My Acquaintance with Eye One of Wilpattu One of the best and most memorable leopard sightings in my life would be with Eye One of Wilpattu.Known by this name due to the blue haze on its right eye, this female leopard was first sighted with her brother in 2010, this unique characteristic makes her easy to identify. The cause of this unique feature could be a cataract ...

Jewel In The Forest I am sitting in wait in a tropical rainforest, hoping to find a jewel, a tiny ball of color known as the oriental dwarf kingfisher a.k.a the three toed kingfisher. This is a small, red and yellow kingfisher, averaging 13 cm (5.1 in) in length, yellow under parts with glowing bluish-black upper parts. This is a widespread resident of lowland ...

Birding In Mannar Wading across deep mud among the mangroves of Vankalai, I was searching for the perfect place to settle down for the sunrise. Reaching the water’s edge I found the ideal spot among the bushes and mangroves where I could lay still without being seen for hours on end. Content with my chosen hide I had to lie still in expectation ...

Wildlife Watching Ethics There are many people nowadays who are into wildlife and photographing wildlife. It is good to see more and more people coming to appreciate the beauty of mother nature. When I was a kid only myself and a handful were really interested about this. I would encourage everyone to observe, travel and appreciate what mother nature has given us in ...

Wild Tuskers of Sri Lanka My love and passion for the wild tuskers of our land runs deep within my veins. Seeing a tusker in the wild is a sight to behold, when he steps out of the forest canopy and into the sunlight, he strides along the plains like a colossus showing absolute confidence and dominance over all before him. The female elephants rumble ...

Tribute to a Montane Wilderness The highlands of Sri Lanka hold a special mystery. The cold sweeping cloud forests envelop an ancient land which is a stark contrast to the dry zone scrub jungles of the lowlands. Long ago the entire hills of the region were covered in jungle, where vast arrays of wildlife including elephant and bear roamed. The British colonials cleared most of ...

The Waiting Game Seeing a leopard in the wild is a rare occurrence, and getting a really good quality sighting is even rarer. Getting the best sighting involves some work from your part as well. Patience being the main virtue, one need to be adapt in the waiting game. The chances of getting lucky are 50/50, but when you do get sightings it ...

The Gost of the Forest- The Sloth Bear The sloth bear, is an often misunderstood animal. Despite being sighted in both Yala and Wilpattu National Parks in the recent times very little study has been carried out its behavior. The jungle folk would recall the bear as one of the most dangerous animals to encounter while on foot. Many Veddas and villagers near the jungles have horrific scars ...

Gladiators The good old land monitor (Varanus bengalensis) or “thalagoya” is an animal treated with much indifference. Most suburban households in Sri Lanka have these critters walking about their garden or sunbathing on their roofs. I find these resilient lizards very interesting as not only do they do us a service by eating the rats and snakes in our area, but ...

Dear Readers, I apologize for the sudden removal of my posts. There have been some issues with regards to conservation which I needed to address and for which I needed to take some drastic action. I will attempt not to disclose some sensitive locations in future as it seems to bring some unwanted finger pointing which is unwarranted in my ...

Tuskers, Villages and Cool Packets I have been planning a trip to Galgamuwa for quite some time.I am desperately trying to find the big tusker I encountered last year in the vicinity. The last time I couldn't get such great pictures as the light was very low when he turned up. I am hoping that I can get some stunning shots of this majestic giant ...

My First Wildlife Photography Workshop I have been planning on doing a worshop for beginners on wildlife photography for some time, and finally I managed to do something about it. I planned for a program in August where I will take 4-5 persons out into the jungle and teach them how to effectively take wildlife photographs. I was very keen to pass my knowledge to ...

Return to the Land of Lakes It’s been a few months since my last blog post. Not that I haven't been travelling but I have been quite busy with work as well as my travels and I didn't get to really take time and sit down to write something. Also I didn't have anything really interesting to write about until last weekend. Myself and my friend ...

New Year Holidays- "What a Blessing" The Sinhala and Tamil New Year Holidays are here, and as usual practice the organization I work for gives us one full week off as our factories shut down. This year I didn't make any firm plans until the last moment.Firstly I was to head for three days to my estate in Rozella with the family and dogs. Leaving early ...

Endemic and Elusive- The Serendib Scops Owl Sri Lanka's bird life aka "avi fauna" have been studied and observed for many years. It was thought that every species was recognized and identified by that time. But there was yet an undiscovered species of owl lurking in the shadows of our rainforests. Finally observed, identified and studied it was finally recognized as a new species in 2004 and ...

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