Horton Plains National Park

8 March 2020

An early start this morning so as to be at the entrance to the park not long after dawn and to catch sight of the endemic Sri Lanka Woodpigeon at its well kown roosting site, before they flew for the day, this being the only real chance to see this species on the trip.

Reasonable views were had of the Woodpigeon after which it was on into the park at a surprisingly high elevation of over 2,100 meters affording amazing views with the cloud cover well below.

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Horton Plains Western Flank – iPhone 8

Not far into the park we came across a small pond around which the birding looked promising but in fact of more interest proved to be a rather surprising Otter that was making itself busy amongst the water lilies.

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Otter – Olympus OM-D EM1 mkII – Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro – f/4 – 1/640s – iso 200
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Otter – Olympus OM-D EM1 mkII – Olympus M.Zuiko 300mm f/4 Pro – f/4 – 1/640s – iso 200

We then spent the remainder of the day driving through the park and back via an area of rice cultivation back to Nuwara Eliya, unfortunately the light was so intense that photography was a none starter for much of the day.

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Rice Cultivation – iPhone 8

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