Sunday, October 28, 2012

Sarjapura – 4th Sunday outing of the Bird Watchers Field Club of Bangalore (BWFB)

Lanius vittatus 1The Sunday walk this week was at Sarjapura, a small extended part of Bangalore,  better known for its International Schools. the walk started early, 0630 hrs at Sarjapura which being about 40 + kilometers from home, necessitated leaving the house at an unearthly hour of 0515 hours.

Reaching Sarjapura, we (my elder cousin Sister and me) met up with a few of the birders and started walking the inner trails of this village that no longer was one…





Athene brama 1Almost after starting we encountered a tree with a pair of  spotted owlets (Athene brama). These cute birds looked at us curiously, as to who was disturbing their snooze, after what was probably a night filled with gorging on lizards and rats.

One flew away almost immediately and one boldly gazed down, challenging me to photograph him…

Athene brama 2


Moving ahead, we came upon a banyan tree which was host to several birds including a sleeping spotted owlet & a paradise fly-catcher.





A beautiful Lineblue (Nacaduba sp.) butterfly was sunbathing in a corn field….

 Green Bee-eaters



A pair of green bee-eaters kept us entertained with their antics…





A shy kingfisher decided it was camera shy and fled from the scene…


    Leopard Butterfly


A leopard butterfly was not camera shy and gave several poses like a professional model….




The Brown Shrike, a visitor, who breeds in Central Asia comes down south when the weather gets too cold for frolicking ….






A pretty spotted dove sunbathed  on the top of the tree …




A lovely lemon pansy basking in all its glory …




 Chilades pandava



  A Plains Cupid (Chilades pandava) relaxing on a dew filled leaf…






A male Baya Weaver (Ploceus philippinus) taking a break from the initial nest building. The male builds half a nest and then invites the female to inspect it. If she likes it, then they both complete the nest together….


Athene brama 3




Our first spotted owlet woke up and glared at us for disturbing his sleep :-)



   Lanius vittatus








Captured another Bay-backed Shrike (Lanius vittatus) on the return walk, and this time managed to get some really clear photos….






Acraea terpsicore

And finally, just before we left, we saw a piece of land teeming with these Tawny Coster (Acraea terpsicore) butterflies….


All in all, it was a great day of birding and butterfly watching and great fun…

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Hebbal Lake 21.10.12

An invite from the Birdwatchers' Field Club of Bangalore for a Sunday Birdwatching trip made me realise it was ages since i went on a structured birdwatching trip. Although I was unable to proceed to the trip planned to Indluwadi Cross, Bannerghatta-Anekal Road, i went on a short trip to Hebbal Lake, which was closer.



Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)









Purple Moorhen (Porphyrio porphyrio) also called Purple Swamphen












Intermediate Egret (Mesophoyx intermedia)








Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Ardeola grayii)






Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis) (sometimes Little Green Bee-eater)













Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)







Crimson Rose (Atrophaneura hector)






Ditch Jewel  (Brachythemis contaminata)_MG_8048





Graphium sarpedon (Common Bluebottle)

Friday, October 19, 2012

Midnight visitor

The house was being locked up for the night when I spied this visitor on some silk drapes. Grabbing my camera, I managed to capture a few good photos before the visitor was taken in a net and left free outside….

Oleander Hawk-moth 

For more details, click on the image….

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Blues butterfly….

To most of my friends, I am known as the butterfly guy. I end up finding butterflies wherever I go…

This little one was seen sitting on my balcony, early in the morning,


identification of these Lycaenidae is difficult, and identification has been sought from the experts, Indian Foundation for Butterflies.

_MG_7916A follow up post shall be written after the identification is confirmed.