insects

Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

I first spotted this bird perched on a electric transmission wire. The area underneath was all shrubs. It was in the hot monsoon season. The bird has a very strange plumage pattern of brown and cream stripes. It’s name is Eurasian Wryneck and here it comes on migration. It belongs to the woodpecker family although it’s beak is not as large and dagger like as the other woodpeckers. It subsists on ants and insects which are found in the dead wood. It can rotate it’s neck by almost 180 degrees. When it senses danger, it makes a hissing sound. The… Read More »Eurasian Wryneck (Jynx torquilla)

Indian White Eye 

It is a very small sized bird. It is immediately noticed by its greenish yellow colour plumage with its whitish breast. But most prominent feature is the white rim around its eyes. The bird is widespread in Asia. Both sexes are alike in appearance. It is very timid and restless bird. It mostly resides in the thick branches where it hides itself. It eats insects which are deposited on the leaves. It also eat the nectar of some flowers. It is either hiding in the shade of branches or is so restless that it takes great patience to take good… Read More »Indian White Eye 

Green Bee Eaters

I first noticed this beautiful bird sitting on the transmission wires passing over the wheat field. Due to green color, these looked like small parrots. Then we found it in many places in our neighborhood like over the water bodies and trees. This bird is called Green Bee Eater with its scientific name as “Merops orientalis” is an exquisite little bird with bright emerald green plumage. The wings are largely green, sometimes tinted with gold or reddish-brown, and have a black trailing edge. The bird is fairly gregarious and forages either alone or in small groups. From a perch on… Read More »Green Bee Eaters

Indian Roller or Neelkanth 

Indian Roller or Neelkanth is a beautiful bird. It is seen usually here in the North India from August and till winters. Usually one can spot the bird sitting on the transmission lines passing over the fields or on the top of trees like mangoes. It sits at one place for a long periods of time. It swoops down to catch insects like beetles or grasshoppers. It is not easily scared when you take pictures. The bird is about 26–27 cm long. It is similar in appearance to European rollers which are also here during summer. The difference is that… Read More »Indian Roller or Neelkanth 

Halcyon days and Mythical Bird identified with kingfisher

Many birds and animals are associated with mythology. The term halcyon days usually refers to the periods of past times in one’s life when there was calm, happiness and success. That is to say Good Times. The word halcyon comes from “Hals” meaning “sea or salty” and “kyon” meaning “to conceive” meaning to conceive in sea. The term derives from the Latin word Alcyone who in Greek mythology was the daughter of Aeolus and wife of Ceyx. Her husband died when their ship wrecked. The grief stricken Alcyone threw herself into the sea. After that both were transformed into halcyon… Read More »Halcyon days and Mythical Bird identified with kingfisher

How clean was water of Sukhna Choe once upon a time 

“Choe” in local language in Punjab means a stream or a rivulet. Sukhna choe is the name of stream after which the lake in Chandigarh is named. The choe passes through areas of union territory Chandigarh, Haryana and Punjab before merging into Ghaggar river. Many unauthorized settlements have mushroomed along it particularly in Union territory of Chandigarh. Some industries have also come up near it. There was a time about 50 years ago when the clean water flowed from the dam but these days if you pass by the gates of Lake hardly any water flows there. At that time… Read More »How clean was water of Sukhna Choe once upon a time 

Purple Sunbirds: Wonderful Creation of Nature

From the time of the year when winter starts fading away here in the North India, plenty of plants and trees begin blossoming scattering the landscape with vivid colours. The pollens and nectars attract bees and birds alike. Everyone is in win win situation. Plants and trees lure the bees and birds with nutrition of pollen and nectar and in the process they utilize this process for cross pollination which is essential for robust seeds. During these days, one bird which attracts your attention is Purple Sunbird. Males are in there full glory as they are in their breeding plumage.… Read More »Purple Sunbirds: Wonderful Creation of Nature