Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Hotel Elephant Corridor,Sigiriya

Hotel Elephant Corridor, a luxury boutique hotel situated in Kibissa within the close proximity to the Sigiriya Rock Fortress, an archeological site considers as the eight wonder of the world, surrounded by 200 acres of untamed jungle with stunning views over Pothana Lake.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Baya Weaver's Nest

Baya Weaver, a famous bird for its very creative nest. The mail bird starts weaving the nest and after weaving to a certain point (top part of the nest), starts singing on it to attract the female bird. Female birds come and inspect the nest to ensure whether it has the capacity to maintain a family. If they satisfied then both get together & complete the nest. Because of their inexperience in weaving nests, the female birds do not attract most of the first time weavers.

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Practise lighting

This picture is a try out of using only the available candle light.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

Bullock cart

Bullock carts, a popular mode of transport in the past still remains in the rural areas.

A pair of Oriental White Eye in my home garden

This pair of Oriental White Eye captured on Saturday 19 April in my home garden.

Thursday, April 17, 2008

Kanneliya-Dediyagala-Nakiyadeniya Forest Complex (A bio-diversity Hotspot in Sri Lanka)

The KDN complex is situated in the southern part of Sri Lanka which is about 147 kilometers away from Colombo. The total forest spread over 10139.3 hectares. The forest complex occupies the interfluves between two rivers the GinGanga and the Nilwala Ganga consists of series of ridges and valleys and the elevation ranges from 60-425M above mean sea level. The mean monthly temperature is around 27C with a diurnal range of 4-5C, Maximum temperature has been recoded from mid May while the annual rainfall in Kanneliya is around 3750 mm.

The Kanneliya forest as a whole are among the most important natural forests in the southern province for protection of the head waters of the Gin and Nilwala which are critically important for socio-economic development in the Galle and Matara districts. This region has identified as floristically one of the richest areas in South Asia. There is a high proportion of endemism among the identified woody plants, with 159 species belonging to 94 genera and 41 families being endemic to Sri Lanka. Some 220 faunal species with 41 endemics have been recorded from the KDN and adjacent forests. Majority of the 20 endemic birds in Sri Lanka are restricted to the rain forests of the Southwest. Large numbers of medicinal plants are found in the KDN forest complex. Some of these plants are
+ Weniwelgata - Concinium fenestratum
+ Kudahedaya - Lycopodium Squarrosum
+ Maha hedaya - Lycopodium phlegmaria
+ Kothala Himbutu - Salacia reticulate
+ Rasakinda - Tinopora cordifolia

Snakes of Kanneliya Forest: A total of 36 species snakes, including 17 endemic forms belonging to six families have been recorded from Kanneliya.

Lizards of Kanneliya Forest: A total of 23 species of lizards including 13 endemic species belonging to four families have been recorded from Kanneliya forest.

Freshwater Fishes of Kanneliya Forest: A total of 38 species of fishes belonging to 14 families have been recorded from Kanneliya forest and among them are 20 endemic species. The Gin Ganga, Udugama Ela, Kanneliya Ela and their shady forest streams provide extremely suitable habitats for their fishes.

Also the Kanneliya forest is an ideal location for bird watching. Numbers of endemic bird species are recoded from Kanneliya forest. Sri Lanka Spurfowl, Sri Lanka Junglefowl, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill, Sri Lanka Red-faced Malkoha, Sri Lanka Orange Billed Babbler, Sri Lanka Blue Magpie can be seen in the Kanneliya forest.
Some Useful Tips:
+ To enter Kanneliya Forest Reserve, tickets should be purchased from the Forest Department office at the entrance.
+ Start the trail early, at least by 8am
+ Wear light colored, comfortable clothes
+ Be prepared for external practices such as Leeches and ticks. Leech proof socks, preferably boots and a suitable external parasite repellent would be very useful
+ Be prepared for sudden changes in weather - it rains often (a cap and a rain coat would come in handy)
+ Avoid walking alone. Always seek the assistance of a trained nature guide from the Forest Department office.
+ Make sure you carry sufficient water, food and a basic first aid kit

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Ancient temples & sacred places

Pilikuththuwa Raja Maha Viharaya situated in Pilikuththuwa, a tranquil village situated in gampaha district.

Walagamba Raja Maha Viharaya near Maligathanne in Gampaha district.

Try out a Lighting theory in photography

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Unspoiled village life in Meemure

Meemure, a charm village situated in the beautiful range of Knuckles Mountains is one of the most beautiful villages I have seen in my life. After walking on a difficult road about 10 kilometers running through beautiful streams, shrubs and valleys we were able to reach this most spectacular village. Simple unspoiled village life remains in this village. Almost all the people are humble enough to smile with us. This picture captured while I am returning from Meemure.

An unusual coconut tree

This coconut tree is rather unusual and I found this creation of nature on the bank of the Sembukulama tank in Anamaduwa area.

Evening beauty of the sky

Photography is another main hobby of mine I do with a very keen interest. Always like to try out some beautiful photographs to enhance my photography skills. This beautiful scenery captured in Kiridiwita in Ganemulla area during the evening sunset over a paddy field.

Birding at Amaya Lake, Kandalama

As a part of my write up and as a hobby I do wherever I go did some birding around this sanctuary where I was able to hear the beautiful song of the White Rumped Shama for the first time of birding in 2008. This property has identified as a bird friendly resort by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka because of its rich birdlife. I did two sessions of birding for which the first session was fifth April 4.30 to 6.30 pm and the second session was on 6th morning from 6.30 to 10.30 am. During my first session, I was able to observe more than 25 species whereas I was able to see more than 40 species on the other session. Some of the highlights are Sri Lanka Jungle fowl, Black capped bulbul, Red Rumped Swallow, Orange breasted green pigeon, Tickell's blue flycatcher, Tawny bellied babbler, White bellied fish eagle. In the same time, I was able to see some animals like black naped hare, giant squirrel and some butterfly species.

Amaya Lake, Kandalama, Sri Lanka