Sunday, September 11, 2011

Shooti'n Without Killin'..........

Hi all, how's it goin? You must have noticed that I don't blog as regularly I used to, but It's just a temporary drawback, things will get back in form soon. Till then, enjoy these!

Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata)

Green Bee-eater, Merops orientalis

Purple Swamphen (Porphyrio porphyrio)

Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)

Tiny Grass Blue (Zizula hylax)

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Butterflies Flutter By..........

Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon)          

 Common Mormon (Papilio polytes)

Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore)

Plains Cupid( Chilades pandava)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

What I've Been Capturing Lately....

A strange arachnid that curls up in to  a ball.

A Parakeet that I couldn't identify.

A Tailed Jay , Graphium agamemnon

White-breasted waterhens

A crab common in the paddy fields.

A Common Paddy field Frog from the garden pond.

Camera Critters

World Bird Wednesday

Macro Monday

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Prinia,Prinia, And The Others....

Hello folks, It's wonderful to be posting for World Bird Wednesday again! I'll start with two video clips I made today by the Railway line, A Plain Prinia and an Ashy Prinia.

  Plain Prinia, Prinia inornata

Ashy Prinia, Prinia socialis

And here is an Oriental Magpie Robin Sub-adult photographed at the beginning of the week. 

Oriental Magpie Robin, Copsychus saularis


And a Spotted Dove.

Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensis

A Red-vented Bulbul near a paddy field.

Red-vented Bulbul,Pycnonotus cafer

And finally an Asian Brown Flycatcher from my archives. 

Asian Brown Flycatcher,Muscicapa dauurica


Saturday, June 18, 2011

A Scavenger......

This  Water monitor (Varanus salvator) I've photographed occupies the same spot where the Waterhen family lives. It's said that when these scavengers consume a decent meal they lie motionless till it is properly digested. I believe it's true for when I took the bottom  picture yesterday, the creature's belly was enormous and it didn't move at all.

Camera Critters

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Woodpeckers And Waterhens

Three Black-rumped Flameback Woodpeckers,Dinopium benghalense, gave me quite a run around the neighborhood a  couple of days ago. I barely managed to make this crappy video showing two of them.

 Remember the Waterhen family I showed you last week? The chicks are apparently doing well. I saw them at the same spot today and took a couple of photos and made a short video. The parents are a  little less protective of the chicks now, allowing them to wonder on their own a little. 

That's about all the birds I've got about this week, as I had to compromise birding to have my family life intact!

A post for World Bird Wednesday.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Birding On The Go.......

Ahh, time for World Bird Wednesday! What kind of striking birds have you got this week, folks? Well, I've got a few! The highlight of this week is a family of White-breasted Waterhen  that I came across and videoed at a small pool near a paddy field on the way to work.  There were two adults looking after three chicks, so I assume both parents of this species take care of their offspring. The chicks are coal black so you need to look carefully to make them out in the video. I took two snaps of the adults too.

                                            White-breasted Waterhen, Amaurornis phoenicurus

The freshly planted paddy fields these days are hosting quite a large number of birds, and  I bagged Red-wattled Lapwing, and Indian Pond Heron.
                                                                 Red-wattled Lapwing, Vanellus indicus

Indian Pond Heron,Ardeola grayii

I photographed  a Common Kingfisher at the same spot where the Waterhens were, and another on a bank of the canal.
                                                           Common Kingfisher, Alcedo atthis

This  Cormorant( whetherLittle, Indian or Great I don't know) was by the canal too.

                                                       ? Cormorant
I saw quite a large, mixed, flock of Scaly-breasted and White-rumped Munias today near the canal too, but I only managed to capture  one Scaly-breasted Munia

                                       Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata

There was a couple of Rose-ringed Parakeets on a tree this morning by the road I use to reach our hospital, and one was very obliging.

Finally, a Purple-rumped Sunbird that I captured in a neighbor's garden. 

                                               Purple-rumped Sunbird ,Leptocoma zeylonica

A post for World Bird Wednesday.