Valley School area, Saturday and Sunday

September 22, 2008

What a lovely weekend….I got to go to the Valley School area on both Saturday (with Bharat, Pratima , Vijay etc) and on Sunday ( Mahesh Devarajan and )....and attended "Dhwani", the annual fundraiser of Bangalore Kidney Foundation . Excellent concerts and birdsong, and on Sunday it was the birthday of Srikrishna, who works for Unitus ...and met Vikram Sampath , was a hectic weekend but extremely enjoyable, with a good meeting for Clean and Green thrown in as well....when, in the middle of an urban park, we had an excellent sighting of a SHIKRA!

Humans singing and birds singing…what more could one want!

Let me start with some of the butterflies, bees and insects I saw over both days (after all, they have the most eye appeal!)

The JEZEBEL on a LANTANA plant:

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A WHITE-ORANGE TIP (yes, sometimes butterfly names make sense!)

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A COMMON PIERROT....see how it is drinking from that drop of rainwater on the leaf, so delicate and beautiful! common pierrot drinking raindrop 210908 We all say, "I need a drop of water to drink", but this butterfly really means it! A GRASS YELLOW: grass yellow 210908 H S Ganesh, during his talk on Creative Wildlife Photography at the INW Mysore meet, talked of how most photographers had already got their "BOS" pictures..."birds on sticks"! So, just to be different, here's another type of BOS....Bug on Stick (no I don't know the id, hoping that Madhu will help out!) bee on stick I am not sure, but I think this was a type of CARPENTER BEE (open to correction please!) but it was lovely watching it going from wildflower to wildflower.... carpenter bee on purple wildflower far away 210908 Here it is, slightly close, but the wings are beating so fast that they cannot be caught on camera: bee on wildflower closeup vs 210908

I loved this arching grass over the bee….

bee with grass

Other creatures will follow, but we are moving our office space and I H A T E moving, so I am off now….