Kitulgala – Day 2 (Birds)

6 March 2020

Our first full day at Kitulgala and up at the crack of dawn for some endemic owl hunting.

The two target species were the Seredip Scops Owl and the Chestnut-backed Owlet, both are rare and difficult to find.  Despite several hours of searching and some forays deep into the forest we had no luck with the Seredib but we did manage decent views of the elusive Chestnut-backed Owlet all be it in very poor light.

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Chestnut-backed Owlet – Olympus OM-D EM1 mkII – Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro – f/4 – 1/60s – iso 1600
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Chestnut-backed Owlet – Olympus OM-D EM1 mkII – Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro – f/4 – 1/50s – iso 3200

The forest was hot, very hot, and humid which made birding during a good part of the day very difficult although we did have excellent views of some of the reptiles that Kitulgala is noted for, more of those in a separate post to come.

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