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Birds at Hesaraghatta lake

My quest for birds took me to Hesaraghatta lake, last Sunday morning. 
Here's a photo tour...

I reached Hesaraghatta lake at sunrise...



Oriental White Eye were the first birds I saw. They have such attractive eyes...


Hesaraghatta lake is a man made reservoir created in the year 1894. The lake started drying up since 1925. The 1000 acres lake bed has turned into a grassland which is home to a wide variety of beautiful birds...


The little Oriental Skylarks were busy in the grassland... 


I sat on the ground to merge with the little skylark's perspective...


Their perspective was really fascinating with sparkling sunlight that turns the dew drops on grass into jewels...


The bay-backed shrike has a characteristic upright "shrike" attitude perched on a bush, from which it sallies after lizards, large insects, small birds and rodents. Prey may be impaled upon a sharp point, such as a thorn. Thus secured they can be ripped with the strong hooked bill...


Most of the trees had thorns that aid the little birds in impaling their prey...


The Black Drongo is aggressive towards much larger birds of prey that invades its territory. Smaller birds often nest in the well-guarded vicinity of a nesting black drongo...


Here's one more shot of the Black Drongo...


Spotted Dove...



Pied bush chat was loaded with nest making materials...


Here's one more shot of the Pied bush chat...


Weaver birds' nest, didn't see the occupant, though...


Rufous-backed shrike...


The blue-tailed bee-eater is strongly migratory, seen seasonally in much of peninsular India...



The blue-tailed bee-eater predominantly eats insects, especially bees, wasps and hornets, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch...


 Here's one more shot of the blue-tailed bee-eater...


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Birds at Jakkur lake

Last weekend, I visited Jakkur lake, Bangalore for the first time and what a great location it turned out to be. 

Here are some birds I captured in the second golden hour of the day...

A brief stop on the way at Sahakar Nagar introduced me to a smart little fella. I was drawn by the sweet whistling call titiweesi... titiweesi... coming from a tree. It took me sometime to spot the little fella who turned out to be Cinereous tit. It allowed me just two clicks before vanishing... 




At Jakkur lake, there were Painted Storks, Spot-billed Pelicans, Cormorants, Common Pochards and sundry small birds...  


With just about 45 minutes left before dark, I decided to concentrate on two types, Painted Storks and Spot-billed Pelicans.  



The painted stork is a large wader in the stork family. Their distinctive pink tertial feathers give them their name...





































The spot-billed pelican is a relatively small pelican but still a large bird...


















































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