Plenty of terns passing by as we sat at the bar: all gull billed tern apart from a couple of caspian and some littles. In the hotel grounds were the ubiquitous Indian pond heron and white throated kingfisher. Checks out to sea from both the veranda and room balcony gave views of a few Heuglin's gull but no hoped for shearwaters or tropic birds. However, good local and common birds were in the hotel grounds, such as new ones for the trip, Asian Koel and greater coucal
|cattle egret from the bar|
|greater coucal from balcony|
|white throated kingfisher on steps to pool|
|kingfisher from the lounger|
|kingfisher with lunch|
|map of the few areas of access|
|at the nest hole; Alexandrine parrot|
|blue tailed bee eater|
|white bellied drongo|
|black headed oriole|
|asian oriental robin|
|purple rumped sunbird|
|rose ringed parakeet|
|white bellied sea eagle|
There were plenty of very spectacular butterflies about but very few alighted for me to photograph. This one in the hotel grounds also awaits identification.
Before we knew it, our 6 days were up and after a final days wander where we spent time talking with the monk at the local temple, it was time for the drive back to Colombo airport. En route I added marsh harrier and indian darter to the list , along with a few large birds of prey that remained unknown as we headed north up the southern expressway.
All in all, a fantastic time, with the whole holiday being put together by Simon Gemmell at Designer Travel at www.designertravel.co.uk and also Neil Dobbs of the Travel Gallery www.travel-gallery.co.uk Both worked hard so our trip went without a hitch. If keen to visit this wonderful island, I would certainly highly recommend contacting Simon, who knows who to get in touch with to make your trip ideal.
List so far;
barred buttonquail, sri lankan junglefowl, peacock, lesser whistling duck, painted stork, asian openbill, black necked stork, black headed ibis, lesser adjutant, eurasian spoonbill, (10 sp) indian pond heron, grey heron, purple heron, cattle egret, great egret, intermediate egret, little egret, spot billed pelican, little cormorant, indian cormorant, (20 sp)brahminy kite, black eagle, changeable hawk eagle, white breasted waterhen, pheasant tailed jacana, great thick knee, yellow wattled lapwing, red wattled lapwing, pacific golden plover, kentish plover, (30 sp) lesser sandplover, black tailed godwit, common redshank, common greenshank, marsh sandpiper, common sandpiper, curlew sandpiper, gull billed tern, whiskered tern, little tern,(40 sp) common tern, spotted dove, orange breasted green pigeon, sri lankan green pigeon, green imperial pigeon, rose ringed parakeet, chestnut winged cuckoo, asian palm swift, crested treeswift, house swift, (50 sp) indian roller,blue tailed bee eater, green bee eater, chestnut headed bee eater, white throated kingfisher, indian hoopoe, crimson fronted barbet, sri lankan grey hornbill, malabar hornbill, brown shrike, (60 sp) black headed oriole,house crow, large billed crow, barn swallow, white bellied drongo, richards pipit, paddyfield pipit, Blyth's pipit, red vented bulbul, white browed bulbul ,(70 sp) common tailorbird, white browed fantail, yellow billed babbler, common myna, brahminy starling, oriental magpie robin, indian robin, brown breasted flycatcher, purple rumped sunbird, lotens sunbird,(80 sp) house sparrow, scaley breasted munia, Jerdon's bushlark, little stint
Added at and around Galle.
striated heron, masked booby, white bellied sea eagle, marsh harrier, common moorhen, purple swamphen, (90 sp) sanderling, heuglin's gull, caspian tern, Alexandrine parakeet, Layard's parakeet, asian koel, greater coucal, indian swiftlet, lesser goldenback, red rumped swallow, (100 sp) forest bulbul, black naped monarch, asian paradise flycatcher, brown capped babbler, black headed munia.
In total, with some distant photos of blurry stuff still to be identified, total of 105 species, for a non birding trip is fine by me!