Tuesday, December 24, 2013

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!

Best wishes from Jetwing Eco Holidays team

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Wildlife Sighting - 21/12/13 - 22/12/13

Jetwing Eco Holidays naturalist chauffeur guide Supurna Hettiarachchi sent us the following observations while on safari at Bundala National Park

Oriental Turtle Dove


Image courtesy of Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne


The Oriental Turtle Dove or Rufous Turtle Dove (Streptopelia orientalis) is a member of the bird family Columbidae, doves and pigeons.
From Wikipedia

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Wildlife Sightings - 15/12/13 - 20/12/13

Jetwing Eco Holidays chauffeur guide Roy Karandeniya while on tour with clients from Netherlands reported the following sightings.

16th December 2013 - Mirissa

10 Blue Whales
Group of Bottlenose Dolphins


17th December 2013 - Mirissa

Six Killer Whales chase Blue Whales at 13.30hrs about 12.6 N. miles East of  Dondra.
Bottlenose Dolphins
Group of Flying Fish

18th December 2013 - Mirissa

Eight Blue Whales

19th December 2013 - Yala National Park

Group of Elephants
Golden Jackal
Gray Langur
Mugger Crocodile
Spotted Deer
Sambar Deer
Wild Buffalo
White Bellied Fish Eagle

























Images courtesy of Jetwing Eco Holidays chauffeur guide Roy Karandeniya


Friday, December 13, 2013

Wildlife sightings during tour of Mr. Raghunandan Kulkarni, Associate Vice-president of Indian Wildlife Experience 20/11/13 - 12/12/13

Mr. Raghunandan Kulkarni, Associate Vice-president of Indian Wildlife Experience was on tour in Sri Lanka from 20th November and Jetwing Eco Holidays was privileged to handle all ground arrangements for his tour. Mr. Kulkarni is also a keen wildlife photographer. Jetwing chauffeur guide U. L Naufer was his guide for his tour. 

Chauffeur guide Naufer & Mr. Kulkarni (From left)

Chauffeur guide Naufer sent us the following observations of sightings during Mr. Kulkarni's tour.

21st November 2013 - Dikkelle Forest Reserve

Three Red Slender Loris
Two Golden Palm Civets

Red Slender Loris - Image courtesy of Mr. Kulkarni
Golden Palm Civet - Image courtesy of Mr. Kulkarni


24th November 2013 - Kaudulla National Park

Elephant mating
Crested Hawk Eagle hunting a land monitor

25th November 2013 - Palutawa

Two White Bellied Sea Eagles
One Honey Buzzard
Brown Fish Owl (Male & Female)

26th November 2013 - Wasgamuwa National Park

Elephant mating
Elephant gathering

Elephants at Wasgamuwa - Image courtesy of Jetwing guide U. L Nauffeur
video

27th November 2013 - Gal Oya Boat Safari

White Bellied Sea Eagle
Grey Headed Fish Eagle
Flock of Birds




Images courtesy of Jetwing guide U. L Naufer

29th November 2013 - Kumana National Park

Rosy Starling
Brahminy Myna
Chestnut Headed Bee Eater
Stripe Necked Mongoose

3rd - 5th December 2013 - Yala National Park

Leopard cubs with mother
Crested Hawk Eagle hunting Pon Heron
Ruddy Mongoos hunting a Snake
Brown Fish Owl
Leopard on road

Leopard in jungle - 

Ruddy Mongoos hunting a Snake

Leopard
Images courtesy of Jetwing guide U. L Naufer

7th - 8th December 2013 - Whale Watching at Mirissa

Sea Turtles
Green Turtle
One Blue Whale
50 Spinner Dolphins


Blue Whale Diving at distance

Images courtesy of Jetwing guide U. L Naufer


Dolphin & Whale Watching Sightings this season

Sightings for November


Date
Blue Whale
Bride Whale
Killer Whale
False Killer Whale
Dolphin
10
-
2
-
-
350
12

1



14
1
1
-
-
200
15
-
-
-
-
10
17
1
-
2
50+
-
19
1
1


10
20
5
-
-
-
--
22
3
2
-
-
-
23
3+
-
-
-
100+
24
2
-
-
-
-
25
2
-
2
-
20+
26
3
1
2
-
100+
27
2
2
-
-
-
28
1
3
-
-
10+
29
1
-
-
-
20+
30
1
1
-
-
50+





















   
Sightings for December
  
Date
Blue Whale
Bride Whale
Killer Whale
False Killer Whale
Dolphin
1
2
1
-
-
-
2
1
-
-
-
10+
3
7+
-
-
-
50+
4
-
2
-
-
100+
5
1
1
1
-
-
6
1
1


-
7




20+
8
1




9
5



10+
10
2



100+
11
2



300+
12

2




















 Data courtesy of Mirissa Water Sports


Blue Whale

Blue Whale

Spinner Dolphins


Images courtesy of Gehan de Silva Wijeyratne

Thursday, December 12, 2013

Wildlife Sightings 12-11-13

Jetwing Eco Holidays Naturalist chauffeur guide Vicky currently on tour with Mr. & Mrs. Witte from the Netherlands observed the following sightings at Yala National Park.

15 + European bee eaters near old Yala bungalow on a tall Tamarind tree

2 Leopard sightings; one at spill road & the other at Kotabandiwewa, Handunoruwa road

European Bee Eater
Leopard at Yala


Wednesday, December 11, 2013

Wildlife Sightings - 11-12-13

Jetwing Chauffeur guide, Manoj Kumara observed the following sightings at Anuradhapura on 11th December 2013.

Asian Brown Flycatcher, Orange headed Thrush(Female), Jerdon’s Leaf bird, Common Iora & Grey Hornbill


Asian Brown Flycatcher

Leaf Bird

Common Iora


Orange Headed Thrush