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BIRD WATCHING

BIRD WATCHING TOUR : 14 DAY CULTURAL

DAY 01- PROGRAME : AIRPORT - SIGIRIYA

Met on Arrival at airport by our Bird watching guide and transferred to Sigiriya. after noon Birding around the hotel garden. Possible noteworthy species: CEYLON GREEN-PIGEON, BLACK-RUMPED FLAMEBACK, INDIAN PITTA, BROWN-HEADED BARBET, CEYLON GREY HORNBILL, ASIAN PARADISE LYCATCHER, BLACK-CAPPED BULBUL, ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH, TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCATCHER, THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER, BLACK-HOODED ORIOLE. Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

DAY 02- PROGRAME : SIGIRIYA

After breakfast climb Sigiriya Rock.and return to hotel. after noon Birding in Sigiriya Sanctuary. Possible noteworthy species: In addition to the species seen in the morning CEYLON GREEN-PIGEON, GREEN IMPERIAL-PIGEON, ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET, BROWN FISH-OWL, JERDON'S NIGHTJAR, ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER. SHAHEEN (Local race of the Peregrine), GREY-BELLIED CUCKOO, 'SQUARE-TAILED' DRONGO-CUCKOO, INDIAN CUCKOO, CRESTED TREESWIFT, STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER, COPPERSMITH BARBET, INDIAN PITTA, CEYLON WOODSHRIKE, LARGE CUCKOOSHRIKE, BLACK-HEADED CUCKOOSHRIKE, ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER, CEYLON GREY HORNBILL, MALABAR PIED HORNBILL, CEYLON SMALL BARBET, WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL, TAWNY-BELLIED BABBLER, ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH, JUNGLE PRINIA, WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, PURPLE SUNBIRD, THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER, GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO. Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Sigiriya.

DAY 03- PROGRAME : SIGIRIYA ~ POLONNARUWA ~ KANDY

After breakfast visit Polonnaruwa ancient ruins. Possible noteworthy species: SHAHEEN (Local race of the Peregrine), GREY-BELLIED CUCKOO, 'SQUARE-TAILED' DRONGO-CUCKOO, INDIAN CUCKOO, CRESTED TREESWIFT, STORK-BILLED KINGFISHER, COPPERSMITH BARBET, INDIAN PITTA, CEYLON WOODSHRIKE, LARGE CUCKOOSHRIKE, BLACK-HEADED CUCKOOSHRIKE, ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER, CEYLON GREY HORNBILL, MALABAR PIED HORNBILL, CEYLON SMALL BARBET, WHITE-BROWED FANTAIL, TAWNY-BELLIED BABBLER, ORANGE-HEADED THRUSH, JUNGLE PRINIA, WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, PURPLE SUNBIRD, THICK-BILLED FLOWERPECKER, GREATER RACKET-TAILED DRONGO. Afer Lunch. Proceed to Kandy. Visit Temple of the Tooth and view a Cultural Dance performance. /Dinner/Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 04- PROGRAM : Kandy

After breakfast birding in Udawattakele Sanctuary. Possible noteworthy species: EMERALD DOVE, CEYLON HANGING PARROT, LAYARD'S PARAKEET, BLACK-BACKED DWARF KINGFISHER, YELLOW-FRONTED BARBET, CEYLON SMALL BARBET, CRIMSON-BACKED FLAMEBACK, WHITE-RUMPED SHAMA, TICKELL'S BLUE FLYCTACHER. Afternoon Visit Royal Botanical Gardens at Peradeniya. Possible noteworthy species: COMMON HAWK-CUCKOO, ALEXANDRINE PARAKEET, CEYLON SMALL BARBET, LARGE CUCKOOSHRIKE, INDIAN PITTA. Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Kandy.

DAY 05- PROGRAM : KANDY ~ NUWARAELIYA

After breakast, Leave for Nuwara Eliya enroute visit the Tea Plantation and a working Tea Factory, and then do Birding in Victoria Park. Possible noteworthy species: FOREST WAGTAIL, GREY WAGTAIL, YELLOW-EARED BULBUL, INDIAN BLUE ROBIN, PIED GROUND-THRUSH, INDIAN PITTA, KASHMIR FLYCATCHER, CEYLON WHITE-EYE. Lunch / Dinner/Overnight stay in Nuwara Eliya.

DAY 06- PROGRAM : Nuwaraeliya ~ Tissamaharama

Morning, Very early start to visit Horton Plains National Park, with picnic breakfast. Possible noteworthy species: CEYLON WOODPIGEON, YELLOW-EARED BULBUL, PIED BUSH CHAT, CEYLON WHISTLING THRUSH, COMMON BLACKBIRD, SRI LANKA BUSH-WARBLER, GREY-HEADED CANARY, KASHMIR & DUSKY BLUE FLYCATCHER, VELVET-FRONTED NUTHATCH, CEYLON WHITE-EYE. After noon Proceed to Tissamaharama Dinner/Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

DAY 07- PROGRAM : Tissamaharama

After breakfast visit Yala National Park Possible noteworthy species: SPOT-BILLED PELICAN, ORIENTAL DARTER, PAINTED BLACK-NECKED STORK, LESSER ADJUTANT, BLACK-WINGED STILT, EURASIAN STONE CURLEW, GREAT THICK-KNEE, SMALL PRATINCOLE, YELLOW-WATTLED & RED-WATTLED LAPWING PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, GREY PLOVER, LITTLE-RINGED, KENTISH, MONGOLIAN & GREATER SAND PLOVER, MARSH, WOOD & CURLEW SANDPIPER, LITTLE STINT, BROWN-HEADED GULL, CASPIAN, GULL-BILLED & WHISKERED, TERN, BENGAL BUSHLARK, ASHY-CROWNED FINCH-LARK. TOQUE MONKEY, GREY LANGUR, GOLDEN JACKAL, MONGOOSES, ASIAN ELEPHANT, WILD BOAR, SAMBAR, SPOTTED DEER, WATER BUFFALO. SL GIANT SQUIRREL. After Noon, Birding around wetlands in Tissamaharama area. Possible noteworthy species: PURPLE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, YELLOW BITTERN, BLACK BITTERN, BRAHMINY KITE, SHIKRA, PURPLE SWAMPHEN, PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA and other common water birds, PIPITS & WAGTAILS, STREAKED & BAYA WEAVER. Lunch / Dinner/Overnight stay in Tissamaharama.

DAY 08- PROGRAM : Tissamaharama ~ Embilipitiya

After breakfast jeep safari in Bundala National Park. Possible noteworthy species: PURPLE HERON, BLACK-CROWNED NIGHT HERON, YELLOW BITTERN, BLACK BITTERN, BRAHMINY KITE, SHIKRA, PURPLE SWAMPHEN, PHEASANT-TAILED JACANA and other common water birds, PIPITS & WAGTAILS, STREAKED & BAYA WEAVER. GREATER FLAMINGO, NORTHERN PINTAIL, GARGANEY, WATERCOCK, BLACK-WINGED STILT, EURASIAN STONE CURLEW, GREAT THICK-KNEE, SMALL PRATINCOLE, YELLOW-WATTLED & RED-WATTLED LAPWING PACIFIC GOLDEN PLOVER, GREY PLOVER, LITTLE-RINGED, KENTISH, MONGOLIAN & GREATER SAND PLOVER, MARSH, WOOD, TEREK & CURLEW SANDPIPER, LITTLE STINT, BROWN-HEADED GULL, CASPIAN, GREAT-CRESTED, LESSER-CRESTED, GULL-BILLED, WHISKERED, WHITE-WINGED, SAUNDERS'S;& LITTLE TERN, BENGAL BUSHLARK, ORIENTAL SKYLARK, ASHY-CROWNED FINCH-LARK, JERDON'S & INDIAN LITTLE NIGHTJAR. After noon. Proceed to Embilipitiya Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Embilipitiya

DAY 09- PROGRAM : Embilipitiya ~ Singharaja

After breakfast Jeep safari in Uda Walawe National Park Possible noteworthy species: SPOT-BILLED PELICAN, ORIENTAL DARTER, CORMORANTS, LESSER ADJUTANT, MONTAGU'S HARRIER, PIED HARRIER, CRESTED HAWK-EAGLE, WHITE-BELLIED SEA-EAGLE, GREY-HEADED FISH-EAGLE, BARRED BUTTONQUAIL, CEYLON & ORANGE-BREASTED GREEN-PIGEON, PLUM-HEADED PARAKEET, BLUE-FACED MALKOHA, SIRKEER MALKOHA, MALABAR PIED HORNBILL, PRINIAS. TOQUE MONKEY, GREY LANGUR, GOLDEN JACKAL, MONGOOSE, ASIAN ELEPHANT, SPOTTED DEER, WATER BUFFALO, SL GIANT SQUIRREL. Afte Proceed to Sinharaja. Dinner/Overnight stay in Sinharaja.

DAY 10- PROGRAM : Singharaja

Morning Very early start with picnic breakfast to visit Sinharaja World Heritage, Wilderness Area for a full day's birding. Possible noteworthy species: ORIENTAL HONEY BUZZARD, RUFOUS-BELLIED EAGLE, SHIKRA, CRESTED SERPENT EAGLE, BLACK EAGLE, MOUNTAIN HAWK-EAGLE, CEYLON SPURFOWL, CEYLON JUNGLEFOWL, CEYLON WOODPIGEON, RED-FACED MALKOHA, GREEN-BILLED COUCAL, CHESTNUT-WINGED CUCKOO, SERENDIB SCOPS-OWL, CHESTNUT-BACKED OWLET, CEYLON FROGMOUTH, MALABAR TROGON, YELLOW-BROWED BULBUL, HIMALAYAN BLACK BULBUL, SPOT-WINGED GROUND THRUSH, CEYLON SCALY THRUSH, CEYLON RUFOUS BABBLER, ASHY-HEADED LAUGHING THRUSH, ASIAN PARADISE FLYCATCHER, CEYLON BLUE MAGPE, WHITE-FACED STARLING, CEYLON HILL-MYNA. Lunch/Dinner/Overnight stay in Sinharaja.

DAY 11- PROGRAM Singharaja ~ Bentota

After breakfast birding in Sinharaja. After Lunch. Proceed to a beach resort in Bentota, Dinner/Overnight stay in a Beach Hotel in Bentota.

DAY 12- PROGRAM BENTOTA

After breakfast fullday at Leisure Dinner Overnight stay in a Beach Hotel in Bentota

DAY 13- PROGRAM BENTOTA

After breakfast fullday at Leisure Dinner Overnight stay in a Beach Hotel in Bentota

DAY 14- PROGRAM Bentota ~ Airport

After B'Fast at Leisure, After noon, Proceed to Airport for Departure