Saturday, April 25, 2009


With my last post titled "Flora", it's only fair that this one is
called "Fauna". Lizards head the list and with so many of them all
across the garden, they were the easiest to photograph.

My nephew discovered this one on this bush. She later perched herself
right on the top to soak up the afternoon sun.

Here's one all splayed on a fence in one part of the hospital. This
area seemed to get less attention from the gardener.

A wounded lizard found by my nephew. Must've been attacked by
the cat.

A quick run to the bottom of the garden yielded these results.
There are many skinks under heaps of dry leaves. I almost stepped
on this beautiful creature.

A wagtail on the bamboo. Caught her as I shot some of the day-
break scenes.

There were many brown butterflies but this one caught my eye. I
haven't googled hard enough to be able to rattle off its name.


Anonymous said...

You were able to capture some fascinating pictures Kanak. The one sunning himself on the bush is quite large! We are just now beginning to see butterflies and hummingbirds here. Hope you have an enjoyable evening.

Linda Lunda said...

Thay are so cute!
Yes.. I do think that! :o)!
I know many people that dont.....

Karen said...

Aw, so cute, especially the little skink! Nice for him that you were looking where you stepped. I still remember the little lizard that got trapped in your painted fence! Wonder if its tail ever grew back?!

Wendy said...

Love the butterfly and bird, but the skink? Naw - you can have it. Sorry. The lizard is o.k.
Good pics, though. You do have patience to wait for these critters.
Enjoy the weekend!

Susie said...

Neat creatures Kanak. I can't imagine seeing lizards that big at my house. We've been seeing lots of little green ones at work. They are more my size!

tina said...

That is one big lizard in the first picture! I feel bad for the lizards and just can't understand why cats attack them. My cat kills so many here. We have the skinks and anoles I guess they are called? No idea but they never bother me and I do enjoy them. That one you almost stepped on really blends in.

Roses and stuff said...

Kanak, those shots of lizards are great! Such interesting animals. i trust they are all harmless...?

Kanak Hagjer said...

Mildred, thanks. I only have the brown/gray ones here so I found it interesting to see the many different patterns on the lizards' skin.

Linda, I'm glad I don't have that kind of feeling towards lizards. Many people are so afraid of them. I think they'ere beautiful!

Karen, that was an Experience!! Sometimes I wonder the same too. I hope it did! Will be at Greenwalks soon....

Thanks Wendy. There are so many of them that I really didn't have to wait all that much. And talking about birds, I'll need a super zoom camera to be really able to capture the finer details.

Susie, green ones look so cute but here we only seem to have the dull shades. But the temptation to photograph them is hard to resist!!

Tina, I'm not too sure about the exact names. I only came across the word 'skink' recently. I've seen anoles on Blotanical. The first lizard was heavy with egg. My 13-year-old nephew made this observation. He's very fond of animals and knows quite a bit about what he encounters on a daily basis. About the cat attack(s), I feel bad too.

Katarina, they are harmless, that is, as long as one doesn't aggravate them. They seem to be quite happy around the garden. Thank you for your comment.
Have a great gardening week.

shantana said...

Hey kanak,
Great pics...Only after seeing you capture them on camera makes me realize that I get carried away just watching them and saying:wow so cute and things like that but never take a shot:-)Nw I'll remember to keep the camera ready...

Kanak Hagjer said...

Ruby, delighted to read all your comments today. How lovely! Thanks a ton!!!

Now that you mention it, I think it'll be interesting to see garden wildlife of Oman. Just shoot...looking forward to seeing them in the not too distant future.

Thank you for commenting on the Haflong photos. And the butterflies too.

Love to Diya. Have a great week!

walk2write said...

What a great picture of the skink, Kanak! I welcome the reptiles in the garden, even snakes. They eat the harmful insects that attack my plants and us, and we don't have any problems with rodents. Our younger cat has a bad habit of chasing and maiming the small lizards that are so common here. I just hope she doesn't try snagging one of the snakes. They might bite back!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Thanks, W2W. I love lizards...I only wish I had the colourful ones too. With snakes, I get the creeps. The only time I took a shot was when I thought I was clicking away at a skink! Turned out to be a snake!

Anonymous said...

You have a wonderful assortment of wildlife in your area. I love the new header, very nice. :)

Chandramouli S said...

Those shots are lovely, Kanak. It was only after reading your lizard posts did I start thinking, "Okay! These lizzies aren't so bad-looking after all!"
Still, I prefer the butterflies to the lizards :D!

easygardener said...

It is interesting to see wildlife that is so different from the kind we get here. The little lizard must be very athletic to climb that chain link fence!

Kanak Hagjer said...

Racquel, so glad you mentioned the header! It's characteristic of the landscape in n. eastern India and was taken in my parents' garden. As were the rest of the garden wildlife. You're right, it's rich in its diversity.

Hmmm...Chandramouli, I hope I can convince you to like them at least (through my posts). More lizards coming up later. I'm hooked!!

Easygardener, they are! Good climbers and fast too. I couldn't capture the very orange head as getting them to 'pose' is near impossible:)

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