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    Mahoora Tented Safari Camps - Sri Lanka

“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!




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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