Category Archives: wildlife

skulls and butterfly wings…

Up close and personal with an Andhra Butterfly. Found it dying outside my door hence the detail i was able to capture.


Is it just me or can you spot the image of a skull in amongst the inside wing pattern above? …and i was amazed by the long curly tongue.


It’s a Papilio Demoleus or Lime Butterfly. Not rare but absolutely exquisite. it has a life span of about 5 days.

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Hmmm, inspired by a close brush nature last night…basically i woke up ‘cos i felt a lizard nestling in my arm pit area…yes folks that is correct…it felt smooth, cold and rubbery. Was mostly annoyed rather than freaked out as this particular lizard was breaking the rules, ie they stick to the walls and the ceiling and not to me!!!. Too bad i did not have the wherewithal to photograph the situation but it was 3.00am. ANYWAY, in lieu of evidential images of aforementioned incident, please accept some gratuitous fauna shots, mostly from my classroom window:

P1090541So many different types of Kingfisher live here!

IMG_0497IMG_0498This beauty is a kind of woodpecker and flies to and from the trees in front of our computer lab and believe it or not makes a kind of guttural Woody Woodpecker noise as it flies!

IMG_0514classroom inhabitant 1, climbing up my computer wire…

IMG_0745classroom inhabitant 2, on my desk…

more birds of andhra…


…can’t do justice to the birds of Andhra Pradesh, if you are lucky enough to spend time in the countryside, you will catch glimpses of all manner of exotic creatures…flashes of brilliant colours, which i almost never am able to capture, had better luck with the kingfishers than the Palapitta of a previous post though…here are a few decent shots of some kingfishers…

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catch that pigeon…


Damn that pigeon!, every evening when i am teaching photoshop in the computer labs, i see the Palapittas (Andhra Pradesh state bird) flying into the neighbouring field. The Palapitta (the telegu name for it), also known as the Indian Roller and even the Milk Pigeon, looks like a regular enough bird when static, a nice turquoise/brown affair, but when it flies, it’s AMAZING…vivid blue/turquoise wings, a flash of brilliant colour…

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Needless to say i have been trying to catch that pigeon (photographically of course) for years, still not done it to my satisfaction…its always too far away, too fast. Even my young students try to help be by lobbing stones at it (from a distance, with no chance of hitting it) to coax it into flight…like i said, damn that pigeon!!!