Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Nature Notes/More From Deepor Beel

The Golden Birdwing
I was back in the vicinity of Deepor Beel on Saturday. The sight of all the fabulous winged creatures that I had seen and photographed on my last visit kept haunting me so I had to go back again!!

The swallowtails were there again but this time their wings never stopped moving!! But I caught the patterns on the lower portion of this Golden Birdwing butterfly.
A dragonfly rests on a large dried leaf

And the carpenter bees are fond of the Rattlepod blooms/Crotalaria retusa. My reference book Common Book Of Indian Wild Flowers by Isaac Kehimkar says that gregarious patches of this shrub are common along river banks and fields. Bruised and dried plants are attractive to milkweed butterflies like Tigers and Crows, as a source of an alkoloid essential for their reproduction. The flowering period is from September to April.

A Common Sailer butterfly on a lantana bush and the wings of this dragonfly shimmers in the afternoon sun.

Two red-vented bulbuls on a bare tree. This tree also seems to be the favourite perch of bee-eaters.

A pleasant surprise to see when the picture loaded that it had the Golden Birdwing butterfly as well as the Common Picture wing dragonfly in one shot.

Around our house.

Spotted Dove nesting on one of the lamps in our balcony
Now that our cooler season will be here, I noticed this Shrike yesterday on the wires next to our house. They are said to move to warmer climes during the winter. Looks like I'll be seeing them around for a longer period of time since it's only September now.

And I was pleasantly surprised to see this Spotted Dove nesting on one of our lamps. This is on a balcony upstairs outside a guest room that isn't used often. I hope I'll be able to take some good shots of the young later.

There's more in store on Nature Notes at Michelle's Rambling Woods.


eileeninmd said...

Wow, wonderful nature shots. I love your pretty butterflies and the dragonflies are awesome captures too. Great collection of bird sightings. Awesome photos, thanks for sharing.

Bob Bushell said...

Beautiful images, butterflies, dragonflies and the birds.

Hanne Bente said...

Beautiful photo series showing :)
Hanne Bente

antigonum cajan said...

What a beautiful post!

Greetings from the most documented

Carver said...

Wonderful shots of the butterflies, dragonflies, bees and birds.

Sylvia K said...

What marvelous, delightful captures! I do love the butterflies, but they are all beautiful!

Flogistix said...

wow... really fantastic pictures of wildlife. . .you're a great photographer. . .thanks a lot for showing that view.
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'Tsuki said...

The first butterfly is so amazing ! I have never seen one of those !

Sheri - Creative Spaces of S. Fla. said...

Incredible photos! Thanks for sharing what nature looks like where you live, very beautiful! :)

Happy Gardening & best wishes,


Loredana Donovan said...

Love the butterflies and dragonfly! Visiting from Nature Notes :)

lotusleaf said...

Astonishing pattern on the golden birdwing butterfly! I have come across the Southern Birdwing, which doesn't have this stunning pattern. All your pictures are beautiful. No wonder, you want to go again and again to the Beel!

Pat said...

Gorgeous nature shots! Hope to see some Spotted Dove babies. She's a beautiful bird.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh what a range of insects and birds you have..lovely for Nature Notes..Thank you for your good thoughts regarding my Mother... Michelle

Caroline Gill said...

Thank you, Kanak, for your kind comments. Your Golden Birdwing photograph is utterly stunning! We had a plaeasant surprise today when we were out and about - and saw more dragonflies airborne at one time than I have ever seen anywhere before ... a late summer treat!