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.