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Monday 14 December 2015

Sri Lanka - Day 8 - 9/12/15

Bundala NP & Deverawawa
The morning was a jeep safari around the reserve trying for Bitterns and Waders but also undertaking my first seawatch of the trip where the only highlight were passing Greater Crested Terns, but unfortunately no Blue Whales. After what seemed like a shortish safari we returned to the hotel for a well earned rest where a hearty lunch was had at the hotel. I had a nap before we had a trip around the nearby tanks seeing a good range of exciting species, the highlight bring a superb Black Bittern showing incredibly well, but just too dark for my camera. 

Highlighted birds = lifers

Yellow Bittern - 3
Grey-headed Swamphen - 30
Ashy-crowned Sparrowlark - 3
Caspian Tern - 75
Indian Reed Warbler - 3
Grey-headed Fish Eagle - 1
Greater Crested Tern - 75
Lesser Crested Tern - 5
Oriental Skylark - 4
Small Pratincole - 15
Lesser Sand Plover - 500
Watercock - 1
Black-tailed Godwit - 200
Brown-headed Gull - 7
Alexandrine Parakeet - 10
Black Bittern - 1
Indian Scops Owl - 2

 Grey Langur
 Grey-headed Fish Eagle
 Gull-billed Tern
 Small Pratincole - the cutest bird of the trip as well as being a much sought after species for me
 Spot-billed Pelican
 Grey-headed Swamphen - another species that has recently undertaken taxonomic changes
 Blue Glassy Tiger

 a good area for Blue Whales but alas not today

a stunning sunset at Thissa Tank