Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 17, 2017

Arugam Bay Birding

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Kumana National Park.

Well, just outside of it anyway. The guy at my hotel said he would take me on his motor-bike to see the elephants and crocodiles outside of the Kumana National Park, about twenty kilometers south of Arugam Bay. We took off down the road and soon afterwards we saw a couple of elephants by the road.

Asian Elephant
Asian Elephant (Eplaphus maximus)

So I jumped off and took a few photos of them. Jumped back on and continued down the road. We turned right at Panama and on the levee of a rice paddy, there were a couple of Mugger Crocodiles with their mouths open, catching flies.

Mugger Crocodile
Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

Keeping on, we skirted a few more levees on the edges of the rice paddies and wetlands/lagoons. No more crocodiles, but we saw some more elephants in a wetland area.

Painted Stork
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

There were not a lot of birds, mainly billions of egrets and Indian Pond Herons. Lots of Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters, a few Grey Heron and Painted Storks.

Malabar Pied Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)

We made it all the way to the gates of the national park, had a drink, and then turned back. We saw a few mongoose, but they always disappeared by the time we stopped and I got my camera ready. The Crowning achievent of the day happened by chance. I saw this Malabar Pied Hornbill up a tree and we screeched to a halt and done the deed.

Malabar Pied Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)

Here is a big close up of the massive bill, just to show you how amazing they are.

Kumana National Park bird list

Malabar Pied Hornbill (Anthracoceros coronatus)
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Sri Lanka Jungle-fowl
Indian Pea-fowl
Indian Roller
Rose-ringed Parakeet
Red-rumped Swallow
Spotted Dove
Brahminy Kite
Indian Robin
Oriental Magpie-robin
Common Myna
Red-vented Bulbul
Plain Prinia
Paddyfield Pipit
Purple Sunbird
Black-winged Stilt
White-breasted Waterhen
Common Sandpiper
Red-wattled Lapwing
Yellow-wattled Lapwing
Whiskered Tern
Little Cormorant
Darter
Eurasian Spoonbill
Grey Heron
Cattle Egret
Indian Pond Heron
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Black-headed Ibis
Asian Openbill
White-throated Kingfisher
Pied Kingfisher

Reptiles and Mammals

Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)
Mongoose
Asian Elephant (Eplaphus maximus)
Spotted Deer
Water Buffalo
Tufted Grey Langur.

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