Saturday, October 17, 2009

My village pond - Diwali morning

Flowery heads of the tall grasses (Kaans) alluring the weavers and the sparrows.
Some kind of wild rice nourishing Black-headed Munias.

National Bird - looking sad at the noise pollusion on the Diwali.
Woolly-necked Stork - does not trust the mankind.

These are Great Cormorants flying southwards from the North.

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.