October 13th, 2010


Sighting of the Day....Shieldtail


had introduced me to her friend Soma Jha from Kolkata and I took her and her friend Baljeet to the Bannerghatta Zoo area (my usual haunt!)...and amongst other interesting stuff, we suddenly sighted what we, at first sight, thought was an earthworm:

shieldtail Plectrurus_perrotetii 131010

But then, I quickly realized it was not an earthworm (it was much larger) , but we kept wondering what it could be. I came home and thought that perhaps I'd seen a

Common Worm Snake

..but then,


id'd it for me as a


..an endangered species of snake!


this further update

from Shantanu Bhattacharya on INW.

So...that was this morning's thrill....and I am glad, meanwhile, that Soma got a couple of "lifer" sightings with me...more about that later!


'Be very quiet!' said the father to his son. Father and son went birding together for the first time. The father said: 'Stay here and be very QUIET. I'll be across the field.' A few minutes later the father heard a blood curdling scream and ran back to his son...

'What's wrong?' The father asked. 'I told you to be quiet.' The boy answered; 'Look, I was quiet when the snake slithered across my feet. I was quiet when the bear breathed down my neck. I didn't move a muscle when the skunk climbed over my shoulder.I closed my eyes and held my breath when the wasp stung me. I didn't cough when I swallowed the gnat. I didn't cuss or scratch when the poison oak started itching. But when the two squirrels crawled up my pant legs and said, "Should we eat them here or take them with us?"...well, I guess I just panicked.'