Ecotour of southern Sri Lanka : (1): Bundala

When: October 2014         Weather: Hot 25-30C

Leica M240.  35 summilux, 21 super elmar,  90 summicron.   Lumix FZ200

Our adventure started off well when we had a power outage during dinner in our hosts’ house in a Colombo suburb….with the blackout the fireflies came out and flashed brilliantly in the garden…

firefly trail

firefly trail

 

fireflies in pitch darkness

fireflies in pitch darkness

Having ended our meeting, our group of birders and nature lovers set off from Colombo heading east towards Udawalawe national park in our ten seater van, intending to stop there to view the elephants. As it turned out, it took a bit longer than we expected and we didn’t have time to stop in Udawalawe…but a friendly elephant came up close to us on the main road which kind of made up for it…After Udawalawe, we turned south towards our final destination of Yala National Park, the park with the most leopards resident.  It took us the best part of 5-6 hours to get to the Leopard Lodge in Yala, our base for the next four nights.

the road passing throughj Udawalawe national Park...elephant in the distance

the road passing throughj Udawalawe national Park…elephant in the distance

 

He was a friendly fellow..but note the electric fence...

He was a friendly fellow..but note the electric fence…

 

our most comfortable accommodation for 4 nights Yala Leopard Lodge

our most comfortable accommodation for 4 nights Yala Leopard Lodge

 

The next morning, we headed in our jeep to Bundala Wetlands for some birding…it was about 1-1.5 hours away and we found a large lake there with many water birds…

 

Dawn over Yala

Dawn over Yala

our transport for the trip

our transport for the trip

 Bundalla  National Park

Bundala National Park

 

disused hide

disused hide

 

Terns were the dominant species

Terns were the dominant species

 

The hard to find Adjutant Stork

The hard to find Adjutant Stork

 

black headed Ibis

black headed Ibis

 

the less common Glossy Ibis

the less common Glossy Ibis

 

Pacific Golden Plover

Pacific Golden Plover

 

amorous activities!

amorous activities!

 

my favourite Pied Kingfisher

my favourite Pied Kingfisher

 

Godwit with long reddish beak

Godwit with long reddish beak

the less common yellow wattled lapwing

the less common yellow wattled lapwing

 

The common red wattled lapwing

The common red wattled lapwing

 

Eurasian thick-knee or stone curlew

Eurasian thick-knee or stone curlew

 

another thick-knee

another thick-knee

 

black winged stilt

black winged stilt

 

feeding time

feeding time

longtailed jacana

longtailed jacana

spoonbill

spoonbill

 

Tricolour Munia

Tricolour Munia

 

making a splash

making a splash

 

hawk eagle being harrassed by crow

hawk eagle being harrassed by crow

 

and fleeing...

and fleeing…

 

blue tailed bee eater

blue tailed bee eater

 

green bee eater

green bee eater

 

parakeet

parakeet

 

Hello..what's up?

Aah…that feels so good..

 

Bundala was a wonderful birding location…highly recommended for general birding!

 

 

 

We were disappointed that Yala NP which was supposed to open on the day we visited instead remained closed due to the drought.  So we managed to go in for one safari only…

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