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Indian Common Crow – Bird

The house crow comes under the family, called Corvids, and is further grouped under the genus Corvus comprising rooks, crows and ravens. Corvus is now placed at the highest pinnacle of the bird classification order, not surprising considering the known intelligence of this group of birds.

They are known for their problem-solving skills and amazing communication skills. For example, when a crow encounters a mean human, it will teach other crows how to identify the human. In fact, research shows that crows don’t forget a face or, suddenly, swooping down from the tree to give a peck on a street walker’s head for the heck of it!

People have recorded the incidence of the crows dropping hard nuts that they can’t crack on the center of the road, get it crushed by the fast moving vehicles and keep track of spraying fragments and pick them up later when the road becomes empty.

Crow’s are really one of the challenging subject to photograph as to bring out correct dark shades or the mix of bluish black, gray colors with top quality details requires lots of practice and patience as crows are swift movers.

Like many well known people the Indian famous cartoonist R.K.Laxman’s favorite bird is Crow. I have lots in my birds category collection of these most Intelligent bird.

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Verbal spar over lunch meeting of crows.

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Crow by the side of a small garden pond waiting for me get out of the sight before he can quench his thirst.

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The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:

The Lemon Pansy – Butterfly:  Scientific Name : Junonia lemonias

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) the most common of the 6 pansies, found in parks and gardens in most parts of the India.

The Lemon Pansy butterfly (Junonia lemonias) feeds on yellow Cosmos flower field.

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Pansy butterfly on staircase wall and another on ground sucking moisture and salt for living.

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Patterns & designs on inner and outer wings of Pansy Butterfly.

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Ballon Plant flowering tree:

Rarely seen fully grown Ballon Plant tree in Wild near Kumili, Thekkady forest reserve area, Kerala, India.

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Gomphocarpus (Asclepias physocarpus) is a plant in the milkweed family (in the subfamily Asclepiadoideae of the Apocynaceae, formerly the Asclepiadaceae) often used as an ornamental for the striking yellowish, ball-like fruits.

Flowers are followed by unusual fruits that look like hairy, inflated spheres. The pale green, soft, almost translucent, bladder- like follicles, covered with soft hair-like spines, swell to up to 3 inches in diameter. The follicles become yellowish, often tinged with red or brown, when mature, and very gradually split open to release the numerous brown seeds. Each smooth, flattened oval seed has a tuft of long, silky hairs (a pappus) at one end which aids in dispersal by wind. Cut long stems with pods to use in fresh and dried floral arrangements.

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Common Oriental Garden Lizard:

Common Oriental Garden Lizard posing with its catch.

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Snail on Leaf:

Close up of snail on leaf image spotted at my back yard. We all come across these and many other creatures but a very few make use of converting these casual small critters into a good photographic subject. Sensing the danger due to movements and distractions caused by me it retracted its body into the shell and I had to wait for a few minutes to make its way and move so that I could capture the whole body and the movement. At last snail won the race as I ran out of time and patience and be contented with the one what I captured. Lesson learnt is “Patience pays”.

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