May 28th, 2008

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Some of the flowers of Kodaikanal

I know it is summer because the electricity (and, therefore, the net connection) keeps coming and going....!


Here are a couple of unidentified flowers that I snapped in Kodai, which has a great profusion of both wildflowers and ornamental ones...

unid ornamental red star-like flower kodai 230508


and this very pretty one....


blue and pink raceme un id kodai 210508


Though these are common wildflowers, I liked the backlight:


backlit wildflowers kodai cottage carlton 240508


Lilies bloom all over Kodaikanal Lake:


lily in the evening kodai 240508

For other flower pictures, click on any of these photos and they will take you to the Flickr id where I have uploaded other flower pictures....That's the trouble with not having a net connection; the photos pile up and become too many to post about!
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Some more (common) birds of Kodai....

It was fun watching bird behaviour rather than looking for new birds; and here are some more photos, which I warn you are of variable quality (it's all the birds' fault of course.)


Here's the VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH; they are quick, restless birds and it is very difficult to capture them as they flit about on the tree-trunks, now in sight, now not....



velvet-fronted nuthatch on branch of tree kodai 240508



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This Mynah (the COMMON MYNAHS and the JUNGLE MYNAHS seem to be interbreeding....I see a lot more of the latter in urban areas now) was busy getting in some home decor!


myna with nesting material kodai 240508

That, and the PIED BUSCHAT GREBES (DABCHICKS) that I posted about earlier , comprise the birds that I was able to photograph; the ORANGE-AND-BLACK FLYCATCHER and the LAUGHING THRUSH did oblige me by showing themselves, but late in the evening when I had left the cameras at home and was just walking around the lake.