Paradise – the hotel and the flycatcher

Our first endemic – Lesser Sri Lanka Flame-back

We arrived in Sri Lanka late last night, after a ten hour flight from Melbourne, via Singapore. We’re staying at the Tamarind Tree Hotel prior to the start of our birding tour. As I write, most of the party have assembled – including ‘Gresham Phil’! We’ve spent the day birding the extensive grounds of the hotel, swimming in the pool and generally relaxing. It’s been a great opportunity to begin to get to know each other and get our ‘eye in’ on some of the commoner birds. Not sure just how many species we’ve seen – log-call isn’t until later this evening – but we have had a couple of endemics already and great views of Paradise Flycatcher. I missed the Mongoose whilst I was taking a shower! Not sure how we’ll get on for WiFi for the next two weeks but I’ll blog when I can.

Ceylon Small Barbet- another common endemic
White-browed Bulbul was a bit of a skulker
Much more showy – Oriental Magpie-Robin
Now the spectacular Indian Paradise Flycatcher – first seen drinking from the swimming pool!
Grab shot of Grey Mongoose – courtesy of Jane
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