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Critters from my garden

I am posting here after a month. COVID-19 is spreading like wildfire in Bangalore and I am not stepping out. Today after lunch, I saw a beautiful footman moth in my terrace garden. I decided to have a closer look with my Macro lens and check out other critters. Here are a few critters I saw before the sun forced me in... 

Here's Nepita conferta - the footman moth...








One really tiny shield bug...



This one was almost invisible...


Then saw this really colourful long-legged fly...


Another angle...


A grasshopper...


I could find some moth eggs in the underside of a leaf...

An assassin bug?





Common housefly...









A shield bug...








Show stopper of  the day was this Indian Green tortoise beetle...













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Monarch and the chicks

Last Saturday, I happened to see the nesting activity of a Black-naped Monarch. Here are a few pics. 

Utmost care should be taken to avoid any harm to the birds during nesting season when they are most vulnerable.

Here are a few guidelines to follow during nest photography:
1. Do some research on the bird's and the chicks' behavior, conservation status etc.
2. Observe and read any signs of distress or fear.
3. Use telephoto lens and shoot from a distance.
4. Protect nest from predators and don't disturb the surroundings.


The black-naped monarch or black-naped blue flycatcher is a slim and agile passerine bird belonging to the family of monarch flycatchers found in southern and south-eastern Asia. They are sexually dimorphic, with the male having a distinctive black patch on the back of the head and a narrow black half collar ("necklace"), while the female is duller with olive brown wings and lacking the black markings on the head.

Male Black-naped monarch...






Female inspecting the nest...


Here's a video of the male Black-naped monarch made from a burst...



Some feeding shots...

























I also saw a Tickell's blue flycatcher...



Ended the day with the sighting of a beautiful Little Ringed Plover...



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Birding resumes after lockdown

My last birding trip was on March 14. After being homebound for 3 months due to COVID-19 lockdown, I resumed birding yesterday. Hoskote lake again and what a joy to be there and meet all the lovely birds out there.  Here's a photo tour...

After a week of overcast conditions, the weather decided to smile. Hoskote lake was as cheerful and  inviting as a delicious meal...


A Gray Heron stood stock-still waiting for a fish to pass by. I waited for a while and realized that its patience is far better than mine...


An Intermediate Egret too was focused on fishing...


A Little Grebe emerged with water droplets sticking to it...


An Indian Pond Heron was also focusing with its sharp eyes...


I moved away from the lake and found a Gray-headed Swamphen strolling in the vegetation...


A Paddyfield pipit gulped a worm and I was a bit late to capture the act...


A White-browed Wagtail also moved around looking really busy...


A cute little squirrel was doing Balance Beam gymnastics...


A Red-wattled Lapwing got really agitated on seeing me and started screaming "Pity to do it"....


Then, it flew around screaming aloud...


It came back and sat nearby after a couple of rounds and still screaming. I decided to leave him alone...


It is always nice to see the White-throated Kingfisher...





I saw some activity among the cluster of Baya weaver nests...


A closer look revealed nests at different stages of completion...


A female Baya Weaver turned up after a while, indicating that it has accepted a nest built by a male...


The female Baya Weaver was carrying a strand of grass. The females usually build the interior egg laying chambers...


On the other side, I saw many incomplete nests...


A male Baya Weaver arrived...



He looked around to ensure there's no danger...


An incomplete nest needs attention...


I stood at a distance behind a bush and watched the male Baya weaver meticulously build its nest...









He looks satisfied after a few rounds of touching up...





A Jerdon's Bushlark was singing in sweet whistles...


It was nice to see one more White-browed Wagtail...


A Net-winged beetle...


Back at the lake the Gray heron was still standing still...


An Intermediate egret and a Painted stork almost collided while on their fishing expedition...


Finally, patience paid and the Gray heron got something to eat...


The common water hyacinth is invading a part of the lake and needs weeding. The flowers of the weed are so lovely though...


I saw a juvenile Gray-headed swamphen tailing his mother...


The mother caught a grasshopper and promptly fed the chick...


The Gray-headed swamphen chick looked energized after the small meal...



That was a satisfying birding trip after a long break of 3 months. Hope you liked the post. Please share your thoughts in the comments section below...

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