“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.