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Avian encounters at Saul Kere lake

Here is the array of birds I had the pleasure of sighting on my recent trip to Saul Kere lake…



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As I strolled leisurely, birding by ear, I could hear the cheerful calls of Tailor birds, Ashy Prinia, and parakeets and the sweet songs of sunbirds…



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A momentous decision hung in the air, as an Indian Spot-billed Duck contemplated its next move.…



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Drawing near, a male Pied Bushchat caught sight of me and swiftly took flight…

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A glittering male Purple Sunbird was ready to compete with bumblebees in the nectaring game…

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Two Indian Spot-billed Ducks swam in perfect synchrony…




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A Wood Sandpiper scoured the earth for sustenance…



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With a mighty splash, a Little Cormorant emerges and beats its wings vigorously in the water…

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Bathed in the glow of the morning sun, a Bronze-winged Jacana gleams…



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Exuding elegance and poise, a Pheasant-tailed Jacana cut a graceful figure…

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Ever on the hunt for sustenance, a diligent Wood Sandpiper persisted in its pursuit of a meal…



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In a display reminiscent of a graceful dancer's performance, the flight of the Pheasant-tailed Jacana is a thing to watch…

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The feathers are a mix of rich brown and black, with bold white markings along the edges that create a striking contrast against the bird's darker plumage…

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Next in line of sight was a Lesser Whistling Duck. Its feathers are a stunning combination of muted gray and soft brown, with intricate patterns that seem to shift and shimmer in the light…



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My attention then turned to a drowsy flock of Lesser-Whistling Ducks, known for their nocturnal feeding habits and diurnal slumbering tendencies…



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Characterized by a distinctively wheezy, two-note call, Lesser-whistling ducks are known by regional monikers such as Sili and Silhahi in India, based on their vocalization…



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I was overjoyed when a tiny Pale-billed Flowerpecker drew so near that it appeared much larger than life…



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Once again, a Wood Sandpiper could be observed intently scouring the terrain for sustenance.…



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A congregation of diverse migratory birds…



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Next, my eyes fell upon the expertly camouflaged Common Snipe…

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With food in tow for its young, a male Pied Bushchat appears…




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Eagerly anticipating a delectable meal, the young Pied Bushchat awaits the arrival of its food…



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Taking the lead, a female Pied Bushchat attends to the youngster and feeds him…



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Even though it is a familiar presence, the sight of an Asian Green Bee-eater never loses its ability to enthrall…



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I heard, then saw a Blyth’s Reed Warbler…



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The final up-close encounter of the day was with an Indian Spot-billed Duck as it dabbled in the water…

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Thank you for reading the post. I tried a new narration style for fun, please excuse me if it's not your cup of tea. I would appreciate hearing your thoughts and feedback in the comments section below.


46 comments:

  1. I always find jacanas exceptionally entertaining birds and their mating system is an inspiration to the modern woman!

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  2. What great photos from your trip to Saul Kere Lake.
    The Asian Green Bee-eater is my favourite.
    Greetings Irma

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  3. Another lovely set, and it was nice to read your thoughts as we strolled with you!

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  4. The beautiful bird photos as usual

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  5. Your descriptive commentary is poetic prose at times. The Flowerpecker made me smile. It is such a darling little bird.

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  6. Such a great collection of bird shots. All perfectly exposed and composed.

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  7. Lovely photo of the Sandpiper and also the Warbler!

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  8. What an overload of bird photos, which I always love. You are an amazing photographer, and I enjoy your narratives no matter how you wish to do them.

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  9. Excellent series again! Yet to spot common snipe

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  10. I always enjoy seeing the birds through your camera lens.

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  11. The beauty of feathers in all their diversity again beautifully portrayed. Good work.

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  12. Your mastery of bird photography is incredible.

    Worth a Thousand Words

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  13. Some really fantastic pictures here. I really like the Wood Sanpiper, as when I'm lucky I get to see them here in the UK too on migration. Love the Bee-eater though and also the Blyth's Reed Warbler is a favourite.

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  14. Great series from your trip to the lake. The ducks are so cute, love the Sandpiper reflection. The Bee-eater is a favorite. The Common Snipe is only bird I have seen here. Great photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend!

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  15. wow! All the photos are great and it seems this lake is a birds' paradise. Thanks for taking us for this tour with your beautiful photos. Happy weekend!

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  16. You manage to find so many birds on each of your trips, and get so many remarkable photos. The birds are also so unfamiliar that I really enjoy your posts.

    best… mae at maefood.blogspot.com

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  17. Hi Shiju, Scrolling through your blog this morning is pure joy. If there is a better birding blog out there I sure don’t know about it. As always, your photography is excellent. I found the narration style very nice and I like the way you plug in the descriptions. You are brilliant in design and setup. In the days ahead, when time permits, I am going to go back and take in some of your posts published before I found you. Take care and be well. John

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  18. You could print this post out as a book...the text is so beautifully written! And of course the birds are beautiful! You introduce us to birds most of us will never get to see in person!

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  19. Thank you for sharing. It's always a pleasure.

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  20. Marvelous captures and wonderful narration!

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  21. ...Shiju, you capture amazing details, thanks for taking me along on this adventure.

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  22. Great pics again Shiju. Those jacanas are amazing with their ability to walk on water. Good to see a Wood Sandpiper too, a species I can relate too readily.

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  23. Awesome ~ you keep such wonderful company ~ our feathered friends and professional photos ~ narration is great too ~ photos are my favorite but words are wonderful too ~ thank you ~ namaste ~

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

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  24. Beautiful captures of the birds. Excellent photography as usual.

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  25. Excellent, beautiful variety today. I especially liked the display of wings with the Jacana

    Have a super week ahead and your linking in is always appreciated!

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  26. Thanks for bringing all these beauties to all of us. Really enjoyed my visit through your eyes.

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  27. I totally loved your new storytelling style. Please keep it coming, as it had me glued to your rendezvous with the avian charmers.

    It's such a feast to the eyes to see the birds feeding their fledglings.

    Had gone birding early last week with my 14 year-old and managed to see a few lifers. Just missed the Fire-Capped Tit though.

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  28. Oh wow! What fantastic photos and you spotted so many birds. x

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  29. I love each and every one! These are beautiful photos - as yours always are!
    Thank you for joining us this week at https://image-in-ing.blogspot.com/2023/03/tasty-and-pretty-how-much-more-could.html

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  30. What a beautiful set of photos again you never ease to amaze me :-)

    Have a beaktastic week 👍

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  31. aww... very beautiful Indian Spot-billed Duck

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  32. Hello Shiju :=)

    Mesmerizing bird captures, I love them all, and also your narration which was most enjoyable. Thank you for sharing these spellbinding images.
    All the best-

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  33. Dear Arun, I like all your photos and stories very much! The Pheasant-tailed Jacana truly performs an elegant dance. The young Pied Bushchat has such an adorable face and I'm so happy for you that you managed to get such a close photo of the tiny Pale-billed Flowerpecker ❤️! You are lucky to live in a country where the sight of so many beautiful birds, including the gorgeously colored Asian Green Bee-eater, is a familiar one.
    All the best - Traude
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/03/streifzug-durch-die-letzten-wochen.html

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  34. What a stunning collection of super birds, I always enjoy looking at their fine details! Happy Birding! Wren x

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  35. exceptional photos! you are a true photographic artist !

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  36. Birds are such amazing creatures, and you captured them beautifully. Also, I enjoyed the narration very much.

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  37. Such awesome pictures. Thank you for sharing & have a great day!

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  38. Lots of lovely rewards there from your time behind the camera. So pleased to see your blog post for this week’s Wednesday’s Words and Pics. Looking forward to next week if you are sharing a post then. Thank you for being part of the WWandP community. Denyse.

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  39. Such beautiful photos. I especially like the way you've captured the perfect reflection with the wood sandpiper.

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  40. Those are some stunning shots of the birds, you are so talented! Thanks for sharing and for linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

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  41. Wow !
    Beautifull birds photos.

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  42. I thoroughly enjoyed your photos so clear and refreshing :-)

    Have a relaxingtastic week 👍

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  43. Bushchat. Another perfect name! I'm finally seeing birds beyond the pigeon family here in Puerto Rico. I saw a new-to-me woodpecker with a white spot on its back. Stay cool and carry binoculars!

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