Saturday, May 31, 2014

White-bellied Sea Eagle - Haliacetus leucogaster,Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka.

' I am the monarch of all I survey, None my right to dispute' this eagle seems to say as he sits on the branch of a tall tree, close to a water reservoir.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Grey Heron - Andea cineria, Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka.


Wading and feeding in a water reservoir in the Park this burd had its plumage ruffled by the strong breeze present in the vicinity. I took these pictures using a Nikon D90 with a Nikon D zoom lens 70-300 from a stopped vehicle using VR on. I took the shot 'hand-held'.

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

A brood of Pea-fowls - Pavo cristatus, Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka.


The cry of 'maeyoe' 'maeyoe' repeated loudly is heard in this shrub jungle. Very often you come across them on the roadway. If disturbed near a nest they will launch an attack and will try to peck out the eyes of a threatening human being. The Dutch loved their meat and slaughtered them by the hundreds. The Shah of Persia of an earlier era slaughtered a thousand of them to collect their feathers, to decorate the throne of a thousand year dynasty. The lard from their flesh is applied on the skin in the belief that it will promote bone healing in a fracture.
The pea-cock is the 'Vaahana' - vehicle of Lord Skanda and hence is not harmed by the local population. It is by law a protected animal in Sri Lanka.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Malabar Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros coronatus, Udawalawe National Park, Sri Lanka.


We spotted a tribe of these on the branches of a dead tree inside the Udawalawe National Park. Drs. Wignaraja, Kaluaratchi, David, Peter and Mick were with me in the Safari Jeep when we spotted them. I took these photos with a Nikon D90 using a 70 to 300 D lens with vibration reduction on. The shot was taken hand-held from the Jeep.

Sunday, May 25, 2014

A Pea-cock - Pavo cristatus courting, Uda-walawe National Park, Sri Lanka.



We waited nearly fifteen minutes watching this display. We moved on before it ended. I wonder whether the male attained its purpose. 

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Greater Coucal - Centropus sinensis, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.




Useful because it eats up the snails and molluscs in the garden. It is a danger to the chicks of other birds. It raids the nests just before the chicks take flight and has a good meal of the chicks.

Monday, May 5, 2014

'Malabar Pied Horn-bill' - Anthracoceros coronatus, Katharagama, Sri Lanka.




I spotted this on the bank of the 'Menik Ganga' near the Katharagama Holy Shrine. I saw a similar or was it the same pair at Sithulpawwa a few hours earlier.

Saturday, May 3, 2014

'Spotted Dove' - Streptopelia chinensis ceylonensis, Sithulpawwa, Sri Lanka.


This looked a larger than normal variety found in the rest of Sri Lanka. I first mistook it for an Imperial pigeon' but the feathers and eye-shade are characteristic of a 'Spotted Dove'.