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Hoskote birding adventure

Yes, birding at Hoskote has been, bit of an adventure for more than a year now, due to flooding. This post is about my trip in late August. It rained heavily all night but had a brief respite in the morning.  Here are the pics...

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Scaly-breasted Munia was busy munching Guinea Grass seeds...
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A view of the flooded area, where, once upon a time, I used to walk and watch numerous birds...
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A Long-tailed shrike marked its presence...
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Purple-rumped Sunbird gleamed in the emerging sunlight...
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Baya weaver nests are often built hanging over water where predators cannot reach easily. I saw this active colony built over a broken well...
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Daddy Baya brought some food for the nestlings...
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Mother Baya brings a feather to furnish the nest interiors...
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And the daddy Baya fixed the exterior...
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He was keeping an eye on lurking predators...

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A small team of Indian Spot-billed ducks floated serenely...
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Rose-ringed Parakeet  flew out of its nest cavity on a coconut palm...
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A Greater Coucal enjoying his solitude...
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As the sun awoke, insects and butterflies were also up. I spotted one Indian Wave-striped Ladybug...
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A Common Wanderer butterfly was flitting around lantana flowers...
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I saw a Long-tailed Shrike and waited for a flight shot...
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The flight turned out to be quite spectacular...

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Last sighting of the day was a Paddyfield Pipit...
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Hope you liked the post. Do consider posting your thoughts in the comments section below...

45 comments:

  1. Yes! Thank you for sharing ... I enjoyed reading. Especially the Parakeets are wonderful.

    Happy MosaicMonday

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  2. Hello, another wonderful adventure. I really enjoyed seeing all your photos, particularly
    the Weaver bird and those spectacular shaped nests.

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  3. Beautiful photograpy. I love the photo of the little Sunbird!

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  4. Always so many amazing exotic birds you captured on camera. Amazing photographs

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  5. We are all richer because you went. Thank you. I particularly enjoyed meeting
    Indian Wave-striped Ladybug...

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  6. Another great, educational post of birds you found in their natural habitat.

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  7. Great photos, Thanks for sharing

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  8. Beautiful series of exotic birds.
    Very special how the Baya build their nest.
    Greetings Irma

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  9. Wow . So nice to show us that wonderful live in your surroundings to us again and again. I like it very much indeed and thanks for it.

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  10. You close ups are amazing, but I like seeing the habitat, as well. The well and nests are fascinating.

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  11. Watching the bird build its nest was so interesting.

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  12. Now I'm wondering if all shrikes around the world are masked. Yours is. Ours is. Thank you!

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  13. Another wonderful series. I found the weaver nests fascinating.

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  14. Great pictures as always. They awaken a desire in me to visit Asia again.

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  15. Sorry about the rain but it did make for a beautiful cloudy sky photo. The Spot billed Ducks fascinate me with their multi-coloured bills. Hope your weather improves and that the sun comes out soon.

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  16. Wow! Such beautiful and professional nature photography ~ hard to single out a favorite ~ but that ladybug is awesome and such different types of birds ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  17. It sure is flooded but so many birds and critters love the water! I love the weaver nests too. They are just amazing! Enjoy your weekend!

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  18. You know what? You can start a bird watching guided tour group through this areas. You will attract not only bird watchers/lovers but also photography buffs as well.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  19. Your photos (and timing for the right moment) is impeccable!!

    Enjoy the week ahead & thanks for linking in this week

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  20. Your photos are always spectacular and these are no different.I particularly love the photos of the bird building her nest. so interesting.

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  21. Hello,
    Sorry, I am late visiting this weekend. I enjoyed your beautiful birds and the butterfly and the cute ladybug. Awesome photos and post, as always. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, Have a happy new week ! PS, thanks for leaving me a comment.

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  22. A beautiful morning with lots to see and photograph. Over here I have seen nest like these being sold at the plant nurseries. Some people must have been buying to hang in their garden. I wonder what happened to the eggs or chicks when they took the nests from the trees.

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    1. Most of the nests that the males build are rejected by the females and lie unoccupied or are used by brood parasites. I hope they sell abandoned nests.

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  23. Beautiful photos Shiju. The birds are so busy and industrious I also like that you included the ladybug and butterfly, Fall migration is happening here and we have been encouraged to close off our lights at night so as not to disturb the birds flight paths..

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  24. What great captures the rain aside that one is a good capture too

    Have a pecktastic week 👍

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  25. What great captures the rain aside that one is a good capture too

    Have a pecktastic week 👍 Sorry didn't realise I wasn't logged in above

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  26. Gorgeous photos, all of them! Love these shots.
    Thank you for joining this week's link-up at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/10/bedtime-story.html

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  27. The bayas are such fascinating birds, I would love to watch them~ and as always your photos (especially the beautiful flight shot) inspire such awe . ... I am sorry that a great part of your birding patch has been flooded.

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  28. Stunning photographs!

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  29. Your photos are just stunning! I love those nests the birds build, so clever!

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  30. Lovely photos!!! The ladybug and the butterfly are stunning!

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  31. Marvelous shots! I like the ladybug photos and the sunbird. Joined the linky today ~ Ms. Donyarific

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  32. Birds are such fascinating creatures! These photos are lovely! The photo of the butterfly is stunning as well!

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  33. Such lovely photos! That blue butterfly is beautiful.

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  34. so much rain and flooding here in the eastern states of Australia right now too. So good to see your post in the Wednesday’s Words and Pics link up for this week. How can it be early October??

    Thanks so much for sharing and being part of the #WWandPics Community.

    Hope to see you next week too.

    Denyse.

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  35. Butterflies, beetles, and bayas. Oh my! All beautiful. :)

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  36. Such a beautiful selection of photographs.
    I enjoyed them, thank you.

    All the best Jan

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  37. Abnother fabulous collection. I've never seen a Wave-striped Ladybug before!

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  38. You see more amazing birds on one outing than most people see in a month or season. Thank you so much for sharing these with us.

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  39. Photos of "Mother Baya brings a feather" are lovely captures

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  40. Incredible photography!
    I absolutely love the close-ups.

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  41. The painted stork and munia bird portraits are just so special. I love them all. Yet, you do make wonderful birding photos!

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  42. What nice photos love the slow motion effect on some of them too

    Have a photographictastic week 👍

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