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Monday 14 December 2015

Sri Lanka - Day 11 - 12/12/15

Nuwara Eliya, Bomuruelle & Colombo

We were in position ready for the Whistling Thrush at first light but again only got flight views, but in better light it was at least an improvement from a few days ago. We then searched for the endemic sub species of Mountain Hawk Eagle, and succeeded by having perched views. A stunning bird and this completed our 'wanted list'. Unfortunately the rest of the day was spent driving to Colombo ready for our morning flight. It would've been nice to have birded a couple of sites along the way but it seems our guide wanted to go home and see his family. In all honesty he worked very hard and deserved it. So we got dropped off in a shanty hotel and said our farewells to Chaminda. The rest of the night was spent moaning about the accommodation and reflecting on a very successful trip. 

Highlighted species = lifers 

Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush - 1
Kashmir Flycatcher - 1 1w/fem
Blyth's Reed Warbler - 1
Indian Blue Robin - 1
Bar-winged Flycatcher Shrike - 15
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch - 2
Crimson-backed Flameback - 2
Legge's Hawk Eagle - 1
Sri Lanka Woodpigeon - 1
Asian Koel - 1
Stork-billed Kingfisher - 1
Pied Kingfisher - 1
Booted Eagle - 2 pale morph
Intermediate Egret - 10
Ashy Prinia - 2
Brown-headed Barbet - 1
Ashy Woodswallow - 2
Brown Hawk Owl - 2

 although birds were the main focus of this trip, its hard to ignore such a stunning looking reptile - the Rhino-horn Lizard
 Kashmir Flycatcher
 a very young and cheeky Toque Macaque

 the highest village - Nuwara Eliya