Saturday, September 19, 2009

Village ponds are full, grass is green and flowering

I have yet to see Crested Serpent Eagle of this season, they usually arrive by September end and stay here till March end. Paddyfield are looking rich green, tall grass thickets along the ponds, the canals and the countryside roads are bursting in silky white flowers. Birds, particularly, sparrows, weavers will feed on the seeds of these flower heads towards the end of October, which will keep them well fed till February.
On a babul tree near the flooded paddyfield, I saw a pair of Spot-breasted Munias taking nesting material to their nest. Did hear their musical calls. A Sarus Pair in the paddyfield crouching low, Black Ibises in good numbers. This Little Cormorant looked pretty on a dry tree, trying to dry its wings. Lot of butterflies all around.

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Dog eats Peacock

Mohamedabad, Sonepat last winter - these are poor guys. They kill whatever comes their way, and dogs assist them.
Last winter, village Bayanpur, Sonepat.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

After the rains - countryside, 13th Sep 09.

The juvenile Indian Spotted Eagle has now nearly grown up and ready for the maidan jump off the nest.
Electricity transsmission line passing over the canals, near the bridge, is a favourite perch for the Streak-throated Swallows.
Eurasian Marsh Harrier, adult male, probing the inaundated crops for meal.
Pheasant-tailed Jacana and the chick.
Lovely creature. This greenish insect enjoying juice of the lush green vegetation.

Can someone name this insect? Isn't this beautiful !
Village pond full of water, this one belongs to Fatehpur village, Sonepat.

This Black-breasted Weaver was getting agitated, over his nest.
Juvenile of Indian Spotted Eagle, preening with pleasure.