Day 6 (15th March):

An early breakfast before heading off for a repeat of yesterdays walk on the Sinharaja Forest Trail. Even before we were on the trail we found the key endemic we had missed yesterday – White faced Starling. There were a number of birds perched high and in distant trees but they looked fine through the scope. Several flew around displaying too.
The magpies and jungle fowl again performed at the research station but the highlights were our best views yet, of Pale Billed Flowerpecker and a Sri Lanka Wood Pigeon which perched up nicely by the track side. This solitary, shy and secretive endemic pigeon can be very difficult to see and it proved to be the only one of the trip.

Sinharaja was rounded off with Uditha impressing us with his all round naturalist skills by catching a water snake in a small pool where it was chasing fish and then spotting a Kangaroo Limbed Lizard in the leaf litter.

We returned to the Blue Magpie for lunch which again proved a good move as like yesterday there was rain in the afternoon. Birding was similarly excellent from the shelter of the lodge. Birds attended the feeders, a Spot Winged Thrush appeared out in the open right below the windows, a pair of Crested Honey Buzzards perched close by and Spotted Munias fed in the tall grasses. Mammals distinguished themselves too – a Brown Mongoose foraged in the rubbish pit and a large Land Monitor scuttled past the windows.