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Sightings Log

26th November, 2018 4:20 pm

Sri Lankan Elephant

Elephas maximus maximus

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.

18th November, 2018 5:05 pm

Brahminy Starling

Sturnia pagodarum

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.

14th November, 2018 7:30 am

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

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.

8th November, 2018 9:30 am

Pied Kingfisher

Ceryle rudis

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.

5th November, 2018 3:30 pm

Stripe-necked Mongoose

Herpestes vitticollis

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.

1st November, 2018 5:15 pm

Sri Lankan Swallow

Cecropis hyperythra

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.

15th October, 2018 6:35 pm

Sri Lankan Elephant

Elephas maximus maximus

This gorgeous tusker is called "Kashyapa" after the king who built the fortress of Sigiriya

5th October, 2018 6:30 am

Indian Rock Python

Python molurus

The largest serpent in Sri Lanka, this individual was estimated to be about 8 feet long

27th September, 2018 10:45 am

Painted-lipped Lizard

Calotes ceylonensis

An endemic lizard, it is also known as the blood-sucker due to the male’s bright scarlet upper lip.