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Yet another argument for the theory that some, many or all moths and butterflies are aware of their own complexion and can also identify the same colour on external objects. How else could the various adaptations of camouflage work if these creatures didn't have this awareness...?
This is a wall painted with Red Oxide outside a building of the school I taught in. On its surface, distributed here and there, one would find several Maiden moths (Amata alicia) resting for the day, before becoming active at dusk. If disturbed they wouldn't fly off elsewhere but hover around and perch on a different side of the building...
@richard.couse @surelysuresh @feather_and_cloud  you may find this interesting...
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Maiden moth (Amata alicia)
Kanchipuram
July 2013
#lepidoptera #igclub_butterfly #mothsofinstagram #macro #beautyofnature #naturewriting #nature #camouflage #wondersofnature #naturalist #wildlifeonearth #coloursofnature #presence #observation #urbanfauna #adaptation
Yet another argument for the theory that some, many or all moths and butterflies are aware of their own complexion and can also identify the same colour on external objects. How else could the various adaptations of camouflage work if these creatures didn't have this awareness...? This is a wall painted with Red Oxide outside a building of the school I taught in. On its surface, distributed here and there, one would find several Maiden moths (Amata alicia) resting for the day, before becoming active at dusk. If disturbed they wouldn't fly off elsewhere but hover around and perch on a different side of the building... @richard.couse @surelysuresh @feather_and_cloud you may find this interesting... ___________________________________ Maiden moth (Amata alicia) Kanchipuram July 2013 #lepidoptera  #igclub_butterfly  #mothsofinstagram  #macro  #beautyofnature  #naturewriting  #nature  #camouflage  #wondersofnature  #naturalist  #wildlifeonearth  #coloursofnature  #presence  #observation  #urbanfauna  #adaptation 
"The Bittern Stance"
Note that the Bittern's eyes are placed in such a way that when it holds its head vertically, it switches to binocular vision. It will stay this way till a threat has passed and while it sits among the Reeds, its vertical posture blends well with aquatic vegetation. 
This Cinnamon Bittern is a very secretive creature and prefers sitting in water pools fully enclosed by Marsh reeds on all sides, and one has to cautiously wedge through the vegetation to find one while often scaring it away to the next pool...
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Cinnamon Bittern
March 2016
Chennai
#birding #wingedwonders #bittern #waterbirds #waders #birdlife #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #animalbehaviour #presence #habitats #savewetlands #heron #throwback #morningwalk #monsoon #dawn #marshland
"The Bittern Stance" Note that the Bittern's eyes are placed in such a way that when it holds its head vertically, it switches to binocular vision. It will stay this way till a threat has passed and while it sits among the Reeds, its vertical posture blends well with aquatic vegetation. This Cinnamon Bittern is a very secretive creature and prefers sitting in water pools fully enclosed by Marsh reeds on all sides, and one has to cautiously wedge through the vegetation to find one while often scaring it away to the next pool... ___________________________ Cinnamon Bittern March 2016 Chennai #birding  #wingedwonders  #bittern  #waterbirds  #waders  #birdlife  #birdwatching  #birdsofinstagram  #animalbehaviour  #presence  #habitats  #savewetlands  #heron  #throwback  #morningwalk  #monsoon  #dawn  #marshland 
Yellow Browed Bulbuls come in little noisy parties in a rainforest. They are not quite shy when approached and on a few occasions I have noticed them descend from a canopy to the lower vegetation to closer inspect passing human beings and cattle. In fruiting trees a gang of these birds can deliberately be very loud in order to seem intimidating to other smaller birds...
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Yellow Browed Bulbul
Western Ghats
January 2017
#birds_adored #birdsofinstagram #beautyofnature #coloursofnature #naturewriting #naturalist #socialbirds #bulbul #birdwatching #presence #frugivore
Yellow Browed Bulbuls come in little noisy parties in a rainforest. They are not quite shy when approached and on a few occasions I have noticed them descend from a canopy to the lower vegetation to closer inspect passing human beings and cattle. In fruiting trees a gang of these birds can deliberately be very loud in order to seem intimidating to other smaller birds... ______________________________________ Yellow Browed Bulbul Western Ghats January 2017 #birds_adored  #birdsofinstagram  #beautyofnature  #coloursofnature  #naturewriting  #naturalist  #socialbirds  #bulbul  #birdwatching  #presence  #frugivore 
The Ber Fruit Weevil (Xanthochelus faunus) is an extremely curious creature. Its antennae are not on its head but at the end of its nose!! And the way it relaxedly moves about leaves and branches on its jointed legs reminds me of a Droideka.
The black weevils you see in your rice sacks are merely little dots. But this one can be two centimeters long, a giant among weevils. Disturb the insect and it will tuck its legs and readily do a free fall to the ground and then climb back up the trunk again.
However it is a principal pest of Ber plantations (Ziziphus mauritiana), whose leaves they eat large irregular holes into. But one cannot help feeling a bit forgiving of them given their peculiar looks and very composed manner of moving around...
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Ber Fruit Weevil
September 2016
Chennai
#insects #insectsofinstagram #macro #weirdlook #curculionidae #bugslife #pest #beautyofnature #coloursofnature #presence #naturewriting #nature #ziziphus
The Ber Fruit Weevil (Xanthochelus faunus) is an extremely curious creature. Its antennae are not on its head but at the end of its nose!! And the way it relaxedly moves about leaves and branches on its jointed legs reminds me of a Droideka. The black weevils you see in your rice sacks are merely little dots. But this one can be two centimeters long, a giant among weevils. Disturb the insect and it will tuck its legs and readily do a free fall to the ground and then climb back up the trunk again. However it is a principal pest of Ber plantations (Ziziphus mauritiana), whose leaves they eat large irregular holes into. But one cannot help feeling a bit forgiving of them given their peculiar looks and very composed manner of moving around... _________________________________ Ber Fruit Weevil September 2016 Chennai #insects  #insectsofinstagram  #macro  #weirdlook  #curculionidae  #bugslife  #pest  #beautyofnature  #coloursofnature  #presence  #naturewriting  #nature  #ziziphus 
A very kind article written about me by Round Glass magazine @rgjourneys ...
Link in my story and their bio. (Read Kites for Hawks...)
A very kind article written about me by Round Glass magazine @rgjourneys ... Link in my story and their bio. (Read Kites for Hawks...)
A mating pair of Leaf-footed bugs (Coreidae). These insects are characterised by the swollen first segment of their hind legs. They are sap suckers. If picked up they can leave behind a very repulsive smell on your hand. This pair had such confidence of their stink glands that they stood right at the apex of a plant and didn't care who was looking or how close...
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Leaf-footed bugs
July 2017
Bangalore
#insectsofinstagram #coreidae #macro #mating #breeding #nature #naturewriting #cultivation
A mating pair of Leaf-footed bugs (Coreidae). These insects are characterised by the swollen first segment of their hind legs. They are sap suckers. If picked up they can leave behind a very repulsive smell on your hand. This pair had such confidence of their stink glands that they stood right at the apex of a plant and didn't care who was looking or how close... _________________________________ Leaf-footed bugs July 2017 Bangalore #insectsofinstagram  #coreidae  #macro  #mating  #breeding  #nature  #naturewriting  #cultivation 
When they can find broad flat canopies, Black headed Ibises build a community nest which is just a large platform of twigs, with no physical distinction between individual nests. What is interesting here is that a Painted Stork too (far right) seems to be seated in an incubatory position, co-nesting with the Ibises!
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Black headed Ibises + Painted Stork
Vedanthangal 
February 2016
#birds #communalnest #birds_adored #birdsofinstagram #nesting #breeding #nature #naturewriting #birdwatching #beautyofnature #presence #coexistence
When they can find broad flat canopies, Black headed Ibises build a community nest which is just a large platform of twigs, with no physical distinction between individual nests. What is interesting here is that a Painted Stork too (far right) seems to be seated in an incubatory position, co-nesting with the Ibises! _______________________________ Black headed Ibises + Painted Stork Vedanthangal February 2016 #birds  #communalnest  #birds_adored  #birdsofinstagram  #nesting  #breeding  #nature  #naturewriting  #birdwatching  #beautyofnature  #presence  #coexistence 
Some Open-Bill Storks basking in the afternoon Sun in December.
 In the mornings they forage in Paddy, in the afternoons they laze around where they can get some sunshine, late afternoon they eat again and in the evenings they fly back to their roosts and sleep. 
They can be seen having an entire month of holiday and great leisure, since the time they arrive in these parts, till their nesting duties begin...
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Open bills
December 2015
Kanchipuram
#openbilledstork #birds #waterbirds #stork #birds_adored #birdsofinstagram #birdwatching #birdbehavior #savewaterbodies #savelakes #naturewriting #nature #naturalist #afternoon #sunshine #presence #observation #beautyofnature
Some Open-Bill Storks basking in the afternoon Sun in December. In the mornings they forage in Paddy, in the afternoons they laze around where they can get some sunshine, late afternoon they eat again and in the evenings they fly back to their roosts and sleep. They can be seen having an entire month of holiday and great leisure, since the time they arrive in these parts, till their nesting duties begin... __________________________________ Open bills December 2015 Kanchipuram #openbilledstork  #birds  #waterbirds  #stork  #birds_adored  #birdsofinstagram  #birdwatching  #birdbehavior  #savewaterbodies  #savelakes  #naturewriting  #nature  #naturalist  #afternoon  #sunshine  #presence  #observation  #beautyofnature 
So far I may have collected images of about two dozen variations of the Common Evening Brown's Dry Season Morphs. In the winter they are all of the same colour, pale brown with starry spots along the wing edges. 
With the advent of Summer all change colour to resemble dry leaf litter. They come in shades resembling every kind of leaf litter found locally. Dry ones, wet ones, uniformly coloured ones, variegated ones, in numerous shades of brown probably for each species of tree or vegetation they live close to. Around Paddy, it is common to find dark humus coloured individuals like this butterfly, since the soil by the levees is dark, wet and often shadowed by cultivation...
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Common Evening Brown 
November 2017
Chennai Outskirts
#lepidoptera #satyrinae #camouflage #butterfliesofinstagram #igclub_butterfly #macro #beautyofnature #coloursofnature #coexistence #mimicry #presence #animalbehaviour #nature #naturewriting #paddy #cultivation #dawn
So far I may have collected images of about two dozen variations of the Common Evening Brown's Dry Season Morphs. In the winter they are all of the same colour, pale brown with starry spots along the wing edges. With the advent of Summer all change colour to resemble dry leaf litter. They come in shades resembling every kind of leaf litter found locally. Dry ones, wet ones, uniformly coloured ones, variegated ones, in numerous shades of brown probably for each species of tree or vegetation they live close to. Around Paddy, it is common to find dark humus coloured individuals like this butterfly, since the soil by the levees is dark, wet and often shadowed by cultivation... _____________________________________ Common Evening Brown November 2017 Chennai Outskirts #lepidoptera  #satyrinae  #camouflage  #butterfliesofinstagram  #igclub_butterfly  #macro  #beautyofnature  #coloursofnature  #coexistence  #mimicry  #presence  #animalbehaviour  #nature  #naturewriting  #paddy  #cultivation  #dawn 
One of the things one also learns while shooting butterflies up close, is to hold one's breath for considerable lengths of time. And if at all one wants to exhale, then it is best to very slowly turn your head away and gently blow backwards, for even if the slightest whiff of one's foul breath is directed towards a species like this Sunbeam, it will go into a rapid frenzy of looping circular flight and it will be quite a while before it sits again. Certain others, like fast Skippers, may speed away and out of sight in the most terrified manner...
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Indian Sunbeam
October 2015
Kanchipuram
#lepidoptera #animalbehaviour #flight #macro #beautyofnature #igclub_butterfly #presence #butterfliesofinstagram #naturewriting #nature #naturalist #lycaenidae #rhopalocera
One of the things one also learns while shooting butterflies up close, is to hold one's breath for considerable lengths of time. And if at all one wants to exhale, then it is best to very slowly turn your head away and gently blow backwards, for even if the slightest whiff of one's foul breath is directed towards a species like this Sunbeam, it will go into a rapid frenzy of looping circular flight and it will be quite a while before it sits again. Certain others, like fast Skippers, may speed away and out of sight in the most terrified manner... ________________________________ Indian Sunbeam October 2015 Kanchipuram #lepidoptera  #animalbehaviour  #flight  #macro  #beautyofnature  #igclub_butterfly  #presence  #butterfliesofinstagram  #naturewriting  #nature  #naturalist  #lycaenidae  #rhopalocera 
These Melamphaus bugs are attracted to fallen Jungli Badam (Sterculia foetida) pods like thieves to gold. Some are lured so strongly that they walk into the mixture of rotting matter and bug saliva inside the pod and drown there! 
These insects also have the habit of walking around in joint pairs, facing opposite directions. The male latches and glues itself to the female after mating, for upto two weeks, as a form of post copulatory mate protection. When sitting next to a rotting Jungli Badam, the males are more likely to scurry off insecurely pulling away their respective females along with them, while the still single ones behave less shy...
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Melamphaus sp
December 2017
Chennai
#insects #macro #breeding #presence #animalbehaviour #coloursofnature #beautyofnature #beetle #melamphaus #morningwalk #coexistence
These Melamphaus bugs are attracted to fallen Jungli Badam (Sterculia foetida) pods like thieves to gold. Some are lured so strongly that they walk into the mixture of rotting matter and bug saliva inside the pod and drown there! These insects also have the habit of walking around in joint pairs, facing opposite directions. The male latches and glues itself to the female after mating, for upto two weeks, as a form of post copulatory mate protection. When sitting next to a rotting Jungli Badam, the males are more likely to scurry off insecurely pulling away their respective females along with them, while the still single ones behave less shy... ____________________________________ Melamphaus sp December 2017 Chennai #insects  #macro  #breeding  #presence  #animalbehaviour  #coloursofnature  #beautyofnature  #beetle  #melamphaus  #morningwalk  #coexistence 
Of all the white and pink flowers of Lantana which were there, along the bund of a lake, this Baronet came past and perched on this plant flowering red and orange. Does it mean that the butterfly has an innate awareness of its own physical form...?
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Baronet
November 2017
Hadosiddapura lake
#lepidoptera #beautyofnature #coloursofnature #naturewriting #nature #baronet #awareness #presence #igclub_butterfly #butterfliesofinstagram #nymphalidae
Of all the white and pink flowers of Lantana which were there, along the bund of a lake, this Baronet came past and perched on this plant flowering red and orange. Does it mean that the butterfly has an innate awareness of its own physical form...? __________________________________ Baronet November 2017 Hadosiddapura lake #lepidoptera  #beautyofnature  #coloursofnature  #naturewriting  #nature  #baronet  #awareness  #presence  #igclub_butterfly  #butterfliesofinstagram  #nymphalidae 
The fluorescent pink on a Flamingo's upper wings seen only during flight is, I have come to believe, also a form of clear long distance communication. An adult at the head of a flock often flaps its wings in the face of threat, catching the attention of the rest of the birds. And probably the pink guides the flock regarding which direction to fly as well, since when one is directly behind a flying bird the shade of pink is much brighter than from a slight angle...
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Greater Flamingos
April 2017
Pallikaranai Marsh
#flamingo #birds #birdsofinstagram #coloursofnature #coexistence #savewaterbodies #savewetlands #birdflight #presence #birdbehavior
The fluorescent pink on a Flamingo's upper wings seen only during flight is, I have come to believe, also a form of clear long distance communication. An adult at the head of a flock often flaps its wings in the face of threat, catching the attention of the rest of the birds. And probably the pink guides the flock regarding which direction to fly as well, since when one is directly behind a flying bird the shade of pink is much brighter than from a slight angle... ______________________________ Greater Flamingos April 2017 Pallikaranai Marsh #flamingo  #birds  #birdsofinstagram  #coloursofnature  #coexistence  #savewaterbodies  #savewetlands  #birdflight  #presence  #birdbehavior 
After the night's rain, this male 
Great Eggfly had come down from the hills nearby to where we stayed, to draw moisture from the wet gravel patches around the buildings. This butterfly is one with strong and broad wings and when it flies, a single flap is enough to send it gliding forward for quite a distance and may only flap again to change direction. The male sitting here was a particularly pugnacious one. A couple of Common Gulls tried multiple times to perch at this gravel patch but the Eggfly would dart at them during their approach and mob them away, taking the whole patch to itself...
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Great Eggfly
November 2017
Hosur
#lepidoptera #naturewriting #nature #coloursofnature #butterfliesofinstagram #igclub_butterfly #wingedwonders #presence #territoriality #beautyofnature #eggfly #nymphalidae #rhopalocera #monsoon #mudpuddle #macro
After the night's rain, this male Great Eggfly had come down from the hills nearby to where we stayed, to draw moisture from the wet gravel patches around the buildings. This butterfly is one with strong and broad wings and when it flies, a single flap is enough to send it gliding forward for quite a distance and may only flap again to change direction. The male sitting here was a particularly pugnacious one. A couple of Common Gulls tried multiple times to perch at this gravel patch but the Eggfly would dart at them during their approach and mob them away, taking the whole patch to itself... __________________________________ Great Eggfly November 2017 Hosur #lepidoptera  #naturewriting  #nature  #coloursofnature  #butterfliesofinstagram  #igclub_butterfly  #wingedwonders  #presence  #territoriality  #beautyofnature  #eggfly  #nymphalidae  #rhopalocera  #monsoon  #mudpuddle  #macro 
A young Shikra devours a House Gecko it had just caught, shred by shred...
I was sitting at my balcony today and the screech of a protesting Drongo pointed out the raptor to me. It was looking around ravenously sitting on the apartment's compound.  An adult Shikra looks for its prey with a still and calm poise, its head tilted down and only its eyes surveying the ground. But this juvenile bird was intensely glancing around here and there as if it had just lost its house keys. It tried chasing a few squirrels before spotting the Gecko on the neighbouring compound. It flew at the lizard 🦎, which immediately dropped to the ground and tried scampering away. The Shikra flew over, grabbed it with one talon and sat right on the compound railing. But before it could start its meal, there came by two Crows, which were waiting all along for the raptor to catch something, sat on either side of it and tried snatching the Gecko from its feet, making the Shikra fly off to a dilapidated building further away. I had to get down from my apartment and run behind the thing to watch it eat the Gecko...
From an urban balcony too, if one is willing to sit and look, there is enough life unfolding unveiling, right outside...
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Shikra
December 2017
Chennai
#shikra #raptor #birdsofprey #sparrowhawk #naturewriting #nature #presence #birdwatching #meateater #birdbehavior #frommybalcony #naturalist #predator
A young Shikra devours a House Gecko it had just caught, shred by shred... I was sitting at my balcony today and the screech of a protesting Drongo pointed out the raptor to me. It was looking around ravenously sitting on the apartment's compound. An adult Shikra looks for its prey with a still and calm poise, its head tilted down and only its eyes surveying the ground. But this juvenile bird was intensely glancing around here and there as if it had just lost its house keys. It tried chasing a few squirrels before spotting the Gecko on the neighbouring compound. It flew at the lizard 🦎, which immediately dropped to the ground and tried scampering away. The Shikra flew over, grabbed it with one talon and sat right on the compound railing. But before it could start its meal, there came by two Crows, which were waiting all along for the raptor to catch something, sat on either side of it and tried snatching the Gecko from its feet, making the Shikra fly off to a dilapidated building further away. I had to get down from my apartment and run behind the thing to watch it eat the Gecko... From an urban balcony too, if one is willing to sit and look, there is enough life unfolding unveiling, right outside... _________________________________ Shikra December 2017 Chennai #shikra  #raptor  #birdsofprey  #sparrowhawk  #naturewriting  #nature  #presence  #birdwatching  #meateater  #birdbehavior  #frommybalcony  #naturalist  #predator 
The caterpillar of a Plain Tiger butterfly 🦋 chomps away on a Calotropis leaf. This Circus clown colouration it is sporting is not for looking fancy, but to warn birds and other predators, which may consider putting this creature on their menu, that it is downright lethal. A whole bunch of critters feed on the poisonous Calotropis leaves, sequester their toxins and then roam around unafraid of any predation. 
For us, just the touch of the plant's latex can inflame our skin and make us desperately itch for a long while. And I remember reading that one mature leaf has enough poison in it to be fatal....
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Plain Tiger - caterpillar
September 2015
Kanchipuram
#caterpillar #nymphalidae #lepidoptera #coloursofnature #adapt #larva #lifecycle #presence #naturewriting #nature #beautyofnature #macro #igclub_butterfly #rhopalocera #danauschrysippus
The caterpillar of a Plain Tiger butterfly 🦋 chomps away on a Calotropis leaf. This Circus clown colouration it is sporting is not for looking fancy, but to warn birds and other predators, which may consider putting this creature on their menu, that it is downright lethal. A whole bunch of critters feed on the poisonous Calotropis leaves, sequester their toxins and then roam around unafraid of any predation. For us, just the touch of the plant's latex can inflame our skin and make us desperately itch for a long while. And I remember reading that one mature leaf has enough poison in it to be fatal.... _______________________________ Plain Tiger - caterpillar September 2015 Kanchipuram #caterpillar  #nymphalidae  #lepidoptera  #coloursofnature  #adapt  #larva  #lifecycle  #presence  #naturewriting  #nature  #beautyofnature  #macro  #igclub_butterfly  #rhopalocera  #danauschrysippus 
The Plain Prinia sings its morning song clutching on to the tip of a Palm frond. It spends the first hour of the day flitting around its little territory, broadcasting its voice and establishing its presence. 
It calls for a while, then falls silent and turns its head around to listen if anyone else is challenging its song. If two birds happen to call simultaneously in the vicinity, then they fly closer and have a show down of prolonged calls. I don't know the criteria for the winner but in the end one of them which probably has to take more breaths in the middle of calling, flies away. 
An example of a nonviolent battle in nature...
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Plain Prinia
December 2016
Kanchipuram
#birdwatching
#birdsong #birdsofinstagram #prinia #naturewriting #nature #presence #soundsofnature #dawn
The Plain Prinia sings its morning song clutching on to the tip of a Palm frond. It spends the first hour of the day flitting around its little territory, broadcasting its voice and establishing its presence. It calls for a while, then falls silent and turns its head around to listen if anyone else is challenging its song. If two birds happen to call simultaneously in the vicinity, then they fly closer and have a show down of prolonged calls. I don't know the criteria for the winner but in the end one of them which probably has to take more breaths in the middle of calling, flies away. An example of a nonviolent battle in nature... _______________________________ Plain Prinia December 2016 Kanchipuram #birdwatching  #birdsong  #birdsofinstagram  #prinia  #naturewriting  #nature  #presence  #soundsofnature  #dawn 
The Night Heron is notorious for uttering a loud spooky "WAAAK" right overhead, when you are walking along a dark street in the night, and scaring you out of your senses. And often the bird cannot be spotted above in the inky blackness of the night, so those who can't recognize the bird's call are left even more terrified...
In the early mornings it can be seen at the edge of water bodies searching for grubs, wearing an infinitely suspicious expression. Then for the rest of the day it hides itself in trees and at the last glimmer of dusk it starts its nocturnal wanderings...
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Night Heron
June 2017
Chennai Outskirts
#birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #birdbehavior #heron #waterbirds #dusk #nightheron #naturewriting #nature #presence #observation #nycticorax
The Night Heron is notorious for uttering a loud spooky "WAAAK" right overhead, when you are walking along a dark street in the night, and scaring you out of your senses. And often the bird cannot be spotted above in the inky blackness of the night, so those who can't recognize the bird's call are left even more terrified... In the early mornings it can be seen at the edge of water bodies searching for grubs, wearing an infinitely suspicious expression. Then for the rest of the day it hides itself in trees and at the last glimmer of dusk it starts its nocturnal wanderings... __________________________________ Night Heron June 2017 Chennai Outskirts #birdwatching  #birdsofinstagram  #birdbehavior  #heron  #waterbirds  #dusk  #nightheron  #naturewriting  #nature  #presence  #observation  #nycticorax 
Marine buoys are the roosts of many a pelagic bird. Here Bridled terns are perched on each rung of it and one can see the partial white-wash effect they have caused. The lights on the buoys are solar powered and indicate coast guard boundaries. Sometimes many lights don't work! On closer inspection one discovers that the solar panels on the buoys are flawlessly white as a result of the rears of the birds. And Coast guard officials occasionally sail in to wipe the panels clean. 
But Terns and other pelagic birds are a great aid to the local fishermen. They look out for congregations of these birds diving into the water, to locate large shoals of fish...
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Bridled terns
June 2017
Chennai Pelagic
#indianocean #sea #pelagic #naturewriting #pelagicbirding #ocean #birdwatching #birdsofinstagram #presence #birdbehavior #coexistence #beautyofnature #oceanblue
Marine buoys are the roosts of many a pelagic bird. Here Bridled terns are perched on each rung of it and one can see the partial white-wash effect they have caused. The lights on the buoys are solar powered and indicate coast guard boundaries. Sometimes many lights don't work! On closer inspection one discovers that the solar panels on the buoys are flawlessly white as a result of the rears of the birds. And Coast guard officials occasionally sail in to wipe the panels clean. But Terns and other pelagic birds are a great aid to the local fishermen. They look out for congregations of these birds diving into the water, to locate large shoals of fish... _________________________________ Bridled terns June 2017 Chennai Pelagic #indianocean  #sea  #pelagic  #naturewriting  #pelagicbirding  #ocean  #birdwatching  #birdsofinstagram  #presence  #birdbehavior  #coexistence  #beautyofnature  #oceanblue 
A Blister Beetle (Hycleus polymorphus) feeds on the carpels of a pumpkin flower in a garden...
I have noticed how when I observe an insect, plant or a bird, I also become equally aware of the flux of thoughts and sensations within. There is no difference. The whole thing becomes a continuum, a oneness. Observation is neither of the inside or the outside. The observer is neither within nor without. It is just a fertile spaceless stillness...
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Blister Beetle
July 2017
Bangalore
#presence
#observation #being #mindfullness #naturewriting #nature #beautyofnature #naturalist #beetle #meloidae
A Blister Beetle (Hycleus polymorphus) feeds on the carpels of a pumpkin flower in a garden... I have noticed how when I observe an insect, plant or a bird, I also become equally aware of the flux of thoughts and sensations within. There is no difference. The whole thing becomes a continuum, a oneness. Observation is neither of the inside or the outside. The observer is neither within nor without. It is just a fertile spaceless stillness... _________________________________ Blister Beetle July 2017 Bangalore #presence  #observation  #being  #mindfullness  #naturewriting  #nature  #beautyofnature  #naturalist  #beetle  #meloidae