Saturday, December 7, 2013

Water Birds from Alappuzha

Alappuzha with its wonderful backwaters and paddy fields offers habitat for a wide variety of water birds. 
The photos were taken from paddy fields by the side of road, near Alappuzha.

Indian Pond Heron
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)
Exif : f/7.1, 1/320s, ISO 160, +1/3 step, 450mm, Nikon D7100, Sigma 150-500mm

Monday, November 18, 2013

Pygmy Skimmer Dragonfly

A Pygmy Skimmer dragonfly on the tip of  a leaf.  It is a small dragonfly with only 3 centimeters of length.

Pygmy Skimmer Dragonfly

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Juvenile Sunbird - 2

Just another picture of the cute little bird taken recently - The Juvenile Purple Rumped Sunbird.

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Juvenile Purple Rumped Sunbird

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Common Myna - 2

A few more pictures of this common but beautiful bird - Common Myna.

Saturday, November 2, 2013

Red Pagoda Tree (Krishnakireedam)

I like the vibrancy in colors of this beautiful flower, commonly seen here in the wild. It might have got its name from its pagoda like shape, which is very unique. And in Malayalam it is known as 'Krishnakireedam' (Lord Krishna's Crown). The flower resembles the Crown of Krishna in the temple art form 'Krishnanattam'.

Species: Clerodendrum paniculatum.

Wish you all a very Happy Deepavali.

Red Pagoda Tree (Krishnakireedam)

Friday, November 1, 2013

Indian Palm Squirrel - 2

This was a juvenile Indian Palm Squirrel. So cute to see.

Juvenile Indian Palm Squirrel

Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Red Dragonfly

Took these pictures when this beautiful red dragonfly was perched on the tip of a bougainvillea branch. I think it is probably a Greater Crimson Glider.

Red Dragonfly

Black Rumped Flameback - 2

Sharing some more pictures of the colorful Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker taken recently. Hope you will like them.

Black Rumped Flameback

Saturday, October 26, 2013

Yellow Dragonfly

Just another picture of a dragonfly after a long time. How is it?


Thursday, October 24, 2013

Loten's Sunbird (Male)

Loten's Sunbird - one of the two frequent visitors here, the other being Purple Rumped Sunbird
Got these pictures after waiting for a long time, as the little bird is very restless in behaviour. 

Loten's Sunbird

Friday, October 18, 2013

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo - 2

Here are some more pictures of this interesting bird - Greater Racket Tailed Drongo.
Also see my Flickr Photostream for more photos.

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Rufous Treepie - 2

Here are some more pictures of the beautiful Rufous Treepie bird. Hope you will like them.

Rufous Treepie

Thursday, October 10, 2013

Monitor Lizard

Here is a different one! A monitor lizard. Took these pictures during the recent visit to Kumarakom. 

Monitor Lizard

Tuesday, October 8, 2013

Greater Coucal - Various Poses

These pictures were taken when the bird was busy cleaning its feathers. See the different poses.

Greater Coucal

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

White Cheeked Barbet - 3

Got another picture of this beautiful bird last day. See how the bird matches with its background. Unlike Mynas, Flycatchers or Drongos, these birds usually don't come down to the ground. So it is comparatively difficult to spot, as they spend more time between the green foliage.  

White Cheeked Barbet (Megalaima viridis)

Exif: f/8.0, 1/160s, ISO 1600, focal length: 450mm.

Monday, September 30, 2013

Oriental Magpie Robin - 2

These are some more pictures of the Oriental Magpie Robin, taken yesterday.
Also see the previous post: Oriental Magpie Robin

Oriental Magpie Robin

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Common Myna

Took this picture while the bird was sitting on a sidewall. Common Myna, also known as Indian Myna is seen in large numbers in villages and suburban areas.

Common Myna

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Indian Palm Squirrel

Indian Palm Squirrel is a common species from rodent family. We often fed it with fruits and cooked food.

Indian Palm Squirrel

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker

Today I am presenting before you the 100th post with this photo of the Black Rumped Flameback!

Black Rumped Flameback Woodpecker

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

Indian Scops Owl

Owls are relatively difficult to spot as they are usually inactive during daytime. Also see how it camouflages with tree trunk!
The photo below was taken when it perched on the Archeria tree in our garden.

Indian Scops Owl

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Blyth's Reed Warbler

This is a not so common bird here, I have seen this only two or three times.  These photos were taken last time when I saw the bird, in February.

About to hop...

Blyth's Reed Warbler

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo is a commonly seen bird here and an interesting one due to the different varieties of calls it makes, it is said that the bird makes around 18 types of calls.

Here is one of my best shot of this bird..

Greater Racket Tailed Drongo

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Photos Available for Purchase

Happy to announce that my photographs are now available to purchase on Red Bubble. Currently only a few of my works are uploaded and is planning to do more. To view the store, please click here or click the image below.  

Photos for Sale

You can also use this link to reach the store.

Monday, September 2, 2013

Photographing Wild Flowers - Violet Asystasia

We often ignore wild plants and flowers. But they have their own special beauty. Take a look at this one below.

Photographing Wild Flowers - Asystasia Dalzelliana

Sunday, August 25, 2013

Juvenile Purple Rumped Sunbird

Today I have some photos of a cute juvenile Purple Rumped Sunbird to share here. In fact these photos are not recent, I took these last February.

Purple Rumped Sunbird -  Juvenile

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Oriental Magpie Robin

Now these are some pictures of Oriental Magpie Robin photographed from the premises itself, glad to share these, after a long gap of one month :)

Oriental Magpie Robin

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Red Whiskered Bulbul is one of the two species of bulbuls commonly seen around in my place. The other one being Yellow Browed Bulbul.

The below photo was taken when the bird was sitting on a rose branch, from a distance of about 8 feet.

Red Whiskered Bulbul

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Common Lime Butterfly

Common lime is just another swallowtail butterfly like common rose and common mormon, but with a difference - common lime does not have tail.

Common Lime Butterfly

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Common Tailorbird

See the pictures of this cute little bird, the Common Tailorbird, which is known for the speciality of their nests.

Common Tailorbird

Friday, May 10, 2013

Rufous Treepie

Rufous Treepie belongs to the crow family and is a common bird in the villages of Kerala.

Rufous Treepie

Sunday, May 5, 2013

Oriental Garden Lizard

I am almost sure that this was an Oriental Garden Lizard, belonging to the family Agamidae. I said 'almost' because of their varying color and appearance. The two photos were taken on two different days.

Sitting on a rock very calmly...

Oriental Garden Lizard

Monday, April 29, 2013

White Cheeked Barbet - 2

Earlier I had posted pictures of the same bird, now this is one more which was taken yesterday. And I hope you all will this too..

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Yellow Browed Bulbul is a cute small bird and is one among the two bulbuls found commonly here, the other being Red Whiskered Bulbul.

Yellow Browed Bulbul

Friday, April 19, 2013

Common Cerulean Butterfly

Common Cerulean is a very small butterfly belonging to the family Lycaenidae. It is a commonly seen one.

Common Cerulean

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Marbled White Moth

Marbled White Moth is a common moth seen in India.

Marbled White Moth

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Purple Rumped Sunbird (Male)

Purple Rumped Sunbird is an attractive and very active little bird . Given here are the photos of the male bird, a frequent visitor to our garden flowers. Recently, I had posted about the female bird, hope you had seen that. If not take a look at that and you can see how different the male and female birds are.

Purple Rumped Sunbird - Male

Friday, March 15, 2013

Forest Skink of Western Ghats

This creature may be familiar to the people in and around the Western Ghats. It is popular in Kerala by the name 'arana' in Malayalam. But its significance is that it is an endemic species. That is, it is confined to the Western Ghats only.

Dussumier's Forest Skink

Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Clipper Butterfly

Clipper is comparatively a large butterfly, almost similar in size to Blue Mormon, but slightly less than that. I see this frequently as it is a daily visitor on the fire bush in our backyard. 

Clipper Butterfly

Sunday, March 10, 2013

Greater Coucal

The Greater Coucal, also known as Crow Pheasant is a beautiful large bird commonly seen in India and other regions of South Asia.

Greater Coucal

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Green Katydid

Found this green Katydid sitting on a Colacasia leaf when I was walking in my backyard one evening.

Green Katydid

Thursday, February 28, 2013

Blue Moon Butterfly

Blue Moon Butterfly, also known as Great Eggfly or Common Eggfly is a medium sized and commonly seen butterfly species in India.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Purple-Rumped Sunbird (Female)

One of the cutest birds I have seen - that is what I have to say about this small bird. The picture below is that of an immature bird, so it is more rounded. 

Sitting lonely on a twig...

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

White Cheeked Barbet

This is a common bird in Southern India, and is an active bird throughout the year.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Chestnut Bob Butterfly

A small yet attractive butterfly commonly found sitting on plant leaves. 

Monday, February 11, 2013

Common Emigrant Butterfly

One of the most common butterflies seen in plenty here. In these pictures they are feeding on a firebush plant. The previous post was about the caterpillar of this butterfly. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Common Emigrant Caterpillar

These are the caterpillars of Common Emigrant Butterfly, which is a very busy flier and is a very common one in Kerala throughout the year.

Common Emigrant Caterpillar

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Signature Spider on a Rainy Day

The name of this colorful spider is Indian Signature, usually seen in the backyards and front yards, and is a common one in the Indian subcontinent.

Signature Spider (Argiope anasuja)

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female) - 2

This is the continuation of my previous post, and here I am sharing some more photos of this beautiful dragonfly.

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female)

Tuesday, January 15, 2013

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female) - 1

These are some photos of the female Common Picture Wing dragonfly, taken from almost the same place where the male was also found. I hope you have already seen my previous post about the male picture wing.

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Female)

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Male)

Common Picture Wing is another dragonfly usually referred as ‘onathumpi’here, as they can be seen in large groups only during Onam season (August – September – October). They are seen during other months also but less in number. Another dragonfly seen during this season is Wandering Glider, about which I had said in the previous post. See that too if you haven’t. 

I took these photos a few months ago, but could post them now only...

Common Picture Wing Dragonfly (Male)