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The Birds of Paradise

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Photographing birds for us amateurs armed with just a 'point and push' compact camera is never easy. However, the numerous birds of Sri Lanka turned out to be some of the least camera shy that we've encountered anywhere. Peacocks are as common as sparrows here...
We have never seen so much wildlife anywhere else in the world and the air is constantly ripped by the calls of birds. Here are some of the many that we have seen...
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The iridescent kingfishers are particularly beautiful...
This pelican in Kandy saw us coming and decided to hide in a tree...
Not everything that flies is a bird. These are giant fruit bats taking an upside down nap between raiding the farmers' crops....
One particularly elusive bird is the Sri Lankan jungle fowl - the national bird of the country. We had many attempts before we caught this skittish creature on camera...
There is one animal species that no one can avoid seeing in Sri Lanka - the feral dogs. There is a dog on every corner and they lie motionless on the roads and expect traffic to avoid them - which is usually the case. They wander into traffic and across rail tracks without a care and. seemingly, rarely get killed. They are unquestionably the most laid back dogs in the world - but we prefer the birds.

Posted by Hawkson 17:37 Archived in Sri Lanka

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The photo with the deer and peacock is so fascinating. What gorgeous birds. How fortunate are you.....

by Sue Fitzwilson

They have learned how to co-exist.

by Janet

The kingfisher--my favourite bird. The Australian kookaburra is the same species I believe.
Those deer must be thankful that they live in a country of vegetarians.

by R and B

Beautiful bird of Sri Lanka in Veheraga national park Yala.

by Danushka Fernando

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