Wednesday, 13 December 2017

SRI LANKA 4

Before dawn the next morning we were back in the jeep and heading back to Yala NP, having gone thriugh all the entry procedures we were 25th in the queue.At 6am precisely the gates opened and we went in...
 SRI LANKAN JUNGLE FOWL
 WHITE FRONTED WATER HEN
 CHESTNUT HEADED BEE EATER


 SIRKEER MALKOHA
There now follows a series of photos of another juv. Crested Hawk Eagle for which I make no apology.
 CRESTED HAWK EAGLE my only concern is the eye colour which is different from yesterdays?
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 CH EAGLE
BARRED BUTTON QUAIL.
Failed to see Leopard again,for me Yala is a bit over-hyped and is too busy for its own good.
After a late breakfast it was the road again for us and an overnight stay at Kalus hideaway a hotel owned by Kumar Sangakarra the cricketer,needless to say he wasn`t there.The afternoon was spent at UDA WALAWE N.P. one of the best places to see elephants in Sri Lanka.
 MALABAR PIED HORNBILL
 BLACK SHOULDERED KITE
 AKA BLACK WINGED KITE
 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER
 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER
 MARSH SANDPIPER
 MARSH SANDPIPER
 MARSH SANDPIPER
 MARSH SANDPIPER
 PROUD AS A PEACOCK
 PEACOCK DISPLAY
 PEACOCK.
 AAH A LITTLE BABY HEFFALUMP.
 ONLY A FEW DAYS OLD.
 WELL CHAPERONED BY MOTHER
 A LOVELY MOMENT.
 A STRANGE BIRD THE PELICAN
 ITS BEAK CAN HOLD MORE THAN ITS BELLY CAN
 BLACK WINGED STILT
 BWS
 BWS
 PAINTED STORK
 PAINTED STORK


 SPOT BILLED PELICAN
 SBP
 RED WATTLED LAPWING
 INDIAN POND HERON
 IPH
 ASHY CROWNED SPARROW LARK
 ACSL
 WOOLLY NECKED STORK
 WNS
 WNS
 WNSTORK
 RING NECKED PARAKEET.

Next morning in the hotel gardens several peacocks were displaying...
 BEAUTIFUL
 SMASHING SUPER LOVELY...
 REAR VIEW AIN`T BAD EITHER
 WATER LILY
 BLACK HEADED CUCKOO SHRIKE (F)
 BHCS
 SCALY BREASTED MINIVET
 SBM
 SBM.
After checking out we left for the rain forest at Sinharaja calling at the elephant transit home on the way,here they look after orphaned or lost young elephants until old enough to go back into the reserve.We watched them being fed and bathing which was quite amusing but the best was finding these scops owls
 INDIAN SCOPS OWLS
 INDIAN SCOPS OWLS
The next two nights were spent at the ECO LODGE FOREST RESERVE at SINHARAJA staying in a converted shipping container that was red hot by day and cool to say the least at night.
 THE ECO LODGE
 PRIMARY TROPICAL RAINFOREST.

 CONTAINER CHEZ-NOUS

 BROWN BACKED NEEDLETAIL
 SPOT THE STICK INSECT
 WATER SNOWFLAT

 PITCHER PLANT
 PITCHER PLANT-I got a leech up my trouser leg in the forest and when I got back to the container there was blood gushing from a tiny hole in my right calf,they have an anti coagulant in their bite, however my first aid training kicked in and rest elevation and poressure plus a Lion beer eventually saved the day and my leg.Before that this CEYLON BLUE MAGPIE showed briefly before heading back into the forest.

 CEYLON BLUE MAGPIE
AWAY IN A FLASH.

GOODNIGHT.