Last morning's birding in Sinharaja and Rockview
This was our very last birding excursion of the tour! Jith had departed for home so John, Gill and I were guided by Thilina our driver/guide who was more than capable of finding birds. We searched the high forest all the way back to Sinharaja village on a beautiful sunny morning.
We left Rockview at 6:30am, our targets included Thick-billed Flowerpecker, Sri Lanka Hill Myna and anything else that turned up. We stayed out for 2 hours and had some wonderful sightings but nothing new came our way. We ended up at Magpie Lodge a kilometer from the village of Sinharaja. Their lush grounds held plenty of birds and a welcomed cold drink, I viewed the accommodation there and found a very nice venue for future trips, lovely clean, a/c apartments waiting for my group next year.
By 9am we were back at Rockview eating breakfast during which we sighted a raptor circling outside the restaurant window, it was Besra, a small falcon. Later, John found a much larger raptor circling in the valley, he correctly identified it as a Rufous-bellied Eagle, another trip tick.
That more or less concluded the birding tour, we were driven to the coast where we stayed in a hotel right on the beach but our binoculars were put away and our fiction novels came out.
Sri Lanka Drongo
Barn Swallow with Sri Lanka Swallows
We had seen 233 species of birds, 33 of which are endemic to Sri Lanka and over 20 mammals. For a full list of sightings check the trip report due out shortly.
Oriental Magpie Robin
Thank all of you that recommended Sri Lanka as a potential Tour venue, you were so right it is a wonderful birding destination.