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Planthopper

A planthopper is any insect in the infraorder Fulgoromorpha, exceeding 12,500 described species worldwide. The name comes from their remarkable resemblance to leaves and other plants of their environment and from the fact that they often "hop" for quick transportation in a similar way to that of grasshoppers. However, planthoppers generally walk very slowly so as not to attract attention. Distributed worldwide, all members of this group are plant-feeders, though surprisingly few are considered pests. The infraorder contains only a single superfamily, Fulgoroidea. Fulgoroids are most reliably distinguished from the other Auchenorrhyncha by two features; the bifurcate ("Y"-shaped) anal vein in the forewing, and the thickened, three-segmented antennae, with a generally round or egg-shaped second segment (pedicel) that bears a fine filamentous arista. 25 th August 2016 Taranga Hills, Mehsana, Gujarat, India Nikon D7100 AF-S Nikkor 300mm F

Yellow Bittern - female

Yellow Bittern is one of the secretive bird we know. We saw it many times but did not succeed to take its clear photographs. We are planning to visit the Kutch or Jamnagar for breeding plumage of waders from long time.   Finally, Anand and I decided to try our luck at Nal Sarovar. I reached Nal Sarovar at 6 am while my friends Dr Anand Patel, Viren Desai and Hiren Joshi (all came for breeding plumage) were little late and came around 7 am to lake. With formal introduction with each other, we started our search for breeding plumage. All the birds in lake look like they all are in breeding plumage...! Their plumage is different from usual. When we enter into the lake, we saw the Pheasant-tailed Jacana and then we saw this beauty. It is in its full breeding plumage and foraging in shallow water. In afternoon, we went for Red-necked Falcon story of it on following link. “http://www.escapeintothewild.net/2016/08/red-necked-falcon.html“. In evening, we started our journey back

Indian Owlet-moth

1 August 2016 Mount Abu, Sirohi District, Rajasthan, India Nikon D7100 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED f/8, 1/250, iso-800 Previous                                                                                                                                   Next

Asota ficus

1 August 2016 Mount Abu, Sirohi District, Rajasthan, India Nikon D7100 AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED f/14, 1/250,iso-800 Previous                                                                                                                                   Next

Cuteness overloaded - Red-necked Falcon

We went to Nal Sarovar Bird Sanctuary for breeding plumage, on 14/04/16 story posted at Black-tailed Godwit. In afternoon after taking lunch, we were planning to return to the lake. We had news of Red-necked Falcon seen near other part of the lake. Now we have confusion about visit or not visit that place, it was quite far away + horribly bumpy road. Finally, we decided go there, after all it is Red-necked Falcon…! We saw three Juvenile birds looks like they were recently left their nest. We searched surroundings for the adult but probably they were not nearby. Chick of Red-necked Falcon look super cute…!  The red-necked falcon (Falco chicquera) is a bird of prey in the falcon family with two disjunct populations, one in India and the other in Africa. This medium-sized falcon has bluish grey wings and upper body, a chestnut red cap with short chin straps passing through the eye. The primary feathers of the wing are black and a single black band at the tip of the tail