Wednesday, January 19, 2011

A Few Days of Sun Has Brought Many Critters To The Open

Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica)Image by roosterfeather via FlickrThe topic of this post is different from what I said it would be on my last post,but the originally intended content is included,plus some more.Apparently the consistent downpour that caused so many trouble is over,and the last few days has been warm,humid and sunny. I've observed and photographed a variety of creatures during this time,and here they are.This Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica) was the recent for the originally intended post title, Quack Quack!   I didn't know of these till I saw this post by my blogger friend Amila.  I was on the look for this one ever since, till I finally saw this one floating in  small tank at a village a little off from Kurunegala

Scaly-breasted Munia(Lonchura punctulata)Image by roosterfeather via FlickrA small flock of  Scaly-breasted Munia, Lonchura punctulata were near a paddy filed yesterday,eating the seeds of some tall grass. I couldn't focus on their face though,I'd try my luck again.  


Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis)Spotted Dove (Spilopelia chinensis) are nesting, and I see some incubating and building nests at my workplace. I tried to capture one carrying a twig in the beak, but failed. But I got this shot.  

Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)Red-wattled Lapwings (Vanellus indicus) are clearly enjoying the sunny weather too.

Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)Ever-present Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis) is seen in both small flocks as well as individuals pecking parasites off grazing cows and buffaloes.  

Little Egret (Egretta garzetta)Image by roosterfeather via Flickr

I photographed this Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) today as I walked home after work. They seem to prefer being in water.

Indian Pond Heron or  (Ardeola grayii)Image by roosterfeather via Flickr

Last Sunday morning allowed me to capture this Indian Pond Heron or (Ardeola grayii).

Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis)Image by roosterfeather via Flickr This Oriental Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis), like the Spotted Dove, is from within my working place premises.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              Butterflies  have been plentiful around here too. This one is a Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon).

Common Pierrot (Castalius rosimon)                                                  

Common Grass Yellow butterflies have found my Sesbania grandiflora plant,there are a few caterpillars and a pupa already.

Pink Skimmer(Orthetrum  pruinosum)Dragonflies and damsels have also appeared in considerable numbers, with notably many juveniles. This Pink Skimmer(Orthetrum  pruinosum) is from my garden.  

I saw this marsh dancer on a plant in a foot path leading to a paddy field.Marsh Dancer ( Onychargia atrocyana)

Water striderAllow me to finish this post with this water strider from my garden pond. Could you guys tell me the binomial name? I've got some more photos, but it's 1.40 a.m. and I can't go on. Stay put, take care! 

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  1. Really great pictures! I wish I could have some of them roaming around near me.

  2. Hi Comment1,Thank you,I'm sure some of these creatures are found in Hong Kong too.

  3. "water strider from my garden pond."

    could you tell me how they breed?
    sometime back they appeared in our garden pond - loads of them lived happily for a while. Then they all dissapeared. I assumed it was the torrential rain. few months later a few are back again.
    Our pond is in the meda midula right in the middle of colombo, so i am wondering how they suddenly appear in the water.

    I guess they are no problem to the little fish..?


  4. Hi Surajith,Thank you!
    Hi Anonymous, I too wonder how they breed and appear out of no where all of a sudden in the pond. I'll share of I find out. I don't think they harm fish,definitely not. But some fish might get them!

  5. Seems like you had a great day, I've seen all of those birds in various parts of tropical and subtropical Asia (except the munia).............I could do with some tropical weather now actually..................

  6. Hi Stu, Actually I've almost had a great week!:-) Yes I understand you looking for warmer weather,and I wish you would have it soon.


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