Thursday, April 8, 2010

New bird guide launched

The new field guide “An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka” was launched on 5th, April 2010 at the New Biology Lecture Theater, University of Colombo in front of a large gathering. The new book which was authored by Prof. Sarath Kotagama and illustrated by Gamini Ratnavira was dedicated to two well-known naturalists, namely P.B. Karunarathna and Cedric Martenstyn. Vice Chancellor of the University of Colombo Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama participated for the event as the chief guest.

Lighting the oil lamp, by Prof. Sarath Kotagama, Prof. Kshanika Hirimburegama, Mrs. Karunarathna and Mrs. Martenstyn.

The gathering

Reading the dedication to Late P.B. Karunarathna by wildlife biologist Kelum Manamendra-arachchi

Dedication to Late Cedric Martenstyn by renowned naturalist Rex De Silva

A message from California, USA - Gamini Ratnavira addressing the gathering

Chief Guest, Prof. Hirimburegama addressing the audience

Prof. Kotagama presenting the first copies of the book to Mrs. Karunarathna and Mrs. Martenstyn

A long queue for the author’s signature

Photos: Upul Wickremasinghe

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