Monday, 11 December 2017

SRI LANKA (3)

A 5 hour drive south to Cinnamon Wild Camp Yala national Park.After unloading our baggage a walk around the gardens and beach was much needed after the long journey.


 LESSER SAND PLOVER



 RAT SNAKE

 GULL BILLED TERN
GULL BILLED TERN
 JUNGLE LODGE


ON THE BEACH

Day 9 a morning jeep safari to Bundala National Park a 20 km long stretch of coastal lagoon.
 WHITE FRONTED WATER HEN
 WFWH AND PURPLE GALLINULE
 PLAIN PRINIA
 YELLOW FRONTED WOODPECKER
 YFW

 BROWN SHRIKE

 GREEN BEE EATERS


 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER & YELLOW EYED BABBLER
 YELLOW EYED BABBLER
 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER
 YELLOW EYED BABBLER
 Y E B
 B T B
 YELLOW WATTLED LAPWING
 GREAT COUCAL
 RED WATTLED LAPWING
 PURPLE HERON
 BLACK WINGED STILT
 BWS
 BWS
 BRAHIMNY KITE

 BRAHIMNY KITE
 PURPLE GALLINULES
 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER
 PADDYFIELD PIPIT


THE INDIAN OCEAN
 JACOBIN  CUCKOO
 JC
 JC
 JC
VARIEGATED FLUTTERER
 PIONEER
 LESSER ADJUTANT

 CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE
 BLUE TAILED BEE EATER
 BTB
 BTB
 BAYA WEAVER

BAYA WEAVER .

BAYA WEAVER
Back to the hotel for a break before the afternoon trip into Yala NP,found a few butterflies in the meantime.
 COMMON SILVERLINE

 LIME BUTTERFLY

 LIME BUTTERFLY
 SMALL SALMON ARAB
 COMMON GULL
Later in the afternoon we jumped on our jeep and set off for YALA  with high hopes,to be honest it became a bit of a circus with far too many jeeps chasing too few leopards,luckily we were interested in the birds so we got away from the crowds, until late on when there was suddenly a mad dash for the exit where a leopard had been spotted drinking at one of the pools,we never got near and I don`t think many did.
 CEYLON GREEN PIGEON female
 WHITE BELLIED SEA EAGLE

 JERDONS BUSHLARK

 ORIENTAL MAGPIE ROBIN
 HOOPOE
 ASIAN OPENBILL
  BLACK NAPED HARE


 CRESTED HAWK EAGLE


CRESTED HAWK EAGLE
Well we are due back at Yala early in the morning maybe a leopard will show or maybe it won`t.