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Hi All,

 

Here are some photographs covering the diversity of Sri Lankan wildlife taken by me.

 

Enjoy.

 

 

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Wow, those leopard shots are astounding (where were they taken?). Love the owls as well. Nice collection.

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~ @@rajivwelikala

 

The pair of owls is a nice image!

The hoopoe dust bath is also very special.

Many thanks for sharing such a fine collection.

Your love of Sri Lankan wildlife shows!

Tom K.

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Brilliant!!! esp the flying dolphin!

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Superb collection! I love the group of elephants, and the bear (sloth bear?) sitting in the mud.

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Outstanding. The sitting bear is priceless! Would love to see more. :)

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Thank you for the lovely comments.

 

The leopards were taken in Wilpattu National Park, which is Sri Lanka's largest park.

 

The owls are very special as this is a one of a kind sighting. The species is called Serendib Scops Owl which is found only in a small area in the rainforest in the South of the country. And they were discovered to exist as a species only in 2001. Tilll then they went unknown to science or man. These two birds are juveniles which are very rare to see, and one of the few if not only photo for two chicks together in the world.

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Hi Michael

 

you can check out my photos on my website www.srilankanwildlife.com or flickr profile www.flickr.com/photos/rajivw

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Thank you Tony, yes indeed its a Sloth Bear. Cute but dangerous animal in Sri Lanka. Not an animal to confront while on foot :)

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Love the owls. Are they adult scoops owls?

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@@rajivwelikala Fantastic: great go have you aboard old chap and I look forward to seeing more of your work. Have you introduced yourself and told us more about you by starting a new topic in the Introductions Subforum?

 

(Edit: I see you already have, great stuff!)

 

Matt

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Rajiv, would love to hear more about Wilpattu NP - how crowded does it get in comparison to Yala? What time of the year do you recommend a visit? Thnaks so much.

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