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Sightings Log

19th September, 2019 5:19 am

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Leopards often rest on trees after a heavy meal. This majestic female was seated on a tree by Akasa Chaithya after feeding on a young buffalo kill.

10th September, 2019 6:35 am

Sri Lankan Elephant

Elephas maximus maximus

Spotting an elephant wading lazily among the reeds of Buttuwa lake is one of the most spectacular sightings when on a safari at Yala National Park.

4th September, 2019 9:15 am

Changeable Hawk-eagle

Nisaetus cirrhatus

This keen-eyed bird was eyeing a rat-snake slithering in the bushes below. Fortunately for the snake, it managed to find shelter before the eagle made it its breakfast.

30th August, 2019 7:12 am

Saltwater Crocodile

The saltwater crocodile is the largest reptile in the world and some truly enormous individuals have been recorded in Sri Lanka. This big crocodile was heading over the bund towards the tank out of frame.

19th August, 2019 5:50 pm

Sri Lankan Swallow

Hirundo hyperythra

This endemic bird is a frequent sight, seated on the wires of fence in front of Jetwing Safari Camp. It is often observed darting around in the evenings, snapping at flying insects.

17th August, 2019 7:36 am

Barred buttonquail

Turnix suscitator

Similar, but unrelated to the true quails, buttonquails are found in the dry regions of Sri Lanka and can be encountered scurrying among the thorny scrubs of Yala National Park.

10th August, 2019 5:30 pm

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Spurred on by anxious langur and deer calls, we along the bottom of the Weheragala dam (Block V) and to our delight, we came across this juvenile male on a spectacular setting.

18th July, 2019 4:25 pm

Little-ringed Plover

Charadrius dubius

A little wader that is instantly recognizable, this little bird was busy scurrying around the waterline of the Weheragala reservoir.

10th July, 2019 11:15 am

Grey-headed Fish Eagle

Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus

Bundala National Park comprises of large bodies of water and of course, grey-headed fish eagles are a common sight, haunting the lakes and estuaries.

4th July, 2019 8:20 am

Sri Lankan Sloth Bear

Melursus ursinus inornatus

Bears are frequently spotted between Uraniya junction and Koti Gala (Leopard Rock). This adventurous individual seemed to think little of its name, clambering up without a care in the world.