“Through a guide’s lense” – August episode

The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team.
Enjoy….

A brown fish owl peers over the little water that remains in one of the many depleting water holes found throughout the national park in the hope of finding some of the last remaining fish.

A brown fish owl peers over the little water that remains in one of the many depleting water holes found throughout the national park in the hope of finding some of the last remaining fish.

 

The night sky as seen from camp. The dry weather ensures that there are very few clouds and this helps the milky way show itself in its entire splendor.

The night sky as seen from camp. The dry weather ensures that there are very few clouds and this helps the milky way show itself in its entire splendor.

 

The night jar is very commonly heard but seldom seen due to the fact that they are a nocturnal bird. This individual remained calm enabling us to grab a picture.

The night jar is very commonly heard but seldom seen due to the fact that they are a nocturnal bird. This individual remained calm enabling us to grab a picture.

 

The 1:2 Kotabendi female rests after a heavy meal. The bulge in her stomach suggests she had been feeding throughout the day.

The 1:2 Kotabendi female rests after a heavy meal. The bulge in her stomach suggests she had been feeding throughout the day.

 

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One of the Weheragala cubs peers into the distance at a herd of water buffalo that were steadily making their way to the cubs location.

 

The beautiful sights of the Weheragala reservoir at sunset is something that needs to be witnessed by all to really appreciate its beauty.

The beautiful sights of the Weheragala reservoir at sunset is something that needs to be witnessed by all to really appreciate its beauty.

 

A crested hawk eagle stares intently at a black naped hare, waiting to make its move.

A crested hawk eagle stares intently at a black naped hare, waiting to make its move.

 

A sloth bear cautiously makes its way across the road after feeding on the seed casings of the Golden Shower tree.

A sloth bear cautiously makes its way across the road after feeding on the seed casings of the Golden Shower tree.

 

A newly identified female with an unusual 1:1 pattern listens to the sounds of the forest through the thicket.

A newly identified female with an unusual 1:1 pattern listens to the sounds of the forest through the thicket.

 

The most vulnerable time for this green Pigeon is as it cautiously approaches the water’s edge to quench its thirst.

The most vulnerable time for this green Pigeon is as it cautiously approaches the water’s edge to quench its thirst.

 

Perched over a waterhole waiting for movement this common kingfisher watches and waits.

Perched over a waterhole waiting for movement this common kingfisher watches and waits.

 

Bathing themselves in mud helps keep these large mammals cool and also acts as a natural sun screen lotion.

Bathing themselves in mud helps keep these large mammals cool and also acts as a natural sun screen lotion.

 

“Through a guide’s lense” – July episode

The month in pictures, as captured by the Leopard Trails team.
Enjoy….

A piercing stare given by the Warahana female as she carries out her midday territorial patrol amidst the pada yatra pilgrimage.

A piercing stare given by the Warahana female as she carries out her midday territorial patrol amidst the pada yatra pilgrimage.

 

The 2:3 Kota Bendi cub standing her ground and staring down an adult male water buffalo - a testament to the leopard she has grown up to be.

The 2:3 Kota Bendi cub standing her ground and staring down an adult male water buffalo – a testament to the leopard she has grown up to be.

 

As the water holes in the park begin to dry up, the last remaining bodies of water become inundated with mugger crocodiles and competition is fierce.

As the water holes in the park begin to dry up, the last remaining bodies of water become inundated with mugger crocodiles and competition is fierce.

 

Spot billed pelicans are a common sight in yala during the middle of the year as they congregate in large numbers to feed.

Spot billed pelicans are a common sight in yala during the middle of the year as they congregate in large numbers to feed.

 

As its name suggests an indian darter proudly shows off its speared catch, the next challenge lies in maneuvering the fish into its mouth.

As its name suggests an Indian darter proudly shows off its speared catch, the next challenge lies in maneuvering the fish into its mouth.

A tapestry of colour during these dull colorless months, the painted stork adds vibrancy and brilliance to the bush.

A tapestry of colour during these dull colorless months, the painted stork adds vibrancy and brilliance to the bush.

 

A golden jackal takes a break from quenching its thirst to listen to the sound of an alarm call in the distance.

A golden jackal takes a break from quenching its thirst to listen to the sound of an alarm call in the distance.

 

 By bathing himself in dust this bull elephant is protecting its skin from flies and mites that are abundant during these dry months.

By bathing himself in dust this bull elephant is protecting its skin from flies and mites that are abundant during these dry months.

 

An important part of life in the bush is quenching one’s thirst, especially with water becoming a scarce resource. This female drinks not only for her, but for the two cubs she is bringing up.

An important part of life in the bush is quenching one’s thirst, especially with water becoming a scarce resource. This female drinks not only for her, but for the two cubs she is bringing up.

 

One of our favorite leopards to watch, the 2:3 kota bendi cub is now showing signs of independence and is hardly ever seen with her mother.

One of our favorite leopards to watch, the 2:3 kota bendi cub is now showing signs of independence and is hardly ever seen with her mother.