Ecotour of southern Sri Lanka (2) : Yala national park (YNP) and environs

When:  October 2014                         Weather hot 25-30C

 

The highlight of our ecotour of Sri lanka was to have been Yala NP and the leopards…sadly the drought that had prevailed meant that we had limited access only for a few hours…the day started with shooting the sunrise from the shore…   \

sunrise over Yala

sunrise over Yala

end of the jetty

end of the jetty

the waves pounded

the waves pounded

 

the lone fisherman with his handline

the lone fisherman with his handline

 

the local fishing boats

the local fishing boats

We then proceeded to shoot by the lake shore in Kirinda….outstanding.  The first notable sightings were of the magnificent imperial green pigeons…there were simply everywhere…but there were lots of other interesting birds too…

Imperial Green Pigeon

Imperial Green Pigeon

beautiful munia

beautiful munia

Oriental white eye

Oriental white eye

 

Munia

Scaly Breasted Munia

 

female paradise flycatcher

female paradise flycatcher

 

Purple rumped sunbird: male

Purple rumped sunbird: male

 

feeding..

feeding..

 

female purple rumped sunbird

female purple rumped sunbird

star tortoise!

star tortoise!

Star bird of the morning: blue faced Malkoha

Star bird of the morning: blue faced Malkoha

 

Just amazingly beautiful malkoha

Just amazingly beautiful malkoha

 

close up of eye

another view

 

This Shikra was minding his own business

This Shikra was minding his own business

 

surveying the terrain...

surveying the terrain…

 

hornbill dwarfing the raptor

hornbill dwarfing the raptor

 

and soon chased the raptor away..

and soon chased the raptor away..

 

And so on to Yala NP in the afternoon…

this handsome monitor lizard welcomed us to the park

this handsome monitor lizard welcomed us to the park

The dirt roads in Yala

The dirt roads in Yala

 

Adjutant stork

Adjutant stork

 

the endemic  Ceylon jungle fowl

the endemic Ceylon jungle fowl

 

jackal

jackal

 

peacocks were everywhere

peacocks were everywhere

 

the magnificent crested hawk eagle which we saw several times

the magnificent crested hawk eagle which we saw several times

 

crested hawk eagle

crested hawk eagle

 

Crest standing regally

Crest standing regally

 

But we were in Yala to try and spot leopards and it was getting dark as we were leaving the park when we saw a spotted tail …and we finally found a leopard of Yala…it was very dark and difficult to photograph…

back view of leopard's head with cute white tipped ears

back view of leopard’s head with cute white tipped ears

 

he was just sitting there..

he was just sitting there..

 

looking at us

looking around

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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