July 15th, 2007


Macro and Zoom at IISc Bangalore

Very early this morning, sanathreddy, anushsh and I went to IISc campus to do a bit of birding before the meeting we went to have. We spotted only the usual birds, the COUCAL, the WHITE-CHEEKED BARBET, the BULBULS,the INDIAN ROBIN, the ASIAN KOEL, the FLOWERPECKERS, the SCALY-BREASTED MUNIA (though Sanath said he saw a BLACK-HEADED MUNIA as well)the PURPLE SUNBIRDS, and the ROSE-RINGED PARAKEETS (apart from the usual CMPK...CROW,MYNAH, PARIAH KITE!) Didn't take any pictures of these, as I have already taken pictures of them, and also because the S3IS is NOT a birding camera...

But the S3IS macro came in really handy for documenting other marvels.

Here are two COTTON STAINER BUGS (thanks Noella!) mating, for some unknown reason, several of these pairs were found upon the dead bodies of other cotton stain bugs...

un id bugs mating over a dead one IISc 130707

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Let me close with two more of the Cotton Stainer Bug (id courtesty Karthik)...

Cotton Stain Bugs mating sideways with one dead bug

And here, the bug has caught an ant as prey:

cotton stain bug eating ant

While we crane our necks into the sky, looking for the birds..there's such a lot happening under our feet!

We also saw a STRIPED-NECK MONGOOSE briefly...we were told that there are few on campus, but that we were lucky to be able to sight one.