Sightings Log

28th December, 2018 4:41 pm

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

We were circling Kotabandi Wewa, alerted by alarm calls of deer and time was ticking when we came upon this female casually strolling across the road. Not the least perturbed by our jeep, she leisurely made her way across the sand without breaking stride and vanished into the forest – a magical moment.

21st December, 2018 2:00 pm

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Merops philippinus

One of the four bee-eater species recorded in Sri Lanka, the blue-tailed bee-eater can be distinguished from the little green bee-eater by its brown throat and namesake blue tail. This guy was perched just next to our jeep and posing for the camera.

5th December, 2018 4:30 pm

Sri Lankan Leopard

Panthera pardus kotiya

Cruising the backroads of Yala National Park, we came across this young female lying on a sun-warmed rock by the side of the road. She was completely at ease and provided us with a wonderful, truly private encounter with an apex predator.

12th December, 2018 10:00 am

Alexandrine Parakeet

Psittacula eupatria

The Alexandrine parakeet is the largest species of parrot found in the island. It is easily identified by its heavy beak and prominent red shoulder patch. This individual was sunning itself after a relatively chilly night.

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.