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Shankar Narayan's Trip Report

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2017 Apr 27
Tour End: 
2017 Apr 30

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Shankar, Asha and Soumya with Upali touring in Sri Lanka

This was our first trip to Sri Lanka,as we did not have many days to spend, we just decided to visit Yala National Park. We engaged the tour company, Walk With Jith for our pick up from Colombo, drop off at Cinnamon Wild Hotel and the next day full day safari at Yala National Park.

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Sankar Narayan

Guy Marchal's Trip Report

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2017 Mar 8
Tour End: 
2017 Mar 26

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Guy and Rita Marchal with Supurna

Guy and Rita Marchal with Supurna

e would like to thank you for the beautifull trip we made in March, and the excellent guidance by Hetti during our vacation.
I posted a series of 4 video’s on you tube in which your company is mentioned.
If you find it usefull to refer to these on your web site, feel free.

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Guy Martial (video)

Stephen Dean's Trip Report

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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

Tony Crocker's Trip Report

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2016 Mar 1
Tour End: 
2016 Mar 11

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Tony Crocker with Upali during the trip in Sri Lanka
Tony Crocker with Upali during the trip in Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka as a birding destination? – absolutely top drawer.

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Tony Crocker

Soren Sorensen's Trip Report

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2016 Jan 15
Tour End: 
2016 Jan 30

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Foto-Niels-Henrik-DOF-Gruppen-med-guider---tidlig-morgen-parat-til-Sinharaja-NP.jpg

Tilbage i 1985 havde DOF sin første tur til Sri Lanka. Men det var først efter en succesrig tur i januar 2015, at den her næsten identiske tur blev afholdt allerede et år senere. Det blev igen særdeles vellykket, og hvordan kunne det også blive andet, når programmet bød på rundtur i dette smukke, grønne land med de store landskabelige kontraster. Lokalarrangøren var også denne gang det meget velfunderede, WalkWithJith, med dygtige guider og med kontakter til de rigtige hoteller på ruten. Logier og mad var derfor  så godt, som man kan tillade sig at forvente, når det skulle være med en fornuftig økonomi, og når vi også ville ud til nogle af afkrogene med de rigtige fuglesteder...

Foto Niels Henrik: Gruppen med guider - tidlig morgen parat til Sinharaja NP

 

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Soren Sorensen / DOF Travel, Dansk Ornitologisk, Forening Birdlife Denmark

Gary Yang & Loretta Kao's Trip Reprot

Tour Strat: 
2015 Dec 25
Tour End: 
2016 Jan 8

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Sri Lanka birding and Wildlife Trip from Dec 26’2015 to Jan 09’2016

Gary Yang and Loretta Kao

From Taipei, Taiwan

Day 1: 12/26:因為原本規劃行程被取消,在最短時間內改變去了從沒想過會去的地方-斯里蘭卡.第一天行程輕鬆行主要拜訪佛牙寺,無奈我們一早從可倫坡機場附近酒店開來康堤就花了六小時(按正常約3小時),其實實際上距離只有116公里是因爲遇上連續假期共四天(斯里蘭卡是沒有任何高速公路)大家都出來玩了。中間我們停車在路邊看到樹上吊滿了水果蝙蝠fruit bat,遠遠望去會誤認為大片樹葉。後來到達康堤更發現原來這些蝙蝠是非常普遍在一般平原,甚至市區都易見。祂真的很大隻,飛起來展翅可達3英尺,除了停棲在樹上,也有不少掛在電線上。好不容易到達飯店,鳥導給我們兩小時休息時間,我們當然不會錯過任何可以拼鳥的機會,短短兩小時就已經入袋:長嘴吸蜜鳥,紫腰吸蜜鳥,白胸翡翠,白腰紋鳥,紅胸紋鳥,黑頭黃鸝,小PT,小鸕鶿、印度池鷺,黃頭鷺,小白鷺,白腹秧雞,珠頸斑鳩,小金背三趾啄木,金額葉鵯,白腹卷尾,烏鴉,家八哥,印度白頭鶇鶥,下午四點下午四點離開民宿看5;30的民族舞蹈,那些舞者演出出的力與美真是賞心悅目。之後的fire walk 就與我們的乩童有異曲同工之趣。今天的壓軸就是去參觀佛牙寺真是人山人海,裝佛牙的佛龕ㄧ天只開放兩小時,早上與傍晚的各6:30-7:30,而佛龕真正打開是7點整,我們鳥導太厲害了,我們擠到佛龕前看到打開真是太感動了。而那短短幾分鐘就已經讓信眾瘋狂了,但也看見相當多的人默默坐在地上虔誠膜拜。雖然塞車花了大半時間,但還真是豐收的ㄧ天。計:19種

Gary Yang and Loretta Kao wit Jith

Gary Yang and Loretta Kao

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Gary Yang and Loretta Kao

Neoh Joon Kee's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2015 Dec 23
Tour End: 
2016 Jan 1

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Kelani River

Have you ever wished that you could escape the troubles of the world? Just forget all your worries and vanish into utopia… well, that was exactly what we did at the close of 2015 on our week-long Sri Lankan nature sojourn. 

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Neoh Joon Kee

Wang Chengdong's Trip Report

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2015 Feb 20
Tour End: 
2015 Mar 1

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Wang Chengdong

Wu Haiyan & Tao Zhang's Trip Report

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2015 Feb 20
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2015 Mar 1

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Wu Haiyan and Tao Zhang - During the tour

This trip report is originally written in Chinese.

Tao Zhang (张弢)
时间:10天 (2015年2月21日到 3月2日)
鸟种: 203种 (我第一次在一个行程中看到超过200种鸟, 破了自己的纪录)
特有种:32 out of 33 (大大超出预期)
个人新增鸟种:74种(827-->901)

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Wu Haiyan
Tao Zhang

John Speich's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
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.

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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

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

Sheau Torng Lim's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2014 Dec 5
Tour End: 
2014 Dec 18

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Sheau Torng Lim and Carine Nah
Sheau Torng Lim and Carine Nah visited Sri Lanka in 2014 with Walk With Jith. His photos were uploaded to Facebook with comments. This report is created from that information.

You can see all his photos with species name, location, EXIF info, etc here: https://www.flickr.com/photos/wavethree/

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Sheau Torng Lim

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

Erik Mølgaard's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2013 Nov 22
Tour End: 
2013 Dec 7

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This consists of a brief report with species list and photos.

Marianne and Erik M%F8lgaard

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Erik Mølgaard

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

Keith Pigdon's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2013 Mar 31
Tour End: 
2013 Apr 15

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Nancye, Manju, Upali and Margaret

Keith Pigdon, Nancye Pigdon  and Margaret Wilson, from Melbourne, Australia

Three retired adults were met at the airport on arrival in Sri Lanka and driven to our hotel in the wee small hours of the morning by our careful and very pleasant trip driver Manju. A great way to start a visit to a new country! We had been well prepared for the visit through numerous email contacts with Jith and the detailed information he provided on currency, tipping, food, health, clothing etc.

We met our very knowledgeable and friendly guide Upali on the first day and were each presented with a great little package containing an excellent map of Sri Lanka, a pocket bird book and a tally list to keep records of what we were to see. All of these were of great use to us throughout the trip. Nice touch Jith. Our vehicle was a new A/C comfortable van. Given the problems we had had with a poor quality vehicle on a previous trip to Africa we were well pleased with the van.....

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Keith Pigdon

John Diley's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2013 Mar 18
Tour End: 
2013 Apr 3

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Jhon and Anne Diley

A keen birder of over 50 years & wife Anne, a non-birder...

"For me, this was one of the best holidays we have ever had.  After the initial deep reluctance & reservations on Anne`s part, having read on the inter-net the horror stories as regards the many potential safety hazzards, she enjoyed the whole experience immensely & I`m sure would not have missed it for the world.  The people were lovely & friendly without exception.  The flights with Emirates were first class as was the hotel accommodation [with one big exception – Martin`s Lodge!]  The food was on the whole good, often really good.  The travel company “Walks with Jith” under the umbrella organisation of  “Responsible Travel”, could not be faulted.  We were well looked after at every step of the way & their initial organisation was first rate without a single glitch.  Our driver/guide ...

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John Diley

Carsten Fog's Trip Report

Tour Strat: 
2013 Feb 10
Tour End: 
2013 Feb 24

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Janne Thomsen, Upali and Carsten Fog

Report of sighting of Oriental Scrub Robin in Nuawara Eliya in Gregory Park - 11 - 25 February 2013 by Carsten Fog

1. Species, including age, sex and plumage type, or whichever of these is known. The species observed was an Oriental Scrub Robin or Rufous-tailed Scrub Robin (Cercotrichas galactotes). It was..........

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Carsten Fog

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