Thanks for sharing your beautiful pictures as well as the descriptions of the trip. Hard to believe you had technical difficulties (with the flash), as you caught so many birds and animals so beautifully!
I keep saying I want to go back to places I have already visited, and trip reports like this certainly have me yearning to rediscover the joys of Sri Lanka.
Our trip wasn't a birding, or even a wildlife trip, but we did go to many of the places you mentioned, (except Sinharaja) and I think I ran up a list of about 120 species, all identified (probably dubiously) personally. Tickell's Blue Flycatcher from the swaying back of an elephant was a moment I'll long remember, and Flame Minivet on my way to breakfast was a chance encounter. I seem to remember that I put my back out on the first morning of our fortnight and was therefore pretty slow moving, but it didn't stop me getting up the Sigiriya fortress!
When we were on the coast, I put up the scope to see what was passing by, and way out to sea a constant stream of Shearwaters were on the move - I put them down as Flesh-footed, but at that distance, I really couldn't be sure.
Anyway, many thanks for sharing your experiences, and posting so many stunning images!
Only just caught up with this report Steve. As with previous ones, superbly detailed and illustrated and with some great tips for any potential traveller !
Once again, I can see me setting forth armed with a print off and retracing your footsteps !!!!
cheers and thanks. Dave.
Fantastic trip report Steve. And also very timely as I'm looking into a trip there in March to combine blue whale watching, some diving, a quick stop for the elephants then the leopards at Yala and a bit of birding at Singharaja with Jetwing eco. So your description of Martin's place and Yala safaris was very useful. We're also now considering extending the trip to include a hop over to india to see the Taj and then Bandhavgarh and Kanha for tigers. Probably going to take 3 weeks altogether if I can swing the time off at work.
Just judging by your report, is the driving around yala quite sedate? It can be rather manic in India's parks (often at the expense of seeing much!).