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Another birding trip to Hoskote

On a recent misty morning, I drove to Hoskote's farm area. The walk is quite tiring because you have to tread on the foot-wide paths, cross many fields with standing crops and jump over watercourses. All these hardships due to the flooded birding area. Here are some sightings from the visit...

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The misty morning view...
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Lot of Plain Prinia were active near the mustard field...
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The mustard flowers were looking good...
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The moon was still visible...
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I moved ahead to find more Plain Prinia...
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Rose-ringed Parakeet was stealing Pigeon peas from the farm...
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Caught another  Rose-ringed Parakeet taking off...

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Saw a lot of juvenile and adolescent Scaly-breasted Munia...
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Also seen was a juvenile Brahminy kite...
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An immature Eastern Yellow Wagtail...
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There were many Indian Spot-billed Ducks...
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Tree Pipit was sitting on a pole...
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A Paddyfield Pipit foraged on the ground...
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Great Egret flew past me...
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An Indian Pond-Heron was surveying the surroundings from a high perch...
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Black Drongo swooped and hawked insects...
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Another juvenile Scaly-breasted Munia...
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Last sighting of the day was this White-throated Kingfisher...
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With that I happily adjourned the trip with a hope to revisit soon. Hope you liked the post. Do post your comments below...

Repeat visits to Saul kere

I have been visiting Saul kere lake repeatedly this season, thanks to the flooded Hoskote lake, my usual birding place. The bird watching experience differs on each occasion, despite the consecutive trips. Here are some sightings from this week's visit...

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First sighting was of a Grey-headed Swamphen in flight...
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I focused on an immature Bronze-winged Jacana. It was foraging in the swamp...
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It crossed path with a Wood Sandpiper while foraging...

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Also saw a close interaction between an Intermediate Egret, a Glossy Ibis and a Bronze-winged Jacana. I wonder what's their story...
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I saw a Common Tailorbird spread its tail like fantails. I've never seen this type of display in tailorbirds before...
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Next I saw a Purple-rumped Sunbird tending to her nestlings...
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A lone Wood Sandpiper foraged for food...
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Black-rumped Flameback (Lesser Goldenbacked Woodpecker) was seen far away in the wooded area...
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Here's the golden back of the Goldenbacked Woodpecker...

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A male Indian Golden Oriole was seen next, very active on a distant tree...
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Then it flew closer to a nearby tree...

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This display made my day...

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Red-whiskered Bulbul pair was seen next...
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A juvenile Indian Golden Oriole...

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Last sighting of the day was of this very shy Greater Coucal...
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I was highly satisfied with the sightings and returned home eagerly to check the photographs. The morning turned out great. Hope you liked the post. Do post your thoughts in the comments section below...

Recent trip to Saul Kere

I made an early morning trip to Saul Kere, recently. Some good sightings. Here are the pics...

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The early morning moon...
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The Eurasian Coot chicks are growing fast. The red colours have vanished and transforming to adult colours...
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This is how they looked when I saw them a month back...
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A gulp of Great Cormorants did a fly-past...
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I watched a few Wood Sandpipers busy in their quest for a meal...
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A Red-vented Bulbul did get something to eat...
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A lone Chestnut-tailed Starling settled on top of a tree...
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The Chestnut-tailed Starling stood still for a long time. It gave me enough time to position the moon behind it...
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A Black-naped Oriole couple was swooping around in their usual restless way...
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An Intermediate Egret made a weird face...
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There was no dearth of White-cheeked Barbets...
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Last bird of the day was this disheveled Ashy Prinia...
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Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to reading your thoughts, please do post in the comments section below...


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