Tuesday, June 28, 2011


Sunday morning we (Ritesh and me) started towards our favorite hotspot for birding and photography - Talawe, Nerul.
Each time I visit this place a question comes to the mind "How long it will remain this way?". Hope it remains so for a very long time!!

Already one can see huge buildings in the backdrop increasing day by day.

This is a wonderful place to visit for every season.
Winter is for larks, pipits, blue throat, buschats, harrier and waders.
Summer and especially in rains its breeding season for beauties like prinias, cisticola, munias and weavers.
These were the ones we had specially gone to see.
Also this is wonderful breeding ground for different butterflies after the end of monsoon.

This time we saw blue tiger pupas and fresh adult butterflies emerging out of it.
Already had a complete lifecycle caught on camera
Lifecycle of Blue Tiger

except for the complete transparent pupa out of which fresh butterfly had emerged.

Blue tiger pupas with fresh butterflies emerging out of it

Blue Tiger adult butterfly

Baya Weaver

Baya weaver (male)

Gang of Bayas

Red Munia

Red Munia

Red Munia

Red Munia

Green beater

Scaly Breasted Munia

Scaly Breasted Munia

Scaly Breasted Munia

Cinammon Bittern

Marsh Glider

Sleeping Beauties

Lesser Flamingo (Juvenile)

Lesser Flamingo (Juvenile)

Lesser Flamingoes with Slender billed gull and Brown headed Gull

Brahminy Kite

Black Crowned Night Heron

Gull Billed Tern

Black Headed Munia

Black Headed Munia

" School in progress"

Zitting Cisticola

Still farming is in progress in this part and the villagers are very nice

Friday, June 24, 2011

2011-06-18-19 Matheran

Toad with their croaking indicative of rains

A closeup of the back of the toad

Generally heavy moss is seen on trees in areas having high like Matheran during the rains

Thick and dark forests form a part of major landscape of Matheran

Orange Headed ground thrush a very common resident of Matheran very vocal and active during mansoon

Beautiful flowers like these with droplets of water form a very good subject of photography during mansoons

Matheran was established as a Hill station during the British Raj. Still one can see old bungalows with beautiful architecture still somewhat intact in Matheran

Pugmarks of an animal from a cat family.

How do we know whether its