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Out in the rain

Yet another rainy weekend and birding prospects looked bleak.

Son had an athletics event in a stadium at Hoskote.

Wife noticed me staring into the gloomy horizon and suggested going for a drive in the rain.

We hoped to give a surprise to our son and do some birding if the rain stops .

So, at around 11:30 AM we were heading towards Hoskote, which apparently is also one of my favorite birding places. Follow us...

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At the stadium, we watched him(in yellow T) win the sprint. The rain wasn’t bothering the athletes at all...
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She sits in the shaded seating area waiting for her son’s next events, which are scheduled so far apart. Occasionally, she would pose for a portrait...
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I glumly realize that I shall miss birdwatching. Eventually hunger forced us out of the stadium. We tried the famous Raj Biryani, located close to Hoskote lake. The biryani was tasty…
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After lunch, we took the road next to the lake to see if we could spot any birds from the car. The sky is overcast and it’s all drizzling around us...
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As I got down from the car, the drizzle turned into fat drops. I got back in the car and focused my lens on a nearby tree...
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A female Indian Golden Oriole flew in. I take a few quick shots. She sits there giving various poses and waits for me to finish clicking...
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I spot a Jacobin Cuckoo next...
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The rain didn’t seem to bother the birds either. Brisk bird activity continued...
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Several Cinereous tits flitted with great urgency...

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An immature Black Drongo was lording over the entire area he was seeing...
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A male Asian Koel gave a dramatic pose...
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We had a fleeting glimpse of a Greenish Warbler, but a Blyth’s Reed Warbler waited a bit longer for a click...
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Several Yellow-billed Babblers appeared on the tree...
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The rain again returns to a drizzle. We step out for some portraits in the rain...
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Overall, a good haul for all of us - birds for me, insta profile shots for wife and 2 Gold, 1 silver and 1 bronze medal for son…
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Hope you liked the post. Please post your thoughts in the comments section below...

32 comments:

  1. This was a great post, Shiju and especially because you have willing family members who jumped a the chance:):) The yellow bird is super cute, and the drama king (queen) like the Koel:) - Emille (Jesh)

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  2. Yep, a good day for everyone. Your wife was a good sport for modeling for you. I love the photos you got from your car in the rain. Amazing!!

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  3. What a wonderful day you will remember for years. I very much enjoyed your bird pictures

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  4. Loved the post, Beautiful photos. Congratulations to your Son. Amazing bird photos.

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  5. This was a nice family outing.
    Your son did well with the 4 medals.
    Your wife is beautiful and very good to photograph.
    Nice that you could still photograph different bird species with the rainy weather.
    I enjoyed your photos.
    Greetings Irma

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  6. Sometimes you just have to shrug off the weather and make the most of it, and this is what you did - very successfully too. Congratulations to your son on his fine performance.

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  7. Very pleasing post. Very good from your son and nice that we also got a glimpse of your family. I like that very much.

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  8. Bravo for all the metals your son won. Your wife is a peach to be happy posing for you. Rainy weather didn't stop you from noticing and taking photographs of birds.

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  9. Hello,
    Congrats to your son for winning the sprint and those medals. Your wife looks happy out with her umbrella, very pretty. It is nice to use the car as a blind, wonderful photos. The birds are all gorgeous. I love the Golden Oriole. The Asian Koel looks like he is talking to you. Great post. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a great weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment

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  10. Well done for perseverance in the rain and getting such great pics of the oriole. Well done to your son too for winning so many medals. I thought you would be in the dry season now.

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  11. ...I like rainy days if I can keep my camera dry. Wonderful shots.

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  12. Your wife is so beautiful and I know you love taking photos of her! And your son is very athletic. My boys all ran in races and did really well. They are grown now but I remember all the fun events we went to when they were growing up. Love the wet and ruffled birds too!

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  13. Beautiful photos!
    I especially like the photos of your son running and your wife jumping.

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  14. What started out as a dismal day turned into a rather special one, especially for your son.

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  15. Wonderful post with lovely pictures and great going for your son too!

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  16. Those colorful birds really stand out beautifully on such a grey, wet day.
    Thanks. You made my day today; sharing your photos and narration with linking in!!

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  17. Wow! Bravo to your son winning medals ~ And your gorgeous and professional photos of the lovely birds and how delightful to photograph your wife in playful poses ~ Win, win for all ~ namaste,

    Wishing you good health, laughter and love in your days ~
    A ShutterBug Explores,
    aka (A Creative Harbor)

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  18. Congratulation to your winning. I agree ... there are fantastisc captures. Wish you further fun and succes.
    Have a good Week.

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  19. Not a bad day after all. Everything turns out good for everyone. Congrats to your son for winning the medals. You managed to get some beautiful birds from your car. Great poses by your wife.

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  20. What lovely shota hopwe you saved me some of that biryani heheh! :-)

    Have a tastytastic week 👍

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  21. Your cinereous tits remind me of our chickadees - such pretty little birds!
    Thanks for sharing at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2022/11/i-love-seasons-of-year.html

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  22. lovely birds as always. I have seen Orioles but not this one. We too have rainy days. And then snowy ones. Both makes the world wet.

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  23. A most delightful post, Shiju!
    Incredible bird photos!

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  24. Thank you. I am amazed by the yellow color of that one bird. So nice.

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  25. Congratulations to your son! Beautiful birds and wife too.

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  26. What a lovely post full of great shots and family fun.

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  27. Your drive in the rain created a beautiful day of many memories witth son, wife, and so many birds. Not a gloomy day afterall. Great photos.

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  28. Shiju you did what you could with that weather and the family pics are great too!! Thanks so much for joining in this week’s WWandPics link up where I got to celebrate being 73. Still getting used to the new number…Here we are, it’s December and there are 3 more weeks to link up till I take a short break. I always enjoy seeing your blog pop up on the website. Take care, Denyse.

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  29. Awesome collection of photos !

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  30. Beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing at Pictorial. Glad you got some birding in so we could enjoy also.
    peabea scribbles https://peabea.blogspot.com

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