Showing posts with label Winged Jewel. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Winged Jewel. Show all posts

Critters of T G Halli Reservoir

 'T G Halli Reservoir' is located on the Bangalore Magadi Highway. Entry to the dam is possible only with prior permission from Cauvery Bhavan, located in Bangalore. Yet, there are many ways of enjoying its surroundings.This place is a heaven for bird watchers and nature lovers. 
Peacock Pansy
Common Castor
Plain Tiger
Plain Orange Tip
Stale Flash
White Hairy Caterpillar
Praying Mantis
Stick Case Pupae

Just Like That -2

  Below is the compilation of a few more of our favorite captures (Click here for Part1).
The Full Moon
Straight As An Arrow
Pleasant Drive
Wild Flower
Purple Leaf  (Ventral Side)
A Fern
Wild Flower
Ground Beetle
Pill Millipede
Damsel Fly
Monitor Lizard
Waiting for the prey
Back to Home
Lovely Sunset

Winged Jewel : Hoopoe

   The  Common Hoopoe  is a colorful and distinctive bird known for its fan-like crest . The bird derives its name from its soft "poop! poop!" cry and can be seen singly or in pairs, often around human inhabitation and feeds by digging in the ground .
Crest Open

Winged Jewel : Black Winged Stilt

 "Black Winged Stilt" (Wiki) is one of our favourite birds because of its long  pink legs. This bird is usually found near water bodies. Though it has a reputation of being shy, this time it seemed very friendly and gave us an opportunity to captures its various moods. 
Meal Time
Its Walky time after the meal!
The above picture was shot near Rushikulya beach ,Orissa. The beach is known for its mass nesting of Olive Ridley Turtles during January - March.
Identification Guide : A field Guide to the Birds of India, by Krys Kazmierczak   
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Winged Jewel : Ashy Crowned Lark

       Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark  (wiki) is a common bird found in stone areas with sparse scrub, dry cultivation, sandy riverbeds and dry tidal mudflats. Though we have spotted this bird many a times, this trip gave us an opportunity to photograph the bird. Below are some captures of the lark's photo shoot!

Ashy Crowned Sparrow Lark (Male)

Handsome! Ain't I?

  This bird was spotted near Devaragudda , Haveri district.

Identification Guide : A field Guide to the Birds of India, by Krys Kazmierczak  

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Critters of Thodikana

         The trek to Devaragundi waterfalls gave us a wonderful opportunity to sight various magnificent life forms. Most of these are endemic to this region (western ghats) .
        Butterflies are always the most interesting and colorful creatures to spot. Though we have spotted Malabar Banded Peacock  many times , this was the first time it posed for us, though for a few seconds. Usually its a very busy butterfly giving us less opportunity to capture it .
Malabar Banded Peacock
Malabar Banded Peacock (Swallow Tailed)
Common Fourring
Malabar Raven
          Scientific Names of the Butterflies in the above photos :
1 Malabar Banded Peacock : Papilio buddha (Belongs to family :Papilionidae) Endemic
2 Common Fourring :Ypthima huebneri (Belongs to family :Nymphalids)
3 Malabar Raven : Papilio dravidarum (Belongs to family :Papilionidae) Endemic

   The various life forms spotted by us :
Spirostrepid Millipede
Pill Millipede (Endemic)
Damsel Fly
 Green Damsel
Long Legged Flies
Hoppers at Work
    Lovely place to trek and wonderful waterfalls, looks magical especially during monsoons and post monsoon.

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The Winged Jewels of KWLS

        KWLS is home to a variety of insects. It is an ideal environment since insects thrive under moist conditions and the flora here is in abundance.
        Among the insect groups, moths and butterflies come under a large group called Lepidoptera ( scaly wing). Though moths and butterflies are similar, they differ externally. The antennae of butterflies are slender with  clubbed tip while those of a moth can range from feathery or hairlike to even club shaped. India is home to about 1500 species of butterflies. Butterflies can vary in shape , color and size.
       Presently, butterflies are classified into two super-families, of which  hesperioidea has all the skippers, while papilionoidea includes the rest, the true butterflies. 
     Hesperioidea (Skippers) : The rapid bounding flight of these butterflies has given them their name . These are intermediate for true butterflies and true moths . Skippers of two types -one type hold their wings open flat when settled  and others usually alight with their wings completely closed. This consist of a single family of Hesperiidae
Small Branded Swift Skipper
      Papilionoidea: This consist of 4 families , Papilionidea, Pieridae, Nymphalidae and Lycaenidae.
      Papilionidea(Swallow tails): Truly the most spectacular group of Butterflies. This group not only has the largest butterfly, the southern birdwing, but also handsome species, the Paris peacock. Most among this group have tailed hind wings, hence the popular name Swallow tails . 
Lime Butterfly  Open
Lime butterfly closed
       Pieridae(White and Yellows): These are commonly called white and yellows because of their wing are mainly white or yellow . The undersides of the wings of some these butterflies have cryptic marking, with only tip or apex of the fore wing visible .
Common Gull
Common Jezebel
      Lycaenidae(Blues): The largest family of butterflies, having some of the prettiest and smallest butterflies. A majority of these butterflies have blue upper sides, though there are species with other colors too . A good lot of them have thread like tails at their hind wings ranging from small tufts to long fluffy hairs . 
Stale Flash Butterfly
      Nymphalidae (Brush footed Butterflies): The first pair of legs is much reduced in size. These legs are covered with long hairs, appear like brushes . Being so small , the fore legs are useless and Nymphalids use only four legs to perch and to walk .
Blue Pansy Butterfly
Common Bush Brown
Common Evening Brown
Male Danaid Egg Fly Butterfly open
Male Danaid Egg fly Butterfly closed
Long Brand Bush Brown
Small Long Brand Bush brown
Plain Tiger
Scientific Names of the Butterflies in the photos :
1 Small branded swift skipper  : Pelopidas mathias
2 Lime butterfly : Papilio demoleus .
3 Common gull: Cepora nerissa .
4 Common Jezebel: Delias eucharis .
5 Stale flash blue butterfly : Rapala manea .
6 Blue pansy butterfly : Jumonia orithiya .
7 Common bush brown : Mycalesis perseus .
8.Common evening brown : Melanitis leda  .
9.Danaid egg fly : Hypolimnas misippus .
10. Long brand bush brown : Mycalesis visala . 
11. Small long brand bush brown : Mycalesis igilia .
12.Plain tiger : Danaus chrysippus.

All these were photographed at Kaundinya Wildlife Sanctuary .

Reference used :
1. The book of Indian Butterflies ,written by  Issac Kehimkar and  Published by Bombay Natural History Society .

To be continued with more photos .............