We had an up-close and personal encounter with Nandimithra, one of Yala’s iconic tuskers, down the Heenwewa road in a perfect evening. The tusker appears to have just finished off a good mud bath, hence the red coloration.
The brahminy starling, or brahminy mynah, is a migrant species that can be seen in the scrubs of Yala during the northern hemispheric winter. This male and female pair was sighted just outside Jetwing Safari Camp, during our morning bird walk.
Caption – After disappearing from public eye for a few months following a severe facial wound, Harak Hora (cattle killer), one of the biggest male leopards at the park, returned to sit defiantly on the road at Heenwewa.
The pied kingfisher is one of the seven kingfisher species recorded in Sri Lanka, easily distinguishable by its black and white plumage. This pair was sighted on the banks of one of the saline lagoons at Bundala National Park.
The largest mongoose species in Sri Lanka, the stripe-necked mongoose is also called the king mongoose. We came across this magnificent specimen at Weheragala, eagerly digging for crabs in the fresh mud.
An endemic bird that we frequently come across in our evening bird walks. This individual was on the periphery fence just in front of the camp.
This gorgeous tusker is called "Kashyapa" after the king who built the fortress of Sigiriya
The largest serpent in Sri Lanka, this individual was estimated to be about 8 feet long
An endemic lizard, it is also known as the blood-sucker due to the male’s bright scarlet upper lip.