Sri Lanka, Summary – March 2017

The process of identifying some of the more difficult species, such as amphibians, geckos, crabs, etc , is still ongoing, but everything else has been added to the species list, and is also listed below. Further species will be added to the main list as they are identified. Most of the key species I’d wanted … Read more

Sri Lanka, Mirissa – March 2017

Mirissa is virtually at the southern-most tip of Sri Lanka. This would be the last place we would stay before heading home. As such, we didn’t plan much here, choosing to spend most of the time relaxing. Our hotel was right on the edge of a narrow and quiet beach. From our elevated position we … Read more

Sri Lanka, Bundala – March 2017

A short distance from Yala was is Bundala National Park. It’s full of waterways and lagoons. On the way we stopped briefly at a stream to see Black-crowned Night Heron, and a little further on White-crested Waterhen and Purple Swamphen. We then moved on to some mud-flats near to the National Park, where during sunrise … Read more

Sri Lanka, Yala – March 2017

We went straight to our hotel, which was situated on the beach close to Yala National Park. Signs around the hotel warned that the grounds formed part of a regular route taken by elephants – the biggest wildlife risk in the area. Brahminy Kites scavenged the beach and Large-billed Crows and House Sparrows both made … Read more

Sri Lanka, Udawalawa – March 2017

Our accommodation at Udawalawa was situated right near the boundary of the national park. Sightings of Palm Squirrel, White-throated Kingfisher and a variety of frogs were constant outside the hotel, and in the gardens, prinias and Scaly-breated Munia’s were constructing nests. Beyond the grounds was a river. Wandering along the river it was possible to … Read more

Sri Lanka, Sinharaja – March 2017

On nearly reaching our destination, the road became too steep for our vehicle to negotiate without grounding itself, so we decided to walk the rest of the way, enlisting a tuk-tuk to carry the bulk of our luggage. We left the car at the small village, waving to immaculately dressed school-children who were arriving home … Read more

Sri Lanka, Bentota – March 2017

We’d started in Wilpattu which was significantly further north than some of the other places we planned to visit, so we decided to stop at Bentota for three days on our way. Although the focus here was less on the wildlife, we still made time for some. The hotel itself was relatively quiet as far … Read more