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Sightings Log

20th March, 2019 4:10 pm

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

We came across fresh pugmarks while driving down Akasa Chaithya road and followed the trail for about 200m when we encountered this nonchalant female lying on the middle of the road. She sat on the road for about 10 minutes before moving off to sleep under a nearby bush.

14th March, 2019 5:30 pm

Sri Lankan Elephant

Elephas maximus maximus

This protective mom ensured that she always positioned herself between our jeep and her calf, who kept peeking from behind her in curiosity.

6th March, 2019 5:30 pm

Indian paradise flycatcher

Terpsiphone paradisi

The Indian paradise flycatcher is a beautiful medium sized bird which is not rare to encounter, but a very challenging bird to photograph due to their quick movements. We spotted this attractive male very close to our campsite.

2nd March, 2019 5:30 pm

Changeable Hawk Eagle

Nisaetus cirrhatus

Changeable or Crested hawk eagle is one of the most formidable raptors in Yala National park, capable of bringing down prey much larger than themselves. It’s not uncommon to encounter one during your safari

23rd February, 2019 4:00 pm

Sri Lankan Elephant

Elephas maximus maximus

During our safari at Kumana National Park, we were rewarded with an unexpected encounter with a well-known tusker in Yala. “Sando”, It was the first record of him at Kumana National Park. It’s truly amazing to see how far these animals travel within a relatively short period of time, as he was at Yala Block I couple of days prior.

16th February, 2019 5:30 pm

Sri Lankan Sloth Bear

Melursus ursinus inornatus

We came across this well grown male sloth bear near Koti Gala (Leopard Rock) on our way to the park exit. He was completely at ease with our presence and walked around our jeep before vanishing into the thick undergrowth.

11th February, 2019 9:20 am

Lesser Adjutant Stork

Leptoptilos javanicus

One of the largest birds in Sri Lanka, it is often found as solitary individuals, stalking the edges of ponds, tanks, marshes, and villus in search of frogs, crabs, fish, lizards, small mammals, and snakes. We were lucky to see a pair basking in the morning sun on our safari

8th February, 2019 3:00 pm

Mugger Crocodile

Crocodylus palustris

Mugger crocodiles are one of the two crocodile species found in Sri Lanka. They are abundant in almost every waterhole in Yala National Park, waiting patiently for their next meal.

6th February, 2019 10:30 am

Indian peafowl

Pavo cristatus

Although peacocks are a very common sight throughout the dry zone of Sri Lanka, peacock chicks are a rather rare sight to see. The chicks are well camouflaged to avoid predators, and follow their mother most of the time.

26th January, 2019 9:13 am

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Sri Lanka is renown for its giant leopards and this immense individual is a prime example of the island’s top predator.