Archive | “December, 2016

Serendib Scops Owl, a must-see if you visit #SriLanka #Birding

Published December 29, 2016 in Field Notes

Of all the species, and particularly bird endemics, I wanted to see in Sri Lanka, the Serendib Scops Owl came first. It was only described as a species new to science in 2004 by Sri Lankan ornithologist Deepal Warakagoda, and is considered to be very localized and Endangered. It would have been impossible to find this bird during my second try in Sinharaja National Park, without the invaluable help of Ratne, the local guide that found this bird in the midst of an absolute mess of twigs and branches over a swampy area. I slipped and felt on my butt […]

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Sri Lankan Leopard – Panthera pardus kotiya

Published December 20, 2016 in Field Notes

This is Sri Lankan Leopard from a recent vacation trip. I only got to take this picture when he was watching behind the bushes. I shot and focused manually to get the eye in focus. Even though I couldn’t take more pictures, I got to see it well: the fine spotting and intense orange coat were striking and noticeably different from other subspecies of leopards in Asia and Africa. A truly spectacular animal.

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