Rooftop garden- an update

This a little update of my Rooftop Garden- there has been a lot of action in the garden, so I thought of posting some pictures of the species which I love photographing and watching from the own comfort of my home!

For the first time, the Oriental white-eye (Zosterops palpebrosus) visited our garden. I love the white circle around its eyes!

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Zebra Doves (Geopelia striata) often come to the garden to preen their beautiful feathers. They were very patient with me as I kept clicking my camera as they cleaned themselves.

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I found out that there were 5 of the same species of caterpillar on my periwinkle flower plant. After researching, I came to know they belong to the Oleander hawk moth (Daphnis nerii). A few days ago they were still there- one was even turning brown, slowly into a cocoon. But sadly, we saw the bulbuls eating one, the others disappeared the next morning- until only the brown one was left. Yesterday, the brown one was also gone!! I was really looking forward to seeing a moth… but that is the cycle of nature, and I learnt to accept it even though I was really sad.

I experimented with different lenses/ settings to take shots of the caterpillars. I loved their intricate patterns. They were so adorable!

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Goodbye caterpillars! Sorry I couldn’t see you fly away as a moth.

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Lavanya Prakash

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