Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

June 28, 2021

Pottuvil Lagoon June 28

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Arugam Bay Birding #1

The surf was flat today, so I thought I might wander around the lagoon just near my hotel. There was nothing new but I got some nice photos anyway. Some old favourites.

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Black-winged Stilt
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)

Indian Cormorant  - immature
Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis) – immature

Red-wattled Lapwing
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)

Asian Koel   - male
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus) – male

Grey Heron
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)

House Crow  with fush
House Crow (Corvus splendens)

Pottuvil bird list

black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Indian Cormorant (Phalacrocorax fuscicollis)
Eurasian Moorhen (Gallinula chloropus)
White-throated Kingfisher
Spotted Dove
House Crow (Corvus splendens)
Indian Pond-heron (Ardeola grayii)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
Little Egret
Great Egret
Common Myna
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Red-vented Bulbul
Pied Kingfisher


June 24, 2021

Phone photos again

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Southern Sri Lanka in June

Well here I am right at the bottom of Sri Lanka. I have been in lockdown almost a month. Hopefully I shall soon be free to escape to the east. I have been surfing heaps and losing lots of weight, so it has not been totally a waste.

Weligama Beach
Weligama Beach

I was at Weligama for more than a month. I wish I had left a lot sooner, but it is what it is, hey? I have done lots of surfing and now can stand up and paddle without feeling totally knackered. My fitness level has improved heaps.

Getting a coconut
Getting a coconut

This nice villager climbed up the coconut tree to get some King Coconuts for us. I drank one then and there. Delicious.

Pumpkin soup
Pumpkin Soup

I have been cooking lots. I usually have vegetable stews. I am on a low-carb diet and no sugar. I am quite used to it now. Pumpkin soup is still my favourite..

Spiny-tailed Gecko
Spiny-tailed Gecko

I had lots of geckos in my room. Catching all the mosquitoes. This maybe a Sri Lankan House Gecko (aka: “Spotted House Gecko”), Scientific name: Hemidactylus parvimaculatus.

Hiriketiya Beach
Hiriketiya Beach

I have been at Hiriketiya Beach for about four days now. The surf is much better here. We had two days free from lockdown and now we are back into it. We cannot go out.

No undies!
No undies!

White-browed Fantail
White-browed Fantail (Rhipidura aureola)

In the backyard of my hotel just as I was making lunch. He was about a meter away from me on the clothes line.


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