, or perhaps you are focus stacking, or both? I now welcome misty days, you can get very cool landscape photos in the mist. Here is a post I did on a misty day -
    http://jeanneselep.blogspot.com/2009/10/misty-morning.html

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    1. Thank you! I use a Canon 100mm Macro lens. Single photos no focus stacking. I will check out your photos in the mist.

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  22. It is nice to be able to go out to enjoy nature after what seems like a long time. Good to know that the situation is improving over them. Over here, it seems to be getting more serious and once again we are in lockdown and getting back indoors by 10pm. Great images. I like the hibiscus covered with raindrops.

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  23. We haven't been venturing out to see birds and favourite shores line places either, just relying on the visitors to the backyard. Fantastic series of photos, I really like the web one.

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  24. ...the virus has affected us all, but perhaps not nature. Your images are refreshing to see, thanks!

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  25. So lovely! I'm excited to see you're able to get out some and begin shooting photos again. Your captures always amaze me - so beautiful.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/black-and-white.html

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  26. Wow! Gorgeous photos and beautiful wife also ~ good 'to see you' again ~

    Moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  27. welcome back and glad to learn you are well and have been careful. You really brought us a lot of gorgeous shots. Loved so see it all. Bugs as well as birds and your lovely wife. :)
    But, better be careful still. It´s not over yet.

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  28. wow, wow, wow...what a beautiful collection of birds and bugs!! i enjoyed the video and your walking spot looks safe, not many people!! the black-winged stilt image was a standout, where do those legs end and the reflection begin!! the spiderweb and kingfisher were also standouts for me!!

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  29. So glad to see you back blogging. Beautiful photos. I have not seen an insect for a couple of months now, I will be glad to see the back of winter. Take care and stay safe, Diane

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  30. Hello, have a good time blogging again. I am amazed by this adventure, once you leave the house since 7 months ago, you get many interesting photo objects, one of which is flies.
    You are observant seeing objects.

    Have a good day.
    Greetings from Indonesia.

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  31. Your pictures are amazing! This year has been such a hard one when you want to get out. I'm glad you were able to venture out some since the numbers are declining.

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  32. I agree what lovely fab capture I thoroughly enjoyed them :-)

    Have blogtastic safe week and welcome back 👍 😷😷😷

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  33. That must have felt so wonderful to get back to bird watching! I LOVE those photos with the water droplets.

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  34. WOW. That really woke me up! FANtastic shots.

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  35. Oh welcome back! Those photos even from your house are AMAZING! I am so glad you got to venture out again with your wife. Thank you for joining us this week for #lifethisweek. Next time, the optional prompt is 6/51 Decision. 8 Feb. and I hope to see your next blog post there too. Cheers, Denyse.

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  36. Great photos! What lovely photos of the birds and the green tortoise beetle is amazing, as is the moth caterpillar

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  37. It is wonderful to see your photos again! I've been missing them! I am glad you and your family are well. Your photos are lovely, as usual.

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  38. I'm so glad to see you back! Please return each week. I love seeing your birds.

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  39. What amazing nature photos, wow!!

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  40. Glad you finally ventured outside again. Some stellar shots here!

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  41. What an amazing set of photographs. Thanks so much for sharing them with us.

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  42. Your macro shots are amazing <3 Yes, this has been and continues to be a challenging time for all of us worldwide. So lovely to hear you and your family are well.

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  43. Great shots! The first one looks like an alien.

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  44. Absolutely gorgeous! Thanks you so much for the visual treats.

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  45. I have definitely missed you! These are fabulous images, all the details you captured are amazing.

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

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  46. So good to hear from you. It has been a difficult year. My family had Covid over Christmas after trying so hard, for most of 2020, to not catch the virus. We all recovered well, but some of our friends have not. It is a hard time for everyone. Glad to see/hear that you are well. Your photos are superb and the detail on the housefly shot is excellent. Thank you for linking up and I hope to see you back again next week!

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  47. I am so happy that you and your family are well and you were missed here in blog land...Your photos are amazing as always and your beautiful wife....Michelle

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  48. Your pictures are spectacular. Thanks for sharing them at Over The Moon Party. Congratulations, you are being featured on Over The Moon Party. See you there. https://www.eclecticredbarn.com/2021/02/over-moon-linky-party.html
    Hugs,
    Bev

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  49. Beautiful post ! The capture of Fresh blooms of Hibiscus is mind blowing .I hope I could be in to the lapse of nature pretty soon as the pandemic situation seems to be diminishing in my region. It would be my pleasure if you share you post on my link up party Garden Affair where you can share pertaining to gardening, nature and wildlife http://jaipurgardening.blogspot.com/2021/02/garden-affair-visiting-nursery-in-spring.html

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  50. Your photographs are gorgeous, Shiju! I'm so pleased you and your wife were able to get out. It's lovely to see the photos of your beautiful wife as well. We've missed your lovely posts at Hearth and Soul.
    Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. Take care.

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