Sunday, November 25, 2012

Creepy Crawly

A Giant Millipede, probably belonging to the genus Julus observed at the Leisure Park of Thenmala Ecotourism Project, Kollam.

Upset Mom

A feeding Indian Flying Fox (Pteropus giganteus) mother with her pup on a tree inside the Trivandrum Zoo compound.

Places Wild!

A panoramic view of the Chinnar river (adjacent to Chinnar Wildlife Sanctuary, Idukki district) bordering Kerala and Tamil Nadu, captured with a Sony Cybershot HX200V.

Life will find a Way!

1. A Ficus religiosa (Sacred Fig) sapling taking root on the cement wall of Temple Pond at Sreepadmanabha Swamy Temple, Trivandrum. Shot on 22.11.12 with a Sony Cybershot HX200V.

2. A Ficus sapling, probably Ficus nervosa growing hung from the roof of Trivandrum Zoo entrance!

Ghost Crab

A Sand Crab or Ghost Crab (Ocypode sp.) seen at the Veli Beach, Trivandrum. Ghost crabs are so called because of their pale colouration which merges with the colour of the sand and also beacuse they are nocturnal in habits.

Taken with Nikon D80 in December 2011.

Saddle Back

A Saddleback (Adult male with a grey patch on his back) Nilgiri Tahr (Nilgiritragus hylocrius) at Rajamala, Iravikulam National Park.

It is an ungulate endemic to the southern part of the Western Ghats, especially Nilgiris and hence the name. Nilgiri Tahr is the state animal of Tamil Nadu.

Saturday, November 24, 2012


Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) in Flight. From Ranganathittoo, Karnataka.

Night Heron

A Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) caught in broad daylight! Captured with a Nikon D40 from Ranganathittoo, Mysore.

Stepping Stone

A small step for River Tern (Sterna aurantia), but a giant leap for Bird-kind! Shot with Nikon D40 from Ranganathittoo Bird Sanctuary, Mysore.

Stray Feathers

1. Pied Bush Chat (Saxicola caprata) male resting on his perch at Rajamala (Iravikulam National park, Munnar). Taken on 19 November 2012.

2. Malabar Whistling Thrush (Myophonus horsfieldii) near Silver Cascade waterfalls in Kodaikanal, Tamil Nadu on 20.11.2012. One of my first and best shots at this elusive songster!

Both the pictures taken with a Sony Cybershot DSC HX200V bridge camera.

3. Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher (Culicicapa ceylonensis) framed from Rajamala, Munnar in November 2011. It took numerous trials with my Nikon D80 and Tamron 70-300 to get a decent shot.

4. An early morning shot of Magpie Robin (Copsychus saularis) from St. Theresa's College, Ernakulam. Captured with the D80 in 2011.

5. A White-cheeked or Small Green Barbet (Megalaima viridis) trying to merge with the greenery around St. Theresa's College, Ernakulam.

6. A lone Dabchick or Little Grebe (Tachybaptus ruficollis) sailing on the calm, still waters of Kodaikanal lake on 20.11.12

7. Indian Pond Heron or Paddybird (Ardeola grayii) photographed inside the Trivandrum Zoo premises.

8. Photograph of a Black-crowned Night Heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) from Trivandrum Zoo premises.

9. A Little Cormorant (Phalacrocorax niger) photographed near the temple pond at Sreepadmanabha Swamy Temple, Thiruvananthapuram.