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Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Attidiya Bird Sanctuary Sri Lanka

As promissed, here is the compilation of Photographs of Birds that I managed to capture at the Attidiya Bird Sanctuary. Unfortunately, some of the pics are not clear and I was not in a possition to get certain photographs due to the camera I posses. My friend managed to capture a few good pics and I will try to borrow some to publish on this post.
You need to get to the Marsh as early as you can as bisrd tend to wake up early to fetch their feed. floks of birds flying in the sky indeed is a beautiful sight.

Even the Crows seems to wake up early.

The Entrance to the Marsh is filled with Cranes, looking out for the small fish that lives in the stream below.

And then you get the opening to the variety the sactuary has to offer

The Little Egret & Cattle Egret- Click for more on Little Egret  - Cattle Egret

The Asian Open Bill Stork - click here for more information

The Grey Heron - Click here for more information

 More of the Grey Heron

I think this is the Purple Heron - Karawal Koka - Click here for more information

The Spot Billed Pelican (Thith Hota Pasthuduwa) - the only kind found in Sri Lanka if i am not mistaken - please correct me if I am wrong - Click for more information

The gorgeous Brahminy Kite - Click here for more information

The Pied Kingfisher (Click for more info) - type fo Water Kingfisher - Click here for more information

The Stork-billed Kingfisher - The largest of it's kind found in Sri Lanka - Click here for more information

And ofcourse the White Throated Kingfisher - Click here for more Information

White-breasted Waterhen or The Common Moorhen is a common sight at the Marsh - click here for more information - Laya Sudu Korawakka in Singhala

The Purple Swamphen is also a common sight - click here for more information - Dam Kithala in Singhala

The Little Cormorant - Diya Kawa - click for more information

And a heap of butterfly species !!

I would be gald if someone could provide the names of the Butterflies as my knowladge on same is very limited.

This one is called Jezebel....

And then, the types of Dragon Flies  !!

Thursday, March 24, 2011

The Attidiya Marsh Sri Lanka !

The Attidiya Marsh is more famous as a bird sanctuary and is a heaven to 30 + different types of birds. I managed to visit the marsh during the past weekend and did manage to capture a few pics of Birds and also the beauty of the sorrunding area. In this perticular blog, I would post the photographs of the sorroundings. Will follow this with the photographs of the Birds soon. So please keep a tag and visit to see the amazing pics of the birds.

The Marsh has a stream running right through it connected to a small lake.

Plenty of Birds nest along side the banks of the stream.

You pass a Bo tree as you go deeper in to the marsh

And of course there are Places of Worship along the way.

If you can reach the Marsh early enough, you would see the gorgeous Sun Rise and this time around, we were lucky the Sun Rose from Behind the sacred Siri Pada or Adam's peak. (For more pics on a sequence of Sun Rise from Behind Siri Pada, Click Here )

Plenty of Flora around including gorgeous Lotus Flowers, The Pink One's

And the White One's

And the other types of flowers

I also saw something disturbing for a sanctuary. FISHERMEN !!! How can they fish in a reserve meant for birds???

This is pretty disturbing

Anyways, hope to add the Photographs of the birds soon. So please do continue to visit.

Monday, March 14, 2011

Navagamuwa Devalaya - Navagamuwa Temple Sri Lanka

Here is a change to the long list of me blogging on the lovely birds and creatures that bless my backyard. I managed to drop in to an ancient Temple cum Devalaya named Navagamuwa Temple / Devalaya. The myth says that Goddess Paththini, upon arriving from India sailed up stream the Kalani River and landed near this Devalaya (Shrine) and used as a resting place. Please correct me if I am wrong as I got this information from a person at the location. Goddess Paththini is worshiped by many Sri Lankans and Hindu's for purerity and health.

Click here for more information on Goddess Paththini (Pattini)

The sorrounding of the ancient devalaya was indeed serene. It was covered with a Na (Click) Forest {(Ceylon ironwood tree) India - Naga Tree} and you feel the calmness though the place is packed with Hundrads of devotees. The location also contains a Buddhist Temple with the Bo (Click) tree being cordened by a Golden Fence.

Following are some of the pics I took of the architecture of the location... The Massive crowd did not make it easy for me to get pics of the Devalaya itself.

The Entrance to the Shrine

The roof of the shrine still stands firm, built accordance to 1500 A.D. architecture

Shrine built for God Vishnu - this is on one side of the main shrine of Goddess Pattini

The Na Forest sorrounding the Shrine brings in a clamness and a Serene feeling to an individual

The Pagoda of the buddhist temple through the Na Branches is below

The Bo tree with the gloden fence indeed is a Beauty

Have More pics of my favourit Backyard Birds - this time, a small trip to the nearby Attidiya Bird Sactuary. Will upload soon.