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Soirée at Saul Kere

Yes, the birds are having a soirée of some sort at Saul Kere. I went there expecting very less birds at the end of the migratory season, but found birds in abundance. Here are the pics...

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As I approached the lake, a good number of waterfowl began to be visible. I paused to click an Intermediate Egret's beautiful takeoff...
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A number of Spot-billed Pelicans were floating peacefully in the quest for an unwary fish. I focused on one...
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A Grey Heron was hopefully searching for a fish in the vegetation...
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His hope was soon realized and he flew with the prized catch...

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Meanwhile the Spot-billed pelican was still floating around looking for something to eat...
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As I was following the pelican, a couple of Pheasant-tailed-Jacanas caught my attention...
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This was my first sighting of an Adult Pheasant-tailed-Jacana in breeding plumage. Females are larger than males...
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One of them took off. I liked the black border on the white wings...
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Finally, after so many unsuccessful tries, the pelican could trap a fish...
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It was a big fish and the scuffle between the two was intense...
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A Grey heron too caught a fish...
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Now it was an Indian Pond-Heron's turn to pull out a fish from the floating vegetation...
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I moved ahead and saw an incubating Pheasant-tailed Jacana, and his partner quite aggressively protecting their nest...
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The females are polyandrous, laying several clutches that are incubated and raised by different males in their harem.

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During the first few days of incubation, the female defends the nest, chasing other waterbirds that may approach too close. A birdwatcher saw her kill an Indian Pond-heron the previous day...

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I saw a tiny juvenile tailing an adult. Can you spot it?
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A Spot-billed Pelican in flight...
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A Rose-ringed Parakeet was seen next...
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Now it was a Great Cormorant's turn to catch a fish...
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I moved to the wooded area...
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A male Asian Koel with his ruby-red eyes...
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A Coppersmith Barbet with a catch that looked like a small frog...
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A White-cheeked Barbet...
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And the last sighting, a Black Drongo...
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That's the end of a very satisfying bird watching trip. Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to your thoughts...

44 comments:

  1. The rose ringed parakeets have made it to Honolulu. These are really fabulous shots you have taken!

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  2. You had a very enjoyable trip. The Pelican is my favourite...so funny bird.
    Happy weekend!

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  3. Awesome photos. Happy Weekend

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  4. What a great series of photos.
    I think the pelican on photo 11, 12, 13 and 14 with the fish is really great to see.
    Greetings Irma

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  5. Wow, what a beautiful post and collection of beautiful photos. Awesome captures of the Parakeet, the Egrets and Herons, the pelicans are amazing. The Pheasant-tailed jacana is one of my favorites, they are beautiful. The little one is adorable. They are all beautiful birds! Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend! PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

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  6. It is eat or get eaten but what a beautiful creatures. Fantastic photo's again.

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  7. Jacanas the world over have a unique appeal about them.

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  8. You are an amazing photographer!

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  9. Your photos as alwys are extremely enjoyable to a bird lover without experience in your environment. Seeing all these unfamiliar and very beautiful birds is spectacular. Thank you!

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  10. Top class photos today Shiju. The Pheasant-tailed Jacana is really a splendid creature, and of course at this time of year, in fine fettle. I do wonder the purpose/adaptation that are the spots on the topside of the pelican's bill? Do they help in feeding or disguising the bill in some way? Super duper pics though!

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  11. Pheasant-tailed-Jacanas are interesting looking! Thank you for showing them to us. It was nice to see the egret in flight (so graceful) and the pelican with its catch, along with all the pretty birds you captured.
    Superb pics as always!

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  12. Wow!! All I can say is wow!!!
    That pheasant tailed jacana is incredible!!! And your fish catching pelican and cormorant are both OUTSTANDING!!
    Thanks, as always, for stopping by and sharing your link with us!!

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  13. Hello Shiju,
    What a nice post with fantastic pictures. So special to see all different and beautiful birds.
    That pelican with his food is so nice and close to see. Fantastic!!

    Greetings, Marco

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  14. I love those Jacanas!!! What a gorgeous bird and cute baby!

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  15. You had a great bird watching trip. You were able to capture so many shots of birds getting their catch. It is amazing how the birds could swallow such big fishes whole down their narrow throats.

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  16. The fantastic birds you have shot with camera, the Pheasant-tailed-Jacanas is a my favourite.

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  17. ...the birds in flight are spectacular!

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  18. Wow! Awesome feathered friends and awesome photography~

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  19. Your photos are stunning - always, week after week! And that jacana - what an amazing creature!
    Thanks for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/06/so-glad-we-got-to-gogh.html

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  20. It was an excellent day for bird watching and for fishing! Love the photos when the bird catches his dinner. And the Jacana is a very eye catching bird! Beautiful feathers!

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  21. Fabulous photos as always they are always so clear too :-)

    Have a beaktastic week 👍

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  22. Great images shared! Thank you so much for linking up your blog post for Life’s Stories this week.

    As you probably know, the last link up date here on Denyse Whelan Blogs is Monday 20 June 2022.

    I do hope to see your post there too. Of course, if you cannot link up, I so understand and want to thank you for the support of my blog and the link up over the years.

    Warm wishes, and take care.

    Denyse.

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  23. gorgeous photography as usual - amazing details too

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  24. So the birds have found their homes again or their bases.

    So wonderful to see the Pelican and the Adult Jacana.

    And every kind of Barbet.

    I too saw a bird today - the Little Brown Bird.

    Adelaide Dupont @ Halfway up Rysy Peak

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  25. What a wonderful post. Your photos are fantastic!
    Wonderful birds.

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  26. Another fantastic set of photographs, thanks for sharing them with us.

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  27. Wonderful post. I love to see all these birds that are somewhat familiar and yet also different.

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  28. Wow! The assortment of birds here is awesome and you have some amazing shots of them.

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  29. I didn't even know there was such a bird as a Pheasant-tailed Jacana. It is the most beautiful Jacana. Your pictures of the birds are fabulous. I would love to see them in person. Of course I would love to see all birds you picture here in person. Ha... Not likely to happen. I think that is why I so enjoy your excellent photos and the descriptions you show. You get interesting views for us. I like the Spot-billed Pelican too. Seeing it's huge pouch full of a fish meal is extraordinary. It is a wonder the pouch doesn't have a rip in it do to the pointy fish fins. I can't wait to see the feathered treasures from your next outing. Be well and have fun.

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  30. How wonderful that you saw so many birds and were able to take such great photos. I didn't know the pheasant-tailed Jacanas, what pretty and interesting birds (and obviously very well-fortified too)! So cool how you captured all that prey-making too. I can well imagine that this bird watching trip was very satisfying!
    All the best,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/06/italien-reisebericht-grado-und-aquileia.html

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  31. wow, that much interesting birds. There is one striking one. The Pheasant-tailed-Jacanas, can´t remember ever seeing even a shot or them So beautiful. If I was jounger that one would be worth a trip, Loved it

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  32. Sigh, these photographs of birds were top notch.

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  33. Yes, quite a sioree! It's fun seeing birds catching fish. I really like the photos of the Grey Heron in flight with its catch.

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  34. Wow, awesome photos. Seeing your pics I get always ashtonished by the variety of birds in the world! The Pheasant-taled jacanas are beautiful!

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  35. So very beautiful. Great pics.

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  36. Your photos are wonderful and so interesting! I didn't know a Jacana even existed. Here via "Inspire Me Monday"

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  37. Looks like a good fishing day for the birds! What lovely varieties of waterfowl.

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  38. Absoluetly beautiful photography.

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