Monday, February 27, 2012

Magul Maha Viharaya - Lahugala, Sri Lanka

A photograph of the Moonstone at Magul Maha Viharaya in Lahugala, Sri Lanka
The Moonstone at Magul Maha Viharaya - Lahugala, Sri Lanka

While driving back form Arugam Bay, on the east coast of Sri Lanka, we took a detour to visit Magul Maha Viharaya, off Lahugala. This temple complex dates back to the 14th century when it was known as Ruhunu Maha Viharaya. It is said to have been built to commemorate the wedding of King Kavantissa and Vihara Maha Devi.

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Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bhaja Caves - Pune, India

A photograph of Bhaja Caves in Pune, India
Bhaja Caves - Pune, India

I was in Pune on work last week and managed to free up sometime (by starting pretty early in the morning!) to see a few of the local sights. Bhaja caves was one of two old Buddhist cave temples I visited during the week. The cave temples are said to belong to the Theravada stream of Buddhism and date back to the 2nd century BC.

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Sunday, February 19, 2012

Ashy Prinia - Yala, Sri Lanka

A photograph of an Ashy Prinia taken in Yala, Sri Lanka
Ashy Prinia (Prinia socialis brevicauda) - Yala, Sri Lanka

The Ashy Prinia, also known as the Ashy Wren-Warbler, is found throughout Sri Lanka but it is commoner in the dry zone. I had photographed this species previously, on a trip to Anuradhapura a few years ago and got another opportunity to photograph it in Yala last year.

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Saturday, February 11, 2012

Oriental White-eye - Sri Lanka

A photograph of a White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosa) taken in Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Oriental White-eye (Zosterops palpebrosa) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

The Oriental White-eye is a common bird found in the lowlands in both the dry and wet zones of Sri Lanka. It can be found in the mid hills as well but is rarely seen at higher elevations. On my last trip to Sri Lanka I was able to photograph these birds in Thalangama, Yala and Kandy.

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Thursday, February 9, 2012

Black-fronted Babbler - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a Black-fronted Babbler taken in Thalangama, Sri Lanka
Black-fronted Barbet (Rhopocichla atriceps siccata) - Thalangama, Sri Lanka

I photographed a flock of Black-fronted Babblers in Thalangama while they foraged through the undergrowth. I hadn't photographed them prior to this and was quite happy that I was able to move quite close to them and fire off a number of frames.

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Sunday, February 5, 2012

Around Sydney - Australia

A photograph of the Sydney Skyline, Australia
The Skyline - Sydney, Australia

I hadn't been out in the city with the camera for sometime so decided to go for a bit of a walk last night. I started off near Mrs Macquarie's chair near the open air cinema but didn't have any particular route in mind. I wasn't after any specific shots last night, just a walk and an an intention to photograph whatever came up.

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Thursday, February 2, 2012

Common Wood-Shrike - Yala, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a Common Woodshrike photographed in Yala, Sri Lanka
Common Wood-Shrike (Tephrodornis pondicerianus) - Yala, Sri Lanka

The Common Wood-Shrike is a member of the helmetshrike family Prionopidae and is found throughout Southern Asia. The sub-species found in Sri Lanka is sometimes considered a separate species, the Sri Lanka Woodshrike. I photographed them in Yala and Anuradhapura in July.

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