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Weekend walk at Hoskote

On my latest walk at Hoskote, I found some very interesting bird activity. Here are the pics...
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The morning sky was littered with small clouds to make it interesting...
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Rose-ringed Parakeet settled on a tree branch...
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Two Great Cormorant were sitting on a water pipe. The backdrop and reflection looked good...
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I walked along the edge of the Marigold field, admiring the orange and yellow flowers...
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I saw an Ashy Prinia. He was carrying nesting materials into the marigold bushes where he seemed to build a nest...
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And popping back after a while...
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Another Great Cormorant couple sat on a distant tree...
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Long-tailed Shrike marked its presence...
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A male Baya Weaver was savoring corn tassel...
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A male Pied Bushchat was seen next...
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A Green Bee-eater swooped through the air, displaying amazing aerobatics, catching his meal...
...I watched the marvelous spectacle of the bee-eater tossing, thrashing and finally swallowing the bee sans the stings...
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Another Green Bee-eater was operating on another tree branch...

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And here is his special catch...
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A Plain Prinia was seen next...
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Now it was a female Baya Weaver's turn to munch corn tassel...
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A non-breeding male Baya Weaver made an appearance on the corn plant...


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A tiny Ashy-crowned Sparrow-Lark was seen next...



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On the way back, I clicked this pic of the Marigold field...
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Hope you liked the post. Looking forward to your comment.

50 comments:

  1. All of your bird finds are so beautiful. I was really captured by the green bee eater - amazing.

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  2. Wow, those marigolds provide such a gorgeous background. Beautiful photos!

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  3. Oh my gosh these are beautiful. The marigold series is really lovely as are all of the birds and their scenic backgrounds that you also always catch so beautifully. And the ones with the bee-eater catching and eating the bee were so amazing -- I am in awe. Thank you! (What is the magazine in your top photo in your home?)

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    1. That's not a real magazine. It is created using photoshop to just highlight few favorite photos from the trip.

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  4. lovely A Rose-ringed Parakeet....
    excellent shots as always

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  5. You got it all, birds, (bee eaters!! - I had never heard of such a thing) blooms and marigolds.

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  6. You are a master indeed! Thank you for these striking images

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  7. As always, Shiju your post transports me to the unhindered wilderness. And you story telling skills make it a doubly entertaining experience.

    Such precious winged wonders. Love how you captured the bee eaters feasting.
    I'd love to see an Ashy Prinia nest in the marigold bushes. We have plenty here in our condo, but I've never spotted a nest.

    Have a good weekend. Look forward to your weekend finds. :)

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  8. What a great series of photos.
    The Ashy Prinia with nesting material is really beautiful.
    The weaver and the bee-eater are also beautiful.
    Greetings Irma

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  9. Again, impossibly beautiful photos. Truly a joy to behold. Keep up the good work.

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  10. Not hard to see why you keep going back there.

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  11. You never disappoint. I really like the cormorants sitting on the water pipe!

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  12. I love visiting your blog! Your images are always so incredibly stunning!!! Colorful collection today! Magnificent!

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  13. Congrats on being published. It is no surprise to me that your pictures are published. Your talent is a gift to the world. I often feel transported to the marsh edges and pathways you traverse with your camera. The bee eater photos are marvelous. I love the action shots as I have told you before and these are spectacular.

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  14. Wow, brilliant colors! The bee eater is very interesting.

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  15. The shots of the bee eater capturing and eating its prey are fantastic!

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  16. Stunning morning sky. Great photos of the birds. Bird watching is really interesting.

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  17. Hello,
    I always enjoy your bird photos and what a lovely variety of birds. The Bee-eater images are amazing. I love the parakeet, the Weaver, the Shrike and the Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, enjoy your weekend.

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  18. The Bee-eater is definitely my favourite, and you captured it so neatly!

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  19. You must have incredible patience to get such perfect images! And I love the flowers, too. Marigolds? Beautiful looking magazine piece.

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  20. Super shots again Shiju. I love the way the prinia picks up the colour of the marigolds. And of course the bee eater just letting the fod come by rather than expend energy by chasing around. Super work. Congratulations.

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  21. ...marigold field is gorgeous.

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  22. Hi Shiju, Another wonderful post. Every one of your posts inspires me to get out there and enjoy photographing nature. Thank you for sharing! John

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  23. Beautiful photos! Wonderful sunrise!
    Interesting variety of birds. I enjoyed seeing the flowers, too!
    Have a great weekend!

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  24. Beautiful and very professional photography ~ feathered friends are awesome!

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  25. The bee eater must be the best photos taken of this bird with it's catch! And the backgrounds of orange and yellows in the first few photos make them spectacular! What a great time you had for bird watching!

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  26. Stunning photos! I love the bee eater sequence, a fantastic capture! Excellent photography, thanks for sharing.

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  27. The bee eater action photos are thrilling!!
    Thanks for taking time to share your blog at I'd Rather B Birdin'

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  28. Amazing captures of the birds and the bees :)

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  29. The best are Green Bee-eater and the Long-tailed Shrike are my favourite, they are mine.

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  30. I so enjoy your talent and bird knowledge.

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  31. So pretty. And such bright marigold shots! Lovely.

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  32. There are so many outstanding photos again, I am thrilled! Of course, I am particularly enthusiastic about the bee eaters catching their prey. The photo of Ashy Prinia with the nesting material in the Marigold field is worth a large canvas for the colors alone. And you did a great job of capturing the Baya Weaver in the cornfield.
    The photos of your "birding in the rain" are great, too!
    All the best from Austria,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/07/blackout-teil-1-wie-gro-ist-die-gefahr.html

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  33. Stunning photos - I am always jealous of the biodiversity you share and of your talent with the camera.
    Thank you for sharing at http://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/07/satellite-park-at-duke-arts-annex.html

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  34. Beautiful photos as always you never fail

    Have a chirpytastic week 👍

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  35. Lovely scenes, I enjoyed reading here again.

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  36. love the photo of the Ashy Prinia, a tiny bird sitting on a flower with nesting sticks in the beak. Wonderful to see. And lots of other beauties :)

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  37. Stunning photos. I liked especially those bird pics with marigold orange at the background - amazing.

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  38. Amazing photos. I love the ones of the birds especially!

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  39. Wow! I especially love the photos of the Green Bee-eater.

    And who wouldn't choose to nest in a marigold field, if they could...

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  40. What an interesting place to walk

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  41. Wonderful photography. Thank you. Your birds are so similar yet so different than ours (except for the bee catcher, which is SO different!). Thank you again.

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  42. Such lovely photos and great captures of the bee-eater in action! The close-up flower shots were also stunning. It looks so peaceful there. Thanks for linking on Amanda's Books and More!

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  43. Many beautiful birds, Shiju! And you caught them in so many great moments of their life. Wonder how long it takes to get this many captures of birds on one walk? Or does it depend on the weather, and time of day? Enjoy your weekend, Emille

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  44. Beautiful photos as always - I thought that was a real magazine too - and cute new blog design! :-)

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