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Wildlife trip reports of tours in Sri Lanka operated by Walk With Jith

Andrew Mears' Trip Report

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2014 Dec 22
Tour End: 
2014 Dec 31

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Just back from my trip with Mark Edgeller and Ollie Wardman, and it was a good one. We had some poor weather but not enough to spoil things and it allowed us to see all 33 endemics plus take a half-day whale watching trip in just 9 days:

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Andrew Mears

John Speich's Trip Report

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2015 Jan 9
Tour End: 
2015 Apr 24

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...  Fra den 10. - 25. januar 2015 afholdt DOF Travel sin første tur til Sri Lanka siden 1985.

Turen, der blev gennemført i samarbejde med fugle- og naturguider fra det lokale firma WalkWithJith, blev en ubetinget succes. Ejeren af firmaet Jith blev sekunderet af den ligeledes rutinerede guide Upali, så vi var godt dækket ind. De to guider, ofte hjulpet af andre lokale guider, gjorde et stort arbejde, og det lykkedes da også for dem at vise os samtlige 33 endemiske fuglearter, som findes på øen.

Fly fra Qatar Air med fremragende service om bord stod Viatravel for.

Rundturen i bus foregik i strålende sol med dagtemperaturer på op over de +30gr.C. Kun oppe i regnskoven fik vi nogle kraftige aftenbyger, og morgentemperaturen i højlandet kunne snige sig ned på små +10grC. ...

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John Speich

André Weiss Pryde's Trip Report

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2012 Dec 30
Tour End: 
2013 Jan 17

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André Weiss Pryde

 

 

After having explored the birds of India on several occasions, the endemic species of Sri Lanka finally called for me. I ended up seeing all of them and many other bird species and some great mammals. I can absolutely recommend this beautiful island: good birds, good food, nice people and very easy to organise.

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André Weiss Pryde

Mike Nelson's Trip Report

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2014 Dec 7
Tour End: 
2014 Dec 18

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Sri Lanka is recognized as an easy birding destination as the island is quite small and easy to navigate. Roads are fairly good and the birding sites are quite accessible. There are still quite large areas of forest and the current 33 endemics and many regional (southern India and Sri Lanka) make a trip here quite appealing. Sri Lanka also has quite a rich cultural history and many historical sites are well worth visiting. With that in mind my wife and I spent twelve days touring the country.

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Mike Nelson

Gitte & Allan Kruse's Trip Report

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2014 Mar 1
Tour End: 
2014 Mar 30

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Crested Hawk-eagle having raided a Fantail nest

All together it had been a very exiting birdtour. We saw 213 species of birds and 30 of the 33 endemics. This wouldn't have been possible without the help of Upali's long experience as a birdguide. I think I will recommend birders to go birding earlier than we did. According to a local birder, many birds were nesting and therefore more secretive and also feeding parties are not common in the dry season

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Allan Kruse
Gitte Kruse

John Wilson's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2014 Mar 1
Tour End: 
2014 Mar 15

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John Wilson and David Bush group
Farewells and thanks were said to Jith for arranging the excellent well-balanced itinerary, to Nandana for his expert guiding and his efforts in making the trip interesting from a cultural point of view, and of course to Limal for his expert driving, and Penando for looking after us so well.

All-in-all a fantastic and thoroughly enjoyable trip, so thanks WalkWithJith.com! Overall nearly everyone saw every bird, the exception of the odd one or two. From my own personal notes I didn’t see 6 species, only 2 of which would have been lifers. And to top it all, we broke Nandana’s record for a trip list, with 239 species and all 33 endemics!

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John Douglas Wilson

Jonathan Francis Uren's Trip Report

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2013 Nov 2
Tour End: 
2013 Nov 17

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We had a very enjoyable time in Sri Lanka and Nandana proved to be a superb guide for the birds, other wildlife and cultural sites. He made the holiday an excellent experience for us all and we appreciated the great efforts he made to find all the birds he possibly could for us. We only missed 3 targets and all of them were almost impossible to find, no Pied Thrushes - we were too early, Scaly Thrushes weren't calling and were impossible to find and Serendip Scops Owls did not co-operate despite great efforts by Nandana and the local guides in Sinharaja.  If we come back to Sri Lanka we will be delighted if Nandana were our guide again.
 
We will write a trip report and once it is complete we will send you a copy for your website and we look forward to meeting you again in August at the Birdfar.
 
Thanks again for organising an excellent trip for us

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Jonathan Francis Uren

Nattinee Limkitisupasin's Trip Report

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2006 Dec 3
Tour End: 
2006 Dec 9

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Nattinee Limkitisupasin

Paul Seligman's Trip Report

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2005 Feb 10
Tour End: 
2005 Feb 23

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Paul Seligman and Janet Dewes with Prasanjith
Paul Seligman and Janet Dewes with Prasanjith

This travell report is by Paul Seligman who travelled with Janet Dawes in Feruary 2005. Our sincere thanks to him for providing this report.

Nearly 200 species of birds were observed in this trip!


11/02/2005

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Paul Seligman

Mark Taylor's Trip Report

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2005 Nov 13
Tour End: 
2005 Nov 28

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Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor

This travel report is by Mark Taylor. He is the General Sales Manager (New vehicles) of the BMW group (Doncaster), Melbourne, Australia. This is a comprehensive 17 day trip report. Our sincere thanks to him for providing this report free of charged and we are amazed that you really did this 17 page report for us.

223 species of birds were observed in this trip!

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Mark Taylor

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