Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Launch of the new bird guide: An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka

Public interest in the birds of Sri Lanka appears to be growing exponentially with time. In 1994, based on a set of 32 plates and numerous line drawings by Prithiviraj Fernando, Sarath Kotagama published the first truly affordable field guide to the island's birds. In the 16 years that have passed since Kotagama & Fernando's work, much has changed in Sri Lankan Ornithology. Taxonomic research has shown that the number of endemic species is in fact much higher than previously thought, and the increasing affordability of digital photography has served to make new sightings more easily verifiable. This new knowledge is, up to end 2009, reflected in the new book authored by Prof. Sarath Kotagama and illustrated by world famous wildlife artist Gamini Ratnavira.

The new field guide “An Illustrated Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka” will be launched on 5th, April 2010 at the New Biology Lecture Theater, University of Colombo, Colombo 03. Launching ceremony will begin at 05.00 pm. The new book will be available for a concessionary rate at the event.

Book Description
382 pages, 492 species descriptions
52 Colour Plates, 492 Colour Distribution Maps
Size : 138 x215 mm 382 pp
ISBN 978-955-8576-26-7
All are welcome for this important event.

Wednesday, March 3, 2010

Birding at Nilgala

FOGSL organized its annual field visit to Nilgala area of the Galoya National Park from 04th to 07th February 2010. A team of 18 members headed by Mr. Nashath Hafi participated in this memorable birding trip. Some of the memories captured in the digital media and the birds recorded during the visit are given here.
Participants: Dr. Devi Jayathilaka, Dr. Bad Jayawardhane, Miss. W.A. Harsha Abewickrama, Mr. Saman Abesinhe, Mr. Kishan Aranwala, Mr. Sanjeewa Ariyaratne, Mrs. Tharindra de Silva, Mr. Ranjith Silva, Mr. Janaka Disanayaka, Mr. Moshantha Gunathilaka, Mr. Asitha Samarawickrama, Miss. Uraji Karunaratne, Mrs. Cheryl Silva, Mr. Wernon Fernando, Mr. Gunaratne, Mr. A. Nashath B. Hafi, Mr. Indrika Pradeepa, Mr. Thilantha S. Abesinha List of Birds recorded
Painted Francolin
Sri Lanka Spurfowl
Sri Lanka Junglefowl
Indian Pond-heron
Grey Heron
Great Egret
Little Egret
Spot-billed Pelican
Little Cormorant
Brahminy Kite
White-bellied Sea-eagle
Crested Serpent-eagle
Changeable Hawk-eagle
White-breasted Waterhen
Barred Buttonquail
Red-wattled Lapwing
Common Sandpiper
Whiskered Tern
Spotted Dove
Emerald Dove
Pompadour Green-pigeon
Green Imperial-pigeon
Sri Lanka Hanging-parrot
Plum-headed Parakeet
Emerald-collared Parakeet
Indian Cuckoo
Blue-faced Malkoha
Greater Coucal
Asian Palm-swift
Little Swift
Crested Tree-swift
Malabar Trogon
Stork-billed Kingfisher
White-throated Kingfisher
Common Kingfisher
Little Green Bee-eater
Blue-tailed Bee-eater
Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill
Malabar Pied Hornbill
Brown-headed Barbet
Crimson-fronted Barbet
Coppersmith Barbet
Brown-capped Woodpecker
Yellow-crowned Woodpecker
Greater Flameback
Ashy Woodswallow
Common Iora
Common Woodshrike
Black-headed Cuckooshrike
Small Minivet
Scarlet Minivet
Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike
Brown Shrike
Black-hooded Oriole
White-bellied Drongo
Greater Racket-tailed Drongo
White-browed Fantail
Black-naped Monarch
Asian Paradise-flycatcher
Great Tit
Barn Swallow
Red-rumped Swallow
Jerdon's Bushlark
Zitting Cisticola
Grey-breasted Prinia
Jungle Prinia
Plain Prinia
Black-crested Bulbul
Red-vented Bulbul
Asian Black Bulbul
Common Tailorbird
Brown-capped Babbler
Dark-fronted Babbler
Yellow-billed Babbler
Oriental White-eye
Velvet-fronted Nuthatch
Hill Myna
Common Myna
White-rumped Shama
Indian Robin
Asian Brown Flycatcher
Tickell's Blue-flycatcher
Jerdon's Leafbird
Golden-fronted Leafbird
Thick-billed Flowerpecker
Purple-rumped Sunbird
Purple Sunbird
Long-billed Sunbird
White-rumped Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia
Forest Wagtail
Grey Wagtail
Bird List and Photos: Indrika Kaggoda-arachchi