Robust! That’s what we are!

An Oriental Turtle Dove is addressing his large family

“Did you know, my brothers and sisters, that we are found almost everywhere in the world? In the lands from Europe right across to Japan, and every tropical nation below that, our brethren are there! Isn’t that wonderful? We thrive in snow covered boreal forests, subtropical dry forests, moist lowland forests, shrublands, cities… everywhere! Be proud of your evolutionary heritage my friends, there aren’t many birds that can survive everything that nature throws their way. There’s only one word to describe a species like that… Robust!”

Fun Facts

“Some species go to great lengths to camouflage themselves. Hah! I scoff at them. Look at us for the real success story. Reddish-brown head, slaty grey undertail, scale patterned brown wing feathers, black and white striped patch on the side of the neck… doesn’t really scream camouflage does it? The real secret to flourishing is being unscrupulous. Keep raiding the paddy and wheat fields my brethren! Eat all the grains, cereals, wild seeds, green shoots and herbs you can find. People call us pests, but who cares? Not us, the great and robust Oriental Turtle Dove species!”

Story of the Photo

The Oriental Turtle Dove is quite commonly found around the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Yala and Dilum got this beautiful shot of the bird during a morning walk around the camp.



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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