Wednesday, October 27, 2010
Birdwatching is a very productive and pleasurable pastime. It requires that you set out on a field trip with your binoculars and field guide in pursuit of the winged fraternity. But another way to indulge in it is by bringing the birds nearer home. You can by installing a birdfeeder, a birdbath or a birdhouse in your garden or balcony. Even if you do not reside in a green haven, there will be birds of many hues in you neighbourhood. There are bound to be bushes and hedges in the nearest park or trees on the roadsides. Peepul trees or mango, quite common around the Indian countryside attract birds by the legion. The berries of the peepul and the blossoms of mango are an invitation to them.
|BIRD is a very basic tray that can hold grains, seeds or food . It can be any shallow dish or a platform of any sort. While a few of the gardening stores or home decor shops may stock some exotic variety, it is a better idea to make one at home. You can be as innovative as you wish in making a rudimentary feeder. |
If you have a balcony or a small terrace with potted plants, place the feeder and bath around these. This will also help create an ecological habitat for the birds.
For an empty birdhouse to become a bird home, all you have to do is put food. It's that simple.
So everyone enjoying the vacations....! Great..!
Just the game we played in school...
Here is the link...
Tuesday, October 12, 2010
Talks with scientists... I have lead on the beetle that we saw in the garden... It wasn't easy even for experts.. this with reference to experts from India and abroad.... working in the field.. and after consulting with the bug experts from the forest department...
The beetle is named...
Over the head...?
Well here is the common name...
red-spotted longhorn beetle
Its actually a bark borer beetle, normally found on mango tree.... and we saw it on kapok tree...
Which some people think is a cotton tree...
Monday, October 11, 2010
The use of rockets and missiles by Indians in modern times dates back to the 18th century, during the period of ruler Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan. Fighting the British colonial army, Tipu Sultan's Army used variety of rockets in supporting role. It was world's first use of rockets for fighting modern wars. In the Second Anglo-Mysore war, at the Battle of Pollilur (10 September 1780), Hyder Ali and Tipu Sultan won grandly, whereby the whole British detachment lead by Colonel Baillie was destroyed and 3,820 soldiers taken prisoner (including Colonel Bailli). At the Battle of Seringapatam in 1792, Indian soldiers launched a huge barrage of rockets against British troops, followed by an assault of 36,000 men. Later at the battle of Srirangapattana (4th Anglo-Mysore war) in April 1799, British forces lead by Colonel Arthur Wellesley (Duke of Wellington) ran away from the battlefield when attacked by rockets and musket fire of Tipu Sultan's army.
Tipu's rockets were far more advanced than any other at the time, and had been fully integrated into his Army, which were under special Rocket Brigades called Kushoons. These were extremely effective in Battle, and completely scattered the British Armies. These rockets were later re-engineered by William Congreve and known in Britain as Congreve Rockets.