Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

August 27, 2021

Pottuvil Birding 210827

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Panama Road Lagoons

This morning I went and looked at the surf at sunrise, but decided to give it a miss and go birding along the Panama Road between the two lagoons south of Arugam Bay town. I was hoping for a few waders but ended up with a couple of ticks from bush birds.

Sri Lanka Woodshrike
Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis)

“Small gray songbird with heavy bill, dark mask, and white eyebrow. Underparts pale whitish; in flight note white rump. Inhabits wooded areas and scrub in lowland and lower hills, mostly in the Dry Zone of Sri Lanka; avoids dense, wet forests. Arboreal species usually encountered in pairs or small groups. Pale eyebrow and plain underparts aid identification from similarly heavy-billed (but larger) Large Woodshrike. ” (ebird)

Black Eagle
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)

Record shot.

Eurasian Spoonbill
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)

“Distinctive, large white wading bird with a spatula for a bill. Adult has short crest, yellowish breast patch. First year has paler bill, with fine black wingtips visible in flight… Found in wetlands with shallow water (including tidal flats), where feeds by sweeping its bill side-to-side for crustaceans and small fish. ” (ebird)

Great Thick-knee
Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris)

Plain Prinia
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)

Little Ringed Plover
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)

Common Redshank
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)

Painted Stork
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

Arugam Bay bird list

Sri Lanka Woodshrike (Tephrodornis affinis)
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)
Eurasian Spoonbill (Platalea leucorodia)
Grey-headed Swamphen
Indian Cormorant
Red-wattled Lapwing
Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)
Indian Pond-heron
Asian Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)
Black-winged Stilt
House Crow
Indian Robin
Great Thick-knee (Esacus recurvirostris)
Scaly-breasted Munia
White-rumped Munia (Lonchura striata)
Little Ringed Plover (Charadrius dubius)
Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans) – juvenile
Plain Prinia (Prinia inornata)
Spot-billed Pelican (Pelecanus philippensis)
Paddyfield Pipit (Anthus rufulus)
Common Redshank (Tringa totanus)
Marsh Sandpiper
Black Eagle (Ictinaetus malaiensis)

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