Nicholas King's Trip Report

Trip Report Title: 
Review of Bird watching and wildlife tour with culture attractions - Sri Lanka for Nick/Carol and Michael/Judy
Tour Strat: 
Thursday, January 27, 2011
Tour End: 
Monday, February 21, 2011

Trip Report Year:

Travel Report by Nicholas King, 2011 Nick & Carol King and Michael & Judy Bates toured with Walk With Jith in 2011. This is Nick's e-mail comment and comprehensive tour feedback.

Nick's E-mail:

Nandana, Nicholas and Carol King, Judy and Michael Bates

Photo: Nandana, Nicholas and Carol King, Judy and Michael Bates

Dear Prasanjith

Sorry not to have got back to you earlier. We've attached our itinerary with comments on the trip highlighted in yellow. The trip mostly went well although the weather was wet at times. At least we were lucky not to get caught up in the serious floods.

We saw a total of 196 birds although we are still picking out a few extras from our photos and we have queries on a few. Will send you the final checklist when we've gone through all our photos. We attach pictures of Great Frigatebird juvenile and Brown Booby (one of 2) seen at Nilaveli beach. We think they may be quite rare vagrants to this area. The picture of Crested Terns in the lagoon north of Nilaveli includes - we think - both a Lesser Crested Tern with an orange bill on top of the rock and Two Greater Crested Terns with yellow bills lower down.

Nandana was an excellent bird guide particularly when he was with one of the good local guides (the guys at Sinharaja and Uda Walawe were particularly good).

The cultural guides we had at Polonnaruwa and Anuradhapura were not particularly good. Nandana was much better as a cultural guide to the Tooth Relic Palace in Kandy.

Alan was very reliable as a driver and always turned up on time. While he did not drive fast we were a little concerned at some of his overtaking. After Nandana left us Alan did his best to stop if he saw anything of possible ornithological interest.

The Toyota minibus was in generally good condition though it needed a new rear tyre and one of the stop lights did not work towards the end of the trip. The rear suspension was noisy after the rough road to Trincomalee but Alan said it had recently had new shock absorbers.

All in all we were very pleased with the trip though we found it quite tiring to be travelling for more than 3 weeks.

Regards
Nick and Carol King

Review of Bird watching and wildlife tour with culture attractions - Sri Lanka for Nick/Carol and Michael/Judy

Sorted List of Endemics >> --- Date Sorted Check List >>

We have made comments on each day of the tour in italics and highlighted:

(28th January 2011) – Arrival (04:45 hrs)  Friday

Your birding tour guide from “Walk With Jith” will meet you at the airport on your arrival and transfer to Colombo. (01:30 hours drive from airport). 

Accommodation – Galle Face Hotel (Bed & B’fast)  

Thanks for seamless arrival and transfer.  Our only comment is that the Galle Face Hotel gave us a room in which the air-conditioning was turned up to the maximum.  We could not find any means of turning it down leaving the room unpleasantly cold.

In the afternoon we took a walk up to Beira Lake (a few new birds) and the area around the National Museum. On the whole we found Colombo somewhat lacking in charm.

Loepard

29th January Saturday

Morning train journey from Colombo to Galle.

Accommodation - Unawatuna Beach Resort (10 min. drive from Galle) (half board)

Alan picked us up promptly and got us to the train station.  He was very helpful in making sure we got the right ticket. The train fare was nominal but the train was very crowded and we had to stand for about half of the journey.  Despite this it was an interesting trip.  There were a number of other tourists on the train.  Perhaps someone should tell Sri Lankan Railways that if they put a 1st class carriage on this train they could charge a premium fare (at least 10 times the fare we paid which I think was 180 rupees) and most tourists (and I suspect some Sri Lankans) would be happy to pay the higher fare.

The deluxe rooms we had at Unawatuna were of very good standard – probably the best we had anywhere.  They were worth the extra payment. Unawatuna was a comfortable place to spend a couple of nights with reasonable food and a nice beach.

30th January Sunday

Leisure at Unawatuna Beach Resort (half board)

We spent most of the day in the Galle Fort area – quite an interesting place with pleasant streets, an interesting Maritime Museum and a few new birds.

Main itinerary  

Day 01 (31st January 2011) - Marine turtle hatchery

Morning your tour guide will meet you in Galle and drives to Sinharaja village, visiting Marine turtle hatchery en-route.

Afternoon bird watching in Sinharaja Man & Biosphere Reserve (rain forest).

Sinharaja world heritage rain forest is the last remaining significant primary forest patch in the island. It is home to most endemic flora & fauna species. This is the single most important site in Sri Lanka in term of endemic birds and encounter spectacular mixed feeding flocks of birds.

Highlights – Green billed Caucal (E), Red faced Malkoha (E), Sri Lanka Blue Magpie (E), White faced Starling (E), Orange billed Babbler (E), Ashy headed Laughing Thrush (E), White throated Flowerpecker (E), Sri Lanka Myna (E), Sri Lanka Spur Fowl (E), Serendib Scops Owl (E), Brown capped Babbler (E), Scaly Thrush (E), Spot winged Thrush (E), Sri Lanka Crested Drongo (E) to name just a few endemics.

Accommodation – Martin’s Lodge, Sinharaja village (half board)

Martin's Lodge is a timeless small guesthouse cut off from the rest of the world, runs by Martin and his family. This is the only accommodation close to the park entrance. The food served here is all traditional Sri Lankan cuisine cooked.

 

Alan and Nandana picked us up promptly. We spent most of the day travelling with stops at a mask museum/handicraft store, turtle hatchery and for birdwatching.  Nandana soon demonstrated that he knew where to see birds and by the time we arrived at Martin’s we had already seen 35 species. We found Martin’s Lodge basic but adequate and it is very convenient for visiting Sinharaja.  The open balcony area is very pleasant, food is basic, the rooms are a bit sparse and the availability of leech socks was very welcome.  It was fine for the two nights we spent there.  We did not have the best of weather there with rain most of the time.  With Nandana and the local reserve guide we saw about as much as practicable in the rain.

Day 02 (01st Feb.) - Sinharaja Rain Forest (endemic birds)

Full day birding in Sinharaja Man & Biosphere Reserve.

Accommodation – Martin’s Lodge, Sinharaja village (half board)

Day 03 (02nd Feb.) - Udawalawa National Park (elephants & forest birds) / Elephant transit camp

Morning  drive to Udawalawa village, visiting Elephant transis camp en-route.Afternoon elephants, other animals and bird watching jeep safari in Udawalawa National Park.

Udawalawa National Park is situated in dry zone in Sri Lanka, comprising a diversity of habitats including scrub jungles, grasslands, water reservoirs and riverine habitats. The best park in the country for viewing herds of wild elephants at close range.

Highlights – Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (E), Orange breasted Green Pigeon, Malabar pied Hornbill, Plum headed Parakeet, Indian Pitta (M), Southern Sirkeer, Crested Hawk Eagle, Black winged Kite, Grey headed Fish Eagle, White bellied Sea Eagle, Indian Silverbill, Black headed Munia

Accommodation – Centauria Hotel, Udawalawa (half board)

Due to time constraints we missed out the Elephant Transit Camp.  We spent some time looking at the waterfowl along the southern edge of Udawalawe  Reservoir.  The visit to Udawalawe National Park was excellent with a very good national park guide and a sharp eyed driver who spotted a nightjar roosting next to the road for us.

The Centauria Hotel was OK for a night but lacked charm. It was not a hotel we’d choose to go back to.

Day 04 (03rd Feb.) - Bundala Ramsar Wetland

Morning proceeds to Tissamaharama village via beautiful Rawana waterfalls.

Afternoon birding in and around Bundala Ramsar Wetland.

Bundala Ramsar Wetlandwas the first wetland declared as Ramsar wetland in Sri Lanka, comprising scrub jungle bordering the sea together with large shallow pools. A very good area to watch water birds & migrant waders during northern winter.

Highlights- Golden, Greater & Lesser Sand Plovers (M), Marsh, Wood, Green, & Terek Sandpipers (M), Turnstone (M), Red necked Palarope (M), Pintail Snipe (M), Black tail Godwit (M), Greater Flemingo (M) &, Terns such as Great Crested, Lesser Crested, Caspian, Gull billed, Little Terns, both Greater & Eurasian Thicknees, Watercock, Yellow Bittern, Black Bittern

Accommodation – Elephant Reach, Yala(www.elephantreach.com)  (half board)

The visit to Bundala was very good for birdwatching and other wildlife despite a heavy shower of rain.  We are still finding extra species of birds in our photos. The visit to Tissamaharama was worthwhile particularly to the family with the Collared Scops Owl in the garden.  The family ran a business making curd pots and this kind of visit to a local family is something that we found worthwhile. Elephant Reach is a comfortable hotel with a good pool.

 

Day 05 (04th Feb.)  -  Yala National Park (Leopards, bears, elephants, crocodiles & forest / water birds) 

Full day birds and mammals watching jeep safari in Yala National Park.

Ruhuna (Yala) National Park

This park situated in Dry zone in Sri Lanka, comprising a diversity of habitats including scrub jungles, water reservoirs, brakish lagoons and riverine habitats. The best park in the country for viewing mammals including Leopard and Sloth Bear.

Highlights – Indian Pea Fowl, Black necked, Painted, Wooly necked and Adjutant Storks, Blue faced Malkoha, Malabar Pied Hornbill, Greater Flemingo (M), Brahminy Myna (M), Rosy Starling (M), Southern Sirkeer

Mammels including Elephant, Leopard, Sloth Bear, Spotted Deer, Sambar, Wild Boar, Grey Langer, Marsh & Estuarine Crocodiles.

Accommodation – Elephant Reach, Yala (half board)

We had a very good day in Yala, particularly for Leopards. We saw five in total – in Africa they are very difficult to see and in three months we saw just two on evening/night drives in South Luangwa National Park, Zambia.

Day 06 (05th Feb.) – Nuwara Eliya Highland / Hakgala Botanical Garden (flora & highland endemic birds)

Morning drives to Nuwara Eliya highland city.

Afternoon bird watching in Hakgala Gardens.

Hakgala Gardens was established in 1860. More botanically minded visitors will find plenty to interest them. The highland race of the endemic Purple faced Leaf Monkey present here and good opportunity for viewing or photographing.

Accommodation – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara Eliya (half board)

A good day but a bit rushed.  We would like to have spent longer at Hakgala.  The Grand Hotel was excellent.

Day 07 (06th Feb.) - Horton Plains

Morning a hike through Horton Plains national park where you will see cloud forest and rare montane flora.

Highlights – Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush (E), Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon (E), Sri Lanka White Eye (E), Sri Lanka Dull Blue Flycatcher (E), Sri Lanka Yellow eared Bulbul (E), Sri Lanka Bush warbler (E), Hill Swallow, Velvet fronted Nuthatch, Grey headed Canary Flycatcher, Kashmir Flycatcher (M), Pied Thrush (M), Mountain Hawk Eagle   

Accommodation – The Grand Hotel, Nuwara-eliya (half board)

Despite starting later we still managed the Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush.  The hike was enjoyable despite the limited visibility and we made the best of a rather wet day.  Victoria Park visit was interesting and we would liked to have spent longer at Nuwara-eliya – possibly 3 nights.

Day 08 (07th Feb.) - Tooth Relic Palace (culture site)

Morning drives to Kandy city.

In the early evening visits to Tooth Relic Palace and enjoy a performance of the famous Kandyan dancers and drummers, with a fire-walking finale.

Accommodation – Hotel Suisse, Kandy (Bed & B’fast)

Another rather wet day.   We had a good visit to the Royal Botanical Garden in the afternoon despite the rain.  Hotel Suisse was OK but a bit faded.  Nandana  was a great guide to the Tooth Relic Palace.

Visited the Senani Restaurant in the evening which did not impress us.

Day 09 (08th Feb.)-   Udawatta Kelle forest reserve/  Royal Botanical Garden (flora & endemic birds)  

Morning birding in Udawatta Kelle forest reserve in Kandy.

Highlights – Yellow fronted & Crimson fronted Barbets (E), Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (E), Layard’s Parakeet (E), Alexandrine Parakeet, Tickel’s blue Flycatcher, Indian Pitta (M), Hill Myna, Orange Thrush (M, Forest Wagtail (M)

Afternoon leisure walks and birding in Royal Botanical Garden.

Royal Botanical Garden was established in 1816, is a marvelous collection of specimens of the flora of the tropical world and also good for birding.

Accommodation – Hotel Suisse, Kandy (Bed & B’fast)

Visited Udawatta with Nandana in the morning but while enjoyable our birding success was limited.  We had a meal at the Devonia Restaurant in the evening which was better than the Senani although the service was slow.

We found that Kandy was quite a pleasant place to spend a couple of days.

Day 10 (09th Feb.) – Dambulla Cave Temple

Morning proceeds to Sigiriya ancient city, visiting Dambulla cave temple en-route,

Dambulla Cave Templeis one of the most impressive sites in Sri Lanka. There are colorful and well preserved frescoes and statues of the Buddha inside the caves, which date back to the 01st century BC. 

Accommodation – Sigiriya Village Hotel, Sigiriya (half board)

Took our leave of Nandana in the morning.  Visited the Luckgrove spice garden en-route to Dambullah.  Interesting but the prices they were asking were very high – at least three times the price of shops in Kandy.

Dambullah caves were well worth visiting.

Sigiriya Village Hotel was very pleasant with helpful staff, pleasant gardens, a good pool and reasonable food.

Day 11 (10th Feb.) – Sigiriya Rock Fortress 

Morning climb famous Sigiriya Rock Fortress.

Sigiriya, the rock fortress, which was the pleasure palace of a single king called Kashyapa in the 5th century A.D. In a pocket of the giant rock are the famous frescoes of the heavenly maidens of Sigiriya.

Afternoon birding in village and forest reserve areas around the Sigiriya rock.

Accommodation – Sigiriya Village Hotel, Sigiriya (half board)

Sigiriya Rock Fortyress was one of the highlights of the trip.  Enjoyed the museum.

Day 12 (11th Feb.) - Polonnaruwa archeological sites

Morning visits to Polonnaruwa archeological sites and museum.

Polonnaruwa is the medieval capital of Sri Lanka, more than one thousand years old. This city peaked during the reign of the king Parakramabahu the great, when Sri Lanka had an empire extending into India. There you can see,
Palace and public halls of King Parakrama the Great

Shrines, temples and pagodas

The massive but exquisite Gal Vihare sculptures, carved in living granite

The mammoth Sea of Parakrama water reservoir  

Accommodation – Sigiriya Village Hotel, Sigiriya (half board)

Polonnaruwa was more difficult to appreciate properly than Sigiriya but we had a worthwhile day there.  We could have used Nandana’s skills in the Sigiriya area.

Day 13 (12th Feb.) – Trincomalee

Morning drives to Trincomalee city.

Accommodation – Nilaveli Beach Resort, Trincomalee (half board)  

Good birdwatching at Kantale Tank on the road to Trincomalee.  Very poor road north of Kantale.

Nilaveli Beach Resort was very pleasant with helpful staff, a good beach, a good pool and reasonable food.  We visited Trincomalee including the fort area and the Commonwealth war Graves Cemetery.

We took a boat trip on the lagoon to the north of Nilaveli.  Not particularly interesting for birds apart from the colony of Greater and Lesser Crested Terns on the rocks close to the outlet to the sea.

Day 14 (13th Feb.) - Trincomalee

Morning visits to Trincomalee village and city areas.

Accommodation – Nilaveli Beach Resort, Trincomalee (half board)

Day 15 (14th Feb.) - Trincomalee

Leisure at Nilaveli Beach Resort, Trincomalee (half board)

great frigate bird 

Day 16 (15th Feb.)

Morning drives to Anuradhapura city.

Accommodation – Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura (half board)

Tissawewa Guest House has character and pleasant rooms but the food was very poor.  The manager did not seem to know the basic tenet of keeping a good hotel or guest house – i.e. to keep the guests happy.  We were certainly not the only people complaining about the food.  Alan had to stay elsewhere as there was no decent driver accommodation.

Day 17 (16th Feb.) -  Anuradhapura culture sites Morning, visits to archeological sites in Anuradhapura ancient capital city. 

Anuradhapura flourished more than 2000 years ago. This is the greatest of the island’s three most famous ruined cities. Birth place of Sinhala royalty and capital city from 3rd century B.C. to the 10th century A.D. Countless fascinating ruins including “Sri Maha Bo Tree”- the oldest historical recorded tree in the world.   

Accommodation – Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura (half board)

Anuradhapura was a bit disappointing after Sigiriya and Polonnaruwa.  If we had seen it first we might have taken a different view.

Day 18 (17th Feb.) – Aukana archeological site 

Morning visit to Aukana archeological site.

Accommodation – Tissawewa Rest House, Anuradhapura (half board)

Aukana was well worth visiting but did not really justify a day and could have been visited on the way to Kitugala.  Good birdwatching on the Kala Wewa reservoir.

Day 19 (18th Feb. ) - Kitulgala

Morning departure to Kitulgala rain forest area. Afternoon birding in Kitulgala village.

Kithulgala is situated on a particularly delightful stretch of the Kelani river that incorporates rock-strewn section and rapids, often enclosed by high banks of tall bamboo, conditions ideal for the sport of White Water Rafting.

Highlights – Sri Lanka Chestnut backed Owtet (E), Sri Lanka Layard’s Parakeet (E), Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot (E), Sri Lanka Green billed Caucal (E), Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (E), Sri Lanka Spur Fowl (E), Brown capped Babbler (E), Spot winged Thrush (E), Indian Pitta (M), Dwarf kingfisher   

Accommodation – Plantation Hotel, Kitulgala(half board)  

(http://www.plantationgrouphotels.com/plantation/plantation.html)   

Met up with Nandana and had a good walk in the late afternoon. Reasonable birdwatching and saw some local people threshing rice.  Plantation Hotel reasonably comfortable  although the service was slow.

black naped monach

Day 20 (19th Feb.) - Kitulgala rain forest

Full day birding in Kitulgala forest and village area.

Afternoon drives to Adem’s Peak area. Late night climb Adem’s Peak Mountain

Accommodation – Punsisi Rest House, Adem’s Peak (half board)

Good birdwatching at Kitugala in the morning and a pleasant drive up to Dalhousie.  Unfortunately we were not accommodated at the Punsisi Rest House but passed onto the White Elephant Hotel.  Despite being new this probably had the worst rooms of any that we used – large but uncomfortable rooms, a doorway into the bathroom that was designed for small people and a shower that did not work.  We had to go up to the Punsisi rest house for meals which were reasonable.

Successful attempt by us with Nandana to the top of Adam’s Peak.  Very good weather but very crowded particularly on the top.  Possibly we should have avoided the weekend.

Day 21 (20th Feb.) – Colombo

Morning come down  and drives to Colombo city.

Accommodation – Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Bed & B’fast)

Day 22 (21st Feb.)

Leisure at Galle Face Hotel, Colombo (Bed & B’fast)

Visited the Museum, Barefoot and the market area.

We both had good rooms at the hotel which is generally very pleasant with a wonderful situation on the ocean.

Day 23 (22nd Feb.) – Departure Day

Leisure at Galle Face Hotel.

Departure.  Transfer will be arranged. (01: 30 hour. drive to the airport)

(Other than above, the vehicle and the driver will be provided free of charge, if you want to go any other place in your visiting areas (below 50 km. per day)

Seamless transfer back to the Airport.

  1. An experienced birding tour guide will be accompanying with you as the tour guide from Day 01 to Day 09 and Day 19 / 20 in Kitulgala.
  2. Transport by a comfortable A/C micro van with a separate driver.

See Date Sorted Check List >>

Sorted List of Endemics

  COMMON NAME SCIENTIFIC NAME LOCATION DATE PHOTO NOTES ENDEMIC
1 Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot Loriculus beryllnus endemic En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011     Yes
2 Sri Lanka Swallow Hirundo hyperthrea En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011     Yes
3 Black-headed Yellow Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus endemic En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011     Yes
4 Sri Lanka Blue Magpie Urocissa ornata Martin's Guest house, Sinharaja 1/31/2011     Yes
5 Sri Lanka Junglefowl Gallus lafayettii endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes   Yes
6 Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron pompadora Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
7 Layard's Parakeet Psittacula calthropae endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
8 Red-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyffhocephalus endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
9 Yellow-fronted Barbet Megalaima flavilfrons endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   Also seen at Kitugala Yes
10 Spot-winged Thrush Zoothera spiloptera endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
11 Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush Zoothera imbricata Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
12 Brown-capped Babbler Pellomeum fuscocapillum endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   NK Yes
13 Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
14 Orange-billed Babbler Turdoides rufescens endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
15 Ashy-headed Laughingthrush Garrulax cinereifrons endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
16 White-throated Flowerpecker  (Legge's Flowerpecker) Dicaeum vincens endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   Female Yes
17 Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Dicrurus lophorinus Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
18 Crimson-backed Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus stricklandi En route to Uda Walawe 2/2/2011     Yes
19 Sri Lanka Wood Shrike Tephrodornis affinis Yala NP 2/4/2011     Yes
20 Dull-blue Flycatcher (Sri Lanka Dusky-blue Flycatcher) Eumyias sordidus endemic Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011     Yes
21 Sri Lanka White-eye Zosterops ceylonensis endemic Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011     Yes
22 Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon Columba torringtoni endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011     Yes
23 Yellow-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus pennicilitatus endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011 Yes Also seen on Adam's peak Yes
24 Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush Myophonus blighi endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011   Seen by entrance gate.  Also heard on Adam's peak Yes
25 Crimson-fronted Barbet Megalaima rubricapilla endemic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kandy 2/7/2011     Yes
26 Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill Ocyceros gingalensis endemic Anuradhapura 2/16/2011 Yes   Yes
27 Green-billed Coucal Centropus chlororhynchus endemic Kitugala 2/19/2011     Yes
28 Sri Lanka Myna Gracula ptilogenys endemic Kitugala 2/19/2011     Yes

Date Sorted Checklist:

               
  Common Name Scientific Name LOCATION DATE PHOTO NOTES ENDEMIC
1 Spot-billed Pelican  Pelecanus philippens Beira Lake, Colombo 1/28/2011 Yes    
2 Little Cormorant  Phalacrocorax niger Beira Lake, Colombo 1/28/2011 Yes    
3 Little Egret Egretta garzetta Beira Lake, Colombo 1/28/2011 Yes    
4 Cattle Egret  Bubulcus coromandus Colombo Museum Grounds 1/28/2011 Yes    
5 Indian Pond Heron  Ardeola grayii Beira Lake, Colombo 1/28/2011 Yes    
6 Common Myna Acridotheres tristis Museum Grounds, Colombo 1/28/2011 Yes    
7 House Crow Corvus splendens Colombo 1/28/2011      
8 White-breasted Waterhen Amauromis phoenicurus Unawatuna Resort 1/29/2011 Yes    
9 Brahminy Kite Haliastur indus Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
10 Spotted Dove Streptopelia chinensis Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
11 Blue-tailed Bee-eater Merops philippinus Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
12 Brown-headed Barbet Megalaima zeylanica Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
13 Barn Swallow Hirundo rustica Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
14 Red-vented Bulbul Pycnonotus cafer Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
15 Oriental Magpie Robin Copsychus saularis Galle Fort 1/30/2011 Yes    
16 Rose-ringed Parakeet Psittacula krameri Unawatuna Resort 1/30/2011 Yes    
17 White-throated Kingfisher Halcyon smynensis Unawatuna Resort 1/30/2011 Yes    
18 Whiskered Tern Chlidonias hybridus Turtle Hatchery, Hikkaduwa 1/31/2011 Yes    
19 Asian Openbill  Anastomus oscitans En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
20 Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot Loriculus beryllnus endemic En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes   Yes
21 Greater Coucal Centropus sinensis En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
22 Grey-rumped Treeswift Hemiprocne longipennis En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
23 Common Kingfisher Alcedo atthis En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
24 Sri Lanka Swallow Hirundo hyperthrea En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes   Yes
25 Black-headed Yellow Bulbul Pycnonotus melanicterus endemic En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011     Yes
26 White-browed Bulbul Pycnonotus luteolus En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
27 Yellow-browed Bulbul Iole indica En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
28 Black Bulbul Hypsipetes leucocephalus En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
29 Brown Shrike Lanius cristatus cristatus En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
30 Yellow-billed Babbler Turdoides affinis En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
31 Purple-rumped Sunbird Nectarinia zeylonica En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
32 Long-billed Sunbird (Loten's Sunbird) Nectarinia lotenia En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011      
33 White-rumped Munia Lonchura striata En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
34 Scaly-breasted Munia Lonchura punctulata En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011   Feeding and nest building  
35 White-bellied Drongo Dicrurus caerulescens En route to Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
36 Sri Lanka Blue Magpie Urocissa ornata Martin's Guest house, Sinharaja 1/31/2011 Yes   Yes
37 Asian Brown Flycatcher Muscicapa dauurica Martin's Guest house, Sinharaja 1/31/2011 Yes    
38 Emerald Dove Chalcophaps indica Martin's Guest House, Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes    
39 Green Imperial Pigeon Ducula aenea Martin's Guest House, Sinharaja FR 1/31/2011 Yes   Yes
40 Brown-breasted Flycatcher Muscicapa muttui Martin's Guest house, Sinharaja 2/1/2011 Yes    
41 Rock Pigeon Columba livia Martin's Guest House, Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes    
42 Sri Lanka Junglefowl Gallus lafayettii endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes   Yes
43 Sri Lanka Green Pigeon (Pompadour Green Pigeon) Treron pompadora Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes   Yes
44 Layard's Parakeet Psittacula calthropae endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
45 Red-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus pyffhocephalus endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
46 Sri Lanka Frogmouth Batrachostomus moniliger Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes Poor photo  
47 Malabar Trogon Harpactes fasciatus Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes Both male and female  
48 Yellow-fronted Barbet Megalaima flavilfrons endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   Also seen at Kitugala Yes
49 Small Minivet Pericrocotus cinnamomeus Sinharaja NP 2/1/2011      
50 Scarlet Minivet Pericrocotus flammeus Sinharaja NP 2/1/2011      
51 Spot-winged Thrush Zoothera spiloptera endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes   Yes
52 Sri Lanka Scaly Thrush Zoothera imbricata Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   NK Yes
53 Brown-capped Babbler Pellomeum fuscocapillum endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   NK Yes
54 Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler Pomatorhinus horsfieldii Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
55 Dark-fronted Babbler Rhodocichla atricaps Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011      
56 Orange-billed Babbler Turdoides rufescens endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011     Yes
57 Sri Lanka Woodshrike Tephrodornis affinis Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes Also Yala NP Yes
58 Ashy-headed Laughingthrush Garrulax cinereifrons endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes   Yes
59 Black-naped Monarch Hypothymis azurea Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes Also seen nesting at the Plantation Hotel, Kitugala and at Ella Adventure Park  
60 Asian Paradise Flycatcher Terpsiphone paradisi Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes    
61 Velvet-fronted Nuthatch Sitta frontalis Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011 Yes    
62 White-throated Flowerpecker  (Legge's Flowerpecker) Dicaeum vincens endemic Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   Female Yes
63 Sri Lanka Crested Drongo Dicrurus lophorinus Sinharaja FR 2/1/2011   CAK Yes
64 Black Eagle Ictinaetus malayensis Martin's Guest House, Sinharaja FR 2/2/2011      
65 Lesser Hill Myna Gracula religiosa En route to Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
66 Crimson-backed Greater Flameback Chrysocolaptes lucidus stricklandi En route to Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
67 Common Moorhen Gallinula chloropus En-route to Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
68 Plain Prinia Prinia inomata En route to Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes With Munias  
69 Grey Heron  Ardea cinerea Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
70 Great White Egret  Casmerodius albus Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
71 Intermediate Egret  Egretta intermedia Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
72 Painted Stork  Mycteria leucocephala Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
73 Woolly-necked Stork  Ciconia episcopus Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
74 Black-winged Stilt Himantopus himantopus Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
75 Common Sandpiper Actitis hypoleucos Uda Walawe Reservoir 2/2/2011 Yes    
76 Oriental Honey Buzzard Pernis ptilorhynchus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
77 Black-winged Kite Elanus caeruleus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
78 White-bellied Sea Eagle Haliaeetus leucogaster Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
79 Crested Serpent Eagle Spilornis cheela Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
80 Changeable Hawk-eagle Spizaetus cirrhatus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
81 Sri Lanka Peafowl Pavo cristatus singhalensis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
82 Red-wattled Lapwing Vanellus Indicus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
83 Orange-breasted Green Pigeon Treron bicincta Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
84 Alexandrine Parakeet Psittacula eupatrtia Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
85 Plum-headed Parakeet Psittacula cyanocephala Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
86 Plaintive Cuckoo Cacomantis passerinus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
87 Asian Koel Eudynamys scolopacea Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
88 Blue-faced Malkoha Phaenicophaeus viridirostris Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
89 Brown Fish Owl Ketupa zeylonensis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
90 Indian Nightjar Caprimulgus asiaticus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
91 Stork-billed Kingfisher Halcyon capensis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
92 Little Green Bee-eater Merops orientalis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
93 Chestnut-headed Bee-eater Merops leschenautti Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
94 Indian Roller Indian Roller, Coracias benghalensis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
95 Malabar Pied Hornbill Anthracoceros coronatus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
96 Coppersmith Barbet Megalaima haemacephala Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
97 Brown-capped Woodpecker Dendrocopos nanus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
98 Rufous-winged Bushlark Mirafra assamica Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
99 Paddyfield Pipit Anthus rufulus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
100 Ashy Prinia Prinia socialis Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
101 Black-backed Robin (Indian Robin) Saxicoloides fulicata leucoptera Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
102 White-rumped Shama Copsychus malabaricus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
103 Black-headed Munia (Tricoloured Munia) Lonchura malacca Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
104 Baya Weaver Ploceus philippinus Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011      
105 Large-billed Crow (Indian Jungle Crow) Corvus macrorhynchos Uda Walawe NP 2/2/2011 Yes    
106 Lesser Whistling-duck Dendrocygna javanica Salt pans near Bundala 2/3/2011 Yes    
107 Oriental Darter  Anhinga melanogaster Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
108 Purple Heron  Ardea purpurea Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
109 Striated Heron  Butorides striatus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
110 Yellow Bittern  Ixobrychus sinensis Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
111 Black-headed Ibis Threskomis melanocephalus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
112 Common Spoonbill  Platalea leucorodia Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
113 Purple Swamphen Porphyrio porphyrio Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
114 Common Coot Fulica atra Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
115 Pheasant-tailed Jacana Hydrophasianus chirurgus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
116 Eurasian Thick-knee Burhinus oedicnemus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
117 Great Thick-knee Esacus recurvirostris Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
118 Small Pratincole Glareola lactea Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
119 Yellow-wattled Lapwing Vanellus malebaricus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
120 Pacific Golden Plover Pluvialis fulva Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
121 Grey Plover Pluvialis squatarola Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
122 Common Ringed Plover Charadrius hiaticula Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
123 Little Ringed Plover Charadrius dubius Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
124 Mongolian Plover (Lesser Sand Plover) Charadrius mongolus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
125 Black-tailed Godwit Limosa limosa Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
126 Eurasian Curlew Numenius arquata Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
127 Common Redshank Tringa totanus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
128 Marsh Sandpiper Tringa stagnatilis Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
129 Common Greenshank Tringa nebularia Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
130 Kentish Plover Charadrius alexandrinus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
131 Wood Sandpiper Tringa glareola Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
132 Ruddy Turnstone Arenaria Interpres Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
133 Red-necked Phalarope Phalaropus lobatus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
134 Common Snipe Gallinago gallinago Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
135 Sanderling Calidris alba Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
136 Little Stint Calidris minuta Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
137 Curlew Sandpiper, Calidris ferruginea Calidris ferruginea Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
138 Caspian Tern Hydroprogne caspia Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
139 Great Crested Tern Sterna bergii Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
140 Chestnut-winged Cuckoo Clamator coromandus Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
141 Indian Cuckoo Cuculus micropterus Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
142 Pied Kingfisher Ceryle rudis Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
143 Yellow Wagtail Motacilla flava Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
144 Purple Sunbird Nectarinia asiatica Bundala NP 2/3/2011      
145 Rosy Starling Sturnus roseus Bundala NP 2/3/2011 Yes    
146 Black Bittern  Dupetor flavicollis Tissamaharama 2/3/2011 Yes    
147 Collared Scops Owl Otus bakkamoena Tissamaharama 2/3/2011 Yes    
148 Black-crowned Night Heron  Nycticorax nycticorax Yala NP  2/4/2011 Yes    
149 Pied Cuckoo Oxylophus jacobinus Yala NP 2/4/2011 Yes    
150 Eurasian Hoopoe Upupa epops Yala NP 2/4/2011 Yes    
151 Indian Pitta Pitta brachyura Yala NP 2/4/2011 Yes    
152 Ashy-crowned Sparrow Lark Eremopterix grisea Yala NP 2/4/2011      
153 Richard's Pipit Anthus richardi Yala NP 2/4/2011   ?  
154 Tawny-bellied Babbler Dumetia hyperythra Yala NP 2/4/2011   Near beach  
155 White-browed Fantail Rhipidura aureola Yala NP 2/4/2011      
156 White-throated Silverbill Lonchura malabarica Yala NP 2/4/2011      
157 Brahminy Starling Sturnus pagodarum Yala NP 2/4/2011 Yes    
158 Caspian Plover Charadrius asiaticus Yala NP 2/4/2011 Yes Check with Jith  
159 Tickell's Blue Flycatcher Cyomis tickelliae Ella Adventure Camp en-route to Nuwara Eliya 2/5/2011 Yes    
160 Streak-throated Woodpecker Picus xanthopygaeus En route to Nuwara Eliya 2/5/2011 Yes    
161 Blue-winged Leafbird (Jerdon's Leafbird) Chloropsis cochinchinensis Lunch stop en-route to Nuwara Eliya 2/5/2011 Yes    
162 Oriental White-eye Zosterops palpebrosa Lunch stop en-route to Nuwara Eliya 2/5/2011 Yes    
163 Dull-blue Flycatcher (Sri Lanka Dusky-blue Flycatcher) Eumyias sordidus endemic Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011 Yes   Yes
164 Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher Culicicapa ceylonensis Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011 Yes    
165 Great Tit Parus major Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011 Yes    
166 Sri Lanka White-eye Zosterops ceylonensis endemic Hakgala Botanic Gardens 2/5/2011     Yes
167 Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon Columba torringtoni endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011     Yes
168 Hill Swallow Hirundo tahitica Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011      
169 Grey Wagtail Motacilla cinerea Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011      
170 Yellow-eared Bulbul Pycnonotus pennicilitatus endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011 Yes Also seen on Adam's peak Yes
171 Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush Myophonus blighi endemic Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011 Yes Seen by entrance gate.  Also heard on Adam's peak Yes
172 Eurasian Blackbird Turdus merula kinnisii Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011   Also known as Ceylon  or Indian Blackbird  
173 Zitting Cisticola Cisticola juncidis Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011      
174 Pied Bushchat Saxicola caprata atrata Horton Plains NP 2/6/2011 Yes Male and female  
175 Pale-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum erythrorhynchos Horton Plains NP 2/8/2011      
176 Common Tailorbird (Ceylon Long-tailed Tailorbird) Orthotomus sutorius Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya 2/6/2011      
177 Forest Wagtail Dendronanthus indicus Victoria Park, Nuwara Eliya 2/6/2011 Yes    
178 Crimson-fronted Barbet Megalaima rubricapilla endemic Royal Botanic Gardens, Kandy 2/7/2011     Yes
179 Black-hooded Oriole Oriolus xanthornus Royal Botanic Gardens, Kandy 2/7/2011 Yes    
180 Little Grebe  Tachybaptus ruficollis Kandy Lake 2/8/2011 No    
181 Shikra Accipiter badius Kandy 2/8/2011 No    
182 Asian Palm Swift Cypsiurus balasiensis Dambullah Caves 2/9/2011      
183 Small Buttonquail Turnis sylvatica Siguriya to Polonnarua road 2/11/2011   At dusk  
184 Common Iora Aegithina tiphia Polonnaruwa 2/11/2011      
188 Golden-fronted Leafbird Chloropsis aurifrons Sigiriya Village Hotel 2/12/2011      
189 Thick-billed Flowerpecker Dicaeum agile Sigiriya Village Hotel 2/12/2011      
185 Green Sandpiper Tringa ochropus Kantale Tank en route to Trincomalee 2/12/2011 Yes    
186 Gull-billed Tern Gelochelidon nilotica Nilaveli Beach Resort 2/12/2011 Yes    
187 Black-rumped Flameback Dinopium benghalense Nilaveli Beach Resort 2/12/2011   Red-backed Woodpecker D.b. psarodes feeding on bark and on the ground.  Pair observed for about 5 minutes.  
190 Great Frigatebird  Fregata minor Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee 2/13/2011 Yes Immature bird with tail feathers in poor condition  
191 Brown-headed Gull Larus brunnicephalus Lagoon north of Nilaveli Beach 2/13/2011      
192 Lesser Crested Tern Sterna bengalensis Lagoon north of Nilaveli Beach 2/13/2011      
193 Brown Booby  Sula leucogaster Nilaveli Beach, Trincomalee 2/14/2011 Yes Pair flying out to sea, one calling noisily. NK  
194 Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill Ocyceros gingalensis endemic Anuradhapura 2/16/2011 Yes   Yes
195 Great Cormorant  Phalacrocorax carbo Kitagula 2/18/2011 Yes    
196 Green-billed Coucal Centropus chlororhynchus endemic Kitugala 2/19/2011     Yes
197 Sri Lanka Myna Gracula ptilogenys endemic Kitugala 2/19/2011     Yes

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Author/s of the report: 
Nicholas King
Group size: 
4
Members of the group (clients): 
Nicholas King
Carol King
Judy Bates
Michael Bates
Tour Guide: 
Nandana