(Gary and Paula Combrink with friends spent some time in Sri Lanka. Paula forwarded these wonderful images of some of Sri Lanka's fascinating birds and other wildlife. Enjoy! - Ed.)
SRI LANKA ~ March 2017
There are 34 endemic species in Sri Lanka which is a high density given the size of the Island.
Being a tropical island with superb forest canopies be they natural or agriculture it’s quite difficult to spot but the song birds are enough to peak any visitors interest.
We visited to 2 National Parks doing day trips - Yala and Bundala Wetland where most of our “birding” was done and spoilt we were in its richness. 47% of birds in Sri Lanka are resident while the balance migrate with a total of 459 species recorded at the last count.
The Ceylon Junglefowl is their National Bird – which sure has shiny feathers but really needs to be rethought! Sadly two birds I saw but never got photographs of were the Indian Pitta (blue hues of artistic brilliance) and the Hanging Parrot with its crimson head and emerald body ~ next time!!
Here are some of the photos …..
Text and images by Paula Combrink.
Indian Stone Curlews
Sri Lanka Leopard
Western Yellow Wagtail
Peacock ~ so completely royal
Peahens seeing off a Golden Jackal
Malabar Pied Hornbill ~ more regal than our Trumpeter Hornbill
Painted Stork with catch
Brown-headed Barbet feeding chicks
Prolific and varied amount of waterbirds in Bundala wetland where we watched various Herons, Terns, Stints, Warblers, large Storks , Larks and Pipits, birds of Prey and more and more. The non-birders in our group were smitten!