Tour Reports

Wednesday 24 January

After breakfast, served at 0600, we left the hotel to drive southeast to Tissamaharama, thankfully often just called Tissa. We found a Blue-faced Malkoha in roadside bushes – a good one, as Deepal and myself thought we might have to visit a known site for this. We stopped at a large tank where there were […]

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Thursday 25 January 2007

Today’s excursion took us to Bundala National Park. On the way we stopped at two flooded areas to check the waders present. Many were recognizable from back home – Curlew Sandpiper, Little Stint, Redshank, Greenshank but the Marsh Sandpipers and Lesser Sandplovers gave it a more eastern flavour. A most obliging Shikra was seen on [&hell

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Friday 26 January 2007

Another tank was visited this morning where Indian Stone-curlew was the highlight. These are a close relative to our stone-curlew and were recently split. They are very similar, though to my eye the bill may be thinner and the legs looked a much more paler straw colour. Six species of tern were flying over the […]

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Saturday 27 January

A long drive this morning would take us from Tissa to Nuwara Eliya, a journey time of about six hours. As we left Tissa a couple of Indian Stone-curlews were close to the road, and a little further on two stocky Woolly-necked Storks were in a paddy field. Soon the hills appeared and the bus […]

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Sunday 28 January

I had warned of an early start, and we gathered in reception at 0430! We needed to leave at this time to travel to Horton Plains and to be inside the park at first light, important for the special birds of the hills. The drive took one-and-quarter hours. We raised the park staff from their […]

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