Birds, Chills, Nature, Thrills, Wildlife

Bird watching: Sigiriya

Sigiriya needs no introduction. Today the name of this UNESCO world heritage site is famous among so many people around the world, and is even considered to be the 8th wonder of the world by some.

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The Sigiriya inselberg

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Birds, Chills, Nature, Thrills, Wildlife

Kithulgala

The Kelani river, Kithulgala
The Kelani river, Kithulgala

Although rapidly becoming a sensation among nature enthusiasts and adventure sport buffs of Sri Lanka and around the world alike, the potential that Kithulgala has in the lines of ecotourism is still untapped. The unique experiences I have had and the unparalleled beauty that I have witnessed in Kithulgala, throughout a mere one and a half years that I spent there, working with the tourist industry has left a lasting impression in my heart and ensured that it will forever be my favourite place in Sri Lanka. Continue reading “Kithulgala”

Chills, Culture, Wildlife

Mihinthale: A Langur’s evening

On one of my recent travels to Anuradhapura, as we had nothing much to do in the evening, decided to climb the Mihinthale rock to watch the sunset. Turned out that we were not the only ones who had that idea. Continue reading “Mihinthale: A Langur’s evening”

Birds, Wildlife

Bulbuls of Sri Lanka

Bulbuls are arboreal, small/ medium sized passerine birds. They usually have short necks, relatively long tails, short and rounded wings, short legs & elongated, slightly hooked beaks. Both sexes tend to look alike and are commonly found in pairs, except for the Black Bulbul (Hypsipetes leucocephalus humii) which is usually observed in small flocks. Other species may also sometimes join mix species flocks. Continue reading “Bulbuls of Sri Lanka”

Mammals, Wildlife

Northern Minke Whale

The Northern or Common Minke whale (Balaenoptera acutorostrata), has two recognized subspecies, occurring as two separate populations that do not mix, namely the North Atlantic minke whale (B. acutorostrata acutorostrata) and the North Pacific or Scommon’s minke whale (B. acutorostrata scammoni). Minkes are also found in some areas of the Mediterranean sea and the Indian ocean. Some taxonomists regard the population in Sri Lankan waters to be a separate subspecies (B. acutorostrata thalmha Jefferson et al. 2008) but very little data is present about this population. There is also a dwarf form of the Common Minke whale which hasn’t been assigned a scientific name yet although they too are regarded a subspecies of Balaenoptera acutorostrata, and a possible NEW SPECIES of Minke whale by some. Continue reading “Northern Minke Whale”