Missed my earlier posts? Don't worry, you can catch up by clicking the button below.

Saul Kere Birds: Alive and Kicking

Last weekend, Saul Kere Lake was alive with bird action. Check out these pictures!



~~~
Can you pick out a white-throated kingfisher in the photograph?



~~~
I zoomed in and got a picture of it in flight.



~~~
Spotted an Indian spot-billed duck dabbling.



~~~
A grey heron patiently awaited an unwary fish.



~~~
Peeking out from the foliage, a Bronze-winged Jacana raised its head.



~~~
I then came across a black drongo.



~~~
I observed a pair of Indian palm squirrels mating. I couldn't help but wonder if their large tails posed any hindrance during the act.



~~~
The Oriental darters were seen drying themselves.



~~~
From afar, I could see  a grey heron deftly plucking out a tilapia fish.







~~~
It swiftly took flight with its prized catch before anyone could make an attempt to snatch it.




~~~
Speaking of snatching, there was an actual scuffle when a great cormorant captured a massive tilapia.



~~~
Another grey heron patiently waiting for fish.



~~~
A Common Kingfisher (Small Blue Kingfisher) was also seen gazing intently into the water below, searching for fish.




~~~
A resting pair of Indian spot-billed ducks.



~~~
A male purple sunbird, in its non-breeding plumage referred to as eclipse plumage, appears rather unremarkable, akin to wearing an unattractive casual outfit. However, during the breeding season, its appearance undergoes a dramatic transformation, transitioning to a dark metallic blue to deep purple hue, adorned with an iridescent maroon collar around its neck.



~~~
A white-cheeked barbet perched at a distance.



~~~
A rose-ringed parakeet mobbed it, and I managed to capture both the barbet and parakeet in a single frame.



~~~
The rose-ringed parakeet was quite lively. It was some distance away, and I attempted to capture it in flight. Here are a few blurry shots I managed to take.









~~~
A Scaly-breasted munia came into view shortly afterward.



~~~
A Black Drongo perched at a distance.




~~~
The final bird of the day was an Asian green bee-eater. I managed to capture an underwhelming shot of it in mid-flight.



~~~
I hope you enjoyed the post! I'm looking forward to reading your comments.

Linked with Mosaic Monday

48 comments:

  1. Loved all the action among the kingfisher, heron, cormorants and parakeet. That closeup of the kingfisher in flight is outstanding. Your heron looks very much like the wooden heron in my blog today, but much more flexible.

    ReplyDelete
  2. You really take incredible photographs. I am always amazed by your posts.

    ReplyDelete
  3. These are so well done and so enjoyable. Too many high points to mention! Thank you for sharing your talent with us friend. Aloha

    ReplyDelete
  4. Nice to see such a wonderful variety of birds in one place. Wonderful photography!

    ReplyDelete
  5. So wonderful, especially love the action sequences -- the cormorant catching his lunch with great difficulty and the gray heron doing the same, although having a little bit easier time of it! Those and the flight shots. All of your photos (as always) are outstanding but the sequences show what talent plus great patience gets --you have both for sure! Also I always love seeing your Kingfishers -- and I spotted that one in the first picture (the picture of pictures ;>) right away. But I'm glad you showed it in larger format as well!!

    ReplyDelete
  6. Gorgeous pictures as always. The eat or be eaten aspect of Mother Nature is terribly indifferent. Amazing how many birds and humans alike depend on fish for their meals. What better incentive to keep our waters clean.

    ReplyDelete
  7. In flight common kingfisher is a wonderful capture. So many wonderful bird photos as usual here.

    ReplyDelete
  8. What a great series of photos Shiju.
    The black Drongo is really amazing, many of the birds you show here only occur in a zoo in the Netherlands.
    Those Indian palm squirrels are cute, the heron caught a big fish.
    The kingfisher does occur in our country, you have photographed it beautifully.
    Greetings Irma

    ReplyDelete
  9. lovely Indian palm squirrels.....
    wonderful photos

    ReplyDelete
  10. Once again you delighted me with your pictures. One stood out for me, the male purple sunbird on the thorny twig.

    ReplyDelete
  11. The art of fishing is so interesting to watch. I get to see this here with great blue and green herons. I saw a great blue catch a fish so big that I thought it would surly choke. It took some time arranging the fish to swallow and then a bit to swallow but it got it down. I guess it is no more amazing than watching a hawk hunt although I am more comfortable looking at as fish than a poor bird...Amazing photos...Michelle

    ReplyDelete
  12. Hello,
    Your post are a treat to see! I love all the birds. The heron and cormorants caught some big fish, it is amazing they can swallow it whole. I see so many favorites like both the Kingfishers, the Sunbird and the Bee-eater, the Parakeets and the cute Barbet. The ducks are cute too. Great collection of photos. Thank you for linking up and sharing your post. Take care, have a happy weekend. PS, thank you for leaving me a comment.

    ReplyDelete
  13. ...you say some successful fishing!

    ReplyDelete
  14. This week’s action shots of birds in flight and birds catching fish are especially wonderful, but I always expect to be wowed when I look at your blog posts. I’m a big fan of kingfishers, but we have only one species here.
    best, mae at maefood.blogspot.com

    ReplyDelete
  15. The Heron caught a big fish and I'm sure it went down in one swallow! Love the birds in flight. They are your masterpieces! Enjoy your weekend and time spent outdoors!

    ReplyDelete
  16. Many great photos and beautiful birds in this series. The kingfisher we have here in Sweden too but many of the others we don't have here. BEAUTIFUL POST.
    Greetings Lasse (sellberg nature photo)

    ReplyDelete
  17. I always love seeing what you have discovered in your walks. The Common Kingfisher was a special delight to see.

    ReplyDelete
  18. Wow, you captured a wonderful variety of birds. Amazing photograhy and thanks for sharing.

    ReplyDelete
  19. Wow! Magnificent array of nature photos and very professional photography ~ namaste,

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

    ReplyDelete
  20. As always, AWESOME bird photos! I love the king fisher pictures especially, such a cute little bird! What lens (and camera) do you use?

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. Thank you Jeanne! I use Canon 6D, which happens to be my first and only DSLR, paired with a Tamron 150-600 mm telephoto lens.

      Delete
  21. Oh wow! What amazing photos!
    I think the Common Kingfisher is my favourite.

    ReplyDelete
  22. fantastic photos of a grey heron.... love it

    ReplyDelete
  23. Loving the photos your walks are always interesting I learn a lot about birds πŸ‘
    Have an actiontastic week πŸ‘

    ReplyDelete
  24. All stunning photos
    https://www.melodyjacob.com/2023/09/a-step-by-step-guide-on-how-to-style-a-green-flare-pleated-dress.html

    ReplyDelete
  25. Dear Shiju,
    I had to laugh at your comment about the palm squirrels and their tails - I think they are just as annoying as human noses when kissing: they get used to it ;-DD
    You offer wonderful photos again - I am particularly impressed by the pictures where you catch, for example a kingfisher in flight or herons and cormorants grabbing prey. Tilapias really look like a wholesome meal! I also find your rose-ringed parakeet photos not blurry at all and I was once again amazed at the variety of birds you encountered!
    All the best, Traude
    🌺πŸͺΆπŸ‚ πŸͺΆπŸŒΊ
    https://rostrose.blogspot.com/2023/09/mamuz-im-schloss-asparn-40000-jahre.html

    ReplyDelete
  26. Your birding photos are always so beautiful. You have such talent. I like the Kingfisher. Thank you for linking up.

    ReplyDelete
  27. Fantastic photography Shiju. Wow!

    ReplyDelete
  28. Great shots! Your kingfisher is stunning.

    ReplyDelete
  29. it is amazing how many beutiful birds you have in your area. :) Love it!

    ReplyDelete
  30. what beautiful birds! I wonder what boat you were on in the delta? Very nice that you could see everything with your own eyes. Thank you for giving us another opportunity to get to know so many beauties of nature!
    Happy WW! ♥

    ReplyDelete
    Replies
    1. No boat for me; I was on the lakeshore, quite far away, reaching the heron with my telephoto lens.

      Delete
  31. I better close you blog ! Your photos look so real and beautiful (to me) but my cat has her killer look in her eyes !!

    ReplyDelete
  32. Fabulous series! Congratulations for these images!
    Happy WW and a fine week!

    ReplyDelete
  33. Beautiful bird photos! So detailed - well done.

    ReplyDelete
  34. So many beautiful and colorful birds! My favorite has got to be the small blue kingfisher.

    ReplyDelete
  35. Back to your page and blogosphere after a longish hiatus, Shiju. Must say as always its a joy to savour these avian wonders. I havent been out birding much this season. But did manage to get out two weeks ago and catch gorgeous glimpses of the Indian Pitta in all it's glory and its fledgling too. :)

    Hope to catch up on your other posts. Cheers!
    Managed to get a blog post out after eons too. :)

    ReplyDelete
  36. Wow... fantastic scenes again.

    Happy MosaicMonday

    Thank you so much being part at
    MosaicMonday

    Have a fine week. Greetings by Heidrun

    ReplyDelete
  37. The blue of the kingfisher is amazing. l love seeing the images you share. I always appreciate your linking up to #WWandPics this week and thanks for sharing your post. I hope to see you next Wednesday too. Warm wishes, Denyse.

    ReplyDelete
  38. Such beautiful birds! Thanks for taking part and linking up with #MySundaySnapshot.

    ReplyDelete
  39. Beautiful post ! I am happy to see kingfisher they are rare sight in my region nowadays, I have never seen squirrel mating . I wondered that how you took crisp close up shots of birds in flight , no wonder you are using Tamron telephoto lenses for the bird photography . Thanks for sharing lovely post with Garden Affair.

    ReplyDelete

I appreciate you taking the time to visit my blog and I truly value any feedback you have to offer. If you have a moment, please share your thoughts with me.
**If you opt to post a comment anonymously, kindly disclose your name to put my curiosity to rest.