Birds captured after the rains

Thanks to the rain and the treated water, the level has gone up at the lake. Unfortunately though, the notoriously difficult to control alligator weed is also growing lushly. We hope when the level increases even more, the weeds will be submerged and rot. Well, we may be unhappy about the weed spreading but the birds are very happy about it. The number of birds frequently the lake has increased. 
 
For the past few months, Madhurima Das, a “resident birder” from the neighbourhood has been regularly doing a weekend census of the birds at the lake, and taking pictures as well. Today she was happy to have captured a few candid moments. Pictures below.
 
Pheasant-tailed Jacana in breeding plumage
 
Little Cormorant 
 
Great Cormorants that flew past for a recce perhaps!
 
White-throated Kingfisher with catch
 
Spot the two Purple Herons? 
 
Pheasant-tailed Jacanas in a mating dance perhaps …. 
 
Little Grebes – they had laid three eggs but lost two to predators. Way of the wild!
 
A first time visitor to our lake – Jacobin Cuckoo, considered to be a harbinger of the monsoon! 
 
Pics: Madhurima Das
Captions: Usha Rajagopalan 

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