|Estate House setting|
|red vented bulbul and juvenile|
|black headed oriole|
|purple rumped sunbird|
|large billed crow|
|the forest, with flying cattle egret|
|2 cattle egrets giving perspective.|
The following morning, I took a walk along the lanes, chatting with locals who were all keen to share my cigarettes. Birds were to be found all along the telegraph wires, including yellow billed babblers, more red vented bulbuls, oriental magpie robins, black headed orioles and the occasional parakeet. Another bird, seen on several occasions was the brown shrike.
|large billed crow|
|red vented bulbul and oriental magpie robin|
|white throated kingfisher|
|great white egret|
|local ex army lads on their day off|
|Sri Lankan grey hornbill|
|white breasted waterhen|
|yellow billed babbler|
The following morning we set off for a long drive south. It took 8 hours, with stops, to drive to the south east of the island to Yala. This is a National Nature Reserve I have wanted to visit since I first read about it sometime back in the early 70's. Our long drive gave views of plenty of birds en route, especially the last 10 miles as we approached the Jetwing Yala hotel, including beeaters, peacocks, waders and much more. We headed south through Kandy, Nuwara Eliya and then down the endless A2 trunk road through incredible scenery, tea plantations and plenty of poverty.
Bird list so far:
asian openbill, indian pond heron, grey heron, cattle egret, little egret, little cormorant, indian cormorant, brahminy kite, white breasted waterhen, spotted dove, rose ringed parakeet, chestnut winged cuckoo, asian palm swift, house swift, white throated kingfisher, crimson fronted barbet, sri lankan grey hornbill, brown shrike, black headed oriole, large billed crow, barn swallow, white bellied drongo, red vented bulbul, white browed bulbul, common tailorbird, white browed fantail, yellow billed babbler, common myna, oriental magpie robin, purple rumped sunbird, house sparrow.
Many of these birds were not photographable due to the sheer density of the vegetation, but not a bad start for a "non birding" holiday.
|from the Estate House garden|
|as yet, not id'd|
|local lane side vegetation|