When I went to Alappuzha, I certainly didn't imagine that I would be seeing birds or butterflies...but the lovely Kayaloram resort gave me just such an opportunity!
Someone had actually decided to make a "Butterfly Corner" on the campus, and put up photos of the butterflies that could be seen there. However, the receptionist (Mary) told me, "This was done some time ago...it's all dried up now, Madam, you can't see any butterflies."
Thankfully, her information was completely inaccurate....with the possible exception of a few of the butterflies listed, (Eg. the COMMANDER and the PEACOCK PANSY) I saw EVERY butterfly, even the beautiful
which is the largest butterfly in India! Here's a quick shot I got of it, fluttering past:
Here are the helpful butterfly posters:
How helpful it is to have someone take such an initiative!
I found these two
proceeding in an orderly line on a leaf:
and one on a leaf alone:
was a new butterfly for me, and I was thankful for the help in the id:
was listed as the "Malabar Ravan" and I was wondering if, indeed, Rama's archenemy had come to be named among the butterflies, before I realized that it was the Raven!
(not the Moron!) sat around, I should call it the Mormo as its tail seems to be missing!
was relatively easy to photograph as its flight is not quick:
another Pansy that was around was the
was also easy to catch, while it sat on the flowers:
So, too, the
But there were two butterflies which were VERY difficult to catch. One was the
and the other was the
I didn't get even a half-way satisfactory shot of it!....these two kept flitting about in the most infuriating manner, and while I was concentrating on them, the Southern Birdwing suddenly flew past...oh, I was one frustrated photographer for a while, until I decided I wouldn't bother too much!
Uma tells me this dragonfly is the
COMMON PICTURE WING (male) - (Rhyothemis variegata):
I am waiting for her to help out with this one, too...she did, and this one is the female! :)
I also got these flies on the flowers:
The common birds were all around me, and it was a delight to watch this
enjoying the mango fruit!
Of course, the
skulked around just out of sight, but I got this quick shot of the bird on a cottage roof before it skulked off again:
are not that common near Bangalore, so it was nice to see a lot more of them on the backwaters, sitting on the floating pieces of wood and Water Hyacinth:
In the resort, this
jumped around in the arecanut palm trees, and was easy to capture:
Along the waterways, there were far less Common Kites than in Bangalore, and several beautiful
...this one sat next to our resort, and often fished in the waters (never very successfully, as far as I could see!)
are, next to Crows, the most common bird in the area, and here's one preening itself after being in the water:
STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER kept flying in and out, and in the pouring rain, this is the only shot I could get:
and high up in the trees of the resort, this
appeared in a flash of yellow:
Another tree at dusk yielded the sight of this large
The flora, too, was varied and beautiful. These MOSS SPORES on the Lily leaves looked so pretty:
High up on the tree where the Oriole was, this
The resort had several plants of
which I had seen earlier in Agumbe:
I was told that this plant was called "Oddalam" (it looked a bit like Frangipani):
..and that the fruit was extremely poisonous...!
Right in front of our room, this
slowly made its way to the soil:
Of course, this
which always seems to glow from within, makes a lovely closing shot, of the various living things that I was privileged to see in Alappuzha!