Kluee-wip-wip (I’ll be back)!

A Crested Serpent Eagle asks you to wait for him

“Sorry about that, I saw a juicy lizard scuttling about and had to swoop on it. Unfortunately it heard me shouting to you and hid in a hole. You’re that reporter fellow who interviews animals right? I’ll gladly give you an interview. Pity about that lizard though. But then, when you're a heavily built eagle - don’t you dare call me fat - you can’t be flying around all the time. That’s why I perch and wait and swoop only if it’s a certain kill. Very efficient. Almost never fails on serpents, lizards, mammals and fish… and other birds too.”

Fun Facts

“The hunting technique works really well when I stay in one spot, because my black tail, yellowish-brown underparts, and bushy crest, blend in well with the trees. Ah but when I fly, yeah that’s when it all goes to pieces. Black and white broad bar patterns on the underside of my wings… sigh. It screams out to my prey, YOOHOO I’M HERE! Evolution didn’t get that one right. Which is why I stick to my wait-and-dive-at-the-last-moment technique. Ooh look, there’s a fat snake that just popped out of a log, got to go, bye!”

 

  

Story of the Photo

Dilum was out on a morning safari in Wilpattu when he got this great picture of the eagle just as it took off on a hunt. Eagle eyed visitors to the Mahoora Tented Safari Camp in Wilpattu can spot them in the trees near the camp, as there is plenty of prey around for this bird to catch..

 

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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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