Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

July 22, 2021

Arugam Bay Surfing 210722

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Main Point, Arugam Bay – 22nd July 2021

The surf was pretty flat today. I had a day off because I was exhausted. The girls were all out surfing, all dressed up in funny gear because of Bianca’s birthday. They looked like they were having fun.

Marty After a surf
Marty After a surf

Lani carving it up
Lani carving it up

Yippee
Yippee!

Milly
Milly

Vijay
Vijay

Hanging Five
Hanging Five

Happy Birthday Bianca
Happy Birthday Bianca

Smile
smile

Pappadam in the tube
Pappadam in the tube

Surf Photographer
Surf Photographer

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July 20, 2021

Arugam Bay Birding 210720

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Backyard Birding at Arugam Bay

Just some photos from my front yard of my guest house in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka. There is a fruiting tree in the front yard and it attracts the birds as well as the monkeys and a few squirrels.

Pale-billed Flowerpecker
Pale-billed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos ceylonense)

“The Pale-billed Flowerpecker or Tickell’s flowerpecker (Dicaeum erythrorhynchos) is a tiny bird that feeds on nectar and berries, found in India, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh and western Myanmar. The bird is common especially in urban gardens with berry bearing trees. They have a rapid chipping call and the pinkish curved beak separates it from other species in the region …. The Sri Lankan race ceylonense (Babault, 1920) – is greyer and smaller than the nominate race of peninsular India.” (wiki)

Purple-faced Langur
Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus)

“The Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus), also known as the purple-faced leaf monkey, is a species of Old World monkey that is endemic to Sri Lanka. The animal is a long-tailed arboreal species, identified by a mostly brown appearance, dark face (with paler lower face) and a very shy nature.” (wiki)

Purple-faced Langur
Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus)

This mob were across the road, eating the fruit of this palm tree.

Purple-faced Langur
Purple-faced Langur (Semnopithecus vetulus)

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

The Asian Koels are there every day, screaming their heads off and eating the fruit.

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July 13, 2021

Pottuvil Birding 210713

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Road to Panama 2

This morning I got up early, had my coffee and headed up the road towards Panama, in Eastern Sri Lanka. I got a lot of very nice photos and I think I got a tick, the Sri Lanka Swallow.

Sri Lanka Swallow
Sri Lanka Swallow (Cecropis hyperythra)

Not to be confused with the Red-rumped Swallow which has a whitish breast. And yes it is a tick. They are getting very scarce nowadays.

Little Ringed Plover  - breeding adult
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) – breeding adult

“Delicately built small plover with bright yellow eyerings. Note dull pinkish legs and large white forehead patch (in adults). Plumage much like bulkier Ringed Plover, but white eyebrow continues unbroken across forehead. In flight shows narrow, indistinct whitish wing stripe. Breeds on stony substrates around lakes, gravel pits, and along rivers; migrants occur in wide variety of fresh and brackish wetland habitats, but rarely out on open tidal areas. Clipped “peu” call quite distinct from call of similar Common Ringed Plover.” (ebird).

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Proudly showing me his breakfast.

Purple Sunbird  - eclipse male
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus) – eclipse male

Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix griseus)

“The ashy-crowned sparrow-lark (Eremopterix griseus) is a small sparrow-sized member of the lark family. It is found in the plains in open land with bare ground, grass and scrub across South Asia. The males are well marked with a contrasting black-and-white face pattern, while females are sandy brown, looking similar to a female sparrow. Males are easily detected during the breeding season by the long descending whistle that accompanies their undulating and dive-bombing flight displays.” (wiki)

Grey-headed Swamphen
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)

You really can see the grey head on this Porphyrio.

Lesser Whistling-duck
Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica)

Black-headed Ibis
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)

Painted Stork
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

Ampara birds list

Sri Lanka Swallow (Cecropis hyperythra)
Brown-headed Barbet (Psilopogon zeylanicus)
Asian Koel (Eudynamys scolopaceus)
Grey-headed Swamphen (Porphyrio poliocephalus)
Jerdon’s Bushlark (Mirafra affinis)
Indian Peafowl (Pavo cristatus)
Ashy-crowned Sparrow-lark (Eremopterix griseus)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Stork-billed Kingfisher (Pelargopsis capensis)
White-throated Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis)
Asian Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Grey Heron (Ardea cinerea)
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)
Lesser Whistling-duck (Dendrocygna javanica)
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster)
Purple Sunbird (Cinnyris asiaticus)
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)
Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Black-winged Stilt (Himantopus himantopus)
Sri Lanka Green-Pigeon (Treron pompadora)
Oriental darter (Anhinga melanogaster)
Black-headed Ibis (Threskiornis melanocephalus)
Indian Robin (Copsychus fulicatus)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius) – breeding adult
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis)

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July 5, 2021

Main Point 210705

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Arugam Bay July 5

After my birding session along the Panama Road, I came back to Main Point to take some surfing photos. Conditions were not very good, with the sun doing a lot of backlighting and the angles were not good. But I persisted for a while until I got well and truly fed up with the lighting..

Yellow Board 1
Yellow Board 1

Yellow Board 2
Yellow Board 2

Yellow Board 3
Yellow Board 3

layback
Layback

Inside Section
Inside Section

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Crouching

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Dog on Surfboard

Every man and his dog was out there today!

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Road to Panama

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Panama Road, Arugam Bay, 5th July

This morning I went out along the road to take some photos of the birds on the wires. I was mainly after the Indian Roller that I had been seeing but I got a tick with a Jerdon’s Bushlark. Check out the back spike in the foot, it’s massive.

Jerdon's Bush Lark
Jerdon’s Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis)

Indian Roller
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)

Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)

Painted Stork
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

Red-rumped Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)

Arugam Bay Bird List

Jerdon’s Bush Lark (Mirafra affinis)
Asian Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Little Cormorant (Microcarbo niger)
Indian Roller (Coracias benghalensis)
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis)
Rose-ringed Parakeet (Psittacula krameri)
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Purple Heron (Ardea purpurea)
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis)
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus)
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis)
Red-rumped Swallow (Hirundo daurica)
Streaked Weaver or Baya ???

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