Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Nature Notes/Regeneration

 In some of my earlier posts I had lamented about how the empty plot of land near our house has been filled up with tons of soil and that apartments were coming up. But since the builders are probably waiting for some more time, it's been wonderful for the bees, the birds and the butterflies. Regeneration of grasses and other wild plants have been quick and I captured this bit of verdure from my balcony. There are several grasses with seeds and the other day I saw a flock of chestnut-tailed starlings feeding on them.
 There are many butterflies flitting about and the most prominently seen are the Peacock and Gray Pansy butterflies. I'm not too sure which one this is but looks like it's calling it a day at 3.30 pm.
My bachelor buttons are still attracting quite a few pollinators and this albatross butterfly is one of the regulars.
Scaly-breasted Munia (juvenile)
With all the grass seeds in abundance, could the seed-eaters be far behind? It was exciting to see a new bird in our area. My reference book titled Common Birds of the Indian Subcontinent by Ananda Banerjee says that this is the Scaly-breasted Munia/Lonchura punctulata. A small but active bird that feeds mainly on seeds. The adult has a dark stubby bill, brown upper parts and darker brown head. The underparts are white with scaly markings. The juvenile has lighter underparts.
It remains to be seen how long this patch of green will survive. But I'm glad that this period has given solace to so many wonderful creatures, however ephemeral that may be.

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19 comments:

Laura said...

such beauty here...what a lovely bird!

Maboe said...

Beautiful pictures!

lotusleaf said...

Oh Kanak, I am so glad that the construction work on the swamp has stopped at least for the time being, so that we can see and enjoy your photos of the winged visitors! The butterflies you show are quite rare in these parts.The munias are regular visitors in my garden, but I'm hardly able to snap them:(

Sylvia K said...

So much beauty indeed, Kanak!! The butterfly is exquisite!! Thanks for sharing!!

Crafty Green Poet said...

lovely bird and butterflies! It's a shame when wild land is built on but it's nice that at least the area is getting some time to regenerate naturally

bettyl said...

Those are some things of beauty from the landfill. Great shots.

eileeninmd said...

Pretty bird and butterflies! great captures. Thanks for sharing!

Rambling Woods said...

Kanak..I am so behind on my blog visits, but I want to thank you for the kind comments regarding my Mother's illness..It is our hope too that Mom passes soon as it is no quality of life for her at all and it hard to control her pain...Michelle

ShySongbird said...

Nature really is amazing Kanak, thankfully, it never takes long to regenerate when left to its own devices. Lovely to see another bird which I am not familiar with and the Albatross butterfly which is also new to me and is my favourite photo on this post.

Rambling Woods said...

Oh I know just how you feel..so much precious land is being taken and I feel so badly for the wildlife.. beautiful butterflies and I too love seeing a new bird as it is so exciting..Michelle

Loredana Donovan said...

The albatross butterfly is so pretty. I love the composition of that photo. Beautiful :)

Dianne said...

I hope the builders lost their funding :)

wonderful photos

Maple Lane said...

Kanak, It has been so long but I found your blog again. You were one of my first blog friends! I know we both always shared a love of butterflies. Hope you and your family are well. Mildred (used to be Nalley Valley)

Wendy said...

What lovely shots of the butterflies. They look absolutely majestic and graceful somehow. I'm glad you are enjoying the green space and hope the builders don't build for a long long long time!
Hugs

Pattu Raj said...

Lovely pictures and pleasing butterfly. One is never tired of looking at such gems form nature.
Thanks for sharing.

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Stiletto said...

I love th photo of the albatross butterfly on the faded bachelor buttons against the blue sky. Hope this little oasis beside your house will prevail.

ShySongbird said...

Hello Kanak, I just popped over to wish you and your loved ones a very Happy and Healthy New Year and to say I do hope all is well with you, I have missed your posts and hope you are just taking a blogging break and will return to blogland when you are ready :-)

Kalantikan said...

Hi Kanak, we have not been visiting each other for sometime. I miss your style of writing and your butterflies! Happy New Year!