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A trip to Kasavanahalli lake

Last Sunday, I reached Kasavanahalli lake around sunrise time in the hope of utilizing the golden hour. The morning, however, was cloudy and overcast. Here are some pics from the two hours of unhurried birding... 


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I saw a solitary Painted Stork and decided to hide behind bushes and watch it at leisure until the light improves...


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I was delighted to see a team of Indian spot-billed ducks swimming in interesting formations...
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As light improved, I started my walk. A Brahminy kite was seen next...
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A movement on the ficus tree made me reach for my binocular. The resident Spotted owlet stared back at me...
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A White-throated kingfisher was seen performing a 
dazzling swoop targeting unwary fishes...
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Here's the catch...

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And again looking for more

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A Green bee-eater was seen next...
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Their mid air hunting sorties were quite interesting to watch...
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Dragonflies are the prey for a change...

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A bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch...

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A squirrel...
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View of the waterlily area of the lake...
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Hope you liked the post. Do post your thoughts in the comments section below...

Hoskote visit in April

I had visited Hoskote lake a couple of months back. This post was delayed by too much work and too little free time.  

I was taking baby steps towards my recovery from the ankle injury and convinced a long suffering friend to come along. 

We set out on a morning that promised picturesque visions of natural beauty. Here are the things we ended up seeing... 





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A Cattle egret was taking long strides to disturb and catch the insects in the freshly tilled soil...
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Saw a White-browed Wagtail in the chrysanthemum field...
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The view of the chrysanthemum farm was charming...
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Here's a closeup of the splendid bloom...
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Richard's Pipit was spotted next...
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A Large Grey Babbler with its bright yellow eyes rewarded our efforts...
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We saw an Oriental Darter(snake bird) sitting near the water's edge...
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It flew off in its typical flight...
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A solitary Little egret woke to life's realities and was seen trying to earn his bread fish...
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A male Purple sunbird gave a fleeting glimpse of his beauty and vanished...
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No trip to Hoskote is complete without the sighting of a Paddyfield Pipit, the most common and plucky bird...
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Two female Red Avadavats were seen next...
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A male Pied Bushchat...
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Some dragonflies were active. Here's a Ruddy Marsh Skimmer - male...
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A female Globe Skimmer dragonfly...
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The tiny Zitting Cisticola gave some pretty poses...
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A team of Cattle egrets in breeding plumage was seen next...
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On the return walk, we were treated to the spectacle of a Purple-rumped Sunbird nectaring on Canna flowers...
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Overall it was a pretty satisfying birding trip. Hope you liked the post. Do post your thoughts in the comments section below...

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