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Birding Excursions

Bird Watching

 

Birding excursions for everyone who’s interested in bird watching and enjoying nature. Sri Lanka’s bird life is nothing short of inspiring, expand your horizons as you trek over Sri Lanka’s varied terrain to spot over 400 species of birds which grace the skies. Both endemic and resident, Sri Lanka’s bird life span over the wet and dry zones and are generally found around the natural lakes and manmade reservoirs. Bird Watching tours can be organized along with a personal naturalist who will be guaranteed to inspire!Eco Team’s Specialized Birding Arm offers professional & quality birding tours in Sri Lanka since year 2000 for the birding community around the world with varied levels of interest. It’s operated by bird lovers for bird lovers !.  We at Eco Team have carefully planned every birding tour to maximize our birding success by visiting as many habitats, altitudinal zones, and local lesser known hideouts as possible while still maintaining a reasonable tour pace. Eco Team can organize birding excursions for ½ day and full day days to rainforests [ to get a high number of endemics ] / wetlands [ to see water birds / waders ] / dry zone [ to see high numbers of resident birds ] or to match your special interest like owls or bird photography.

01. Birding excursion to Sinharaja Rain Forest

The forest steeped in deep legend and mystery. The word Sinharaja means, lion (Sinha) king (Raja) and the popular belief is that the legendary origin of the Sinhala people in Sri Lanka is from the descendants of the union the lion king who once lived in the forest and a princess. Sinharaja Forest Reserve is one of the least disturbed and biologically unique lowland rain forests now remaining in Sri Lanka.

 

Do you know? Preliminary studies on the fauna of Sinharaja have revealed that there is a high degree of endemism among the butterflies, fish, amphibians, reptiles, birds and mammals. In fact 95%of the endemic birds of Sri Lanka are recorded in Sinharaja. Endemism among mammals and butterflies are also greater than 50%.

                                                                   

 

 

OUR RATES INCLUDE

  • Birding guide.
  • Welcome Drink
  • Entrance fees
  • Binoculars for bird watching
  • Leach shocks
  • Lunch at a local lodge ( If it is a full day)
  • Bottled water
  • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

      • Transportation
      • Any extra beverages or food consumed
      • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
      • Any personal effects not mentioned above

02.Birding Excursion to ‘Bundala National Park’

The high species richness of birds in the Bundala National Park resulted in it being declared as Sri Lanka’s first Ramsar site in 1990. A wetland of international importance for migratory waterfowl.  The park consists mainly of dry thorny scrubland and lagoons. The highlight of Bundala is the migratory Greater Flamingo, which visits in large flocks of over 1000 individuals, from Rann of Kutch- India. In particular we may find Indian Cormorant, Yellow Bittern, Black-crowned Night and Purple Herons. The area is also famous for

OUR RATES INCLUDE

      • Birding guide.
      • Welcome Drink
      • Entrance fees
      • Jeep fee
      • Binoculars for bird watching
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      • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
      • Bottled water
      • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

        • Transportation
        • Any extra beverages or food consumed
        • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
        • Any personal effects not mentioned above

03.Birding Excursion to ‘Udawalawe National Park’

This 30821 hectares dry zone game park was declared as a protected national park in 1972 and has an annual rainfall of 1524 mm and a average temperature of 29.40C. This park is world famous for it’s Elephants, seen in all their playfulness, whole herds of them, adults and babies bathing and playing in the water or feeding.

This safari would be an unforgettable bird watching experience as “Udawalawe” is one of the best parks for bird watching too. The endemic species of bird called Red Faced Malkoha has its favorite habitat in the 192 square km parkland. Serpent Eagles, Hawk Eagles, White Bellied Sea Eagles, Black Eagles, Black Capped Bulbuls, Racket Tailed Drongos, Malabar Pied Horn Bills, White Necked Storks, Open Bills, Ibis, Shama – The forest Nightingale, Strol Billed Kin Fishers and peacocks are found in fair numbers. Among the migrant birds are the forest wagtails, Indian Pitta, Whiskered Terns, Osprey Sand Pipers and Terns.

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OUR RATES INCLUDE

        • Birding guide.
        • Welcome Drink
        • Entrance fees
        • Jeep fee
        • Binoculars for bird watching
        • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
        • Bottled water
        • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

          • Transportation
          • Any extra beverages or food consumed
          • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
          • Any personal effects not mentioned above

04.Birding Excursion to ‘Kumana National Park’

Located in the southeast corner of Sri Lanka, the 18,149 hectare Kumana National Park (a.k.a. ‘Yala East’) is a well-known bird sanctuary where a multitude of birds breed and roost.  One of the most significant features of the park is the ‘Kumana Villu’ – a 200 hectare natural swamp lake, fed by the ‘Kumbukkan Oya’ through a half mile long narrow channel.  It is at this mangrove swamp that many water birds nest in May and June.  Regular sighting s includes pelicans, painted storks, spoonbills, white ibis, herons, egrets and little cormorants.

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OUR RATES INCLUDE

          • Birding guide.
          • Welcome Drink
          • Entrance fees
          • Jeep fee
          • Binoculars for bird watching
          • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
          • Bottled water
          • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

            • Transportation
            • Any extra beverages or food consumed
            • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
            • Any personal effects not mentioned above

05.Birding Excursion to ‘Kalametiya Sanctuary’

Kalametiya sanctuary is situated in the Hambantota District and falls into the dry zone category. Major habitat types are lagoons, mangroves and scrublands. These lagoons support breeding colonies of pelicans, herons, egrets and open-billed stork and large wintering populations of migratory ducks and shorebirds.

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OUR RATES INCLUDE

            • Birding guide.
            • Welcome Drink
            • Entrance fees
            • Jeep fee
            • Binoculars for bird watching
            • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
            • Bottled water
            • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

            • Transportation
            • Any extra beverages or food consumed
            • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
            • Any personal effects not mentioned above

06.Birding Excursion to Thalangama Tank and Marshes

Talangama Lake, which is in a most scenic area, boasts of a rich aquatic wetlands landscape. This is a sanctuary for more than a hundred species of birds and numerous species of butterflies and dragonflies as well as a few mammals. Here you might encounter water cocks, eagles, bee-eaters, waders, endemic purple faced leaf monkeys, mongoose and water monitors as we explore the picturesque Talangama a rea.

OUR RATES INCLUDE

            • Birding guide.
            • Welcome Drink
            • Binoculars for bird watching
            • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
            • Bottled water
            • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

              • Transportation
              • Any extra beverages or food consumed
              • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
              • Any personal effects not mentioned above

07.Birding excursion to Anavilundawa Sanctuary

The Anawilundawa sanctuary in 1400 hectares is located between the coast and the Chilaw (10km)Puttalam railway line. From Chilaw Puttlam road, you will find a junction named anavilundawa. From that end if you have to travel through, then you will reach the this bird Sanctuary.

Today this area is very popular among bird watchers and nature lovers. You can see a large number of species of animals and birds. During migration season a larg e variery of birds can be seen using this area as feeding ground as well as breeding ground.

OUR RATES INCLUDE

              • Birding guide.
              • Welcome Drink
              • Binoculars for bird watching
              • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
              • Bottled water
              • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

                • Transportation
                • Any extra beverages or food consumed
                • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
                • Any personal effects not mentioned above

08.Birding Excursion to ‘Muthurajawela’

The Muthurajawela Marsh is part of an integrated coastal wetland system of high biodiversity and ecological significance, which covers an area of 3,068 ha. It is located between 10-30 km north of Colombo, in Gampaha District. Together with Negombo Lagoon (3,164 ha), Muthurajawela forms an integrated coastal wetland system of high biodiversity and ecological significance. The ecosystem is listed as one of 12 priority wetlands in Sri Lanka, and in 1996 an area of some 1,777 ha in the northern section of Muthurajawela was declared a Wetland Sanctuary

The wetland makes a natural habitat for hundreds of varieties of endangered species as well as endemic species. Due to the ecological and biological importance of this wetland sanctuary it was recently named a ‘protected wetlands of the world’. Seven major vegetation types, marsh, lentic flora, shrub land, reed swamp, grassland stream bank and Mangrove make up the flora diversity of Muthurajawela. The researchers have identified 190 species belonging to 65 families with one endemic species, three nationally threatened species and 11 alien invasive species. The Bio diversity report says 209 fauna varieties were identified in the sanctuary, with 17 endemic types and 26 nationally threatened varieties.

OUR RATES INCLUDE

                • Birding guide.
                • Welcome Drink
                • Fee for the boat and the boatman
                • Binoculars for bird watching
                • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
                • Bottled water.
                • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

                  • Transportation
                  • Any extra beverages or food consumed
                  • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
                  • Any personal effects not mentioned above

09.Birding Excursion to ‘Waikkala’

Waikkala is located in the Puttalam District, which falls into the dry zone category. Waikkala is in the midst of marine, coastal, estuarine, mangroves, marshland and manmade habitat systems. All of these have contributed to the avifaunal diversity visible in the immediate surroundings. Much of the avifauna is characteristically wetland. More than 60 species of birds can be observed here. More than 60 species of birds can be observed here. Eg: Common Sandpiper, Little Ringed Polver, Purple Coot, Painted Stork, Stork Billed Kingfisher and others.

OUR RATES INCLUDE

                  • Birding guide.
                  • Welcome Drink
                  • Binoculars for bird watching
                  • Packed lunch (If it is a full day)
                  • Bottled water.
                  • Government tax

OUR RATES DO NOT INCLUDE

                    • Transportation
                    • Any extra beverages or food consumed
                    • Any Tips to Eco Team representatives.
                    • Any personal effects not mentioned above

WHAT TO BRING

                    • Suitable casual clothing for windy/rainy/warm weather conditions should be considered
                    • Insect repellents, sun-protection creams etc, are highly recommended
                    • Cameras / Video Recorders

 *Days will be counted from the 6.00am on the tour starting day.

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