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This week at Hoskote

The migratory season has ended, and we are left with the resident birds. Here are a few birds I saw this week at Hoskote lake...
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The 'always rattled' Red-wattled Lapwing was at its alarmist best...
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The Lapwing's alarm made a Grey Heron fly away...
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Amidst the water hyacinth, a Bronze-winged-Jacana was foraging...
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The sun was finding it really difficult to peep out from behind the cloud cover...
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A grey-heron was looking good in the dim morning sunlight...
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An Indian robin sat on a mound staring at me...
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The little bit of sun brought a dragonfly out...
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I reached the Baya weaver colony to check out the status of nest building. The males were still actively building...
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A female Baya weaver was inspecting the nests...


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Another female was building the entrance tunnel in one approved nest. You can clearly see the difference in the part built by the male and the female...
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A completed nest seemed occupied...
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I was surprised to see this male Baya weaver building a nest on a tall tree away from the colony...
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He seemed to be in a hurry, perhaps his nest in the colony got rejected by the females and trying out something afresh. I watched the frenzy for a while...
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I saw a bold and fearless Ashy prinia tweeting its loud ringing song...
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A Brown shrike marked its presence with a kichi-kichi-kichi call...
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A Grey-headed swamphen murmured as I walked past him...
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As I returned, I had a last look at the lake. The water birds were still looking for their morning meal...
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I turned my eyes to the water, and was happy to see a Great Cormorant...
Overall it was a nice outing. The clouds ensured that I did not tire. Hope you liked the post. I would love to see your comment.

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54 comments:

  1. ...once again you have so many wonderful treats to share, thank you!

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  2. Hello,
    You have a great variety of resident birds there. I love them all, the Baya Weaver series is awesome. Beautiful birds and lovely photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!
    PS, I appreciate the visit and comment.

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  3. I have seen humans with red wattles - not quite as attractive as the lapwing I must say. The Baya Weavers bring back great memories of a colony I watched for a half hour in Singapore a few years ago.

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  4. The frantic alarms calls of the Lapwing family is very noticeable, none more so than our Northern Lapwing but I do remember the very striking calls of the Red-wattled Lapwing from my times in Goa.I must say that those nests of the Baya Wevers are quite something to behold - works of art in fact. Super pictures all. Thanks Shiju.

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  5. All of your bird photos are just brilliant. But I have to say, that photo you took of the sun is spectacular!!! Interesting nests, I don't see that type of nest around here!

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  6. Your bird photos are absolutely beautiful. I love the close-up of the Grey-headed swamphen.

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  7. The Baya weaver is my favorite! How amazing to build such an intricate nest!

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  8. Great images!! That Baya Is an impressive architect!! Wow.
    I'm happy to be here and thank you for sharing your blog with us today at IRBB!

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  9. Fabulous set of photos as always, love your photography. I so miss the weavers of Africa, I was always fascinated watching the poor male build nest after nest until the female decided it was to her liking.
    Stay safe and keep well Diane

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  10. Those nests are so amazing!!

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  11. Beautiful photos!
    I especially enjoyed the nest photos!

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  12. you also share so many wonderful treats for the eyes - love the nest building birds-- unusal nests

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  13. Your outing turned into some good pictures. I would love to be able to watch the Weaver making these curious looking nests. The shrike picture shows the hooked tip of all the shrike species that I have seen and seen pictures of. I really like watching shrikes and occasionally get to do so.

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  14. Your photography is fantastic! ~ The nests fascinate me ~ they are so beautiful and intricate ~ Happy Week to you ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Your bird photos are amazing. I think the heron is my favourite x

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  16. I look forward to your splendid photos each week. These are lovely, especially the weavers.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  17. loved to see the Red-wattled Lapwing, the one we have in Sweden looks very different from yours. :)
    So interesting to see the building of the hanging nests. From what I see the female does a much better job then the male. :)
    Always a pleasure to visit your blog. Gorgeous birds captured with great skill :)

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  18. Beautiful resident birds. It is amazing to see them weaving their nest together. Have a wonderful new week.

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  19. Baya Weaver are building nest, fabulous. And the Ashy Prinia active bold. Beautiful images all Shiju.

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  20. That sweet Indian robin looks a bit cross that you disturbed him!

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  21. Absolutely lovely series. Gorgeous shots here, always!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/07/a-favorite-place-to-visit.html

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  22. You always take such fab captures you can see every detail :-)

    Have a colourfultastic week 👍

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  23. The weaver birds nests are works of art.

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  24. Very nice set of pictures - it would be fun to watch the weavers weave. We have a species of Lapwing here that my family call 'birds of stress' - it must be a lapwing trait!

    Hope all is well - Stewart M - Melbourne

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  25. I enjoyed reading... wonderful captures. Love the Birds.

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  26. Weaving is a wonderful work. How did they know it..? I wonder sometimes.

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  27. Your photos are lovely! I was particularly interested to see the weaver birds and how they make their nests. I lived in Malawi for a while and loved watching the local weaver birds making their nests.

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  28. When you go there, I suspect time stands still as you look through your lens. Nature and colours. Nothing better.
    Thank you for linking up for #LifeThisWeek last Monday. I am always pleased to see my old(er) and new(er) blogging friends link up. Your comments make my Mondays rock. Next week, the optional prompt is Self Care Stories. I hope to see you there too. Denyse.

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  29. Your nature pictures are always so peaceful! Another great batch of photos.

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  30. I've missed visiting your blog! Such beautiful pictures of birds!
    www.chezmireillefashiontravelmom.com

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  31. Hello, I saw you over at Steve's and thought I'd drop by & I'm so glad I did. Your birds are fascinating and I'm in awe of the nests these birds have built. I think the one I liked the most is the one with two stories! Is that for the whole family? WOW, I had no idea! All of your pictures are just great. Thank you so very much for sharing.

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    1. What you see in these pictures are single storey. The male builds till helmet stage and begins to display to passing females by flapping their wings and calling. After acceptance builds the remaining structure.
      The female lays about two to four white eggs and incubates them. After hatching, only the chicks stay there and leave the nest after 17 days. When a nest is rejected by the female, the male adds a storey in the hope that it will impress the female. I’ve seen 3 storeys too.

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  32. Our migratory season is over here, too, and now we are down to resident birds. Your residents are magnificent. Thank you so much for sharing them with us.

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  33. Your images are phenomenal, as always! Very interesting how these weavers live. Great showing the entrance of their nest. How inventive they are! Amazed how colorful the second (image) bird is. Thanks so much for your visit, Jeshie2

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  34. Absolutely amazing pictures once again, the nests are incredible. Thanks for sharing them with us.

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  35. Great shots again! I find your photos of the weaver birds particularly fascinating. It is also exciting to see how different building styles there are in weaver birds. We saw some in Namibia. In this post you can see both Namibian weaver birds and cormorants: https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2017/01/namibia-teil-5-solitaire-und-swakopmund.html
    All the best
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/07/das-beste-vom-juni-2021.html

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  36. I'm fascinated by those nests. So unusual and interesting!

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  37. Beautiful photos.
    www.rsrue.blogspot.com

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  38. Wonderful photos and very interesting to see the nests. Thanks for linking up.

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  39. Fantastic set. I am yet to spot baya weaver. Hopefully will soon see it.

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  40. Fantastic photos of the Baya weaver. Their nests are fascinating.

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  41. Wow you took some awesome photos there

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  42. What beautiful photos. Those nests are incredible! How lovely to have captured them.
    #mysundayphoto

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  43. I love that shadowy reflection of the grey heron in the water. Superb!

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  44. You do great macros too!! .....Michelle

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  45. I am such a huge fan of your beautiful photography Shiju.
    Visiting your blog always brings me great joy!
    Congrats for kicking off this week's Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy! :-)

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  46. Such beautiful shots! Birds are fascinating creatures, and I love the shot of the lake. Lovely blog you have.

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  47. I love all your remarkable photos, but those in flight capture my awe the most. They are stunning.

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  48. The photos of the nest are wild. I never saw such a thing. Incredible.Glad to have you posting at Funtastic Friday.

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