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Birding with Rohan

I could not go birding for close to a month due to unrelenting rain. Finally made a trip to Hoskote lake with my 7 year old, Rohan. Here are the pics...

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As we walked near the lake, we saw a few Spot-billed Pelicans floating gently looking for breakfast...
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A female Baya Weaver was seen next...
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A Grey Heron...
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A Little Grebe...
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An Indian Pond-heron camouflaged in the dried up water hyacinth leaves...
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Meanwhile, Rohan was exploring on his own with one of my old cameras...
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There were plenty of things to observe and I was happy to see him exploring in detail...
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A Little Cormorant was drying himself after a dip...
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And an Indian Pond-heron was focused on procuring his next meal...
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A Green Bee-eater sat on a wire...
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Rohan continued to explore. It was amusing to see how he closed his one eye...
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A Jerdon's Bushlark foraged in the grass...
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And a Purple Heron skulked...
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We reached the Baya Weaver colony. The male Baya Weaver is a fascinating tale of patience. One was wooing females hanging from his unfinished nest...
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While one was building yet another storey to his rejected nest in the hope of getting accepted...
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We watched them tirelessly building nest and trying to impress the passing females...
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The sky was looking good...
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A Jungle Myna hops on a cow to take insects disturbed by the grazing cattle...
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I took a timelapse video of the moving clouds...


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A juvenile Pied Bushchat...

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Rohan was still clicking pictures. I was curious to know what he was finding interesting...
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I introduced Rohan to the Shame plant (Mimosa pudica). He had fun making the leaves sleep. Here's a video...

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White-browed Wagtail is an unmissable bird here. And by chance if you miss, it gives a loud 3–4 noted whistle to alert you...
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...And another loudmouth is the Ashy Prinia...
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We sat near the lake and watched the water birds and reviewed the photos...
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A Painted stork...

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A Eurasian Moorhen...
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We browsed through Rohan's clicks. His subjects of interest were the cows, some pugmarks and the most interesting according to him was a sleeping dog...
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We headed back home satisfied with what we saw and clicked...
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When we reached home, Rohan showed me this snail shell he collected from the lake shore...
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I hope you liked the post. Looking forward to your thoughts in the comments section below.

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47 comments:

  1. Great collection. My favourite is the Painted stork.

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  2. Hello,
    It is great your son is taking after his father, he may be a famous photographer one day. Rohan did great with photos of the cattle, birds and the dog. Your photos are awesome as always. I have so many favorites, I would love to see all these birds. Awesome post and photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  3. It's always encouraging to see father and son exploring nature together. Perhaps Rohan will inherit your passion.

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  4. It is if I look at a photobook with exotic birds made by an expert bird photographer for the curious bird lover and in passing teaches the new generation how to go about it. Wonderful.

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  5. Fantastic photos. We loved "meeting" your son, who looks like a promising photographer.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  6. Hello,:=) I enjoyed seeing all your photos, as usual they are "topnotch, and it is delightful that your son Rohan is following in your footsteps.

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  7. I don't know what I love most about this post -- your fabulous photos which are breathtaking -- or Rohan. I love that you can do this together so much and he's so darned cute! Big smiles from Michigan!

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  8. These are amazing photos. All the better to have your son featured! Such a lovely adventure. You must have been happy to get out and about.

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  9. Your pictures are fabulous. The wagtail is so elegant looking perched and not bobbing around. The Grey Heron looks a lot like our Great Blue Heron. I so enjoy seeing the different birds of your area. You are a good father that takes your son out into nature. Nature is a great educator and it has many other benefits. His confidence will be ensured with your love and direction. His photo skills will also be spectacular.

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  10. As always a fabulous set of photos from you and I am delighted that your son is following in your footsteps.

    Have a good week and keep safe, Diane

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  11. As always, spectacular images of your area's birds. Most of all I enjoyed his interest in photography!! And nature. Yes, weather can sometimes keep us home. Glad to know you two were finally able to venture out.
    For sharing your photos today, I thank you for linking at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  12. Very professional photos ~ Rohan is handsome and looks like an up and coming photographer ` I like his 'sleeping dog' photo too ~ Xo

    Living in the moment,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  13. I'm glad you were able to get back out seeing the birds. Fantastic photos. x

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  14. WoW!!! so many beautiful birds i have never seen. your photography skills are amazing!! i have never seen nor heard of a purple heron?!?! i enjoy seeing the pelicans, i have never seen one!!

    i think the images of your son may have stolen the show for me...it must be nice to have him with you!!

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  15. Great photos! The pelican is amazing!

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  16. A wonderful outing with your son. You take great close up shots of the birds. You are training your son to enjoy nature. A very fruitful trip for both father and son. Happy new week.

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  17. wonderful shots. I am happy Rohan came along and really seem to enjoy it. It seems he is quite familiar with the camera too. You might have to give him one. :)
    The Baya Weavers are really busy building the nests. They are so good at it.
    Thanks for sharing. :)

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  18. Beautiful images and how lovely that you were able to get out and explore with your son. I like his picture of the sleeping dog :)

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  19. I always love your wildlife shots but this week I fell for your son and he is delightful!

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  20. How wonderful to share you love of bird watching and photography with your little boy, Rohan! He looked like he was a wonderful attention span for one so young. Your photos are so very clear and have great detail so I know you mist have the very best equipment to get such clarity.

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  21. Love the pelicans and the weavers. Beautiful shots - all of them! Thank you fo much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/09/in-abstract.html

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  22. That sounds like such a wonderful time together exploring nature.

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  23. What fab photos you certainly made up for it and was nice to see Rohan enjoying it all too 📸 :-)

    Have a snaptastic week 👍

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  24. I think I lost my first comment! But I wanted to say you were 'making memories' on this special outing! I have 4 grown up sons and I still love to get out in nature with them. Beautiful photos of a wonderful time!

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  25. I enjoyed all of your photos. They are absolutely exquisite.

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  26. The weaver bird's nest is one of the wonders of the bird world.

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  27. Wonderful birding photos! The Baya Weavers are beautiful and the nests are wonders. Great job with the photos!

    -Soma

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  28. I enjoyed all your photos.
    Great that you also involve Rohan in photography.
    Greetings Irma

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  29. By the time your son is an adult you will have a rival in the family:) Did you ask why he closed his left eye? You were gone for a few weeks so I hoped you were okay! These hanging nests are so interesting! Love the long slender neck of the herons ... have a great weekend you all (the "you all" is an additive, like in California, they say,
    you guys)

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    1. Yes, I did ask him. He said he's more comfortable closing his eye with his hand, it puts less strain on his face. You too have a great weekend!

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  30. Your birds are so fascinating and exotic to see! The nest builders are so patient and do such wonderful work!
    Kids have amazing eyes for things to photograph, I know he had fun while you two were out!

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  31. Awesome capture of photos! I love the outdoors (and I miss them) and taking photos of nature. Thanks for allowing us a glimpse of your adventures!
    Happy WW!

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  32. I loved that Rohan went too. I too close one eye using the Canon. Been ages though, the Iphone is what I use now. So good when you can get out like that together and the little vids were fun.Thank you for sharing your post as part of Monday's Life This Week. I do enjoy seeing my blogging friends pop in with a post to share and a comment too. Always appreciated. Next week, the optional prompt is View. I hope to see you there too. Take care, Denyse.

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  33. Wonderful pictures once again. How nice to see a budding photographer too, hopefully he'll continue.

    My pictures!

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  34. Beautiful photos of beautiful birds. A wonderful outing with your son Rohan.

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  35. Another great collection!
    All the best to Rohan. :) Those thotta vadis are such fun to play with. :D

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  36. Quality time for dad & son <3 Beautiful birds, I enjoyed a lot.

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  37. Excellent collection. Loved the pictures and description

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  38. Beautiful photos, as always and I love the fact that young Rohan came along. Even more so that he was using an old camera to develop a hobby. You two are making great memories. Thank you for linking up.

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  39. Wow. Fabulous. How fun to have your son clicking along with you. Thank you for sharing these photos with us.

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  40. That's wonderful to see your son picking up photography at an early age. Beautiful photos!

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  41. Some stunning birds there. How lovely to introduce Rohan to your hobby too. It looks like he had a great time.
    #mysundayphoto

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  42. WOWWWWW!Wonderful pics!Precious time with your son!

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