Yesterday, my pots section looked like this [picture below]. Today it looks better. I decluttered the area by discarding a few cacti pots in little pots mercilessly. I also thinned down the overgrowing offshoots of the now flowering orchid plants you see in the corner. This was long overdue. I also had to repot a couple of potted cacti that I want to retain for some more time.
To relax, I brought out the camera and lazed away. In the bargain, I got to see these:
An Impatiens flower glowing in the sun.
A little bee rests on the Water lily petal in the pond.
There is something new I see at the pond each time I go with the camera! This is my ten thousandth shot... or so it seems! Five were on show today.
On the hyacinth leaf in the pond, this is a common sight. A tiny Coromandal Marsh Dart - a damselfly perches as the sun was shining bright.
Close by is the Aechmea gamosepala. Amazing colour combo. A couple of those buds were open today.
This little kitty was hiding in a cement pipe. I wanted to take a snap of it jutting its head out of the pipe, but it would not move from inside. It was scared of my presence. It had chosen the pipe as a good hiding place. Who taught it to go and hide there? This kitty is just a few days old. I shot it when inside the pipe.
It had come out when I was not seeing. So I missed that shot. It's calling its mother who was around.
Minutes later, I found it in my junk shed. They learn to climb!
See here! Precariously perched at the edge of an old Charaka.
In the afternoon, I heard the tailorbird making noise. It does like that when Sunbirds also sometimes visit at the same time. But since I had the camera ready, I noticed a 'new bird'. The tailorbird was trying to chase it away from 'its territory'! Tailorbird is above with its olive-green wings.
This bird does not visit my yarden regularly. This was the first time I saw. I glanced for some clues in the Book of Indian Birds that was gifted by a kind friend on Dave's Garden, Shirley. But was not sure. So, as always, when in doubt, I posted an image on the forum and it was very soon identified thus: The one that's common in southern India is Clamorous Reed Warbler Acrocephalus stentoreus. A bit out of its normal habitat (papyrus beds), so I'd suspect it's a recently arrived winter visitor from a bit further north that hasn't found its preferred habitat yet (that's probably why you've not seen one before!).
With that clue, I checked it in the book which lists it as Great Indian Reed Warbler. An entry was there sans images. So I added a few. [click]. That's how quick DG is! A couple of images:
I missed where it flew off when I was looking at my camera for a couple of seconds. The tailorbird had stopped shouting! And I was lucky to be there when this arrived.