Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 20, 2017

Another River Boat Ride

Filed under: Birds — Tags: — admin @ 12:21 pm

Bentota River , Sri Lanka.

I had organised with the boat people the previous afternoon for 3500 rupees for a 3 hour boat ride. I thought that was a reasonable bargain. I arrived at 8.30am and they got the boat ready, full of petrol and off we went.

Shikra
Shikra (Accipiter badius)

For starters we cruised along the waterfront properties and spied quite a few nice birds on the river-side. Wait a minute, I gotta go inside because I cannot see a thing on my monitor. Now I am kneeling down under the fan typing on my bed. It is way hotter inside but at least I can see the screen. Back to my processing.

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

These Red-wattled Lapwings were scabbing around in a dump by the river.

Sanderling
Sanderling (Calidris alba) wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola)

This Sanderling wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola) was stuck on a rock out in the middle of the river. edit: thanks pete for the id.

Indian Pond Heron
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)

I have been wanting to find and photograph these birds for ages. Finally my dream has been realised!

Common Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis)

The Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) is also known as the Eurasian Kingfisher, but I have no idea who would call them this?

Green imperial pigeon
Green imperial pigeon (Ducula aenea)

It is a shame I was so far away but it is a record shot.

purple-faced langur
purple-faced langur (Trachypithecus vetulus)

These monkeys were in the mangroves and were very skittish when we approached them in the boat. It was very difficult to get a shot of them and this is all I could manage. doh!

Water Monitor
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

There were lots of these on the river banks and hiding out in the mangroves.

Bentota bird list

Gull-billed Tern
Little Black Cormorant
Red-wattled Lapwing (Vanellus indicus)
Common Myna
Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii)
White-bellied Drongo
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis) aka Eurasian Kingfisher
Green imperial pigeon (Ducula aenea)
Shikra (Accipiter badius)
Stork-billed Kingfisher
Sanderling (Calidris alba) wood sandpiper (Tringa glareola)
Little Black Cormorant

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
purple-faced langur (Trachypithecus vetulus),
Saltwater or Mugger Crocodle

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