Weekend Break to Yala and its little known places

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Hello friends,Finally after coming back from Africa and spending a few weeks at home, I started getting the bug again. For people like me, its hard not to get the jungle vibe, and the urge to get back into the wilderness. Hence during end of April, I decided to do a quick trip to parts of Yala National Park which ...

Africa- A Dream Come True

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Africa a place of my dreams. This was a land I was fascinated by since I was a little boy going through the amazing images on the National Geographic magazines, and the documentaries I watched. A land of teeming wildlife, and legendary species. This was my dream and something I needed to accomplish in my life. Further, I had a ...

Blogpost long over due- Happy New Year Everybody

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Dear Friends, Its been ages since I posted anything on the blog. I sincerely apologize for such a long time lapse, as was very busy with my book launch and exhibition which was successfully completed. I greatly appreciate the support extended by my family and friends. Without their help this even wouldn't have been possible. The book is now available ...

Children of Eden- Pre Order Now !

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Dear Friends. My first book titled "Children of Eden- A Tribute to the Wildlife of Sri Lanka" is available for pre order. The book is priced at Rs 4,500 per copy.Copies are limited and hence please pre book your copy, which can be collected at the exhibtion on 5th December (Harold Peiris Gallery) or posted after the event upon request. ...

Road to "Children of Eden"

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preparation for a coffee table book is key. Finalizing the pictures you want to feature in the book takes a very long time. Sometimes its very hard to let go of some images, as you may have a personal attachment to them. But in order to publish a book, one has to make sure the best of the best are ...

Launch of my book- Children of Eden

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Dear Friends I am pleased to announce that I will be publishing my first coffee table book titled "Children of Eden". It will feature a collection of images I have taken during my travels to the wild of Sri Lanka. Also the book will feature narrations and articles about my experiences, encounters etc. This is a dream of mine which ...

Rarity is snow white

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There are few things which can be considered truly mind bogglingly hard to find. The rarity make the aura of its/their existence almost mythical. Given this context, the knowlege of a very rare recessive gene in a particular troop of endemic species of monkeys found only in Sri Lanka is music to my ears. the particular recessive gene in mention ...

Marine Madness- Two days of Whale watching in Mirissa

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The Avurudhu holidays were coming and I still didn’t have any solid plans. During last few days coming on to the holidays I made a last moment decision to do a two day trip to the great blue oceans in Mirissa. My friend Ganindu runs the best whale watching operation in the area named as Whale Watching Mirissa and I ...

Return to the Montane Wilderness

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This was a trip which was more than a year in the making. Ever since my amazing trip to Horton in 2013 with Riaz I wanted to do a bungalow booking in the park and stay over and see if I can have luck in photographing many of the amazing wildlife found there. With this plan in mind I discussed ...

A Long Weekend Well Spent

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An extended long weekend approached us and I had made no plans. But my good friend Riaz suggested we do Mannar for one final time as the season is coming to an end and there were still many birds and photographs which I wanted. So we planned to book Four Tees Rest for 3 nights. This would be the longest ...

Mannar Revisited 2015

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I have been wanting to visit Mannar during the dry season even since we went there in December during the rains. Despite all the rainy and cloudy weather we had some great sightings of Flamingoes and crab plovers. The light was terrible and hence the photographs were not that great. I was determined to get some great pictures this time ...

Great weekend in the Jungle

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This is the first blog post for the New Year. I apologize for not writing anything sooner, but I have been quite busy the last few weeks. I was going few weeks on end in Colombo and was wanting a quick Jungle fix. I spoke to my good friend Raveendra and decided to do a weekend in Wilpattu. As this ...

Mannar 2014-Flamingoes, Crab Plovers, Floods=Epic Adventure

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I had been planning a trip to Mannar for a very long time. I didn't go there during the season for January and February when there were many flamingoes and regreted missing this amazing sighting. I made arrangements with my usual travel friends Riaz, Raveendra and Ganindu to go there during December. As usual the best place to stay in ...

Urban Crocodile

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I have been spending the last few weeks in Colombo. But this doesn't mean that I don't stop my passion for wildlife and photography. Most weekend mornings are spent at Thalangama Tank. This man made lake is a haven for countless birds. I was very keen to photograph the occasional Black and Cinnamon Bitterns found there as well as the ...

A day with "Prince" the leopard of Wilpattu

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Hello everyone. Its been a long time since I wrote my last blogpost. The reason being that I haven't been travelling a lot lately. Mainly due to weather and also commitments at home at office. But there is an encounter recently which was unbelievably fantastic and amazing that I had to share it with you all.I was on a day ...

Trip Report-Weekend Adventure-Malkoha's, Loris, Bear and Leopard

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Its been quite awhile since I posted a trip report. Most of my posts have been articles written for magazines and newspapers. I have been wanting to see Loris for quite some time, and the best known place is at Vil Uyana in Sigiriya. This luxurious hotel plays host to a well organized loris watching tour. The subspecies seen in ...

My Acquaintance with Eye One of Wilpattu

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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

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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

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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

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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 ...