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The sashimi-loving, Sri Lankan aunty of Wilpattu

Brown Fish Owl (Ketupa zeylonensis)
Wilpattu National Park

They dined on mice, and slices of fish, 
Which they ate with a feet spoon; 
And wing in wing, on the edge of the trees, 
They watched by the light of the moon, 
The moon, 
The moon, 
They watched by the light of the moon.

Fun Facts
Ever wondered what that dark silhouette is, silently watching you from afar, and possibly judging your every move? The brown fish owl’s unmistakable yellow circles in their eyes, which stand out like the moon in the night sky, lives to stalk and idiomatically-speaking, watches you like a hawk!

Lesser-known Facts
The brown fish owl is endemic to Sri Lanka and can be found watching in wildlife parks and jungles, but has also been spotted people-watching in residential areas on rare occasions. Named after its primary diet, the brown fish owl loves its raw fish and hunts by gliding over the water and grabbing a bento box with its feet! Not too picky, it also enjoys appetisers of rodents and other small creatures.

A small population in National Parks make this bird an especially rare sighting, although perhaps it sees you more and not vice versa! If you know where to look, you might catch them on matured tree branches where the land is free from vegetation. Our Eco Team Naturalists have recorded them tourist-watching around each of our campsites at Yala, Udawalawe and Wilpattu.



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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