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Children, stay together!

A Lesser Whistling Duck family is on an excursion

“Huey, Dewey, Louie, Daisy, Bismarck… stay close to your mum and me. You can wander off when you are older and when the white feathers on your head have turned dark like mine. Our species has survived and thrived by being smart about these things. In fact, we are doing so well and staying so far from the threatened species list, that the list is a dot to us. See how your mum and I look alike with chestnut-brown feathers? See how nobody, not even people, want to eat us? See how we make nests high up in tree holes? We’ve got the elite survival traits locked down!”

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“Another survival secret is to eat everything and stick together in big flocks. Now, you may not be able to dive deep for food like mum and I do, but that’s ok. For now, just learn to catch whatever floats by. No, not plastic bags Bismarck, I meant fish and frogs. As for molluscs and worms, they are deep down in the lake bed, so leave that to me, I’ll dive and get them for you. Right it’s time to go join the flock. Oh, and Bismarck, none of that quack quack nonsense you pulled last time. Not funny. We’re Whistling Ducks, so whistle for duck’s sake!”



Story of the Photo

Dilum got a picture of this family at one of the lakes inside Wilpattu National Park. The Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu has plenty of lakes and ponds around it and these birds are easily seen by visitors to the camp, when out on a casual stroll.




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Highest leopard population of the world


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An elephant sighting guranteed


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Leopards and diverse wildlife




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Sloth bears and elephants

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Boat safaris and swimming elephants

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Beautiful aquatic birdlife

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Elephants, historical sites and indigenous communities

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Birdslife at its best

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Endemic birds, plants, animals

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Walking safaris for wildlife and scenery

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Indigenous communities and wildlife 


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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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