Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Sri Lanka. Show all posts

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sri Lanka Grey Horn-bill - Ocyceros gingalensis, Avissawella, Sri Lanka.

A pair arrived looking  for a nesting site on a 'Weralu' tree in my neighbours home garden. They were chased away by some resident Mynas.

Saturday, February 13, 2016

Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Indian Pitta - Pitta brachyura, Doctors quarters, BH, Avissawella, Sri Lanka, Dr. Eranga Perera.

This photo was taken by Dr. Eranga Perera, Consultant Surgeon, Base Hospital, Avissawella. The bird was in the back-garden of his quarters. The cry of this bird resembles like saying 'maatch kiyang'. The villagers in Sri Lanka have a story as follows:-
The 'Avichchiya' as the bird is called in Sinhalese, was the most beautiful bird in creation. The Pea-cock was literally naked and ugly. The Pea-cock wanted to go for a party of the birds and borrowed the beautiful feathers of the' Avichcha', who was  rather shy and avoided parties.The Pea-cock never returned the feathers. The now rather naked  'Avichchiya' is in hiding, but keeps shouting 'maath kiyang' meaning in Sinhalese, 'I will take you before the judges'.
It is a rather beautiful bird but very shy. We are alerted to its presence by its call early in the morning, when it raids the kitchen refuse, in the back garden.

Wednesday, July 15, 2015