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Photo Of The Day – Common Jezebel

The Common Jezebel (Delias eucharis) is a medium-sized pierid butterfly, it has a wingspan of 66 -83 mm . The white and yellow butterfly  is active throughout the year and  is found in almost all kinds of habitats (except very thick  wet evergreen forests and grasslands)  . It is among the most prominent butterflies to visit  city parks and gardens and is most  active during noontime &  afternoons.

Common Jezebel

It flies fast and  flies high in the canopy and can travel long distances.It prefers to be in the canopy except when it is feeding on flowers of shrubs . Its is protected from predators by unpalatable alkaloids in its body. It flies in a leisurely manner and it basks (with their wings closed) and sleeps on the overhanging branches of tall trees.

( Reference –WikipediaButterflies of Peninsular India by Krushnamegh Kunte )

Please click on the image to see full view.There is one more shot of this ( please click here ) , but I liked the one displayed above. Let me know which one you like.

Nikon D300S with Nikkor 70 -300 mm VR, in Hebbal lake , Banglore.

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Common Langur / Gray Langur

Common / Gray  langurs or Hanuman langurs, the most widespread residents of Indian forests, are a group of old world monkeys  constituting the entirety of the genus Semnopithecus.

It was in  Bandipur, around 4’o clock in the evening and our safari was scheduled around 5 pm, having an hours time , I decided to walk around  and look for some birds around the  reception area. I  spotted a group of  Common/ Gray Langurs and  spotted deers and made a few decent images of  langur’s.

Monkey’s and Elephant’s are  my favorite  subjects to photograph. You wont get bored with  it, even if you sit in front of it for days together.

LANGUR BABY PEEKING

I have taken photos of the mother looking at the baby , baby playing with mother , which are all quite common but I chose this image for back-lit effect on mother face  and of course baby. The mother initially didn’t allow me closer to it, it used run away from  but then I sat in front of it for almost half an hour and then I could go little closer to it. This baby was a naughty one and did all sorts of faces to me 😛

In Safe Hand’s

Evening lights are beautiful, sometimes I feel that ,its important to photograph the light on the subject than the subject.

Watchful Trio

Gray Langur monkey’s  have superior eyesight and ability to sit atop high trees  which allows it to spot predators easily.It is also known as cheetal deer’s best friend.

Please click on pictures to see full view. All photos taken with Nikon D40 with 70 -300 lens, manual focus , in Bandipur national park.

Good night folks 🙂


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PHOTO OF THE DAY – YELLOW ORANGE TIP

YELLOW ORANGE TIP

Nikon D300s + Nikkor 70 – 300 VR

Yellow Orange TipIxias pyrene is a small butterfly of the Family Pieridae, that is, the Yellows and Whites, which is found in India.


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Green Bee Eater in Rain

This weekend has been the most unproductive one in a long time!!! It was pouring in Bangalore so I thought ill head to my native (Shanthigrama) and try something out here.But to my bad luck it  started raining here as well .Here is the picture of  a Green Bee eater in rain which I had taken here in Shanthigrama, last month.

Green Bee eater in Rain

The Green Bee-eater,  Merops orientalis, (also known as Little Green Bee-eater) is a near passerine bird  in the bee – eater family.They breed in South-eastern Asia, and  seen during the season in most places in peninsular India.

It  is a richly coloured slender bird. It is about 9 inches (16–18 cm) long with about 2 inches made up by the elongated central tail-feathers.  The entire plumage is bright green and tinged with blue especially on the chin and throat. The crown and upper back  tinged with golden rufous. The flight feathers are rufous washed with green and tipped with blackish. A fine black line runs in front of and behind the eye. The iris is crimson and the bill is black while the legs are dark grey.

Bee-eaters predominantly eat insects, especially bees, wasps and ants, which are caught in the air by sorties from an open perch. Before swallowing prey, a bee-eater removes stings and breaks the exoskeleton of the prey by repeatedly thrashing it on the perch.

Hope you like it.


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Plain Tiger (Danaus chrysippus)

The Plain Tiger or African Monarch, is perhaps the commonest of Indian butterflies and is a familiar sight to practically everyone on the subcontinent. It flies from dawn to dusk, frequenting gardens, sipping from flowers and, late in the day, fluttering low over bushes to find a resting place for the night.

Plain Tiger (while resting)

The Plain Tiger is a medium-sized butterfly with a wingspan of about 7–8 cm. The body is black with many white spots. The wings are tawny the upper side being brighter and richer than the underside. The apical half of the fore wing is black with a white band. The hind wing has 3 black spots around the center. The hind wing has a thin border of black enclosing a series of semicircular white spots.

Plain Tiger ( while Basking)

The Plain Tiger is protected from attacks due to the unpalatable alkaloids ingested during the larval stages. The butterfly therefore flies slowly and leisurely, generally close to the ground and in a straight line. This gives a would-be predator ample time to recognise and avoid attacking it. Inexperienced predators will try attacking it, but will learn soon enough to avoid this butterfly as the alkaloids in its body cause vomiting.( REF:WIKIPEDIA)

Both the images were taken using Nikon D300s,70-300 VR lens.

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CAMERA CAMERA

YESSS!!!!  Thanks to my cousin’s , friends and my little savings ,I finally own a CAMERA . I bought a Nikon D300s body and Nikkor 70-300 VR lens .

Its been 3 months since I have posted here! Actually, I bought the camera two months back and then I have traveled on most of the weekends  , added to that applying for jobs and bad health haven’t allowed me to post anything  😦
Here is the pic of Bonnet macaque which I had posted earlier, in this pic I have adjusted the levels of the picture in Photoshop to get this effect.

LIGHT

Let me know how it is and stay tuned!! Good Night 🙂