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Is there a stranded puppy up in the trees?

An odd call will pique your curiosity

Relaxing at your tent at a Mahoora Tented Safari Camp, you are quite likely to hear a strange puppy-froggy-bark-croak up in the trees. As you put on your detective hat and track down the source, your sharp eyes will settle on… a bird. A stern bristle-mustachioed-schoolmaster-looking owl in fact, who is quite justifiably annoyed at being woken up outside of its nocturnal hours. Meet the Indian Scops Owl - scourge of little lizards, mice, insects and even other small birds.

Fun Facts

This owl is a stickler for privacy! Its camouflage is made up of a range of browns, some blacks, some dusky greens and a hint of yellow - quite like a frumpy old schoolmaster’s dress code. This and its love for living in densely foliaged forests and woods makes it really hard to spot during the daytime. The only thing that gives it away is its curious call!

Story of the Photo

It took a bit of tracking down, but Dilum finally located this elusive owl right inside the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu. This half sleepy look is quite typical of an annoyed nocturnal bird being woken up by other territorial birds trying to get it to relocate.

 

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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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