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A short birding trip to Jaipurdoddi

Last weekend a birdwatcher friend suggested to go for a birding trip together. Wanting a break from solo birding, I accepted the idea with great anticipation. Jaipurdoddi forest was selected as the destination. Here's a photo tour...
We started at 5:30 AM and soon Sujeesh and I were on the newly laid road to Ragihalli...
I was so glad to see the newly asphalted road. A small stretch is still in bad shape as road work is yet to be completed...
Sighting of a Rufous Treepie prompted our first halt. It vanished as soon as we pulled out our cameras. I turned my camera towards the rising sun...
We reached Jaipurdoddi by 7 AM. By now the light was good and I could hear a lot of distinct bird calls. The sun was getting harsher...
A Yellow-billed Babbler welcomed us...
A Bay-backed Shrike flew in...

This particular area proved a great place for sighting a variety of birds. A Common (well, not so common) Iora flew in next...


A Green Bee-eater was active in morning sunlight...
Tracking a darting Blyth's Reed Warbler is most frustrating. Here's what I could capture...
Sighting of a Small Minivet was one of the key highlights of the trip...
Also seen among the natural flying things was this unnatural one... 
A Common Tailorbird came next...
We saw a Green Bee-eater near the grassland...
A White-browed Wagtail made an appearance...
More excitement was brought in by the sighting of an Oriental Honey-buzzard gliding overhead...

A juvenile Squirrel...
A Black Drongo was busy taking insects...

An Oriental Garden Lizard caught our attention...
A Yellow-billed Babbler couple...
Last sighting of the day was this male Pied Bushchat... 






























By 10 AM, the harsh sun forced us to pack up and return. We went back satisfied by the morning sightings and made plans to return soon for an evening birding session.

Hope you liked the post. Please post your thoughts in the comments section below... 


50 comments:

  1. Thanks for sharing this great variety of birds!

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  2. Beautiful series of photos from your birding trip.
    So many species that we do not see in the Netherlands, the reed warbler in the Netherlands we can only see.
    I enjoyed to see this beautiful birds.
    Happy weekend and greetings Irma

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  3. Hello,

    What a great outing and beautiful bird sighted. Your photos are beautiful. It is hard to pick a favorite, I love them all! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your day! Have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  4. Great shots, beautiful birds!
    Happy Vernal Equinox! ๐ŸŒผ

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  5. These are so enjoyable! What a successful trip.

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  6. Always fun to go birding with a friend.

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  7. That was a great mornings birding trip. Super photos. Ha, by 10am here it might just be warming up, but we never stop because of any excess temperature.

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  8. Hi Shiju, beautiful photos of your trip. The birds and animals of your country are very beautiful, nice colours. Have a nice weekend. Greetings Caroline

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  9. Beautiful series of birds and photos. I enjoyed your trip, thanks for taking us along.
    Enjoy your day,

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  10. Fabulous birding! Not one bird that we have here, though I think I saw the green bee eater in the MIddle East.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  11. Stunning photos and I love the lizard. Cheers Diane

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  12. Beautiful photos - as always! Glad you were able to get out with a friend.

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  13. Your photography is always so gorgoeus. Love all the beautiful sightings.

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  14. Always a pleasure trip coming here to visit with you! This week, that Drongo is so impressive!!
    I want to send you my thanks for sharing this week. Happy Birding!!

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  15. Magnificent photography of our 'feathered friends' and other critters ~ You appear to be a true birder ~

    Living moment by moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  16. Very beautiful photos!

    Be well!

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  17. A wonderful sunrise and a great variety of birds in beautiful light. Even a metal bird. The Black Drongo is fascinatng.

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  18. I love the shadows on the neck of the lizard!

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  19. Very fruitful bird watching trip. So many beautiful birds and I like the cute squirrel.

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  20. Hello,:=) Getting up early paid off. You saw so many beautiful birds and you captures are beautiful, as are all your nature shots.

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  21. Must be more fun to go birding with a friend (and maybe detect more birds, since there are two pairs of eyes?) You caught a great series of beautiful birds, Shiju! Only of the loveliest I found was the green bee eater. It's colors are so lovely.Will you see different kinds or birds at an evening bird trip? Am curious!
    To give a warning ahead, since wordpress completely has done away with the old editor, for All Seasons I may have to go over to the simple copy and paste perma link in your comment (like the rest of the wordpressor people who have a meme/challenge) instead of the photo link list. Will explain more coming Sunday in my post. thank you for this beautiful series of birds for All Seasons, and have an inspiring week, Jesh

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    1. Feeding birds are active in the morning and evening. At some places evening birding is better to avoid shooting into the sun.

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  22. "liked" yes, "liked" is an understatement!! the birds are so beautiful, i picked several favorites. what an awesome outing!!

    it pays to get up early!!

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  23. Your posts always inspire me to keep trying! I love to try and capture birds/ animals but I feel like I no sooner "find" them through my lens then they fly away.

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  24. Looks like your early bird watching expedition was a success. Your pictures captured your outing beautifully.

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  25. What a beautiful set of photos so clear too thanks for sharing I enjoyed them :-)

    Have a twittertastic safe week ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท๐Ÿ˜ท

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  26. Wow! You are a great photographer!

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  27. It's always a treat to get to see the birds and critters you see there. Thanks for taking such amazing photos and for sharing them with us! Enjoy your week!

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  28. You were rewarded on that trip.

    Thank you for linking up your blog post to Life This Week #232. Lots of interesting comments from bloggers this time about "good". Next week, the optional prompt is Heroic....that too might generate more conversation...and THAT is what I love about hosting a link up on my blog. See you there. Denyse.

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  29. Looks like an awesome and successful trip!! Great photos!

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  30. Your photos never fail to delight the eye.
    Thank you for joining us at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/03/duke-gardens-memories.html

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  31. Simply stunning pictures. I would so loved to have been there.












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  32. Beautiful birds ... but the lizard is the coolest!

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  33. you certainly had a great day out birding. Today my favorite is the elegant Black Drongo. :)
    I once had a meme called "Winged" it was about birds and insects and sometimes there was rare ones like your red and white one. Of course it was accepted. It has wings. :)

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  34. Wow, you had a great outing. Lots and lots of birds and other photos.

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  35. Wonderful! The white browed wagtail and babbler are the easiest captures in my experience

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  36. It is always wonderful to see your great nature photos <3 Just beautiful.

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  37. I can't imagine how much patience these pictures required!

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  38. What a gorgeous set of avian wonders and a lovely trip to boot.
    The Shrike is a beauty as are the others. I love the way the Iora sings.

    Missing you on #WordlessWednesday Shiju. Come back. :)

    https://natashamusing.com/2021/03/awake-wordlesswednesday-wednesdaywisdom/

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  39. ALL pf those birds would be new ones to me! Beautiful!

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  40. Wow so much to see..our 5 year old grandson now has a lizard as a pet...Michelle

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  41. hi sir. Great shots...
    Planning to go there this weekend. Is there any permissions you need to obtain or just drive thru?

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    1. Permission is not needed. Be careful, don't go off road as it is a forest with wild animals.
      It will be nice to know your name.

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