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Thick-billed Flowerpecker - Juvenile bird feeding another juvenile

Thick-billed Flowerpecker is small flowerpecker seen in Gujarat. They visit our campus on regular basis due to presence of many berry-bearing trees. Among these trees Cluster Fig tree are their favorite. In the season of fruit, we use to hear their call from Fig tree almost every morning, afternoon and evenings. On early morning of 11 th April 2018, we heard peculiar call from a Fig tree, which we suspect belongs to juvenile birds. On close observation we spotted three Thick-billed Flowerpecker, two of them are juvenile birds. We clicked some images and observed their behavior. Juvenile birds are still shaky but looks explorative, already started to peck and feed on fig fruits. Adult bird came to feed them with protein diet – arthropod prey, at relatively long intervals. Juveniles continued feeding, foraging and keep calling for adult whole the time. One juvenile is more actively foraging, pecking and feeding in compare to another. Active one was pecking fruit, puncture

Indian Monitor mobbed by Common Myna

Many times we spot Monitors in our campus. There is a partially open rain-water drainage line running through our campus. It is working just like subway for reptiles. Indian Monitors usually seen near such drainage line, disappear in to it at first signal of danger. They are usually shy and avoid proximity of humans. They shows rapid movement on the ground, we saw them instantly climb up under the cars parked nearby, trying to escape from humans view!!! Although no toxicity has been reported in the Indian monitor, Locals here strongly believed these harmless lizards are venomous – frequently killed them. We spotted these monitors at one sunny afternoon of August. It was flicking its forked tongue in and out in the manner of snake . It was hunting on the ground, preying on arthropods and sun basking. Suddenly a Common Myna came nearby and started to mob it. (Food of large Indian Monitors include ground birds and eggs) Indian monitor hide into water drainage instantly.