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xelas

With 30+ bird species (posted here are 29) photographed in 2 days Wilpattu NP was a great birding location, although it is more known for its mammals, specially leopards and sloth bears sightings.

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There is one more bird from Marienvale, South Africa. I am sure everyone is familiar with iconic photo done by @@Peter Connan : Ladies and Gentlemen, I present you   101. Black Heron      

And, although already presented in the Rietvlei section, I hope you do not mind me adding a couple more photos of Long-Tailed Widowbird.              

And on the riverbanks another cousin (??) is preying on its meal     133. Little Egret - Egretta Garzetta - Mala bela čaplja     ??/04/16 - Barje   16/04/16 - Barje   16/04/16 - Barje

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I took a personality test at the Durrell Zoo which concluded I was a hornbill so I especially like your hornbill picture.

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Agree with the hornbill, but they are all fantastic! Love the sunbird and the Magpie Robin, too.

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Welcome back from you're trip @@xelas and I'll add more love to the hornbill.

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Just one comment : You got to visit India !! I see so many familiar faces !!

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@Chak

With pleasure! We could work something out, don't you think so? Me driving and you guiding :) !

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04/08/16 - Sigiriya and Kaudulla NP

 

 

215. Shikra - Accipiter badius / juv.

 

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216. White-bellied Sea Eagle - Haliaeetus leucogaster

 

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217. Crested Hawk Eagle - Nisaetus cirrhatus

 

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juvenile

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218. Lesser Adjutant - Leptoptilos javanicus

 

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219. Painted Stork - Mycteria leucocephala

 

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The painted stork is so funny :)

And painted indeed....look at all those colors! I guess God ran out of orange, tried some yellow, ran out if it, tried pink/purple, ran out of that too, then decided to play it safe, and used black and white :)

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Popham Arboretum - 05/08/16

 

 

Popham Arboretum is often overlooked small but very interesting place near Dambulla. It is one of the rare places in Sri Lanka where loris can be spotted. Next time we will have to overnight there (or near) to get the chance for observing this rare and shy mammals. As we have arrived quite late birds were not many yet what lacks in quantity was replaced by quality.

 

 

220. Sri Lanka Jungefowl - Gallus lafayetii

 

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221. Red-vented Bulbul - Pycnonotus cafer

 

 

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222. Common Kingfisher - Alcedo atthis

 

 

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Exactly what also Zvezda said!

 

Sri Lanka Junglefowl is endemic and National Bird of Sri Lanka.

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Peter Connan

Nothing common about the kingfisher, he's a beauty!

 

And it posed beautifully! More great shots.

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@@xelas, a very late congrats on 200. Really enjoying the latest from Sri Lanka, especially the Eagles, all stunning. I was very surprised to see the White Bellied Sea Eagle, I thought, in my ignorance, they were an Australian species. I now see they range from India through to Australia. The things you learn on Safaritalk. The Thick knee seems to pop up in many countries too. Mmm, wondering now, about how lucky you got with those mammals in Willpattu? Leopard??

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05-07/08/16 - Kandy hill station

 

For 2 full days we have stayed amongst tea plantations up the hill above Kandy.

 

 

223. Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler - Pomatorhinus melanurus

 

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224. Plum-headed parakeet - Psitaculla cyanocephala

 

 

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225. Black-hooded Oriole - Oriolus xanthornus

 

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226. Small Minivet - Pericrocotus cinnamomeus

 

 

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227. Layard's Parakeet - Psitaculla calthropae

 

 

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