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Last weekend at Saul Kere

Last weekend was made special by some visiting birds that were seen in good numbers at Saul Kere. Here are the pics...

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The day started with the sighting of a Black-rumped Flameback Woodpecker. Got just a glimpse before it vanished...
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Lesser Whistling-Ducks and Garganeys were seen in good numbers...
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I focused on the Garganey flock. In the middle you can see a breeding male with quite attractive appearance...
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Garganeys breed in Europe and are strictly migratory. Their entire population move to southern Africa, Asia and Australia during winter...
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Lesser Whistling-Ducks mingled well with the Garganey. They migrate from islands near India...
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Lesser Whistling-Ducks are nocturnal feeders and during the day, they just sit around, occasionally making the whistling call 'seasick seasick'. Perhaps they are still seasick after crossing the Laccadive Sea...
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I decided to move ahead and return when the light improves. A pair of Purple Heron were already in the Valentine's day mood. I watched them with voyeuristic pleasure...
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I returned to the Garganey area...
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A Eurasian Coot was seen. Sighting a standing coot is quite rare...
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Again I watched the Garganeys...
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Some Garganeys in flight...
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Juxtaposed with a Lesser Whistling-Duck...

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And the Lesser Whistling-Ducks still patiently wait for their nightlife to begin...
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Here's how they fly...

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A White-breasted Waterhen was foraging stealthily...
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Last sighting of the day was of a Coppersmith Barbet. I clicked a few pictures of nest excavation...
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Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to your comment as always...

48 comments:

  1. Just very beautiful again.

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  2. The barbet has beautiful colouring. Really enjoyed the photos of the ducks in flight.

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  3. Great photos all, many of them could hang in an art gallery.

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  4. What a fabulous collection of photographs! Thank you so muchWhat a fabulous collection of photographs! Thank you so much!

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  5. What great photos.
    The pair of purple herons is my favorite this time.
    Very nice also the large pictures on the wall.
    Greetings Irma

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  6. Very beautiful pictures ! Some birds I have never seen. The ducks are so cute !

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  7. Hello,
    Your photos are always a treat to see! What a beautiful collection of birds. I have a few favorites, the breeding male Garganey is lovely, the Flameback Woodpecker, the Purple Herons and the pretty Coppersmith Barbet. They are all beautiful.
    Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thanks for leaving me a comment.

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  8. Hi Shiju, Another wonderful post with amazing photos. I believe this is my first time to ever see a Coppersmith Barbet. What a beautiful bird! And I’ve got to tell you … I love the way you display your photography as shown in the very first photo. Wonderful! Thanks for sharing! John

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  9. The purple herons are especially dramatic in color and the way they intertwine their necks. As always, you have a stunning collection of photos.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  10. It takes real skill to get the birds in flight! Beautiful...each and every one of them. I know you were happy to see such variety when you went.

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  11. I'm not sure I've ever seen a photo that moved me more than the first purple heron image. Well, both, but especially that first one. Wow. It was like a painting.

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  12. Absolutely stunning birds, the Purple Herons were excellent, great photography.

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  13. Another kere, another well-spent weekend, I see. Superb shots as always!
    Happy Valentine's Day. :)

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  14. Your Purple Heron pictures are stunning. You really captured some wonderful interplay. And yes, Garganeys are quite scarce and I see one or two a year, that's all. They are very much a spring bird, mostly in May or even June.

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  15. Each and all of your photos is extraordinary! But, I've come to expect that with your skillful ways!! Truly magnificent.

    We birders enjoy your post. Thanks for taking time from your day to link in with us at I'd Rather be Birdin'. And happy day ahead!

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  16. As awesome captures as always!

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  17. ...you captured some gorgeous sights, thanks for taking me along for the tour.

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  18. Spectacular shots, all of them. I love the Purple Herons, you captured a special moment.

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  19. Feathered friends photography ~ awesome!


    Wishing you lots of love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  20. Hello, :=) A superb collection of images. I like the Purple Heron shots, and I think it's the first time I've seen the Coppersmith Barbet on your post! It's a colourful lovely looking bird. I liked the way you mentioned the Whistling Ducks Flight pattern. Probably when they take off. It does differ from other ducks. Thank you for another enjoyable post.

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  21. Another wonderful adventure through your photos. Thank you for sharing.

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  22. wow, what a beautiful collection of birds. i think the herons were a favorite but i enjoyed all of your images. your coots look like ours,the coppersmith barbet is a beauty!!

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  23. Wonderful photos! I especially enjoyed the Flameback Woodpecker and the Coppersmith Barbet, as I've seen nothing like them in the northeastern US.

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  24. Great photos - I'm hoping to get a camera soon with a bit more zoom :)

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  25. wow, that is a LOT of gorgeous shots of teh birds you see. I stoped at the Garganey images. I have seen them but just far off and they are small birds. And so beautiful :) With that said. Of course I don´t have any good shots. :(

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  26. Beautiful photos. The pair of Purple Herons photos look like paintings. Happy Valentines Day!

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  27. You have captured the motion of the birds so beautifully! The barbet has amazing colours.

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  28. Oh, that was another nice batch of great bird photos! I didn't know that the Garganeys winter in India. I think I've already seen them in the Neusiedlersee nature reserve. I had to laugh about the call of the Lesser Whistling-Ducks - 'seasick seasick' 😂 and I was happy about the Purple Herons in Valentine's day mood: Soon there will be offspring of these beautiful birds. Thanks for the nice birdwatching tour!
    Happy Valentine and all the best,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/02/blog-post.html

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  29. we used to have Woodpecker at neighborhood ....
    lovely bird...

    Thank you for sharing series of beautiful photos

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  30. What lovely photos I enjoyed seeing these :-)

    Have a beaktastic week 👍

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  31. That pair of herons is so neat!

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  32. Birds in flight are fascinating when their bodies are captured with the patterns and colours of the wings in particular.

    Thank you for sharing your post for Life This Week. I enjoy seeing your blog’s post pop up in the link up. Warm wishes, Denyse.

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  33. Beautiful photos.

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  34. Great post! I love the purple herons and the Garganeys.

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  35. Back with the waders and the rest of the party is pretty happening too. I so love the Coppersmith Barbets.

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  36. Wow... there are fantastic captures of many exotic Birds, most I don't know. And I enjoyed your funny comment between the picts. 😂🙋🏻‍♀️😂

    Have a good week. Stay healthy and well.

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  37. Apparently a lot of these birds are feeling the Valentine's Day spirit!

    Lovely photos.

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  38. The barbet is such a handsome bird. But the double herons steal the show. I love that one and remember it from instagram.

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  39. The Garganey males are quite handsome. The Herons seem fond of each other. The Barbet is colorful. I enjoyed seeing them all but the Woodpecker might be my favorite.

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  40. The photos of the loving couple of herons are beautiful and the flying Garganeys fantastic!

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  41. Jedes einzelne Foto eine Augenweide.
    L G Pia

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  42. The herons look so in love! A delightful set once again.

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  43. Beautiful birding day! I love the individual birds and as always you show their "personalities" (behavior and habits) so well. I wish I could see them in real life! I also love the photo wall over your (very neat and orderly) shoe shelf in your entryway. What a wonderful incentive to put on those shoes and get outside, binoculars and camera in hand!! Thanks for sharing.

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  44. PS: I meant to say that I also love the "group shots" showing the great number of some of the birds that you saw -- its wonderful that these species are doing so well.

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  45. You are amazing! I love them all!

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  46. Oh my goodness I don't know where to begin, so many beautiful birds, some I'm not sure of their names, and such beautiful nature photos, you are excellent at shooting photos. Thank you.

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