Tuesday, May 28, 2019

Gulmohur tree

This tree of mine is like a Phoenix.  the branches have been lopped off at least 3 times.  As the branches used to grow too near the house, and the tiny leaves blocked the roof tiles, I have had to cut the branches often.  After the last cut, the tree again began sprouting and now it is full of flowers.  It was a favourite of my eldest son, who passed away.  He used to be upset every time I chopped the branches.  He would have been happy to see it now.

Monday, April 22, 2019

My furry friends.

These furry friends kept me company on walking up, up, up the hills, and just sitting quietly by me whenever I sat on the verandah.  But of course the little pup never sat quietly.  But she loved with her whole self.

Pictures from my one week relaxed holiday in the hills

Blue, blue skies!

Visitors in the garden--

A pair of bulbuls were nesting in a hanging creeper with the red flowers( in the first picture).

A watching squirrel who came down to the grass later, to be chased by the bulbul as it ventured a little nearer the nest, though way down in the grass.

Saturday, April 20, 2019

Cooler climes

I have been in Kodaikanal for a week, enjoying the pleasant weather after the heat of the hometown.  I will post pictures after I get back home, as the con of this place is that the internet is very slow.

Monday, April 1, 2019

Hot and Thirsty--pictures

A racket-tailed drongo

A tree pie

                                                        A thirsty ant, sitting on the pipe edge

There were around 3 drongos.  I saw the tree pie and a drongo drinking water together.  Then one of the drongos, dived into the bowl, not once but twice-.  I guess the tail was too long to sit in the bowl and bathe like the crows. 

Saturday, March 30, 2019


It has been very hot here, where I leave and we are apparently going through a heatwave, by Kerala standards.  There has been no rain for around 2 months now, which is not usual here.  So, the ground is dry, and the wildlife has very little water.
I have a birdbath on the ground, in my yard.  I have seen various birds come to drink and the crows having a bath, each waiting their turns politely.  I have seen squirrels and a cat come and drink from the bowl.  I try to see that the stagnant water is thrown out and fresh water put in once in 3 or 4 days.  Yesterday I saw a squirrel come by and drink water, after making sure there was nobody around.
But this evening I saw an interesting sight.  The water tank next door was overflowing and I saw a racket-tailed drongo fly over to where the water was overflowing, sit on the pipe and drink it's fill.  The water was flowing quite heavily too, not a dribble.  I never thought a bird would drink from flowing water.  I have only ever seen my Labrador retriever drink like that.  What thirst does!

Wednesday, March 27, 2019

A hunt

Hearing a piercing and repeated bird cry from just outside the house, near my bird bath, I crept out of the house carefully.  I saw a bird of prey--a kite possibly, with a grey head.  On searching through google, the bird I saw seemed most like a grey-headed fish eagle.  But after reading up about it, that seems almost impossible.  Whatever, the bird seemed a young one, because it was making a huge commotion.  After a bit, I saw it fly and swoop down, and then I saw it sitting in my driveway with a chameleon in it's beak.  It then came back and sat on the tree I have right next to my front verandah.  I tried to take a picture with my phone.  But before I could adjust everything it flew off.  I presume it must be a young one, because he/she was shouting out his triumph in getting his prey.   I did try to find an image I could use here.  But I could find nothing quite like what I saw.