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Birding at flooded Hoskote

Hoskote remained flooded whole of past month and brought birding at this favorite place to a sad full stop. A few days back, I ventured again to try my luck. Most area is still inundated. Here are some birds, I could capture from the farm lands near the lake...
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A Cattle Egret was happily taking insects disturbed by a bull...
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Common Grass Yellow butterfly...
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An Ashy Prinia...
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A lone Eurasian Marsh-Harrier was looking for prey...
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Anjaneya Mandir near the lake...
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A Green Bee-eater...
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Paddyfield Pipit was trying to find seeds and insects in the freshly tilled soil...
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A White-cheeked Barbet (Small Green Barbet)...
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Red-wattled Lapwing...
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A papaya tree with tempting ripe fruits...
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Long-tailed Shrike...
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Rose-ringed Parakeet...
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I could see a few immature Pheasant-tailed Jacanas wandering around at a distance...
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Also seen floating were these three Indian Spot-billed Ducks...
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Last sighting of the day was this female Asian Koel...
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Ending the post with this new addition to my garden - A Butterfly Milkweed plant. Taking inspiration from NC Sue's post - The return of the butterfly where she explains how she could successfully bring back Monarch butterflies to her garden by planting these milkweed plants.
































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42 comments:

  1. What beautiful pictures you have taken.
    The green kingfisher and the pheasant tail jacanas are my my favorite.
    Greetings Irma

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  2. Hello,
    I am sorry to hear about the flooding. You seem to have found another great spot for birding. I have so many favorites, they are all beautiful birds. Love the pretty butterfly milkweed. Great series of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  3. You did very well despite the floods. No doubt water levels will soon recede and birding at the lake will be back to normal before you know it.

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  4. I forgot to add that Butterfly Milkweed (Asclepias tuberosa) as I know it is quite a different plant from that which you show. Monarchs are dependent on Asclepias species to acquire the toxins that make them distasteful to would-be predators.

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  5. Beautiful photos! As always, it's lovely to see the bright green of that Bee-eater. The Cattle Egret sitting on the bull is fun!

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  6. The Bee-eater is my favourite. The flowers are simply gorgeous.
    Happy weekend!

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  7. I love that last colorful flower and the bee-eater! So much vibrant color in nature. Enjoy your weekend!

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  8. Sorry to hear that your English weather continues Shiji. Nonetheless and as usual you have given us a feast of colourful birds. The jacanas are stunning and the Cattle Egret a winner. I do like to study your pipit photos, a family of birds I like even if they can be difficult to ID when I go somewhere new.

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  9. I love those jacanas! As always such impressive photography!
    I wish for you a good birding week ahead,and thanks for linking in!

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  10. ...these images are fabulous and I thank you for sharing them with me!

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  11. Beautiful bird photos. The cattle egrets here do the same thing. Ride on the back of the livestock.

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  12. You captured some beautiful photos. I love the Small Green Barbet and the cattle egret, very cute to see.

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  13. Lovely pictures. I remember the time I wasted as a kid trying to capture the common Grass Yellow butterfly

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  14. Awesome photography of our feathered friends ~ favorite is the egret on the cattle ~ other birds I rarely see here ~ and a parakeet free is a great sight! People here keep them as pets and put them in a cage ~ sad ~ namaste

    Happy Days to you,

    A ShutterBug Explores
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. Thank you for again sharing your wonderful photos of birds that are so unfamiliar to birders on other continents! I hope the flooding resides (if it's not a normal part of the annual cycle).

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  16. Nice to see those beautiful birds especially the egret taking a free ride on the bull's back.

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  17. sorry to hear of the flooding but you still found come interesting birds

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  18. Your photos never cease to amaze - a feast for the eyes and the spirit.
    Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2021/12/the-blacksmiths-shop.html

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  19. Sorry to hear your favorite birding spot it still flooded but you managed to get some great shots.

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  20. Fab photos as always and crystal clear :-)

    Have an artistictastic week 👍

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  21. The egret riding on the bulls back, made me smile. Love the fragile looking yellow butterfly. Even though still much water and mud around, you found some things, like the parakeet in flight:) Can't remember if I replied to your email, but many thanks for a generous heart:)

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  22. amazing and incredible shots !

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  23. As always such great shots. My favourites are the bee eater and the lapwing. I would never have noticed that butterfly, it is do well camouflaged.

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  24. Wet weather in most of NSW at the moment so summer started with storms and winds. Not fun for anyone wanting a sunny holiday. You did well with your photos despite the challenges. Great to catch up with your blog post after linking it to #LifeThisWeek on Denyse Whelan Blogs. Next week, hard to believe, is the 2nd last Monday link up for 2021.
    Hope to see you then! I will be sharing my snaps. Denyse.

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  25. We have versions of many of your creatures here in Texas, including the Cattle Egret (non-native here), Loggerhead Shrike, and Little Yellow (butterfly that looks similar to yours...in the Sulphur category).

    And yesterday I saw a Monarch caterpillar on the milkweed we planted in a pollinator garden at a nearby park. I hope you have good luck, too.

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  26. Love the partnership between the bird and the bull.

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  27. Beautiful photos! Wonderful birds! Lovely flowers and butterfly!
    We have papayas in the grocery stores here, but I did not know how they grew. Thanks for that photo.

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  28. You saw a lot especially considering the area was still flooded! Most of the birds you show are exotic (to me) and beautiful and I would love to see them. But the Cattle Egret is very familiar, we have them here in Florida and I have been trying for a long time to get a good picture of one on a cow! But I never can (I see them when we're driving and no place to stop or they fly away -- I do have pictures of the birds just not on the cattle and I think that is so cool to see. I'm glad you got such great pictures!!!)

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  29. Stunning photos and lovely blog you have here!

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  30. I think my favorite is the photo of the Eurasian Marsh-Harrier, and that female Asian Koel is so interesting! Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  31. Despite the floods, you managed to take wonderful pictures of birds. I find the Small Green Barbet particularly fascinating - a funny looking bird, very cute. Also great is the Butterfly Milkweed plant, which can be used to lure monarch butterflies back into the garden.
    All the best from Austria
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2021/12/oma-freuden-und-was-sonst-noch-im.html

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  32. that Egret! I love photographing birds but wow yours super gorgeous!

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  33. Another delightful set. All I seem to see here are Herring Gulls and Pigeons - plus the occasional Cormorant on the beach!

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  34. Amazing photos as usual!
    Thank you for this spectacular series.
    Have a nice week!

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  35. Amazing colorful birds, they are so pretty!

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  36. Wow, these are some wonderful creatures that you have captured. They are so different from what I see in my country.

    Feel free to share at My Corner of the World

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