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.
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.
A little wader that is instantly recognizable, this little bird was busy scurrying around the waterline of the Weheragala reservoir.
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.
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.
Driving down the further end of the park on a slightly overcast afternoon, we came across this small pied woodpecker – an uncommon sight at the park – industriously at work.
The sunken trees of Darshana Wewa are home to many species of aquatic birds, including these whistling ducks basking in the morning sunlight.
We came across this nest just by the side of the Yala main road. Fantails are famously tolerant of human presence and will not hesitate to build nests in the busiest of areas.
Once thought to be a subspecies of the common wood-shrike spread across Asia, this bird is now believed to be endemic to the island.
In an act that seems to defy logic, the lapwing lays its eggs on the open ground. However, the speckled brown eggs camouflage against the ground and are extremely difficult to spot. The watchful parents are always nearby, of course.