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…it might run up a huge bill.

Now that the PJ is out of the way, we’ll quickly move to my second outing at Ranganathittu. Unlike the first outing, I decided to focus on a few things and not get overwhelmed by the number of birds screaming (literally) for your attention. And, those ‘few things’ ended up being ‘scooping’ of water by the Spot-billed Pelicans. Not the easiest of tasks, as one needs to be completely in alignment with the bird’s timing on when it wants to scoop.

Following are some of the highlights, along with some other avian activities from this outing.

As soon as we began our boat ride, the brand ambassador for Lacoste greeted us.

The breeding plumage of Eurasian Spoonbills are just lovely.

This is one place where you can find a good number of Black-crowned night Herons during the day. Managed to get a few juveniles too.

Here’s an identical “You photo me?” pose of the Heron and the Great thick-knee.

A lone thick-knee

Asian Open-bills are here in large numbers along with their little ones.

This is the best I could get of Intermediate Egrets in their breeding plumage and juveniles.

River Terns look extremely tiny in front of these large birds.

Painted Storks are always fun to shoot in flight.

And now, to some action shots. Watching Spot-billed Pelicans scooping water was very interesting. Here are some different angles/ moods of them scooping.

On the way back, found an Indian Grey hornbill with and early morning snack and a Tickell’s Blue Flycatcher singing “see ya Hooman, call when you are coming next”

As it is a custom, we visited the Blue-taled Bee-eater reserve post this a little over an hour outing. Unfortunately, this isn’t a good time to go there. They start flocking from March. So, had to be content with barely 5 or 6 of them on a wire.

Fact sheet

Date: 14th Feb 2022.
Body: Canon 90D
Lens: Canon 100-400 ii
Total shutter clicks: 911
Downloaded: 70
Uploaded to this blog: 35
Edited on: Adobe Lightroom and Topaz DeNoise.

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