Murud Sheng

Helicteres isora; Flowering now. Also called the Indian screw tree due to the screw shape of its fruits.  
 A medium sized tree which is found all over India. The red flowers are pollinated mainly by birds of the sunbird family. It Possess an impressive range of nutritional and medicinal properties. Fibres from the bark are used to make rope. They are also visited by many butterflies. Grey bark and alternately arranged hairy, ovate shaped leaves with serrate margins.
It is a good source of carbohydrates, proteins, fiber, calcium, phosphorus and iron. Different parts of the plant are traditionally used in the indigenous medicine system to cure various ailments. The roots and the bark are used as an expectorant, demulcent, constipating and lactifuge and useful in colic, scabies, gastropathy, diabetes, diarrhoea and dysentery. The fruits are used as astringents, refrigerant, stomachachic, antispasmodic, haemostatic and vermifuge. They are useful in griping of bowels, flatulence, colic, diabetes, diarrhea and dysentery. Source (wikipedia) 


Alstonia Scholaris

Also known as Saptaparni, Satween, Blackboard tree, Indian devil tree, Ditabark, Milkwood pine, White cheesewood and so on, this is a tree native to the Indian subcontinent. Flowering around October, the white infloresence releases a heavy sweet scent into the night air. 


The urban kingfisher

Kingfishers are not uncommon where I live. These days they even come and perch on cable and electricity wires high up in the sky and from there make their shrill calls.

Often I have seen a fisher meditating on a low branch next to a pond take a sudden swoop into the water. It emerges in a jiffy with a flash of turquoise, triumphant, a fish in its beak. Today was more interesting. This particular specimen was perched on a cable wire near a tarred road. Suddenly it swooped down low on to the road surface, picked up something in its beak and went back to its original wiry perch. Just another example of how birds adapt to the urban environment.

(Photo clicked elsewhere by me)