Friday, 2 December 2011

Sri lanka 2

More photos from our superb Sri Lanka trip.



Yala, leopard jam


Hindu temple


Dambulla Cave Temple




Yellow-browed Bulbul


Ruddy Mongoose


Oriental Scops Owl




Grey Langur


Indian Nightjar


Jungle Owlet


Samba Deer


Hindu Temple


Black-naped Hare


Blue-tailed Bee eater


Grey Slender Loris


Sigirya Rock Fortress


Sri Lanka Swallow


Brown-capped Babbler


Moon Stone


Sri Lanka

In November Lisa and I went to Sri Lanka for an 18 day trip focusing on some of the harder to see mammals and birds found in the country. We booked through Naturetrek and had a superb local ground agent of Baurs. The Baurs guides and driver were absolutely brilliant and I would recommend them to anyone thinking of visiting the country for any type of wildlife trip. In all we saw c. 194 species of birds including 26 endemics, c. 32 species of mammals. A selection of photos below.

White-spotted Chevrotain




Sigiriya Rock Fortress


Serendib Scops Owl


Sri Lanka Frogmouth


Ceylon Blue Magpie


Brown Mongoose


Spot Winged Thrush


Blue Whale


Bryde’s Whale


Sloth Bear




Blue-tailed Bee-eater


Rusty Spotted Cat


Indian Blue Robin


Purple-faced Leaf Monkey


Dull-blue Flycatcher


Ceylon Whistling Thrush


Indian Pitta


Sunday, 16 October 2011

Cliffe - Isabelline Shrike

I’ve never seen a male anywhere, let alone the UK. A great looking bird that performed well.


Just The Cricket

I recently attended a wildlife study day about crickets and grasshoppers which I must say was superb. It was a KWT event and only cost £25. I’ve now found another use for my bat detector and next year I want to try and see a local great green bush cricket. The photo of the one below I took in Cornwall in September and was the first one I’ve ever seen. They seem to start stridulating in the late afternoon and then carry on well into the night when this male was photographed. A brilliant insect, got to be up there as one of the best insects in the UK.

Great Green Bush Cricket

Oak Bush Cricket. A predominantly arboreal species which is under-recorded. This female was a surprise to see in my back garden literally the day after I had been on the study day and it was in a hazel rather than oak tree.


Speckled Bush-Cricket. This is the one you are most likely to get inside your house. This male is good and spotty or should that be speckly.