Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Explore Negombo Lagoon and Muthurajawela Wetland

Picturesque Hamilton Canal connecting Negombo lagoon

Muthurajawela – the largest saltwater coastal peat bog in Sri Lanka, located on the west coast between the Negombo lagoon and Kelani River. It is one of the island’s most important wetland habitats and together with the Negombo lagoon forms an integrated coastal wetland ecosystem extending over 6,232 hectares of marshland and mangroves. It is sheltering about 190 species of plants and over 200 species of animals, including over 100 species of birds.

Take a boat ride to see a rich assemblage of water birds, including various species of Herons, Bitterns, Egrets, Cormorants, Lesser Whistling Teals, Pheasant-tailed Ja├žanas, White-breasted Water hens, Purple Swamp hens, and Common Moorhens. Common perching birds (such as several species of kingfishers) birds of prey (such as the Brahminy Kite and Shikra), as well as mammals (such as the endemic Toque Monkey) and reptiles (such as Water Monitors and Saltwater Crocodiles), are also common. A cruise along the Negombo Lagoon, Muthurajawela, Hamilton canal (built during the British period) and Dutch canal (built during Dutch period) will take you through a lush vegetation of mangroves. The Hamilton canal and Dutch canal starting from Kelani River near Colombo and opens into the vast expanse of the serene waters of the Negombo lagoon.

Muthurajawela marsh has been declared as s sanctuary by the government in 1996 due to its vast bio diversity.

Jetwing Lagoon conducting boat rides in Negombo lagoon and Muthurajawela marsh. For more information please contact resident naturalist of Jetwing Lagoon on 0312233777

Brahminy Kite

Flock of Whiskered Terns

Purple Swamphen

Rose-ringed Parakeet

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Whiskered Tern

Little Cormorant Juvenile

Common Redshank

White-throated Kingfisher

Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Red-wattled Lapwing

Oriental Darter

Saltwater Crocodile Juvenile (Crocodylus porosus)

Common Kingfisher

White-bellied sea eagle

Black-winged Stilt with breeding plumages 

Land Monitor (Varanus bengalensis)

Muthurajawela mangrove and wetland

Little egret

Whiskered Tern

Lesser Whistling-duck