Sunday, October 11, 2009

My village pond this morning

I spent about 2 hours this morning scanning my village pond at Fatehpur village. Water has subsided substantially, water lilies are at their obliging best. Was delighted to see 2 Black-necked Storks, 2 Painted, a few Woolly-necked also, but Openbill were absent. Cormorants were drying their wings, lot of herons. On the peepal tree, I did see a Siberian Chiffchaff, vociferous Clamourous Reed Warblers, Lesser Whitethroats, a few Little Grebes enjoying their 'dive and show up' behaviour. Surprisingly, no tern. Flying Oriental Skylarks pouring melodies from the heavens.
Many weavers were making noise in the tall grasses. By the end of the months, their clouds will be very conspicuous, flying here and there feeding on the flowery heads of these grasses.

Water Lily, small lotus, was the dominant flower of the pond.
This Little Grebe was quite confiding and allowed me to take many a photograph.
Black-necked Stork, a local rarity - there were two of them.
Forgot the name of this butterfly - Peacock Pansy?
This Long-tailed Shrike was quite noisy.


Anonymous said...

Hi Suresh,
Your village pond looks like a naturalist's dream. I have not seen any pond in India that does not have interesting wildlife but your photos and text make it look even more interesting.
Look forward to more interesting posting on your blog.
Best regards,

Suresh C. Sharma said...

Thanks for your kind words.

Kerry said...

You have some great photographs and some wonderfully colourful birds in your area.