Sri Lanka

September 2011

A two week holiday in Sri Lanka, staying at the Club Palm Bay Hotel, Marawila - about 30Km north of Colombo. The hotel is surrounded on two sides by a large lagoon edged with trees and mangroves.

Although not a specific "birding" holiday, there were plenty of birds around the hotel and on the boat trip on Negombo Lagoon. We also did a trip to the Chillaw Bird Sanctuary. From the pictures you will see that Chillaw was by far the best location

I recorded a total of 56 species, although three still have to be confirmed.

Purple-rumped Sunbird (Hotel)

Little Cormorant (Hotel)

Lesser Pied Kingfisher (Negombo Lagoon)

Intermediate Egret (Negombo Lagoon)

Asian Openbill (Negombo Lagoon)

Great Crested Tern (Negombo Lagoon)

White-breasted Waterhen (Hotel)

Blue-faced Malkoha (Hotel)

Common Myna (Hotel)

Southern Coucal (Hotel)

White-throated Kingfisher (Hotel)

Loten's Sunbird (Hotel)

House Crow (Hotel)

Yellow-billed Babbler (Pinnawalla)

Indian Pond Heron (Chillaw)

Spotted Doves (Chillaw)

Red-wattled Lapwing (Chillaw)

Purple Heron - Juvenile (Chillaw)

Brahminy Kite (Chillaw)

Black-winged Stilt (Chillaw)

Black-rumped Flameback (Chillaw)


Crested Serpent Eagle (Chillaw)

Indian Peafowl (Chillaw)

Jerdon's Leafbird (Chillaw)

Black-hooded Oriole (Chillaw)

White-bellied Drongo (Chillaw)

Brown-headed Barbet (Chillaw)

Stork-billed Kingfisher (Chillaw)

Indian Roller (Chillaw)

Black-headed Ibis (Chillaw)


Shikra (Chillaw)

Striated Heron (Hotel)

Common Kingfisher (Hotel)

Oriental Magpie-Robin (Hotel)

Blue-tailed Bee Eaters (Hotel)