Thursday, June 7, 2012

Pied Kingfisher - Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

A Pied Kingfisher photographed in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Pied Kingfisher (Ceryle rudis) - Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

I hadn't photographed a Pied Kingfisher until my last trip to Arugam Bay in July. I came across a pair of them hunting along a small waterway on the side of the road. They were making short flights out over the water and hovering for a while and returning to their perch on a telephone wire. Fortunately for me, they hovered for long enough for me to take a few photographs.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

Paddyfield Pippit - Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

A photograph of a Paddyfield Pippit taken in Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka
Paddyfield Pippit (Anthus rufulus) - Arugam Bay, Sri Lanka

The Paddyfield Pippit, a small passerine, is a common bird found in scrub, grassland and cultivated areas through Asia. I photographed these birds while driving to the Kudumbigala Monastery in July. It's a relatively plain looking bird with a streaked grey and brown body. However, measuring in at around the 15cm mark, it is large for a Pippit.

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