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My first trip to Kannamangala Lake

I explored Kannamangala lake for the first time last week. This lake is just about 10 miles from home. I got some nice sightings, but I think I should visit a few more times to understand the habitat and birds that reside here. Here are some pics...

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A sight of five Rose-ringed Parakeets greeted my eyes as I arrived at the parking area of Kannamangala lake...
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A solitary Eurasian Moorhen was seen next...
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The loud call of a White-browed Wagtail invited my attention to a signboard that announced fishing prohibition. I'm sure the birds will ignore the warning...

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I was right. A Little egret was seen fishing in the shallow water...
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An excited flapping of wings by an Indian Spot-billed Duck...
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The morning sky...



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The Little egret continued fishing...
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Saw a Chequered keelback snake in the water...
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A cormorant was sitting and drying its feathers and wings...
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Several Little grebes were seen ducking and diving for food...
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An Indian Cormorant  was seen next...
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Black Drongo couple in a playful mood...
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A Cannonball tree...
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I zoomed in to capture the beautiful flowers of the Cannonball tree...
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A view of the lake...
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Pale-billed Flowerpecker was seen next...
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As the sun gathered strength, sunbirds became active. A male Purple-rumped Sunbird was seen hovering and nectaring...
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A juvenile Eurasian Moorhen...
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Several Little Grebe juveniles were seen next...
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Common Kingfisher...
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An Indian Grey Hornbill flew into the Banyan tree. I took a few shots...
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A Great cormorant got a great catch...
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White-browed Wagtail was catching Water Striders with ease...
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I followed the wagtail for sometime...
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Pied Kingfisher was seen at a distance...
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India Spot-billed ducks were being quarrelsome...
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I got a very close shot of a Little Egret, but a beer bottle, discarded by some scoundrel, photo bombed...
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I sat and watched some Indian Spot-billed ducks dabbling around in the water...
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One more sky shot...


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In the fields outside the park, several Red-rumped Swallows were seen swooping around. With some help from the wind, I could lock focus a few times...
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I followed a Black-rumped Flameback who was flying from one coconut palm to another...
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Kannamangala lake looks promising and is worthy of visiting again and again. I will make a few more trips to this lake in the near future. Hope you liked the post. Look forward to reading your comments.

41 comments:

  1. Great shots. Good collection.

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  2. You do wonderful work. If I may suggest. Publish fewer pictures more often! Have a wonderful day!

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  3. Beautiful photos, and nice to have this lake so close to home!

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  4. You are an amazing bird photographer. Amazing, crystal sharp photos.

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  5. Your bird photos are epic! What a huge portfolio of images in one post!

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  6. Beautiful shots as always. You just live in bird paradise.

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  7. Based on this level of success on your first visit I have no doubt that you will be returning there soon.

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  8. and again, you present us with a moment in paradise.

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  9. What great photos.
    Really cool the cormorant with the very big fish.
    Greetings Irma

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  10. Truly Awesome photos, Great post

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  11. Hello Shiju, I will never get tired of looking at your blog. You are creative and clever! Your bird photos are amazing. “The Morning Sky” shot … wonderful! You have either lots of luck or lots of patience to get a shot like A Black Drongo couple in a playful mood! Love that one! Another wonderful post. Thanks for sharing! John

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  12. Your Red-rumped Swallows are very impressive -- getting images of these birds while flying is a real tour-de-force! All your photos are impressive, and as always, I love seeing so many species that are unfamiliar to me from birding in other locations.

    best... mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  13. Dear Shiju, I am amazed that this was your first trip to Kannamangala Lake, although it is only 10 miles from your home. And this place is actually full of interesting animals.It's a shame that polluters throw their bottles into the water even in this wonderful natural setting. I had to laugh at the sign, which of course is ignored by the birds. But it's a good thing that people aren't allowed to fish, so the birds have more food. You brought wonderful photos with you and I am happy that you will now be going to this lake more often.
    You can also see birds in my blog today, because we visited the largest tree-nesting white stork colony in Central Europe again in the summer.
    All the best from Austria,
    Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2022/09/ausflug-nach-marchegg-schloss-storche.html

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  14. Marvelous photos! I wish the birds continued success in their [illegal?] fishing.

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  15. Hello,
    The lake looks like a fabulous place to seeing and photographing the birds. Your photos are amazing, great captures of all the birds. I have so many favorites, I would be thrilled to see all these birds. Great post. 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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  16. ...each week, you outdo yourself! I love the water droplets off of the ducks wings.

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  17. Hello , :=)
    An amazing quantity of birds in this one location, and amazing quality photos taken by you.
    All the best.

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  18. The cormorant's eating . . . the water drop pattern on the flapping duck . . . your artistry and knowledge. Brilliant. But the shot that grabbed me today were the drongos and their forked tails and their attitudes. I won't forget them for a long, long time.

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  19. I know you are happy to have this lake so close to visit again soon. You saw a wonderful variety. I don't think I've ever seen a snake swim like that...how fascinating!

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  20. I would definitely return to this lake often!! What a treasure. All your images are showcase worthy. I especially enjoyed the closeup of the cormorant feeding.
    I appreciate you taking time to link in with us at I'd Rather B Birdin' this week.

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  21. Some amazing pictures, and I really like those Hornbills.

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  22. WOW! Incredible photography! 👍👍
    I especially love the shots of the water droplets falling off the duck's wings.
    Happy Sunday!

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  23. Wow! is right ~ what a place and what professional nature photography ~ Thank you ~ Xo

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

    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  24. I loved the Rose-ringed Parakeets, and the Red-rumped Swallow, all are on photos by Shiju.

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  25. Splendid place to visit. Such a variety of life and beauty for your experienced eye to capture. Thank you for sharing!

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  26. You always share the most amazing photos and today is no exception. You make this lake look like paradise and I feel like I took a little walk there.

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  27. With all the amazing photos you captured, this surely won't be the last visit you make to this gorgeous place!
    Thank you for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/09/a-glimpse-of-city-of-brotherly-love.html

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  28. Lovely captures as usual loved that egret looking like walking on water heheh

    Have a flitter flattertastic week 👍

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  29. from what I see today this place will be able to keep you busy many times. So wonderful to have something to look forward to. :)

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  30. Loved this walk.
    The best thing about all your images and story telling is that they take us along with the vivid imageries.

    I am sharing some images of the lone Bar tailed Godwit that's visiting us here in Gurgaon, soon. :)

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  31. Loving the wagtail and the moorhen - truly!

    And the other birds are oh! so sharp in definition.

    I wondered if the bird in the last couple of photos was a woodpecker? The beak and the demeanour would suggest this.

    #BirdWatching #BirdObservers #Orinthology #Photography #WordlessWednesday

    Adelaide Dupont @ Halfway up Rysy Peak
    https://geopoliticallyincorrect.blogspot.com/2022/09/test-pilots-trial-balloons-tongue-teeth.html

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    1. Yes , Black-rumped flameback is a woodpecker.

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    2. Oh good!

      I went out and spotted some birds this morning.

      Especially a dozen and more ducklings learning their way through the estuary.

      Have you ever seen ducks fly low?

      Adelaide Dupont @ Halfway up Rysy Peak

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  32. Little parakeets so sweet. Love the reflections in your photos. All are artwork, beautiful. Do you have a room/wall where you display your photos in your home? You have such great captures.

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  33. Amazing photos, as always. I love the Black Drongo having a bit of fun. Shows they must be intelligent birds. No thanks to the snake. I don't mind snakes, just not in the water where they surprise me!

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  34. That's a great selection of beautiful photos and such a wonderful variety of birds! It looks like a great place to go birdwatching.

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  35. The row of parakeets make me smile - the gossip line, haha. Love how the cormorant turns its neck, I thought that would be a great pose for a clay figure (I started pottery on a wheel this year). As always, you find so many birds! Oh, not to forget the light in the golden colored clouds is so pretty!

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  36. A delightful set once again, I especially like the wing-flaping duck!

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  37. My goodness. You love brids very much. This is like a textbook of various birds in this single post!

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  38. Wow….lovely and no fishing is great…. Nature Notes

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