Up with the lark

Our target bird – Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush, female – seen on the Horton Plains shortly after day-break

Actually it was well before the lark – 4.15 am to be precise. And the reason for this outrageously early start was the necessity to be on the Horton Plains before it got light, if we were to stand a chance of seeing the last of our ‘must get’ thrush species. As soon as the reserve opened at six we made our way to the viewing deck, to be greeted almost immediately by the tell-tale shrill squeaky call of the male. As dawn broke Jane spotted our ‘target’ fly to the bushes above the lake – a Sri Lanka Whistling-thrush. It fed quietly along the edge whilst it’s mate flew under the decking to perch temporarily behind us. The pressure off, we then spent the next four hours walking the roads in the park, adding another five endemics, plus an impressive supporting cast.

Second endemic of the day – Sri Lanka Woodpigeon
Next to fall was the colourful Yellow-eared Bulbul
Swiftly followed by Sri Lanka White-eye
and Dusky Blue Flycatcher
The last and trickiest of today’s half dozen endemics – Sri Lanka Warbler
Prize for the best ‘supporting cast’ species on the Horton Plains – the utterly delectable Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
The group – wondering if we’d ever catch up with Sri Lanka Warbler – the last of this mornings endemics to fall
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