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Living Creatures in Shivanahalli Ramakrishna Ashram....

KM's scan is over, and he seems quite OK, but we have to wait for the doctor's arrival and his verdict that we can, indeed, go home and resume our usual-abnormal life....but meanwhile, KM's laptop and his Reliance card means that I can use my time to document the various life-forms we saw at Shivanahalli...

Let me start with the beautiful

TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER

that came out on the overcast, dull morning to sing for us and the children:


tickell's blue flycatcher 120610 ashrama



There were no startlingly new birds, but it was so nice to see all my old birds again and check if I did, indeed, remember their names!

I got this silhouette, against the rainy sky, of a

SMALL GREEN BEE-EATER with breakfast (not a bee, but a Dragonfly!)


bee-eater and dragonfly 120610

this female

ASIAN KOEL

looked mottled and beautiful in the leaves:

female koel 120610


Another breakfast eater was this

INDIAN BUSHLARK:

indian bushlark with prey 120610

Almost at the end of the morning, this

ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD

floated past, with its typical pigeon-shaped head:


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And then we also spotted this

LARGE GREY BABBLER

with others, on the wire:


large grey babbler 120610


There was, indeed, a very large raptor that landed in the trees as we were driving back, but oncoming traffic ensured that we could not see it properly before it disappeared.


Butterflies and insects of various kinds were around....

My friend

Uma says this is a

MONKEY PUZZLE (this is my first sighting of one, then!)


un id silverline 120610


Here's a

RED PIERROT:

red pierrot 120610


this one's some type of YELLOW:


un id yellow bfly 120610

it was the children who showed us this beautiful insect which had pupated and was just about to come out of its shell:

un id larva 120610

and Chandu showed the children this

CRICKET

and explained how it made its chirping sound:


cricket 120610

I found this un id, but beautiful insect on a leaf:


un id insect on leaf 120610

and then found this yellow-and-black beetle scuttling off in a great hurry (camera-shy, no doubt!)


un id yellowblack beetle 120610


A

LUNA MOTH

sat on a leaf:

luna moth 120610

and an ANT was busy carrying off another dead one to its lair:


ant carrying anotther


A

DUNG BEETLE

was busy at work, interring another dead insect:

dung beetle 120610


We were zapped to see these

MEALY BUGS

under the leaves of some of the trees:

120610 aphids under leaf


Even a plain

FLY

looked so beautiful!


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The only reptile we saw was this

ROCK AGAMA:




rock agama 120610

Even the plants around were quite lovely, as were these red

UN ID BERRIES

red berries 120610


(Though the Ashram grows coffee, Aishwarya Belliappa tells me these are different berries.)


This reddish flower looked lovely,

un id small reddish flower 120610

as did this whitish one:

un id whitish flower

These little flowers blazed with blue:

flower bed near Brahmananda Kuti


And we enjoyed the smell of this

WILD JASMINE:

wild jasmine 120610


Fat

MUSHROOMS grew everywhere with the rains:

mushroom 120610

and some of them looked like fruits!


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I couldn't id this one, though:


un id fruit 120610

It seemed to me that

VANILLA PODS

were being cultivated, but the children couldn't help us on this:


vanilla pods?


So we just enjoyed the flowers as we saw them....

un id lady's slipper type flower




We even enjoyed the geometry of this uprooted tree as we walked back from the Ashram, heading homewards.


uprooted tree
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