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“Chip-chip-chip, sit-sit-sit!”

Translation: “Oh you found me, looking for a fight buddy?”

Some birds can be very hard to find. But the Velvet-fronted Nuthatch? Not at all! In fact you can find this beautiful violet-blue and beige bird easily because it is noisy, loud, proud and not at all fussed about who sees it. It’s usually found trilling away on a tree - either on a hunt, protecting its nest of a half a dozen eggs or just generally loving life! That is until… it senses someone encroaching on its territory. Woodpecker, owl or eagle, the Nuthatch doesn’t care and has no problems punching above its weight, so expect things to get even noisier when an unwelcome guest turns up!

Fun Facts

This king of survival has it all figured out. Need a tree hole or crevice for a nest? Use one that another bird carved out! Insects and spiders hiding out under tree bark? No problem at all! Using its strong, curved claws, the Nuthatch struts down the tree head-first and roots them out. They’re hiding in the underside of branches, you say? Hah! Gravity is a conspiracy theory, this bird retorts and just ambles along upside down on its hunt… and all the while, it lets everyone know it's coming for them, with a chip-chip-chip and a sit-sit-sit!

Story of the Photo

The central highlands of Sri Lanka is a great place to experience unique flora and rare fauna. Whilst camping with Explorer by Mahoora within the Horton Plains National Park, Dilum was able to spend some time getting up close to a lot of birds and animals, including this Nuthatch that seemed to be sizing him up for a fight!



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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