Sri Lanka Paradise-Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi)

On the 2nd of November around 8.30 am , I noted a female flycatcher sitting on a branch of a mango tree. My eyes first went on to its leather-brown like feathers because its appearance was like a thick leather coat for the bird.

I saw this bird for the first time and was happy to learn a bit more about it.

The ‘chestnut’ upper parts, short tail and the short crest made me identify it as a – female Sri Lankan Flycatcher.
Its chest was white colour.

The timing of the observation seemed to be right as i also learnt that it is a Winter Visitor.

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A beauty in red and black

Curoba sangarida

I was told by the little one that a ‘nice red butterfly’ was seen in the garden for many times in the evenings . However i missed it as I was not around. After several weeks, I was amazed to see this beautiful creature when my little one first spotted it. My kid was claiming it was this ‘butterfly’ mentioned recently. Actually there were couple of them this time. Surely, the previous ones had laid eggs somewhere nearby.

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Purple-rumped sunbirds

Sunbirds on a sunny day

Today morning i heard some voices of a familiar bird’s voice, but from very nearby. I quietly went to see through a front window. Yes ! They are sunbirds … the ones with a shiny purple coat and a shiny green head. A few of them have attracted to yellow flower tree at our front garden.

The tree was full with its new set of blooms appeared after the rain. Almost all the flower bunches hanged down from branches as they still seem to carry on the weight of rain drops from last night. Suddenly, I felt a coolness in my eyes, a feeling as fresh as after a wash. I thought those rain drops too gave the flowers some coolness giving a fresh start for the day.

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Oh little one, i met you once more ……

It was raining yesterday’s night. I was lucky to see a baby sized of the same moth species I noted few days back.

It happened to come-in through kitchen door just before the rain, may be carried in with the wind.

Though it was very little in size compared to the one noted earlier, it’s antenna and those ‘velvety fur’ around head was clearly visible. It didn’t have those few browny spots on the wing.

Starting with little foot steps ….

At the backyard in a cloudy morning

Wondering at the backyard..

We started our joyous nature observations by seeing little snail walks at the backyard and honey bees visiting the garden in the mornings. A frequent set of colourful butterflies made us gaze around for more….

The whole refreshed experience of exploring our own surrounding mixed with thoughts from fresh little eyes inspired to sense a magical spell around.

Little Gazers thought of sharing those beautiful little things for good. We appreciate the fact that they too are the wonderful gifts from mother nature.

It would ignite a feeling to care for natures beauty. That smallest act would make us strive to protect the living beings working hard day and night to keep on the ecological balance and harmony in nature.

Particularly, the young would start loving mother nature more as they get to sense often so much of amusements spell around them.


(c) Little Gazers 2020

Peacock Pansy (මයුර සදැසියා)

Location – Wewala, Piliyandala / captured around 10 am / May 2020

An orange colour butterfly with four black spots was noted at a bare land next to our block in the mid morning. We happened to see it by accident and haven’t noticed it before. Later we identified from a book that it was ‘Peacock Pansy’. It was flying closer to the ground and spent a rather long time around a bush. Only one of them was there at the time.

Honey Bees

Spotting a honey bee in a misty morning

This very lively honey bee (in the image) has been first spotted in a misty, cool morning around 6.45 am on a day in early May 2020. The area was a suburban in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

It was the very first tree at the front garden facing the gate with a clear surrounding. The bee was easily spotted with its buzzing flight.The tree was full with bloomed bright yellow flowers emitting a slight fragrance around. Normally, the fragrance is felt strong around in the morning fresh air !

Thereafter, few other honey bees had also visited the tree on the same day. The honey bee friends continued visiting the same more often during the early mornings for another couple of days.

The tree has already welcomed some other guests as well; some black ants. They were making trips in and out for their newly found sweet. The ants remained on the tree even after the flowers fallen off. They might have found something else to stay around.

Neither of the visitors to this tree were in any conflict.They seemed to be aware of each others presence but too focused on their own work. A lovely sight that we gazed at …..

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