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A refreshing birdwalk

Another visit to Hoskote lake. The weather was quite pleasant and I had a good refreshing birdwalk for 45 minutes. Here are the pictures...
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I began by exploring the major part of the lake where the water birds are usually active. 

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phalanx of Eurasian Spoonbill were out fishing with their spoon shaped bills...
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I picked one and watched its activity...
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Soon it caught something...
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A breeding adult Little grebe was seen diving in quest of a meal...
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A nonbreeding adult Little grebe was also seen...
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I continued my walk admiring the clouds in the freshly washed blue sky...
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I saw some movement in a tree far away. A Green Bee-eater was well camouflaged in the foliage and on bee-hunting sorties. It caught a bee...
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I was wishing it catches something bigger than a bee, so that I can get clearer pics. Wish was granted, another sailed in and sat on a wire. It had caught a dragonfly... 
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Then another flew in with a bee...
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The puffy clouds were looking nice. I clicked a large hearted one...
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I took a timelapse video to capture the alternating light and shadow caused by the moving clouds...


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On my way back, I saw a Purple heron focused on fishing. Look at the change in posture in the next three pictures, when he sights a potential prey...
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The fish gave a slip...
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A Painted stork was lucky, though. He was struggling to swallow this big Tilapia fish he caught...
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That's what I explored in 45 minutes. Hope you liked the post. Let me know your thoughts in the comments section below. 
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51 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures you took during your walk.
    The video is also beautiful.
    Photo 3 and 21 are my favorite.
    I wish you a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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  2. So beautiful pics. Thanks for the video.

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  3. Hello,
    I enjoyed all of your photos and the birds are beautiful. Beautiful sightings in just 45 minutes, that is awesome.
    Great video of the sky and clouds. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for the comment on my blog.

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  4. The bee eater with the dragonfly is amazing. Great photos.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Every birder that sees this post will have feelings of envy at not being there with you. Bee-eaters, for those of us who live in areas where they don't occur, impart a real sense of exoticism. They are great favourites of mine.

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  6. Hi, beautiful photos. I like the bee eaters and the painted stork. Do you see sometimes ringed spoonbills ? Greetings Caroline

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    1. No I've never seen ringed spoonbills. Actually, these have kind of settled here after liking the climes.

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  7. Sadly we have a very slow WiFi so videos are impossible to watch. The other photos are magical though as always, a great 45 minutes. I have lots of bird photos that I have taken over the past few weeks, but I seem to be extra busy with a very demanding garden so I have had no time to do anything with them. It will happen eventually I hope! Have a great weekend, Diane

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  8. Hi Shiju, Wonderful post! Your photography is excellent! Wondering if the Painted stork was able to swallow the fish? It seems like it would be several days of feeding with just one swallow! :-) John

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    1. Yes, the stork struggled for a while, but was able to swallow.

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  9. Superb shots of the bee eater Shiju. Like you say, the dragonfly came along at the right moment. I wish I could see more Spoonbills. Still quite rare here in the UK.

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  10. Great shots of the bee eater Shiju. Excellent photography, great captures of the birds living their lives. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  11. ...you captured some beautiful feathered friends in their lovely surroundings. The Green Bee-eater is amazing. Thanks for sharing and I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

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  12. Ah, the poor tilapia! But that's the way the world goes...

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  13. Fantastic shots of so many species. Love the Spoonbills and Bee Eaters

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  14. Beautiful images you have taken, the Purple Heron, Spoonbill, and the Painted Stork, thanks.

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  15. Beautiful photography and I really love that first mosaic with torn edges. #MySundayPhoto

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  16. If a person knew their dragonflies One could figure out what the prey is that the Beeeater caught. Great photos all.

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  17. Wow what a fruitful or bird ful walk you had! I love to see photos of those larger birds, so unusual. Thanks for the video; I am learning more about trees all the time. They are amazing too.

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  18. Loved all...but truly fascinated by the stork and it's catch.
    Thanks, as always, for taking time out to share with us and link in!!

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  19. What a fantastic collection of photos.
    It looks like a great trip out. x

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  20. Always a treasure trove of nature from you.

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  21. These are amazing photos of incredible creatures! Thanks for sharing.

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  22. Very fruitful walk with so many great shots of birds catching their meals.

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  23. If I had a place like that to visit I would have bought myself a better camera. From my travels I learned to love the Bee-eaters. Such beautiful and interesting birds. Too bad we don´t have them in Sweden. Spoonbills and grebes are also favorites. Spoonbilsl we don´t have, but we have three kinds of grebes. :)

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  24. Your photos never fail to amaze me! Thanks so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/06/a-visit-to-garden.html

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  25. I enjoyed reading again. There are wonderful captures.

    Thank you for sharing.

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  26. What a wonderful collection of photos, looks a great place to visit

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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  27. What fantastic set of photos clear colourful and see every detail :-)

    Have a birdtastic week 👍

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  28. Them storks close up
    Look amazing x #mysundayphoto

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  29. Nice catch! You caught the bee-eater with the dragonfly and it caught the dragonfly. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  30. Lots of great captures! I just love how much wildlife you are able to capture with each trip.

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  31. The spoonbills are great and what a capture, the bird with the fish! #PicturePerfectlinky

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  32. These are amazing photos. I loved the photos of your birds with their prey ... a dragnonfly and a fish. :)

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  33. WOW...the shot with the stork and the fish. You have an amazing, patience and I suspect a pretty good camera!!Thanks so much for joining in #LifeThisWeek link up on Monday 14 June. Your presence, comment on my post & adding your blog post too helps make a caring, connected community on-line. Next week the optional prompt is Share Your Snaps. Warm wishes, Denyse.

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  34. Love all the shots Shiju. Eurasian Spoonbill and Painted Storks are such a delight to behold.
    We've seen most of these on our birding expeditions around Gurgaon.

    Interesting is the deft camouflage of most wildlife species.

    Would you like to hop in with me on #WW
    Miss your posts there.

    https://natashamusing.com/2021/06/buddha-doodles-wordlesswednesday-wednesdaywisdom/

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  35. Hello Shiju, as promised to write when my new blog materialized. It's barely up because now I have to learn Windows 10 (hope it's easier than the Apple commands:)) my new url is (one word) living between two realms (.)wordpress (.) com and my user name is Jeshie2
    Love the group photo of the spoonbills. The one with fish in beak of course, takes the crown! Hope you are totally recovered now? Have an adventurous week, Jeshie2

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  36. Superb photographs as always!

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  37. Fantastic photos this time, too. I can smell the water and hear the birds <3 Thank you for sharing, warm greetings to you and your family.

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  38. So beautiful birds photos.
    Another awesome post.

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  39. Wow! AMazing collection. I am also desperately waiting for lockdown to release for birding

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    1. Solo birding can be done even during lockdown.

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  40. Shiju, your photographs are amazing as always! I am especially taken with the ones where the birds are feeding - you've captured them so well. Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party Community. I’m featuring this post at the party this week. It goes live Sunday and I hope to ‘see’ you there! Take care, stay well, and I wish you a wonderful weekend!

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  41. Stunning photos! You are a fantastic photographer.

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  42. Bird walks and skywatching seem to go together perfectly. Beautiful photos!

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  43. These birds are incredible and your photos are stunning!
    #mysundayphoto

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  44. Stunning photographs as always! CONGRATS for being featured at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy! :-)

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