Very nice Steve. Great photos as ever.
Great report Steve. My wife and I were there a couple of years ago. At Sinharaja we stayed in the village at the Blue Magpie Hotel (I think) which actually also provided great birding around there. Surprised also that you did not mention having to take a forest guide with you when going into the reserve.
By the way the "expert" on finding the birds was a chap called Thandula who live next door to the Blue Magpie. Did you come across him?
In Yala our "jeep" got stuck in a river so we had an hour or so birding on foot in their!
By the way Steve how much did Jetwings charge you?
Lovely picture you paint of this stunning island.
We had a couple of nights in Kandy - and although it wasn't on our itinerary, the Elephant Perahera was on, and we spent an amazing evening watching the elephants (some of which had walked in from all over the island) parade through Kandy. Most of the island (it seemed) were there watching this spectacle, which remains one of the most vivid memories of our trip. I recall seeing Spot-billed Pelican on the lake.
No problem Jon..........Will you put a list of what you saw at the end of your report? I'd love to see what I missed! All my birding was minutes or odd half-hours grabbed between a lot of travelling to see the stunning sites all around the island.
Robert we paid Jetwings $7600 US (4x$1900) which covered all costs except lunches, items of a personal nature, drinks and UK-Sri Lanka flights.
I think this was excellent value especially as all accommodation (except Martin's Place) was of a high standard.
The first image below is of a lucky pig!
At first glance it shows a rather crap image of a wild pig but look carefully above & to the left of the pig, it is not alone!
The second image is what alerted us -these monkeys have superb vision, whilst even with good bins we struggled to see what was going on!