Friday, May 28, 2010

Black-rumped Flameback - Part 2

A Black-rumped Flameback photographed in Colombo, Sri Lanka

Out of all the birds found in Sri Lanka, the Black-rumped Flameback is one of the most striking in terms of colour.  It's bright red back makes it relatively easy to identify. However it can be mistaken with the Greater Flameback. More info on this species can be found in one of my previous posts at http://devwijewardane.blogspot.com/2009/11/black-rumped-flameback.html

We are fortunate to have a pair of these birds visit our garden on a very frequent basis. These images were all captured at home.

More images inside.
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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Common Tiger

A Common Tiger photographed in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
A Common Tiger photographed in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The Common Tiger is a member of the danainae family of butterflies and is found throughout Sri Lanka, India, Burma and extending to South East Asia and Australia. These butterflies look very similar to the Monarch butterfly found in the Americas.  More images and info after the jump.
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Saturday, May 22, 2010

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

A Blue-tailed Bee-eater photographed in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka
A Blue-tailed Bee-eater photographed in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The Blue-tailed Bee-eater is a common migrant which dispersers throughout the country. Small groups of these birds have been spotted taking up residence in tall trees around Colombo. These images were captured in Anuradhapura near Tissa Wewa (lake). The birds were flying out over the water to catch insects and kept returning to the fence to consume their prey or to take a small break. Returning to the same perch while hunting is common behaviour among Fly-catchers. It's very difficult to photograph these birds in flight as they are quick. More images and info inside.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Ashy Prinia

An Ashy Prinia photographed in Anuradhapura, Sri Lanka

The Ashy Prinia, or the Ashy Wren-Warbler, is a common bird found throughout Sri Lanka and the Indian subcontinent. It's colours, an Ashy upper-part and buff underpart, and upright tail make it easy to identify. These images were shot in Anuradhapura in the north central province of Sri Lanka. It actually perched on this small branch and let me photograph it for quite a while. More info and images after the jump.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Degraves Street - Melbourne

Degraves Street in Melbourne, Australia
Degraves Street in Melbourne, Australia

The lanes and alleys of Melbourne are quite busy as they are full of small Cafe's and bars. I spent quite a bit of time wondering around them with the camera. We also stopped at a one of the cafes for a really good meal. The photographs on this post were taken down Degraves Street which is quite close to the Flinders Street station.  More images after the jump.
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Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Graffiti - Hosier Lane, Melbourne

Graffiti - photographed down Hosier Lane in Melbourne
Graffiti - photographed down Hosier Lane in Melbourne

Hosier Lane, on  the southern end of Melbourne's CBD, is famous for it's street art and graffiti. The graffiti covered walls have become a back drop for fashion and wedding photography as well as being a tourist attraction. The lane is also featured in state sponsored tourism campaigns and other publications. Everything along the lane, including the bins which are shown in one of the images below, is covered in Graffiti. The street art on the walls along Hosier lane is legal. More images inside.
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Friday, May 7, 2010

Melbourne

Flinders Street station - Melbourne, Australia
Flinders Street station - Melbourne, Australia

It has taken me five years to make it down to Melbourne since relocating to Sydney in early 2005. We spent last weekend in and around the Melbourne CBD catching up with a few friends and family.  I had Friday and Monday off as well and spent the extra days wondering around the city with the camera. The image above is of Flinders Street station, one of the bigger stations in the CBD.  More images and info after the jump.
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Tuesday, May 4, 2010

The Greater Coucal

A Greater Coucal (Common Coucal) photographed in Colombo
A Greater Coucal (Common Coucal) photographed in Colombo

The Greater Coucal, also known as the Common Coucal or the Crow Pheasant is a wide spread resident of southern Asia ranging from India to Southern China and Indonesia. Surprisingly, they are weak fliers and are usually seen clambering through vegetation. These birds are common in Sri Lanka and are distributed in varying habitats which range from gardens to degraded forests. More images and info inside.
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