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A brief visit to Kasavanahalli

My birding trips continue to be short until my ankle injury heals completely. This week, I visited Kasavanahalli lake and just captured the bird activity at one end without much walking around. Here are the pics...

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I reached the lake around sunrise time and the first sighting was this silhouette of a Little Egret...
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An Asian Openbill looked great in the golden hour lighting...
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It was constantly probing in the swamp and soon found what it was looking for...
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The emerging sunlight brought a golden twinkle in a Little egret's eye...
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I watched a patient fisherman, the Purple heron, waiting tirelessly for that opportune moment...
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It remained still in a motionless meditative posture until a fish caught its eye...
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A strike with lightning speed rewarded with the most hearty meal...
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Another Purple heron sat with its alert eye and sharp beak at the ready. Patience is indeed a virtue for birding but matching with that of a Purple heron is a big big deal...
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Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to read your thoughts in the comments section below...

38 comments:

  1. We hope you feel wonderful soon. Thank you for these lovely shots

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  2. What great photos of the purple heron piercing a fish with its bill.
    Greetings Irma

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  3. I would definitely go to a gallery to see your work. I love the header. Great fishing photos. Hope you're on the mend soon!

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  4. Wow! That was a big meal for that Purple Heron. Do they swallow big fish like that whole? Very beautiful photos.

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    1. Yes, it swallows the whole fish. But before that it ensures that the fish is dead because there's a risk of the fish slipping away during the swallowing attempt.

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  5. Hello. Stunning photos. Wonderful birds!

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  6. Hello,
    You captured some beautiful birds in your short outing. The Purple Heron is a beauty! I love the Egret and the cool looking Asian Openbill. Great series of photos. It is always a pleasure to see your post. 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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  7. Remarkable photos! It’s great to see the fish the big wading birds manage to catch.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  8. These are incredbile!! And really fishing...

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  9. Dear Shiju,
    your photos are great again - I am particularly impressed by your series of the patient fisherman, the purple heron, and his prey. Yes, patience is important, for photographers and for herons, too.
    I hope you had a good start into May - have a nice Sunday! And I'll keep my fingers crossed for a good recovery of your ankle.
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/05/wanderlust-blogparade-der-u30blogger.html

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  10. As always, breathtaking photos. I love photos of herons fishing but the size of this fish shocked me -- it was as big as the bird's chest! That's quite a meal and very impressive on both the part of the bird and you, the photographer!

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  11. It is good that you can get out and about. Love the portrait of the openbill.it appears to be a large bird. I most enjoy seeing the action pictures. I like seeing what the birds eat. Unusual species of fish to me. Cheers...

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  12. Your Purple Heron shots are simply brilliant Shiju. That's some fish too. I hope your ankle heals soon .

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  13. Beautiful photos! I have just visited an ecological park and saw many of the same birds as you. My photos will never be the quality of yours though!

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  14. Oh ~ Wow! ~ wonderful series of photos of our feathered friends ~ particularly like the macro shot of the Egret ~ quite the eye ~

    Wishing you love and laughter in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  15. I'm glad you are not overdoing the walking. Your photos are gorgeous as usual - love all the fisherman action shots. He's some fisherman.

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  16. Breathtaking photos! I'm always flabbergasted by your photography. Thank you so much for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/05/try-some-yummy-pretzel-rolls.html

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  17. Wow are you telling me it managed to eat that perch

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  18. Beautiful photos all, thanks for sharing.

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  19. Your pictures are outstanding..Thankyou for sharing..

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  20. Love the photos they are beautiful and always so clear nice post :-)

    Have a herontastic week 👍

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  21. Wonderful... Thank you for sharing. I enjoyed the scenes.

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  22. Great photos! Love that bird catching the fish...wow!

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  23. Fantastic shots! The purple on that heron is awesome.

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  24. Beautiful photos, especially the silhouette of the egret! Hope your ankle heals soon

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  25. Glad the ankle is healing. Especially so you can get out and keep sharing the wonderful birds you find to photography. Hope complete healing for you soon.

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  26. You have the talent of clicking the camera at the right moment with the birds catching the fish! These beaks look extremely sharp! Glad you could be at the water side!

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  27. Once again a lovely set of pictures, the silhouette is beautiful..

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  28. beautiful shots of the heron :)

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  29. Amazing shots, especially the heron catching a big fish. I wish you quick recovery!

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  30. I got behind in blogging when my computer was down so I didn't know you'd hurt your ankle and am glad to see from your later post above that you are doing better. This short trip was very productive photographically -- beautiful pictures. I loved the series with the heron's breakfast. That purple heron is gorgeous -- I too have observed and commented on the patience of "our" large herons. They will stand perfectly still for hours waiting for that one perfect fish.

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  31. I hope your ankle is healed soon. These photos are amazing. As I watch herons I always think that the big fish will choke them, but it doesn't.....

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