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Hunsur–A journey to the rice fields by the lake side





A trip to spend some time with Gerry Martin in his farm house in Hunsur by the Devikere Lake, to explore the beautiful rice fields, to observe and photographs the magnificent insect kingdom and yes eat good food. Spent 4 days way back in 2011 and wanted to return back. Went back this year in January and had a whale of a time.


2011 - 


I am going to primarily have this as a photo essay which a few one liners sprinkled here and there.


Frogs, Crabs

Indian Pond Frog (Euphlyctis hexadactylus) – What a beautiful Frog, really huge in size and its distress call can bring Suresh Kalmadi’s (poorly constructed) stadiums down.

Indian Pond Frog (Euphlyctis hexadactylus) aka Indian Green Frog

Indian Pond Frog (Euphlyctis hexadactylus)

Huge Brown Crab, very close to a water stream very late in the night.


Smaller Brown Crab hiding in the rice fields, the ploughed rice fields give these guys and the snakes a perfect hunting / hiding place.



The Body Armor Bug


A great adaptation, you would have seen green grass hoppers, this was completely colored like a dried straw which is its habitat – superb camouflage.

Grass hopper

Another Superb Bug – These are all at ground / tiny twig level, you walk fast they don’t exist!

Near the peak




There is a woman behind every …. man…. yeah literally!

There is a woman behind every ... man


There is a woman behind every ... man

Crimson Rose


Life inside a Honey Bee’s Nest

Honey Bees in their nest

Weaver Ants

Weaver Ants - March Past

We eat to live, we work to live….

Weaver Ants taking in food

With its hunt

Weaver Ants with hunt

Dragons & Damsels









The Boeing of the Bird Kingdom


Pelican Art

The Boeing in flight

Pelican - flight

Hanging Look

Snack time

Stroll in the water park

Purple Heron

Purple Heron

Painted Stork

Painted Stork

Painted Stork - flight

Nest Building Activity

Painted Stork - Nesting

River Tern – Nest on the hot rock : peeps out with Surprise

River Tern

Black Crowned Night Heron

Black-crowned Night Heron



Mid Day

Sunset & Devikere Lake


Glimmering & Simmering

A nights sleep to recharge our batteries – a star and the crescent share the stage

Moon and a star


A unknown flower close to the water bed.

Peace be with you

A cacti with yellow flowers

Am Yellow

Silky and ready to disperse thy seeds

Soft and Silky

Beep hoots…Time for the Scorpion Show

Scorpions are also known to glow when exposed to certain wavelengths of ultraviolet light such as that produced by a black light, due to the presence of fluorescent chemicals in the cuticle. One fluorescent component is now known to be beta-carboline. A hand-held UV lamp has long been a standard tool for nocturnal field surveys of these animals. Fluorescence occurs as a result of sclerotization and increases in intensity with each successive instar.[23] This fluorescence may have an active role in scorpion light detection.

The portrait

The injection the sting

The injection

A curled up defensive pose


The dance when the stage lights are up

Curled Pose

The pose of the sting

I never knew Scorpions are gentle, they don’t sting us as they know we are not their prey. They do make hissing sounds similar to a cobra when agitated. However in the few little occasions when humans are stung like in a shoe bite etc, guess either the scorpion is under sever pain and stress or the human foot literally injects himself by stamping on the stinger…



Devikere Lake – Panorama (20263*5414)

Devikere Lake Panoram


Slide Show of the entire set


Didn’t spot many snakes, just a gigantic rat snake and the Brahminy blind snake. Saw the jungle cat quite close. Tried my hand at fishing with sophisticated fishing rods and set a new record after 30 minutes lost my fishing hook and my entire bait. Terrible drive to the Nagarhole reserve never did think we will return on those adventurous roads (my poor car). Lovely & memorable drive with some great discussions on our back to Bangalore with Mr Ossie Martin (Gerry’s Dad).


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