I have to say that I absolutely loved this place. It was just 4 hours driving round beautiful scenery and seeing amazing wildlife every few minutes. The only downside was we were expecting to see flocks of flalelamingos and there weren't any.
It was far, far quieter than the next door Yala NP. However, Bandula doesn't have leopards. Which were amazing.... See previous posts. I couldn't say that we had the place to ourselves but you were definitely on your own most of the time. It was muy peaceful! The stillness, the dawn light, the coolness all added up to make this stunning.
I think, probably, that the stars of the day were the painted stalks, although we did see a whole load of amazing stuff... See future posts... these were just lovely and unusual, elegant and gawky. Yeah, I though they were pretty cool
In the image above I was just watching them and managed, for once, to press the shutter at just the right moment as I tracked this one across the lake, he took off.
If you were designing a bird this is surely not what you would come up with. They are implausably big to stand on those spindly legs and not topple over in the slightest gust of wind and then they make it even worse by standing on one leg! I love the way he (or she as didn't have a chance to sex the birds) uses his (or her) wing to balance when he (or she, brothers, er I mean sibling) stands on one leg.
Just to prove that, implausable as it may seem, they can fly (well, I assume they can't climb the trees)!
Finally, here's another painted stalk feeding in the georgous early morning yellow light.
This will be a blog about my latest shots and what I liked or was trying to do with them
I am a teacher of Economics and have worked in various schools in Europe & Asia. One of the things I love doing is getting out and about with my camera.