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Lackluster mornings continue

After two weeks of continuous monsoon showers, yesterday morning was dry. I immediately set off for a birding trip to Hoskote lake. 

But, as luck would have it, drizzle started as soon as I reached the lake. And the lighting condition was terrible. Here are the few things I saw in the 20 minutes of walk in the rain...

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I sat in the car contemplating on whether to go back or wait for the rain to stop. The flutter of a Pied Kingfisher made me rush out completely disregarding the rain...
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It saw the prey and was ready to dive...
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Looks like it caught something. Wish I could get a better shot...
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A Plain Tiger butterfly was enjoying the humid morning...
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I saw an anthill with no ants about...
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Grey-headed Swamphen ran around looking very grim...
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Rain made the landscape so green...
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Indian Nightshade bloom...
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A male Baya weaver was guarding his nest...
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White-throated Kingfisher sat patiently with his sharp beak ready for action...
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The rain intensified and I realized, I was not carrying an umbrella. I shot this Long-tailed Shrike in a hurry and ran to the car...
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I shot this time-lapse video as I headed back home...

Looks like the lackluster mornings will continue for some time. As I write this, I can hear the rain drops splattering on...
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58 comments:

  1. What a great blog.
    I like the different kingfishers, you will not find these species in the Netherlands.
    It's amazing how a weaver makes his nest, you only see the weaver here in a zoo.
    Greetings Irma

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  2. Awesome shots of the Kingfishers!

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  3. Hello,
    I agree with the two above, I love your Kingfishers. Beautiful captures even with the weather conditions. The Butterfly and flower are lovely. The Swamphen, Baya Weaver and the Shrike are all wonderful birds. Great post, I enjoyed the photos. 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. You have such amazing photos. I like the ant hill! They are preparing for the monsoon. We get that, too.

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  5. Given the conditions you did very well. The monsoon rains present their challenges, no doubt.

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  6. It seems that for once, we have the sun and you the rain. I do like your home office with your photos on display. It looks a lot tidier than my own.

    Shame about your day but well rescued with that picture of the Long-tailed Shrike.

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    1. I usually make a collage of my favourite pics from a trip as the first image in every post. The first pic in this post is created using Photoshop, not real.

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  7. Beautiful photos, despite the rain.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  8. That was now a fast ride with your car ;-)
    Very nice, your rainy day harvest from birdwatching. Your Kingfisher photos are sensational - I also clearly recognize the fish it caught. Weaver birds are such ingenious builders!
    Happy weekend, Traude
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    1. PS: I assume that the photos that are on the wall in the first picture are not actually on your wall, but you are using special software, is that correct? Can you tell me which one it is?

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    2. Yes, you're right. I've used Adobe Photoshop to create the picture.

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    3. Thanks for the information :-)

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  9. Awesome Birds pics.
    Loved the video.

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  10. ...you captured some beautiful images with your "terrible" lighting conditions!

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  11. gorgeous!! i think you did very well...i never worry about the light and sometimes not even the background. i am so happy when i catch a bird i have been dreaming about or one i see all the time. i am just happy to get a picture!!

    we have been having a lot of rain here in new jersey too!! i would be thrilled to capture these images!!

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  12. These shots are so wonderful! Even the rain didn't stop you.

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  13. I love your birds shots, especially the Kingfishers and the Long-tailed Shrike, fantastic. And, driving at speed, wow!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  14. Awesome shots even though it wasn't a great weather day.

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  15. Gorgeous captures despite weather constraints!

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  16. Some truly amazing wildlife shots considering you said your lighting wasn't the best, I'd never have known as these look great x

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  17. So much beauty in your lackluster day. Sometimes when I am uninspired, new territory is always more uplifting, even if it's in a downpour of rain. Wishing you some sunny days ahead.

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  18. Wonderful [pics. love the kingfisher. I find myself worrying greatly about the ants though! #MySundayPhoto

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  19. I watched our national news about the flooding and loss of life in your country...be safe!!
    Enjoyed your post, and photos. Thanks for linking up this week at IRBB.

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  20. Great shots despite the weather. I love it.

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  21. It appears that you have a comfortable home to retreat to when the weather is not cooperative. Your pictures would look great on any wall. That must be comforting to you. It was also nice to see the varities of butterfly, plants etc in your area. Thank you for your efforts.

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  22. for a rainy day you captured wonderful photos - love the first ones with the diving bird

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  23. I like pics from rainy days and you sure got some great ones. Love the kingfishers.

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  24. Wow, you made the most of that rain!! Incredible shots.

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  25. It sounds like the weather with you has been rubbish. Gorgeous photos though. They really are amazing.

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  26. Even on a lackluster rainy morning, you did very well with great pictures of the beautiful birds.

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  27. You take such lovely photos, that Kingfisher is awesome!!! Nice to see your first photo too! I like when people add a little personal touch to their blogs! :)

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  28. What beautiful photos always so charp vivid and clear :-)

    Have a tweetastic week 👍

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  29. Despite the weather you got some great photos!

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  30. So therapeutic to look at your excellent bird photyos. I especially enjoyed the baya bird.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  31. Beautiful photos. We have much rain too at the moment.

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  32. Despite the weather you were able to capture some wonderful photos. We could use some of your rain!

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  33. Rain can be so beautiful x #mysundayphoto

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  34. Hello Shiju,

    You seem to have captured quite a bit in 20 minutes, all endearing and lovely.

    The Kingfishers caught my eye and I wonder if the Shrike had a prey ready to slay it on the thorns?

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  35. That might have been a short 15-20 minutes but wow! Those first shots of the pied kinfisher!!
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  36. Your photos never cease to amaze and to please the eye!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-bit-of-saint-kitts.html!

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  37. The Baya weavers ashtonish me every time - lovely shots. I like thi big bird photos in your home.

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  38. love your images of the Pied Kingfisher. I totally understand you ran out in the rain. It was worth it!
    Baya weaver is also a bird I would love to be able to watch. I have seen weavers on travels but that is just a few moments watch :(
    lol, the video almost made me dizzy. :)

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  39. Wow! Even though it was just a short trip, you were able to capture so many amazing images. Thank you for sharing them (the kingfisher, especially!); they are a true delight!

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  40. The weaver bird's nest is a work of art. Despite the weather you managed to get some great shots of the pied kingfisher.

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  41. Oh gosh, the weather, the one thing we cannot control. You did well in the short space of time you had. We are in lockdown here for an extended time, sigh. Delta Covid has made its way to Australia. We are fully vaccinated and taking care with where we go, but I sense we are in this for the long haul.

    Thank you for being part of this week's Life This Week link up. I enjoy seeing the posts linked by the community of friendly bloggers every Monday ...and you are one of those. Next week's optional prompt is Question. I hope to see you then. Denyse.

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  42. I like the eight pic. Nice and Quiet. Wouldn´t mind walking there. Or mountain biking. With the Camera but of course. :)

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  43. That pied king fisher shot is marvellous. In Bright light it would have turned brilliant

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  44. Despite the weather, you got some amazing photographs, Shiju, especially of the King Fisher. The butterfly is amazing, and the time lapse video was so interesting too.

    Thank you for sharing and for being a part of the Hearth and Soul Link Party. Have a wonderful weekend!

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  45. The prints came out beautifully in the first photo. Very nice!

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  46. Great photos! I'm glad you braved the rain.

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  47. Great pictures! Have a good weekend.

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  48. Wow, I'm impressed by how much you saw in such a short space of time! I didn't know there were different types of kingfisher, we only have one sort in the UK.
    #mysundayphoto

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  49. Shiju visiting your blog and seeing your stunning photos is always one of my favorite things to do each week but picking a favorite is just not possible! Thank you SO much for sharing your creativity at Inspire Me Monday at Create With Joy.
    Congrats for being a Featured Guest at our party this week! So glad you survived the monsoon! :-)

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  50. Such fantastic action shots of the bird on the water. My son loves birds, I will have to show him.
    #mysundayphoto

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  51. These are wonderful Shiju == the flight shots of the beautiful Kingfisher and the amazing weaver bird swinging on his beautiful nest creation -- I am in awe! Its wonderful to see all of that and in 20 minutes in the rain? Just amazing!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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