Now I ain’t saying she a gold digger


An unusual visitor in the garden. I was both fascinated by and scared of this bright wasp that paid a visit to my little patio garden a few days back. Turns out it is the great golden digger wasp, a benign gentle wasp (well tell that to the insects it paralyzes) with pretty interesting behavior.

It digs tunnels, puts paralyzed but live insects in it, lays an egg and shuts the tunnel. Its larvae feed on live paralyzed insects once they hatch. The wasp inspects the tunnels before putting the insect inside. Now, if the insect is moved from its position, it will drag the insect back to the entrance of the tunnel and inspect the tunnel all over again (even if the tunnel was just inspected) before putting the insect in.  Is it  programmed behavior or a total absence of short term memory it is hard to say 🙂




Spring Spirit : song bird & blooming bud


I spotted this American goldfinch on one of my morning walks perched on the blooming branch of an eastern redbud tree. I especially loved the mix of colors, the yellow bird, the  pink flowers and the green lawn made for a great back ground.

He was merrily feasting on seeds in the lawn but then he noticed me moving closer, looked for a few seconds at my camera (thats when I got this next shot) before flying away.  😦



Weekly Photo Challenge : It IS Easy Being Green


For this rose-ringed parakeet (the Indian parrot), it is definitely easy being green (literally). 


It can be easily identified by its shrill calls, very common even in urban localities that are dotted by at least a few trees.  My parent’s apartment has a Gulmohar tree right next to one of their balconies, which is a perfect hide out for these birds. With their green plumage and red beaks, they fit right in, among the branches of the gulmohar tree with lush green feathery leaves and bright red flowers. 

With a multitude of shades of green, this beautiful bird  is a master of camouflage  It would be really hard to spot one if it was a little quieter. Can you spot the two birds in the picture below?


In response to the weekly photo challenge; it is easy being green

Weekly Photo Challenge : A good match


These two pigeons live on the tree, next to my balcony at home, in India. Every morning my mom feeds them some grains of rice or wheat or whatever is at hand. If she is late or if she forgets, they take turns pecking on the railing of the balcony and making their weird cooing sound, perched on the kitchen window until they get their breakfast. For the rest of the afternoon they hang out in the tree taking naps and chit chatting (I guess), spending days like an old happily married couple after retirement. Now, that’s what I call a “good match”.

And I hope they continue to live happily (ever after….)

In response to the Weekly Photo Challenge : A good match