birds, flora, fauna of pune - and issues threatening these
Pune has a lot to offer to birdwatchers and nature enthusiasts. All the more reason to conserve the wilderness, indigenous trees and plants still standing. This blogspot was begun with the idea of recording only the natural environment of Pune, but now the issues that threaten this environment also find a place here
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One morning as I trimmed the vigorously growing mint in one of the pots in the balcony these interesting looking fungi showed themselves. Had been quietly flourishing for atleast a few weeks if not more. Would be nice if someone knows more about them. Is italright to have them growing around a food plant (mint, which we eat) or are they poisonous and to be exterminated? A friend observes that I am lucky to have them and it's not so easy to grow such things intentionally. Well!
Every year around April-May the red whiskered Bulbuls arrive. From their
overall behavior it appears to be their breeding season. There is an
old unoccupied house, which one particular pair seems to like. The
balcony has a mirror. One Bulbul in
particular seems to like watching itself in the mirror. It also flies up
and down a few times and stares at the reflection. Then it flies away.
It does this at least few times everyday. I have been observing this for
the last 2 years.
Photos are not great in terms of clarity due to the distance and an ordinary camera. Taken for
record. What is of interest here is the behavior of this bird.