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Stephen Dean's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2017 Jan 3
Tour End: 
2017 Jan 17

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2017-02-11 Stephen Dean &  Upali

Having been to several parts of the Indian Subcontinent on previous trips, Louise and I decided it was time to visit Sri Lanka.  We contacted Manoj Vardhan at Vardhan's Individual and Group Tours (VIGT), who had put five trips together for us before, and he liaised with Prasanjith (“Jith”) Caldera of 'Walk With Jith' to act as our ground agent.

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Stephen Dean

John Diley's Trip Report 2

Tour Strat: 
2015 Mar 12
Tour End: 
2015 Mar 30

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John and Anne Diley with Nandana

The total number of species encountered was 240 including 3 that were heard but not seen.  The total number of “lifers” seen was 34 (including Streaked Weaver which I am now convinced I did not see in 2013).  However it would be 37 if I was to include the maybe dubious sightings – Sykes`s Warbler, Saunders`s Tern and Greater Painted Snipe.  Red-faced Malkoha I am convinced I saw in 2013 and is consequently a confirmation as is Ashy Prinia.  All of the 33 endemics (one more pending) were seen except Chestnut-backed Owlet which was heard but not seen.  Best birds – Eyebrowed Thrush, Black Noddy, Serendib Scops Owl, Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush, Black-necked Stork

Author/s of the report: 
John Diley

Andrew Mears' Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
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

Mike Nelson's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
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

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

Tour Strat: 
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

Paul Seligman's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
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

Author/s of the report: 
Paul Seligman

Brian Clasper's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2007 Jan 15
Tour End: 
2007 Jan 24

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Jim France and Brian Clasper
... Another beautiful setting on the beach we watched Terns ,gulls & sea eagles .The Icing on the cake was a boat trip at the end of the day prior to our return flight home. Through the Mangrove swamps we came close to Black bittern, Yellow bittern, Striated heron and many of the birds we had attempted to photograph this time getting excellent results. Indeed it wqs a good job we were using digital photography otherwise it would have been very expensive session. All in All a perfect trip organised at a very reasonable price by a great leader well done Jith & Sammy. ...

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Brian Clasper

Colin Scott's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2007 Feb 2
Tour End: 
2007 Mar 17

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Colin Scott - touching an elephant

This was the best trip I have been on, we managed to pack so much in over the fifteen days all thanks to the meticulous planning of our guide Prasanjith Caldera. The food, accommodation, the mix of culture, wildlife, scenery and attractions were all excellent. I would have no hesitation in recommending “Jith” as he is known to anyone wishing to visit this beautiful country.

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Colin Scott

Martin and Mary Leathwood's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2009 Mar 8
Tour End: 
2009 Mar 27

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See more photos of the tour by Mary and Martin here:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/11426611@N03/

09th March – Arrival

10th March – Pinnawala Elephant Orphanage. Birding stops on the route to Anuradhapura – Pleasant tailed Jacanas (saw many later but never tired of watching this stunning bird), White throated Kingfisher (same), Grey...

Author/s of the report: 
Martin Leathwood
Mary Leathwood

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