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Midsummer's Eve, Linkoping, 200614

Though I'd asked Prashanth in the morning, he mistook the midsummer's eve Maypole dancing to be taking place on the next day; at about 4pm, he realized his mistake, and we set off to the place where it was taking place.

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Here's a video of the dancing that he took last year:



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Let me close with this flower (probably a Columbine?)

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we then walked towards the Linkoping Cathedral...but that's the next post!
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Birding in Nandi Hills with the Amstutzes :)

This whole post is about the Amtutzes. Uma..thank you for introducing me to Karen, and then the whole family. Prashanth and Deepak also enjoyed their company, and it was a great group to spend the day with....


Here they are, in these two photographs:


deepak,karen,deepa,prashanth,paul,eliza,lupin,sylvie amstutz


and

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(You can see the three daughters rolling around on the rocks!)


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Let me close with this picture of some balloons for sale:


balloons for the children...


Karen and Paul....like those red balloons, our hearts go with your little daughters!





Anyone who wishes to has a standing invitation from the Amstutzes, to visit Yosemite National Park where Karen is a wildlife warden.
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Some of the birds we saw at Nandi Hills

There's going to be another, and more interesting post on the whole outing, and especially about that delightful family, the Amstutzes...but first, I want to put up the bird pictures that I got..

The morning was so excellent in terms of spotting birds...and so terrible in terms of bird photography. On the way, we saw a GREY JUNGLE FOWL, the WHITE-THROATED KINGFISHER, SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS and the INDIAN ROBIN. On arrival at the orchard area, in quick succession, Prashanth Badrinath pointed out two birds that I had never seen before...the PIED THRUSH (which was a first-timer for him, too, he said. This is a visitor that one can see on its migrant path at this time, or on its way back in March) and the INDIAN BLUE ROBIN. Then we continued to see the TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER, the TAILOR-BIRD, the ASIAN BROWN FLYCATCHER, and as soon as Dipu K met us (he was on his way home) he pointed out the RED-THROATED FLYCATCHER. We also saw the ORIENTAL WHITE-EYE, the GOLDEN ORIOLE, the BLACKBIRD, the RED-WHISKERED BULBUL, the BLUE-CAPPED ROCK THRUSH, the GREENISH LEAF WARBLER, the BLYTHE'S REED WARBLER, the BOOTED WARBLER, the SPOTTED BABBLER (forgive me for an interruption at this point. To me, all these warblers-- especially spotted for fractions of seconds-- look quite, quite alike. But Prashanth talks about wing-feathers and bars on the tails and coverts and supercilium and things like that, and tells each and every bird--and its brother and sister-- apart. Me, I will say "warbler", and let it go at that. Dr. Kumar Ghorpade would probably murder me within five minutes of my meeting him.)

Up in the air, we saw ALPINE SWIFTS, BARN SWALLOWS, RED-RUMPED SWALLOWS, DUSKY CRAG MARTINS, the BOOTED EAGLE, a JUVENILE EGYPTIAN VULTURE, a KESTREL...we especially saw the kestrel swooping along with a lizard in its claws, and do you think we got a good shot? What do you think? Yes, indeed I got a nice brown glob on my camera....

As we finally went towards a welcome lunch, we saw a NILGIRI WOOD PIGEON shoot across the road, and we finally got a good view of the bird...and a male Asian Paradise Flycatcher tantalized us so much that we were quite a good hour late for lunch!

I was quite disheartened about the photography part, though I was thrilled with all the sightings. I thought that I would probably go home without any good photographs ( which would NOT a first-timer for me by any means!!) but then Fate took pity on all of us....

So here they are:

The TAILOR BIRD:


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A lovely pic of a TAWNY-BELLIED BABBLER (thanks, Uma and Yathin, in alphabetical order!) with food, taken by Uma to try out the 20D....


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Here's the kestrel in flight. I asked why the bird could not face me, and Prashanth said if I could wait for six months, the direction of the wind would change and I would get the shot I wanted....!



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And then, of course, when the light conditions were none too good, both the female Asian Paradise Flycatcher




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and the male



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decided that they had teased us enough, and showed themselves long enough for us at least to aim our cameras, if not get great shots!

The next post will talk about the sweetness of the Amstutz girls, who troubled us not a whit, the parents, who have done such a great job with their daughters, and the various other things that we saw, and enjoyed....

But this is the birding post and I am sure I have left out several birds that I will add after I get Prashanth Badarinath's list!
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Lovely creature....Oleander Hawk Moth...Daphnus nerii

I saw this beautiful moth on the staircase day before yesterday....



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I think prashanthks posted a pic of something similar, am trying to look at his posts....

update. Yes indeed, here is his post:


http://prashanthks.livejournal.com/67433.html



Id-entical moth, even if un-id moth! (See below for id)

Can someone tell me what moth this is? Otherwise I will call it the military camouflage moth!

More update:

The process of id-ing goes like this:

Karthik says: Sphinx moth family Sphingidae. So that's that!

So I look at the Sphinx Moth pics and I think this is Eumorpha....the Pandorus Sphinx Moth.

Then Karthik says, no, that's the Daphnus nerii, which I find, is the Oleander Hawk Moth.

Military camouflage moth was simpler!


Even more update on 011107:

The caterpillar that I had photographed on our Bannerghatta outing has, according to Geetanjali, turned into an Oleander Hawk Moth, so here's the picture of the caterpillar as well:


Oleander Hawk Moth Caterpillar Bghatta

It's a lovely cat, isn't it? Look at all the Morse Code on its sides!

And

here

is what the pupa looks like.