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Trekking at Turahalli


Last Sunday morning, we visited Turahalli mini forest in Bangalore for a bird watching trek. It turned out to be quite a rewarding trek in terms of wildlife we were able to see. Here's a photo tour...

First sighting of a stunning Tortoise shell beetle...


Milkweed bug...


Friends were looking around in the green for birds and bugs...


Jungle Babbler in flight...


Here's a closeup of Jungle babbler...


Recently shed cuticle after a Praying Mantis moult...


Oriental White Eye...











Blister beetle...


Peacock flew down  from a tall tree...


Mushroom...



Giant Wood Spider...




Common Leopard butterfly...


Aristolochia flowers have a specialized pollination mechanism. The plants are aromatic and their strong scent attracts insects. The inner part of the perianth tube is covered with hairs, acting as a fly-trap. These hairs then wither to release the fly, covered with pollen...


Canopy...


Showstopper of the day was a peacock who danced quite freely...


























A looper caterpillar pulls its body into loops as it moves because it lacks the first two or three pairs of ventral prolegs. Therefore looping is the best means of progression and this movement gives its  name - Inch Worm because it measure off one inch as it progresses...



Bee hive...


Hoverfly on Lantana flower...



Camouflage...





Bagworm moths build small protective cases in which they can hide...


Caterpillar of a Common Rose butterfly...


A juvenile Common Rose butterfly. The orange patterns will turn red soon...



Grasshopper...


Ashy Prinia...



Mushroom...





Common Crow pupa. The butterfly uses a liquid which softens the shell of the chrysalis to help make its way out...


Argyreia cuneata also known as Purple morning glory...




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Tawny Coster butterfly...





Short horned Gaudy Grasshopper...


Jungle Babbler...





30 comments:

  1. I had no idea Mantises molt!

    That Tortoise Shell Beetle is amazing...

    Great shots.

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  2. I'd be RUNNING from that bee hive for sure!!

    Beautiful photos as always. [love the in flight close up]

    Thanks for joining us this week at I'd Rather B Birdin'.

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  3. Wow..beautiful photos ๐Ÿ‘ Excellent photography ๐Ÿ‘ Thanks for sharing ๐Ÿ™‚

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  4. Always in awe of your detailed photos. Love the different perspectives of the peacock.

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  5. Amazing tour. So beautiful photos, congratulation.

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  6. Wow your photos are stunning X #pointshoot

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  7. OMG that beehive! I would have been very scared. I love your pictures of birds in flight. I really like the wings. Brilliant as always. Thank you for linking up to #PointShoot ๐Ÿ“ธ

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  8. The Jungle Babbler in flight is magnificent.

    Thank you for sharing!

    - Lisa

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  9. Again a beautiful series. Love the butterflies...and the peacock is majestic!

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  10. Amazing <3 !!! The 'open' wings of the birds look really stunning!

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  11. Absolutely loved all the photos. Every one of them is unique, Shiju.

    My post for the week is here: https://theskygirl.com/2018/07/10/are-you-ready/

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  12. Your photography is amazing. I enjoy seeing the different nature that your country has and some that we have the same. SO interesting.

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  13. Absolutely amazing shots, every one of them. Especially loved the peacock, but I loved them all. Alana ramblinwitham.blogspot.com

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  14. Fabulous photographs, how wonderful...

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  15. The amazing forms of life.... <3.
    Your photos are breathtaking... It is as if time stopped for a second to show nature's greatness.
    have a wonderfull WW!! :)

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  16. beautiful pictue of nature. I know I would love to walk among the trees.
    Coffee is on

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  17. What an amazing nature walk. Every picture is awe-inspiring! Many new (to me) birds and insects. And, though I have seen peacocks, the pictures of them in the wild are my favorites. Gorgeous, especially love the flight shot.

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  18. Wonderful post! Great nature photography.

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  19. You've shared so many amazing photos today! I love the peacock in flight and speaking of fleeing...the bee hive scares me! Love your amazing photos! Enjoy getting out in nature and thanks for sharing!

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  20. Such amazing photos! The variety and number of insects are so interesting to see, and your action shots of the birds are exquisite!

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  21. The Tortoise Beetle is a new one for me. Great detail on your shots, as always. I love seeing the Peacocks. I have always wanted a pair for our farm, but I understand they are quite noisy. Thank you for linking up today!

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  22. We are blessed to share our world with so many delightful critters #PointShoot

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  23. These photos are incredible... they are so clear and vivid. I am extremely impressed with the first photo and the bird hovering to land. Thanks for the share. Hope you have a nice weekend. Keep up the posts.
    World of Animals

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  24. Hello, amazing macros of the insects. Beautiful birds and butterflies. The White-eye is a beautiful. The bees nest looks scary. I love the view of the trail and forest. Thank so much for linking up and sharing your post. Happy Saturday, enjoy your weekend!

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  25. Wow, your photographs are just stunning. Love the oriental white eye, very interesting white eye. Great series of pics.

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