Today, the bird I have most enjoyed watching was the Lilac-Breasted Roller

Lilac-Breasted Rollers are ubiquitous in the National Park. These birds are easy to spot because of their gorgeous plumage and their habit of perching on dead trees where they have a panoramic view of their surroundings. From on high, they can spot lizards, scorpions, small snakes and insects on the ground. They swoop down on… Continue reading Today, the bird I have most enjoyed watching was the Lilac-Breasted Roller

Today, the animal I have most enjoyed seeing is the Waterbuck

These antelopes graze in marshy areas and lagoons, but are not as “aquatic” as their name sounds compared with sitatunga in Uganda or lechwe in Botswana. I find them rather skittish and shy. As soon as I stop to take a photograph, they move on. In Colombo Zoo, 30 years ago, I made the mistake… Continue reading Today, the animal I have most enjoyed seeing is the Waterbuck

Bicycles

Bicycles: transport for the masses (with an average occupancy of 1.8 persons per bike). The maximum I have seen is five on a pedal cycle – two parents and three children, but sadly I do not have photographic evidence to back it up. Usually made in China, bicycles here have a steel frame so are… Continue reading Bicycles

Today the bird I have most enjoyed seeing is the Hamerkop

Hamerkop means “Hammer Head”. It describes this bird well. As well as looking like a hammer, its head also resembles those aerodynamic helmets worn by cyclists in the velodrome. And when it flies, it does look like an F16. It soars over marshy ground and drying-out lagoons, looking for an ideal spot to peck up… Continue reading Today the bird I have most enjoyed seeing is the Hamerkop