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Evening birding at Hoskote

I usually visit Hoskote lake early in the morning. Last Sunday, due to some morning engagements, I visited the lake in the evening around 4:30 PM. It was a satisfying one hour of bird watching. Here are some pics...




I was lucky to spot a Pied kingfisher trying to spot a fish and make a dash...



The sky was starting to get dramatic...



It started drizzling causing a bit of anxiety to a Rock pigeon...



A Jerdon's Bushlark was happily sitting and enjoying the weather change...

So was a Paddyfield pipit...

A squirrel got something to nibble...
Then came the male Red Avadavat sporting its non-breeding plumage of dull red colors. It will change into bright red in the breeding season...
Mrs. Avadavat was seen foraging on the ground...
An Indian Pond heron...
Intermediate Egret...
A female Indian Robin was the last bird of the day. Her eyes glistening in the evening sunshine...
The sky became even more dramatic as the sun was setting. I took a shot of the silhouette of bamboo leaves and distant coconut palm trees...
I headed back home after the enjoyable one hour of exploration. Hope you liked the post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below...




















35 comments:

  1. Beautiful series.
    Enjoy your birding!

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  2. Hello,
    Gorgeous bird sightings and lovely sky images. The Pied Kingfisher is a beautiful bird. Wonderful collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  3. Your birds are remarkable to a North American. THe diversity of bird life in various places is awe-inspiring. Clearly they are adapted in some of the same ways as our birds, but are just different enough to be amazing.

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

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  4. I haven't visited you in a while and I've missed your amazing photos! WOW! So many beautiful birds!

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  5. I see that we share an interest in birds, skies, and photography. Wow, your pictures are great! What a neat blog! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by John's Island and leaving me a kind comment.

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  6. Hello, Love that Kingfisher, and close up of the Rock Pigeon, You can even see the tiny droplets of water on his feathers, but then, all your captures are sharp, and beautiful.

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  7. Wow, super shots of the birds and other critters. Very nice indeed!

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  8. Qué magníficas fotos en tu blog.
    El martín pescador es mi favorito.
    Muchas aves en su blog no ocurren en los Países Bajos, a veces en el zoológico, pero ahora están todas cerradas debido a la pandemia de covid.
    Saludos Irma

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  9. What a great area! Beautiful birds...especially the kingfisher!

    Thanks so much for having us at I'd Rather B Birdin' share in your area of the bird kingdom.

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  10. Gorgeous photos of both the sky and the birds. And your squirrel is cute. Ours never seem that cute when stealing from my bird feeders. Hope you have a wonderful new week!

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  11. all beautiful birds but my favorite is the Kingfisher. The closeups of the pigeon are amazing :)

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  12. Your photos are stunning that rock pigeon looks amazing up close!

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  13. You were lucky to find a Pied kingfisher, beautiful. And an Intermediate Egret, fabulous.

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  14. ...you captured quite an array of nature's little critters. Thanks for sharing them.

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  15. Marvelous macro shots of our beautiful 'feathered friends' ~ have never seen an avadavat ~ most impressive ~ and the pigeon is so beautiful ~ great macro shot of it.

    Moment by Moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Oh wow!!! These photos are just amazing!! I love the one with the brightly coloured bird

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  17. You take some beautiful photos!!! So glad I saw these, great post. I love the Kingfisher and the Avadavat (which I'd never heard of or seen before!) Lovely squirrel photo too! :)

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  18. Great series of images as always. Well done!

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  19. The red avadavat is a stunning creature - and all your photos are outstanding.
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/02/mmmmm.html

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  20. That print on this Kingfisher is quite a spectacle! Great you caught a painting in the sky:) Your mention of the dull red to a bright ted in breeding season of the red Avadat made me smile. Am glad that does not happen with people! Many thanks for your always super interesting account of the birds and animals you capture! Oh, I think I forgot to mention that I liked how you captured your wife, in your series of images last week. Great she went with you! Many thanks for All Seasons, Jesh

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  21. Beautiful! I just love the colors of that Red Avadavat.

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  22. What beautiful captures nice close ups can see every detail :-)

    Have a tweettastic safe week 😷😷😷

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  23. What a great selections of pictures - the beak on the kingfisher looks really big for the size of the bird.

    Cheers - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  24. Now that you're out and about with your camera again, you help us to see your world through eyes of wonder. Thanks so much!

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  25. Beautiful pics. Excellent photography.

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  26. Love how the time of day can change what you see too. I have decided to be a little less rigid in where I go to view the water around here and make a deliberate choice to find a new view. Thank you for linking up your blog post today. Next week's optional prompt is 7/51 Self Care Stories #1. 15 Feb. In this one, I am using the new category in my blog called Ageing Stories because it was a good fit. Look forward to seeing you there too. Denyse.

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  27. Oh WOW!
    Really great close-ups of birds an the sweet squirrel!
    best wishes from Austria, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/02/ausflug-in-den-nationalpark-neusiedler.html

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  28. I like the shot of the pigeon in the rain. Well captured!

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  29. Wonderful photos! Thank you for sharing.

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  30. Wonderful! Even I am eager to spot pied kingfisher.

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  31. The Rock pigeon and male Red Avadavat are my favorite photos in this selection. Thanks so much for sharing and linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  32. There is a species of kingfisher that fishes our pond and sometimes brings a youngster with them...amazing birds...

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