Posts Tagged ‘anush’

This comes from my shiny new….

November 15, 2007

Fed up with my dilly-dallying over what laptop to get, KM decided for me and hey presto, yesterday a shiny new Toshiba M200 landed on my…er….lap…

anushsh has spent the better part of the day transferring most of the stuff from the old Toshiba to the new one (can I call it a Toshiba-by?)…and though I thought that the old one was doing fine, it’s only after I have looked at my own pics on this new screen that I am really zapped and pretty enthusiastic about the new comp!

Thanks, Anush, for the help, which thou shalt complete tomorrow, hopefully….

Here’s the new baby:

new toshiba m200

The main problem with the old one was that the hinge between the monitor and the keyboard was dead and gone and unreplaceable. If you look at the photo you will see (if you can stop laughing for a while and wipe your eyes after having noticed the repair job) how I had ingeniously used instant glue and cellotape to solve the problem and kept that laptop going for the past few months….

The Old Faithful has given me four nearly SEVEN years of excellent service, thank goodness I am not a senti person or I would be wiping a tear from my eye about now… sniff.

The old one goes to the factory at Hosur where no doubt it will be worked to death in a short time….the old order changeth, yielding place to new!

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November 12, 2007

In keeping with my starting with something from the centre of the day….

bee eater duo 091107

NOW let me start…and the start itself was very delayed…I thought that the meeting point was in front of my place at 4 am, so Arvind Badrinarayan also landed up then…and of course, at 4.30 am, anushsh calls me to tell me they were just leaving!

We left at 5 am, and alas, the roads were extremely bad, and we missed our way (as the email directions stated we would!) and did 16 km each way before getting on track again.

The good part, of course, was sighting an ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, and a really fantastic aerial/seating display of a group of SMALL GREEN BEE-EATERS (two of those in the pic above, and one landing beautifully, here)

bee-eater "fantail"

for the story of rest of the day, click here

Save Nanda Road

October 19, 2007

Rashtriya Vidyalaya, or RV Road, is affectionately called Nanda Road, after the Nanda cinema theatre (there were no theatre complexes in the days when it was built) on the road.

We decided to try and do something to save the beautiful trees on this road, which are slated to come under the axe for the proposed Metro.

So here is a reference to a reference:

http://bangalore.metblogs.com/archives/2007/10/save_nanda_road.phtml

amoghavarsha and anushsh decided to start it, and I feel that adding the strength of my words and actions is the least I can do.

I wanted to wait and post after we had achieved something…but am realizing that it’s going to be a long, weary, frustrating battle….so let’s garner support and gather strength!

The lovely picture of the avenue, with its majestic trees, is by rohan_kini Thank you,,Rohan!…and I have yet to meet you face to face…

The Slender Loris…Kaadu Paapaa…

October 14, 2007

Ever since I realized that there was an opportunity to see the Slender Loris , called Kadupapa in Kannada, in a village near Tumkur, I have been wanting to go… Our last try, last week, was a washout because the roads were blocked (due to political upheavals in the State which have now resulted in President’s Rule in Karnataka. But I hate talking about politics.)

Finally, yesterday, everything fell into place, and anushsh,sanath, Anush’s friend Ajay, and I set off, seeing this as-usual magnificient sunset on the way:

sunset on the road to Tumkur

I also snapped this lovely figure of the Monkey-God, Hanuman, on the roadside as we battled (or rather, Ajay did) the evening traffic:

Hanuman on the way to Tumkur 121007

for more photos click here

LJ birding meet…!

October 7, 2007

It was great to meet up with dearchichi and shivakumar_l at Lalbagh, along with anushsh and Mahesh …but we didn’t spend too much time exchanging personal notes as we walked around the area, I got involved in some very nice macro stuff (one of which was my last post) and then when we all spotted sainath‘s SPOTTED OWLETS, the time just flew by and I had to rush off!

But hopefully, there will be more trips for wildlife and birding…and I *will* learn something more…!

Today, amoghavarsha, anushsh,dearchichi, and deponti are doing an LJ wildlife trip…will post about what we saw,later…

Meanwhile, here’s one more macro shot:

Curled millipede lalbagh 051007

And my photo of the SSO (Sainath’s Spotted Owlet) is at

http://www.indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=26216

Went to a wildlife film festival and film camp, yesterday…more about that later.

LJ birding meet…!

October 7, 2007

It was great to meet up with dearchichi and shivakumar_l at Lalbagh, along with anushsh and Mahesh …but we didn’t spend too much time exchanging personal notes as we walked around the area, I got involved in some very nice macro stuff (one of which was my last post) and then when we all spotted sainath‘s SPOTTED OWLETS, the time just flew by and I had to rush off!

But hopefully, there will be more trips for wildlife and birding…and I *will* learn something more…!

Today, amoghavarsha, anushsh,dearchichi, and deponti are doing an LJ wildlife trip…will post about what we saw,later…

Meanwhile, here’s one more macro shot:

Curled millipede lalbagh 051007

And my photo of the SSO (Sainath’s Spotted Owlet) is at

http://www.indianaturewatch.net/displayimage.php?id=26216

Went to a wildlife film festival and film camp, yesterday…more about that later.

A Pretty Bird from the Valley School Area, and a trunk…

July 13, 2007

This is the small minivet…

small minivet 080707 valley school

Whenever I hear the name, I confess that I have this irrepressible image of a very, very tiny animal doctor…”small” “mini” “vet”…

Yes, I *can* hear you groaning (all of you groan ups!)….

And to stop that, here’s another picture…That’s the beautiful pattern on the trunk of a Cycad, which Karthik informs me is an angiosperm, a very slow-growing plant. This one is a pretty (!) tall tree in Lalbagh…

Trunk pattens on Cycad, lalbagh 080707

Worthy of being abstract art…I thought of deepsan when I saw that!

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July 2, 2007

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Camouflage…

July 2, 2007

Remember, I had once made this post about the wonderful camouflage of Nature, and used a photo of a bushlark? Well, here’s another master of disguise that we spotted today in the Valley School area on our field trip…

Grasshopper

There the grasshopper is to the centre left of the picture; if you look carefully, you will see that those long twiggy things in the front of the picture are actually its legs…and yet, it’s SO hard to spot!

And to add to this, just when I finally get the creature in my viewfinder, HOPPP! it is off to some other place, making me look for it with slitted eyes, once again…

So when I see those wonderful photographs and watch those documentaries nowadsys, I am in danger of forgetting to watch the content as I muse about how much of effort must have gone into each frame.

I am simply amazed how birds can keep flying around and yet spot prey that is so well disguised. I think they make better naturalists than yours truly…

One of the high points of today’s trip to Valley School Area, off Kanakpura Road

July 1, 2007

I very, very rarely sight snakes (I can’t say “reptiles”, having seen so many Agamas, lizards, geckos, crocs, and monitor lizards!) in the wild; probably because a) they disappear in a trice into the undergrowth and b) I have not been “trained” to spot them (I remember being as bad with birds, some months ago!)…but today,Karthik showed us a baby spectacled cobra….

 Baby Spectacled Cobra Side Pose 1 July 07 Valley School Area off Kanakapura Road

Incredible sight. The little snake was quite annoyed at being spotted, and was hissing like a heated kettle. I was certainly glad that Karthik was around to ensure that it didn’t disappear in a trice into the undergrowth before amoghavarsha,anushsh , KM and I had a good look at it.

 Baby Spectacled Cobra 1 July 07

The whole episode was over in less than a minute…but what a memorable minute it was! Other photos will follow….we saw three Grey Hornbills, and got some lovely macro shots of a plant hopper (what’s that? watch this space!)….but I just couldn’t wait to get to the net and share these snaps. No, I agree, they are not technically good, but the SPEED with which the baby cobra zipped into the undergrowth was just so fast, I am amazed that I got any shots at all! These pics are on the S3IS…KM was so glad that I didn’t keep bugging him for the Canon EOS20D, but there were a few moments when I wanted to….for birding, the EOS with the 300mm Prime is SO good! We met Prashanth Badrinath, an expert birder, along with his friend Vijay; they had just seen an Oriental Honey Buzzard.. the only Oriental thing that WE saw, apart from the landsape of the southern Indian peninsula, of course, was the Oriental Magpie Robin, which will make its appearance in the next post.