On the feeder back at the restaurant while having breakfast White-browed Bulbul, Yellow-billed Babblers, Indian Jungle Crow, Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill and Palm Squirrel all came to feed.
Little Green Bee-eater
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Indian Jungle Crow
After breakfast we drove th short distance to the ancient ruins and Lion Rock at Sigiriya for the first of our 'cultural' visits. The site is utterly spectacular with the massive rock towering above the surrounding forest and well preserved ruins and 'naughty' wall paintings. We climbed all the steps to the top and back round. As well as the scenic splendour we had a few good birds too - Crested Serpent Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard, Paddyfield Pipit, Little Cormorant, Shikra, 2 Small Minivets, White-browed Fantails, Jerdon's Leafbird a superb showy white Asian Paradise Flycatcher and best of all a distinctive 'Saheen' Falcon (Peregrine) swooping around a corner of Lion Rock. Non-avian highlights included many tame Toque Macaques and a Land Monitor.
Indunil then stopped for a short walk on the way out of the site and we scooped here with our main endemic target of the area Sri Lanka Woodshrike. Along the adjacent canal we also had Crested Hawk Eagle, Oriental Darter, White-breasted Kingfisher and Common Kingfisher.
Crested Serpent Eagle
Asian Paradise Flycatcher
Sri Lanka Woodshrike
Our second archaelogical site beckoned - the extensive ancient city of Polonnaruwa about an hours drive away. Despite intermitent rain here really enjoyed this huge site. And birdwise we had 2 Asian Wooly-necked Storks, loads of Rose-ringed Parakeets and on a small lake at the end of the visit Pheasant-tailed Jacana, Green Sandpiper, Lesser Whisting Ducks and Red-wattled Lapwings.
On the drive back, as the light faded we were treated to wonderful cloe-up views of a roadside Asian Elephant. That is until it was scared away from the road by a ranger with banger fireworks :-(
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