Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

March 30, 2017

Bundala Birding

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Bundala National Park Access Road.

I got the bus from Kiula to Bundala Junction, where I am staying at the Lagoon Inn. After a shower and a rest, I snuck out the back gate and walked along the park fence. I stupidly wore my flip-flops and immediately got stabbed in the feed by vicious thorns.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)

After that silliness, I followed a track to the highway and then found the road to Bundala National Park. The country is very dry with lots of thorny bushes at the edges of the wetlands/lagoon. There are lots of birds out on the wet grassy bits as well as a few buffalo.

Water Buffalo
Water Buffalo

I got as far as where the fishermen have their boats, had a look at their boats, walked along the water edge for a little way and then turned back. One of the park workers gave me a lift on his motor-bike, which I was glad of because my feet were getting rather sore by then. When I got back to the hotel, I was told you are not supposed to walk along that road. doh!

Asian Openbill
Asian Openbill

Common Redshank
Common Redshank

Pheasant-tailed Jacana
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)

Large-billed Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)

Bundala bird list

House Crow
Large-billed Crow (Corvus macrorhynchos)
Common Myna
Red-wattled Lapwing
Black-winged Stilt
Red-vented Bulbul
spotted Dove
Grey Heron
Purple Heron
Pheasant-tailed Jacana (Hydrophasianus chirurgus)
Common Redshank
Pintail Snipe (Gallinago stenura)
Indian Pond Heron
Asian Openbill
Black-headed Ibis
Purple Swamphen
Whited-breasted Waterhen
Sri Lanka White-faced Starling (Sturnus albofrontatus)
Blue-tailed Bee-eater (Merops philippinus)
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)
Loten’s Sunbird (Nectarinia lotenia)
White-throated Kingfisher

Water Buffalo

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