Whaaa, who… why’d you wake me?

A sleepy Emerald Dove is awakened

“I was having such a nice nap. Unlike other birds who bum about in trees, we mostly use trees to sleep. So next time you see one of us in the trees, tread lightly. Oh you’re one of those people who likes to watch birds. Dodgy habit if you ask me, anyways, I suppose you want to know stuff about me. Well we’re more or less like the rest of the pigeon world, except that we are way more colourful. Bright emerald green back and wings, dark vinous pink head and underparts, bright red bill, and reddish-brown legs. I dare say we’re the best looking of the bunch!”

Fun Facts

“We’ve done quite well for ourselves, none of that endangered nonsense. If there are tropical forests, wet woodlands, farms or mangroves you can bet we’re there. Lots of fallen fruit, seeds and juicy plants in those areas you see and it’s easy to make nests there too. Just chuck a few twigs together high up in the trees strong enough to hold 2 eggs, and you’re done! It also helps that we like to hang about it in groups. I think that has helped a lot in growing our population. Right, enough chit-chat, off you go. I need my siesta!”


Story of the Photo

Usually found rooting around on the ground for food, this sleepy dove was photographed by Dilum within the premises of the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala.




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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