Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Newrea Eliya and Horton Plains

Driving up to Newera Eliya the temperature changed from decidedly hot to cool and even chilly. We first stopped at the Surrey Estate to try for the often tricky endemic Sri Lanka Woodpigeon. We eventually found one and got great scope views.

Also in this same patch of forest we got fantastic views of a pair of Brown Wood Owls as well as the tiny Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher. 
Grey-headed Canary Flycatcher
From here we continued up to Newera Eliya. Here we visited Victoria park on several occasions where we found our target Pied Thrushes, Indian Pitta, Dull-blue Flycatcher and a female Kashmir Flycatcher.
Indian Pitta
Male Pied Thrush
Female Pied Thrush
Dull-blue Flycatcher
A little further away on Horton Plains where it was pretty cold in the early morning we had superb views of the endemic Sri Lanka Bush-warbler
Sri Lanka Bush-warbler
We managed to see the very difficult Sri Lanka Whistling Thrush very well, but unfortunately the area was too dark for a decent photo. Several other birds did show well and we got superb views of both Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler and Dark-fronted Babblers.
Sri Lanka Scimitar-babbler
Dark-fronted Babbler
Other birds in the area included the smart endemic Yellow-eared Bulbul
And the tiny Sri Lanka White-eye
Aside from the birds we did get some very nice looks at Sambar
From here we returned to Colombo and the end of our tour which saw ALL the Sri Lankan endemic bird species

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