Related article via Washington Dept. of Fish And Wildlife. http://wdfw.wa.gov/living/swallows.html
This beautiful cuckoo graced the deodar outside for just a few minutes. The call was a distinct giveaway but I wasn’t fast enough to capture it. The video and stills were shot through a glass door so they’re not very sharp.
Watch my video:http://youtu.be/2j56MpEaimc
Related sites: Click on the link to hear cuckoo calls: Via xeno_cantohttp://www.xeno-canto.org/species/Cuculus-saturatus
At sundown a few evenings ago, I saw what I thought were two bees around my flower pots. They were still there an hour later. On taking a closer look I realised there were moths, though quite different from the hawk moth that I was familiar with. I took the camera out in time to get a few shots before nightfall. It wasn’t easy as these moths were flitting around like they couldn’t make up their minds; barely hovering over a flower for a second or so. Peter Smetacek, a lepidopterist-friend, helped me id the moths. Peter is one of India’s experts when it comes to butterflies and moths and has got a whole lot of us “infected” as he says, with his passion for the flutterby.
The Hippotion Celerio is also called the Vine hawk moth or Silver striped Hawk moth. With summer flowers blooming, I hope I get to see more of the Sphingidae family.
Read more about Hawk Moths and Peter via Woodstock School:http://www.woodstockschool.in/hovers-like-a-hummingbird-looks-like-a-bee/
Related article on the Vine moth via wiki:.http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hippotion_celerio
Himalayan Langurs look almost human. You only have to observe them to see the similarities. It’s another matter Langurs behave a lot better than some people I know! They possess the intelligence to leave you alone if you let them be: and don’t normally steal your food or snarl as you pass by like the Rhesus do.
In fact, they seem to know to coexist with the different species that inhabit high altitude terrain unlike most of us; and as I discovered, will even pose for a photograph now and then. I find them fascinating but am no longer surprised by their good behaviour.
Some grow at 7000 ft while a few of these are alpine flowers that I came across on treks at around 12,000-14,000 ft.
- Meconopsis; Blue Himalayan Poppy in the UBC Botanical Garden (jmeyersforeman.wordpress.com)