Endmics Clean-up with Ben and Ron under Five Days In August, 2012 I guided a five-day abridged version of my Absolute Birding tour. It was with Ron and Ben Barkley, a farther son duo from the U.S.A. Ben is a student at the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was keener birder of the two. Our focus was on the endemic birds of Sri Lanka and other resident species ...

Endmics Clean-up with Ben and Ron under Five Days In August, 2012 I guided a five-day abridged version of my Absolute Birding tour. It was with Ron and Ben Barkley, a farther son duo from the U.S.A. Ben is a student at the prestigious Cornell Lab of Ornithology and was keener birder of the two. Our focus was on the endemic birds of Sri Lanka and other resident species ...

The Indian Pitta in My Garden The regular migrant Indian Pitta is back in my garden. I maintain a woody patch in my backyard to host it. And it accepts my invitation every year. In addition to the allocated one, it frequents a new patch this season. It is 25-feet from my room in the front yard! This new patch is roughly 400 sq.ft in ...

The Indian Pitta in My Garden The regular migrant Indian Pitta is back in my garden. I maintain a woody patch in my backyard to host it. And it accepts my invitation every year. In addition to the allocated one, it frequents a new patch this season. It is 25-feet from my room in the front yard! This new patch is roughly 400 sq.ft in ...

Guiding Yumi I guided Yumiko Hatori from Japan in September. It was a two-day natural history tour to Sinharaja. Not familar with Japanese names, when I went to pick up, I expected a bloke. But, Yumi turned out to be very much a girl. She was on a solo backpacking trip. And this tour was done at the begining of her Sri ...

Guiding Yumi I guided Yumiko Hatori from Japan in September. It was a two-day natural history tour to Sinharaja. Not familar with Japanese names, when I went to pick up, I expected a bloke. But, Yumi turned out to be very much a girl. She was on a solo backpacking trip. And this tour was done at the begining of her Sri ...

Guiding Kate and John Holland 20 February to 5 March, 2012, saw me guiding a 15-day wildlife tour with John and Kate Holland, from England. Both were keen birders, and this was their first visit to Sri Lanka. Kate sported the latest Swarovski SLC 42 HD binoculars, which were superb in clarity. A birthday gift from John, it was on its first overseas trip. Our ...

Guiding Kate and John Holland 20 February to 5 March, 2012, saw me guiding a 15-day wildlife tour with John and Kate Holland, from England. Both were keen birders, and this was their first visit to Sri Lanka. Kate sported the latest Swarovski SLC 42 HD binoculars, which were superb in clarity. A birthday gift from John, it was on its first overseas trip. Our ...

Cuckoos of the World I got a spanking new copy of the newly published Cuckoos of the World for free! Authored by Johannes Erritzoe, Clive F Mann, Frederik Brammer and Richard A Fuller, and publised by Christopher Helm, it describes all 144 species of the bird family Cuculidae including cuckoos, malkohas, couas, coucals, roadrunners and other species in exceptional detail. This includes accurate range ...

Cuckoos of the World I got a spanking new copy of the newly published Cuckoos of the World for free! Authored by Johannes Erritzoe, Clive F Mann, Frederik Brammer and Richard A Fuller, and publised by Christopher Helm, it describes all 144 species of the bird family Cuculidae including cuckoos, malkohas, couas, coucals, roadrunners and other species in exceptional detail. This includes accurate range ...

Of the Sri Lanka Bay Owl That I Spotted from a Moving Vehicle Somewhere in the lowland wet zone, I spotted this Sri Lanka Bay Owl from a moving vehicle! That was during an Absolute Birding tour that I guided in the second half of January, 2012 for Mark Yates, Gary Thonburn (both from the U.K.) and Brendon Ryan from South Africa. We were returning to our accommodation 'empty-handed' after specially going ...

Of The Sri Lanka Bay Owl That I Spotted From a Moving Vehicle Somewhere in the lowland wet zone, I spotted this Sri Lanka Bay Owl from a moving vehicle! That was during an Absolute Birding tour that I guided in the second half of January, 2012 for Mark Yates, Gary Thonburn (both from the U.K.) and Brendon Ryan from South Africa. We were returning to our accommodation 'empty-handed' after specially going ...

Rare Bird Alert: Yellow-rumped Flycatcher at Tanamalwila I am happy to share the news of a sight record of a vagrant bird species to Sri Lanka—the Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia. I saw it on 3 January, 2012, at Tanamalwila, in the sylvan interiors of southeastern Sri Lanka on the tour that I am currently guiding with Hans Veltman and Irene ter Horst from the Netherlands. My visitors ...

Rare Bird Alert: Yellow-rumped Flycatcher at Tanamalwila I am happy to share the news of a sight record of a vagrant bird species to Sri Lanka—the Yellow-rumped Flycatcher Ficedula zanthopygia. I saw it on 3 January, 2012, at Tanamalwila, in the sylvan interiors of southeastern Sri Lanka on the tour that I am currently guiding with Hans Veltman and Irene ter Horst from the Netherlands. My visitors ...

Absolute Birding in November, 2011 I am back after guiding my first birding tour for the winter tour season of 2011/2012. It was a 14-day Absolute Birding tour with Brice and Gail Wells from Perth, Australia from 1–14 November, 2011. Brice, 78, became the oldest birder to survive my Absolute Birding tour. Our final tally of birds stood at 231 species. We saw all thirty-three ...

Absolute Birding in November, 2011 I am back after guiding my first birding tour for the winter tour season of '2011/'2012. It was a 14-day Absolute Birding tour with Brice and Gail Wells from Perth, Australia from 1–14 November, 2011. Brice, at 78, became the oldest birder to survive my Absolute Birding tour. Our final tally of birds stood at 231 species. We saw all ...

Leopards and Scrabble Tour 22–29 October, 2011 saw me guiding my first "Leopards and Scrabble" tour. It was with Diane Lofthouse from Sydney, Australia. The trip centred around Yala National Park—the celebrated wildlife hotspot in South East Sri Lanka. Diane had turned 70 just days before the trip. And seeing a Leopard in the wild I was told was on top of her ...

Leopards and Scrabble Tour 22–29 October, 2011 saw me guiding my first "Leopards and Scrabble" tour. It was with Diane Lofthouse from Sydney, Australia. The trip centred around Yala National Park—the celebrated wildlife hotspot in South East Sri Lanka. Diane had turned 70 just days before the trip. And seeing a Leopard in the wild I was told was on top of her ...

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