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Hoskote Happenings

 Birding was very enjoyable as usual at Hoskote lake. Here's what I saw...

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I started by watching a Grey Heron fly by in its graceful way...
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A Pied kingfisher appeared, hovering over the water...
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It is amazing how it keeps its head steady to locate the prey. I combined 3 pics to make a GIF animation to show the hovering...


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Black-winged stilts were quite active, some went about their business, while some swooped around...
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It was nice to spot a 
Eurasian Spoonbill and a Spot-billed Pelican together in one frame...


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I watched a 
Red-vented Bulbul busy preening and in between watching me...
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I saw a bird similar to 
Large grey babbler but with greenish eyes instead of the yellow ones. I presume, it's a juvenile...
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An Indian Silverbill was flitting around...
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My visit was a bit early for many butterflies, but was happy to see a couple of early risers. A Crimson rose butterfly was fluttering around taking nectar...


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I noticed a Pioneer butterfly too...
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Last sighting of the day was a Red-wattled Lapwing...
Thus ended another satisfying visit to Hoskote lake. Hope you liked the post. I look forward to your comments.
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46 comments:

  1. Hello. All these birds are so stunning and exotic from my point of view. Wonderful photos.
    Take care.

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  2. What a wonderful series of photos.
    The kingfisher and the butterfly are my favorite.
    Greetings Irma

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  3. Hello,
    Gorgeous variety of birds and pretty butterflies. The Kingfisher hovering and the Spoonbill with the Pelican are awesome captures. I really love the Indian Silverbill. Beautiful photos, as always! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for the comment and visit.

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  4. Every week you have new wonders for us to share in the less colorful parts of the bird-life-world. I love the red-vented bulbul.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  5. Wonderful shots of the Pied Kingfisher hovering over the water - and all the others too. Makes me realize how much I miss being able to travel.

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  6. Delightful shots all. The Pied Kingfisher is super, made better by your gif animation.The Silverbill is a rather nice bird too, and the butterflies very beautiful. Enjoy your Sunday my friend.

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  7. The Spoonbill is my favorite but I like the gif you put together. How clever!

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  8. Very beautiful photos! The birds and the butterflies are so pretty.

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  9. I'm sure I've said this before, you are a talented photographer! That heron photo is just spectacular! (So are the others btw!!)

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  10. Such beautiful photos, great captures of the birds and butterflies.

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  11. ...you have a fantastic collection, the birds in flight are my favorite!

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  12. All wonderful ~ favorite is the Kingfisher ~ great avian photography ~ Happy Weekend to you ~ ^_^

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  13. Beauty in perfection today. Some incredible birds shared with your photography expertise. Enjoy the day and thank you for taking time to share this with us birders!!

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  14. the spot billed pelican is really unusual looking - I've never seen one of those

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  15. As always an amazing selection of beautiful birds and insects all so different to what we see here. Congrats on the great photography.
    Keep safe, very best wishes Diane

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  16. Marvelous, well done photos. Great post!!

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  17. Your photos are so amazing as always. We actually surprised a blue heron in a roadside ditch with cattails as we drove by, and were treated with a good look at it as it flew ahead of us for a short distance before rising above the vegetation to the left and disappearing. Always a thrill when sightings like this occur. Enjoyed your post.

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  18. What beautiful birds. The heron especially.

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  19. The crimson rose butterfly is a stunner. I enjoyed all of your pictures.

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  20. Wonderful collection of beautiful birds and butterflies shots. Great captures of the Pied Kingfisher hovering in mid air. Beautiful Crimson rose butterfly. Have a happy week.

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  21. As always, your images blow me away, especially the birds in flight! Gorgeous.

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  22. Wonderful photos from this amazing Lake! I love all these birds and would love to see them in real life! The bulbul is gorgeous!

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  23. All wonderful images, and I like the way you created a gif with the kingfisher!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/06/arty-sea-world.html

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  24. I love to see your post from the Hoskote lake. It kind of, gives hope for the future.
    I especially liked the GIF you created of the Pied kingfisher. I know how hovering works of course, but seeing it in the GIF was amazing. Thanks for sharing. :)

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  25. Wow! amazing captures as always ;-)

    Have a birdtastic week ­čĹŹ

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  26. Stunning photography. Love them.

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  27. The spoonbill and the pelican make a comic duo.

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  28. Beautiful photos. I like the Red-wattled Lapwing. Have a nice week.

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  29. You got some great photos of flight - the Kingfisher in particular! #Allseasons

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  30. Oh wow...and seriously great photos... I am envious of your amazing butterfly captures. I love them !! Thank you for sharing your post for #LifeThisWeek at Denyse Whelan Blogs. It's been great to see you here and thanks so much for your contribution to the community of bloggers who link up from Mondays to Wednesdays (Australian Eastern Time). Next Monday the optional prompt is Taking Stock. And we are past half way for my 2021 Blogging Year! Denyse.

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  31. As usual, a delightful series of photos. Excellent shots. Thank you for sharing.

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  32. Darren ColeshillWednesday, June 30, 2021

    Wonderful series of photos.

    Thank you for linking up to #MySundayPhoto

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  33. Great butterfly- and bird-photos! The picture of the Eurasian Spoonbill so close to the Spot-billed Pelican is really unique!
    Have a good start to July!
    All the best, Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/06/tagesausflug-schloss-artstetten.html

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  34. I love the animation you created with your photos of the pied kingfisher. The crimson rose butterfly is gorgeous. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  35. We have great blue herons similar to yours fish the pond. When we had to rescue one that had become entangled in fishing line here, we realized that they only weigh about 8 pounds....Michelle

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  36. So many beautiful photos, as always! I am just loving that crimson butterfly. I can not get over that red body; we don't have anything like that here.

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  37. The way of flying of the kingfisher is very economic & beautiful, like ballet. The crimson butterfly is awesome. Thank you for this beautiful post.

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  38. Birds and butterflies! I love them!

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  39. The butterflies this week are a delight. Thank you!

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  40. Stunning action shots of some beautiful birds. The butterflies are amazing too!
    #mysundayphoto

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  41. Your bird photos are gorgeous. I need to work on this are of my photography. Birds are such lovely creatures. Thanks for linking up.

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