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 ...

Endemic and Elusive- Finally found 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 ...

Owls at Office I got to know of three small owls being seen in one of our offices every day on a tree. I immediately made arrangements to go there, but it never materialized as I was busy with different other excursions as well as a hectic work schedule. After a few weeks I got news that they were not seen again.Having taken ...

Independence Day with a Living Work of Art It’s the 4th of February, and we are celebrating Sri Lanka’s independence from British Rule. Being a public holiday, I decided to make the most of the holiday and try and do something productive. I called up my friend Pathum, and discussed where we could go. Finally settling on Kitulgala, as it is close to home and only two hours’ ...

Wild Encounters over the Christmas Holidays Christmas was finally here and the usual celebrations began. The 25th consisted of our usual family lunch where we gorge on my mothers amazing food and question why we ate so much by eavening.I was given a full week of holidays by my office during this week. Despite this long holiday period, other than the 25th I ended up working ...

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