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Sundown at Santa Cruz, California

These sundown moments were captured at Santa Cruz, West Cliff Drive, Natural Bridges State Beach, California.

The only grievance…. I couldn’t get the view through the natural bridge arches.

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Sunset in the city

Captured these glorious sunset scenes outside Kempegowda International Airport, Bangalore.

Shots were taken just before entering the Trumpet flyover from airport side.

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Sunset at Aluva, over River Periyar

Starting a new series of Photoblog…. the romantic Sunsets from far and near….

A picture is worth a thousand words! So please enjoy these pictures  🙂

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Jungle Crow

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Jungle crow

Jungle crow (Corvus macrorhynchos ) or Indian jungle crow can be distinguished from the House crow by the absence of  grey neck. The glossy plumage and large bill are other characteristics. Irrespective of the name, they are seen all over cities and towns.

A lovely pair of the Jungle crow has built a nest on a tree next to my house and the couple is going steady since a few years!

I have seen them raising chicks of the Asian koel, which is a brood parasite.

The crow family is not much afraid to have a drink on my terrace and they sit and chat, never minding my presence 😊

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On my terrace
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A pensive mood…
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Seal with a kiss….love you

Tailed Palmfly

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Tailed palmfly

Tailed palmfly (Elymnias caudata) is a dweller of my garden and is seen in pairs during breeding season.  They appear brown while resting but when they take off, bright orange colour of the upper side of the hind wings is displayed.

As the name suggests, this butterfly prefers palm trees as host plant for the young ones. They are real gluttons and many times destroy the ornamental palm trees in my garden.

There is a tail-like projection on vein 4 of the hind wing that distinguishes these from Common palmfly.

These are pictured in my garden.

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The darker one is the male
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Caterpillar- on the underside of a palm leaf
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Emerging from pupa

Some Iridescent Bugs

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Cuckoo wasp

‘Every realm of nature is marvelous’…that is what Aristotle said! Each living thing is beautiful and divine.

Though bugs, they are so beautiful. I am referring to these iridescent insects with their lovely colouration. I have captured a few from my garden. They are in fact the jewels of nature.

The pictures may not be of great quality; still presenting them here. I am really fascinated by them.

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Jewel bug
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Japanese beetle
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Blue bottle fly

 

Tailed Jay

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A Tailed Jay on white Ixora

A lively butterfly, Tailed jay (Graphium agamemnon) is plentiful around my garden. Strong and restless fliers, they flutter their wings constantly even when at flowers. This makes it difficult to photograph them; I have managed a few shots though…

The butterflies generally fly among the tree-tops but descend to ground level in search of flowers or host plants.

The tailed jay, is a predominantly green and black tropical butterfly that belongs to the swallowtail family. It is a common, non-threatened species.

These pictures are captured in my garden at different times. The last picture is that of the butterfly at rest, a very uncommon sight!

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Resting….may be old-age

Rose-ringed Parakeet

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A male parakeet

These lovely birds with gorgeous green plumage land on my Caesalpinia plant in the morning and evening. They spend a lot of time eating the beans; looks like their favourite food!

The rose-ringed parakeet (Psittacula krameri) is sexually dimorphic. The adult male sports a red or black neck ring and the female show no neck rings or a very faded ring.

They have adapted well to the environmental changes of deforestation and urbanization and are considered the least threatened.

Here are a few of their pictures, enjoying on my Caesalpinia, with their characteristic screeching sounds.

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Enjoying Caesalpinia beans on a rainy day
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And its a mouthful…
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A couple- a late evening shot

 

Loten’s Sunbird

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Loten’s sunbird male

This cute little bird couple is a regular visitor to my garden. They have made a nearby shrub their home.

Its long bill distinguishes Loten’s sunbird (Cinnyris lotenius) from the similar purple sunbird. More over the males have a reddish maroon breast band. I feel, for a layman the easy way to identify a female is when they appear as couple.

Like other sunbirds, it feeds on nectar and small insects. They build characteristic  nests using cobwebs and delicate twigs.

The male bird sings beautifully and the pair keeps on ‘chatting’ while moving around. They are too active and capturing their pictures needs patience.

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Male bird among the foliage
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Female of the species
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She was feeding nectar

 

Garden Snail

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Garden snail

A very common and widespread species, the garden snail is a typical land snail. I have seen two varieties in my garden. The one in the first picture has a designer shell and black lines on the body.

The next two pictures show another variety of garden snail, with plain shell and undecorated body.

Garden snail is mainly nocturnal, but it will emerge during the day after rain. It moves by means of a muscular foot; the mucus secreted by the foot aids with movement .

Garden snail spends the day, often in groups, beneath stones and other structures. It hibernates through the winter in similar locations .They can be serious pests of gardens.

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Different species of garden snail
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Hibernating or sleeping?!