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    Mahoora Tented Safari Camps - Sri Lanka

Look into my eyes, deep into my eyes!

A hypnotic Chestnut-backed Owlet beckons you

“I am a huge fearsome bird, my wings can blot out the sun, I can carry an elephant in each of my claws! Hmmm, the hypnosis is not working is it? You don’t seem convinced. I’m just trying something different to help my species thrive. It’s a bit difficult being a small, stocky endemic species who prefers dense, low and mid country wet zone forests. A bit too particular in our tastes. We need to be open to expansion! What did you say? I look a lot like a Jungle Owlet? Well I never! We have different coloured feathers! Can you not see the chestnut brown feathers with darker barring on my upperparts, scapulars and wing coverts?”


Fun Facts

“We also need to be more sociable. I keep telling my people that. All we do is spend time at the tops of the trees till the evening, and then go hunting. Yes it’s all very good for swooping down undetected to catch insects, mice, small lizards, and smaller birds, but there’s more to life than being a night owl. Haha, that was an unintended pun. Anyway, I’ve almost given up trying to change the habits of my species, which is why I was trying to hypnotise you, in the hopes that I can get you to plant more trees. Speaking of trees, it’s mating season and I need to find a nice tree hole to lay my eggs in! Goodbye… k’raw… k’raw… k’raw!”


Story of the Photo

Sinharaja Rain Forest and Kitulgala are two of the well known habitats of the Chestnut-backed Owlet. Dilum was out on an evening walk, whilst staying at Explorer by Eco Team in Sinharaja, when he spotted this curious bird way up in the trees.




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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