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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...

62 comments:

  1. Great shots again. Wonderful Indian birds here.

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  2. Magical photos, as usual!
    Thank you for sharing them.
    Have a beautiful weekend!

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  3. I am blessed by your wonderful photos! We now have Rose-ringed Parakeet taking off in Honolulu

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  4. Beautiful birds -- you worked hard to get those pictures and they are wonderful; thank you for sharing! that's funny about the parakeet stealing peas from the farm. You do a lovely job of telling us a lot about what the birds are doing when you take their picture. I really like that; makes it seem like I'm right there (almost). Thank you Shiju!

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  5. What great photos from your birding trip.
    So many species that we do not see in the Netherlands.
    The flying egret is amazing.
    I have enjoyed your photos again.
    Greetings Irma

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  6. Hello, :=) All the action shots of birds flying are brilliant, and once again you shared a great variety of Indian birds, which we all love, because we wouldn't get the chance of seeing them otherwise. Thank you!

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  7. Hello,
    I always enjoy your photos, the birds are all beautiful. Great outing and gorgeous 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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  8. The walk may have been a little tiring but the results prove that it was worthwhile.

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  9. Fabulous photos (again)! A while back, I wrote about mallard ducks and their close relatives, and you remarked that you had never seen one. However, the spotted duck is a member of that closely related family. According to Wikipedia: "A molecular phylogenetic study published in 2009 that compared mitochondrial DNA sequences from ducks, geese and swans in the family Anatidae found that the Indian spot-billed duck was a sister species to a clade containing the Mexican duck, the American black duck, the mottled duck and the mallard."

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks for digging up this interesting information. How fascinating!

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  10. Isn't that kingfisher quite the sighting! Look at that beak! And I love the Parakeets! What a wonderful place to see a lot. I would try to keep up if I was there! Happy weekend!

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  11. Hi Shiju, Looking through this post is pure pleasure. Your photography makes me feel like I am there! It's amazing. Congrats on your wonderful photography! John

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  12. Your pictures are again sensationally good - so the tiring walk was definitely worth it!
    All the best after my blog break!
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/01/blogpause-beendet.html

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  13. ...fabulous captures, my friend. Thanks for sharing, take care and stay well.

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  14. Amazing captures all. Thank you for sharing the fruit of your laborious journey!

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  15. Absolutely stunning birds, you caught them very well.

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  16. Super!! So exotic.
    It's always a pleasure visiting from your link shared. Thanks. And happy birding!

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  17. Your shots are truly amazing, my friend, I'm feeling in awe, thank you for sharing such a Beauty with us!
    Hugs
    XO Daniela at ~ My little old world ~

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  18. That was sure worth the difficult walk. Great photos again, the prinia and pipits especially. And i find the Eastern Yellow Wagtail to be very interesting in comparison to our Western Yellow Wag.

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  19. The detail on your photos is always so remarkable. These are beautiful.

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  20. Splendid, both the photography and your knowledge of the birds.

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  21. Stunning photos of the birds, very beautiful.

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  22. Wonderful variety of 'feathered friends' ~ great photography ~ Xo

    Wishing you lots of love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. I enjoyed my visit to your blog.
    Lovely photographs you have shared, thank you.

    All the best Jan

    https://thelowcarbdiabetic.blogspot.com/

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  24. Whether there's fog or flooding, you sure bring back the best photographs!
    Amazing!

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  25. The birds are lovely!!! But can I just say, your kitchen also looks stunning!

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  26. Beautiful shots once again! How lovely to see the Great Egret in motion and my favourite, the Kingfisher, too.

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  27. I'm glad I stumbled across your blog, what stunning photographs. It would be hard to choose a favourite but I've spent ages studying them.

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  28. Your photos are always so beautiful. I noticed today that the mustard field's yellow flowers make the birds stand out. Striking!

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  29. Fabulous set of photos, well worth the difficult walk. Keep safe Diane

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  30. Terrific bird photography. Love the Egret in flight and the Rose Ring Parakeet taking off. Stunning shots.

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  31. I loved seeing the Birds which I can share with my son who can study this in his Homeschool Classes. Have a great week.

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  32. lovely post, one i enjoyed immensely!! i rarely see birds familiar to me here but today i saw the egret and heron, both common in this area. the kingfisher as well but i have never seen one myself!!

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  33. Wow! what fab photos it's always nice to see the close ups of them, have you done any of owls that what be a hoot :-) :-)

    Have a tweettastic week 👍

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  34. Superb photos! Seeing the mustard blooming reminds me that spring won't be too far off. Since we are expecting snow and cold the next few days so I won't get too excited. The parakeet is gorgeous. My favorite bird is the kingfisher. I used to think I would like to travel the world to see all the different kingfishers there are. They are one of my favorites of the avian world. The Black Drongo is an unusual black bird with that wedged tail. I enjoyed seeing all of the birds you pictured. Thank you.

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  35. Those birds have struck some interesting poses for you. Thanks for sharing your shots.

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  36. Another excellent selection. Always have to admire your photos of birds in flight. Amazing photography.

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  37. A Paddyfield Pipit. What a great name! And you know all the names so well. It looks like another great outing in nature's splendors.

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  38. You got such great shots! They're really lovely! (I like the moon too!) #Idratherbebirdin

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  39. Lovely images! What size lens are you using?

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    1. Thank you! My telephoto lens is about 10 inches long and weighs 2 Kgs.

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  40. You are managing to get amazing shots due to your dedication and patience!
    Many thanks to you for linking up for Life This Week with a blog post. I look forward, I hope, to seeing you back on Mondays whenever that works for you! Denyse.

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  41. Amazing photos. I especially love that Great Egret. Thank you for sharing these with us.

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  42. From your photos, the walk looks worth it. Beautiful photos.

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  43. Beautiful photos of both birds and scenery! Looks like a magical place

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  44. Stunning set of images. Really well done.

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  45. More delightful pictures. How do you get the birds to pose for you? !!

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  46. so many great species and the last, gorgeous, Kingfisher :)

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  47. Love the moon...Like I said, we can get your all bundled up with snow pants, warm coat, good warm boots and scarf and you can go tramping though the snow here.....(smile).....Michelle

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  48. Truly Amazing series of photos. Thanks a lot for sharing.

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  49. Well worth the hassle of going there. Incredible shots.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  50. Another incredible collection of photos. Very hard to pick a favorite, but perhaps #11?

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  51. Fantastic shots once again! The mustard field brings the summer to my mind (here everything is white & covered with snow, only blackbirds visiting the garden).

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  52. Great shots, the photos are sharp! I have this image of you carrying a camera with a big long heavy lens and a stout tripod, walking for miles along those narrow trails.

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    1. Your image of me is almost correct. I use a monopod instead. And also carry a backpack and binoculars.

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  53. Well, your photos sure seem like the difficult trek was worth it. Just beautiful.

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  54. The bird shots are stunning but the moon is awesome

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  55. My, you are good. The monopod makes all the difference, doesn't it!

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