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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...

41 comments:

  1. These are simply stunning photos!
    (ツ) from Cottage Country Ontario , ON, Canada!

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  2. Oh my, the sunbird on Canna flowers should be a postcard! What a great outing. Paddyfield pipit. Ha! I love bird names.

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  3. What a wonderful series of photos.
    I especially love the Eyebrow Wagtail, the Little Egret and the Cattle Egret.
    Have a nice weekend.
    Greetings Irma

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  4. What a beautiful bird shots again and what a great place to visit. Well done again.

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  5. Glad that you are able to get out and about again. Great shots of the pipits.

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  6. Glad to know you are out and about and that your ankle is better. Nice touch injecting your site onto a billboard. I can’t pick one: Your photos as always are stunning and sometimes heart-wrenchingly beautiful.

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  7. Nice work all around. It seems that the Richard's Pipit has papillomavirus, a very common virus here where birds feed on the ground. Like the billboard and good to hear your injury is improving.

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  8. Some great bird and flower (and insect) photos you have for us. Great post.

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  9. Good to see you at Fri Bliss:) That first bird on the pole is a character. We started walking the neighborhood a while ago, and we pass a man made lake where a whit egret often visits. The red bird with the white spots on its back is also cute! Sure hope that soon, you forgot you had an injury! Emille

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  10. Stunning photos, thanks for sharing.

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  11. These are marvelous photos. What a nice day!

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  12. Wonderful photos! I think my favorites might be the last three photo. The colors are stunning!

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  13. Wonderful photos of such fascinating birds. I thought the Avadavat was entirely new to me, but it turns out that it has another name: strawberry finch, and I saw them in Hawaii, where they have been introduced! Thanks for all the lovely photos.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  14. Hello,
    Your post and photos are always amazing. Beautiful variety of beautiful birds, the flowers are gorgeous and I love the dragonflies. Looks like you had a great birding outing with your friend. 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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  15. Fantastisc again ... and yes, there are more Posts to read here backwards.

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  16. You never fail to amaze with your superlative photography!

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  17. I hope your ankle continues to heal and improve. But it's nice to get out. You make even the Cattle Egret look beautiful and I love the colorful Sunbird! The fields of flowers are spectacular too. Enjoy your weekend.

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  18. Great birds and flowers and you even got a bird on a flower!

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  19. Beautiful bird photos as always. I loved to see some flowers as well and hope that you ankle has totally recovered by now!

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  20. Such awesome critters! The Sunbird on the Canna flowers is a real spectacle.

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  21. Love what you did with the poster. - Margy

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  22. Great poster and awesome nature photography ~ love the feathered friends especially ~


    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days,

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  23. A great birding trip. As always you take great photos of the birds and flowers. Wishing you speedy and complete recovery.

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  24. The biodiversity of your photos - and the skill of the photographer - make your site a delight to visit every time.
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/06/gumbys-on-mound.html

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  25. All spectacular photos with such wonderful detail! I think the sunbird on canna flowers are my favorite as the colors are so bright and beautiful. The close up the dragonfly was also amazing!

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  26. beautiful photos - a red dragonfly is amazing

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  27. Wow! beautiful and some fantastic close ups :-)

    Have a photographictastic week 👍

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  28. beautiful wildlife and photos as always. You share a wagtail I have not seen before. Love thise little ones :)

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  29. Thank you for introducing me to a part of the world, viewed through your lens, over the past few years! Thank you for kindly linking up your blog post for the “last, last lucky last” link up from Denyse Whelan Blogs.

    Bloggers such as yourself have made my day, week and month many times with your kindness, your care and sharing your stories too.

    I am grateful to have had such an opportunity to create and keep a great community of which you have been a valued member.

    I will still be blogging from time to time and I look forward to continuing connections where we might ‘meet’ again.

    Warm wishes,

    Denyse.

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  30. Thank you for linking on Amanda's Books and More! Your series of photos are so beautiful and the lighting that day was perfect!

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  31. Wonderful photos. I think I like the Purple-rumped Sunbird best of the birds today. The details of the dragonflies are astonishingly beautiful.

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  32. These are again absolutely fascinating and great nature shots - lov them all! Particularly impressive: the Purple-rumped Sunbird on the canna buds. It was worth waiting for the April photos!
    I'm glad your leg is doing better now!
    All the best from Austria
    Traude

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  33. You are amazing with such images!
    Thank you for sharing them!
    All the best and a fine week!

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  34. Your beautiful photos bring such joy to my soul, Shiju! Love the first photo - where are your photos being exhibited? Congrats for kicking off this week's Inspire Me Monday party at Create With Joy! :-)

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  35. I am so awed by your nature photos, I viewed each photo and am amazed as if I was with you as well! I was wowed by the yellow flowers, they look so spectacular when viewed up close. Love your bird photos, each and every step you went that you took an inspiring picture.. thank you for taking us with you! :) You can visit mine here.

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