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Adapt to survive! - Part 2

Welcome to the survival guru’s advanced class

“Welcome everyone! I am Rodney, the Changeable Hawk Eagle, and I trust you all followed my Beginner’s Class in July? Good, let’s move to the advanced stuff. Camouflage! It is the key for survival and for hunting prey. Get a dark brown and white feathered body with bold streaks like mine. It’s perfect for staying out of sight. Camp on the branches of leafy trees and unsuspecting prey will just wander under you, ready to become your next meal! Why waste time flapping about, when you can just drop down and grab something, right? Also, eat everything you see. Lizards, mammals, other birds… it doesn’t matter, prey is prey!”

Fun Facts

“Find a good mate, because mating is for life! Your partner is crucial, not just for laying the egg, but also to share in the duties of protecting the nest and your baby. Now, to attract a mate, you must work on your courtship dance. I find that shooting up vertically and then nose diving over and over again gets a lot of attention. Trust me, I had to beat back a host of admirers! Pro tip: try not to crash whilst doing this. Once you mate, focus on building a solid nest and expanding the population of your species! Join me for my next class to get more survival wisdom, ta-ta!”

Story of the Photo

Rodney was in his element, waxing poetic on survival techniques on an early morning! Dilum captured this fantastic shot of the Changeable Hawk Eagle with his beautiful crest in Yala National Park. Although a little hard to spot due to their camouflage, they have been known to frequent the area around the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala, so do keep your eyes peeled for them when you are there.


Prowling in tea country to save the leopard

Mother and cub on tea estate at base of ridgeStunning, sleek and spectacular, yet powerful and graceful, are these tawny and spotted creatures as they stride along the mountain ridges, masters of all they survey.

Let them live………protect their territory, will be the earnest and fervent plea to tea companies in the Central Highlands on behalf of Sri Lanka’s biggest predator – our very own Big Cat, the leopard.

Panthera pardus kotiya which is a sub-species unique to the country, not found anywhere else in the world, is tragically an endangered species.

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National Parks of Sri Lanka

National Park of SLSituated in the heart of the Indian Ocean, Sri Lanka is renowned for its array of untouched habitats and its thriving biodiversity. It has become one of the most popular wildlife destinations in Asia owing to its exciting big game wildlife tours and its many national parks, some of which are recognised as World Heritage Sites.

Sri Lanka’s 26 national parks are filled with exotic animals and plant life, some of which are endemic to the island. The Sri Lankan leopard, elephant, and sloth bear are endemic to the country while, together with the Blue Whale and Sperm Whale, they make up the country’s Big Five mammals that attract hordes of tourists each year.

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The wildlife of Sri Lanka

Wildlife of SL

Sri Lanka is second to none in terms of its biodiversity and can be considered the best for big game safaris outside the African continent. As bold a statement as that may be, Sri Lanka’s wildlife credentials speak for itself.

Sri Lanka’s Big Five – leopard, elephant, sloth bear, blue whale, and sperm whale – are known as the country’s great wildlife attractions. These species are just some of the country’s plethora of wild species of fauna. It is also renowned as a birder’s paradise with an array of endemic, migratory, and resident avifauna found in its 70 Important Bird Areas strewn across its diverse landscape. Sri Lanka is also famous for its abundance of exotic flora.

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Much more than just a great place to stay

"Thanks to our guide Avinka we had five great safaris staying four nights just after reopening this February. The staff made us feel so very welcome during the entire stay.

The safaries are just wonderful, and having a great guide in your vehicle makes a big difference. Avinka can spot animals you would never see and we were even lucky enough to sight leopards on the trees, close to our vehicle, and also running through the field. The wildlife is so exciting that you will have a great experience even if you don‘t see any leopards. We also had a great driver, which is essential if you drive through difficult territory. You are being taken care of the entire time, so even for those who do safaris for the first time, you will always feel safe.

The camp itself is very comfortable, you get everything you can think of, and on top of the great food being served with so much attention and friendliness. You also get wonderful vegetarian and vegan options. They put on bonfires at night, which makes it unforgettable.
When booking and making plans, you get great support from the headquarters, even if it gets difficult since you have to change your plans.
The best thing what can happen to you at the end of a vacation is when you are a bit sad to leave the place, having experienced something to remember forever, and the team does everything for this to happen. Thank you so much"

Axel S wrote, Traveled with family
January 2021

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