Friday, June 20, 2014

Yala National Park photos by Chaminda Jayasekara

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Sloth Bear

Asian Elephant

Mugger Crocodile

Mugger Crocodile



















Images by Jetwing Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara


Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Slender Loris at Jetwing Vil Uyana Loris Conservation Site

Slender Loris at Jetwing Vil Uyana Loris Conservation Site



Images by Jetwing Vil Uyana Naturalist Chaminda Jayasekara

Dragonflies Watching Tour at Jetwing St. Andrews

Dragonflies Watching Tour at Jetwing St. Andrews, Nuwara Eliya


Experience Jetwing St. Andrew’s wetland during the day, where the dazzlingly beautiful dragonflies are most active and easily observed. Dragonflies are very interesting and diverse insects. They instantly attract attention with their amazing flight skills and beautiful colours. Sri lanka has 117 species of dragonflies and damselflies of which an astonishing 52 are endemic. The tours are conducted by the hotels in-house Naturalist, who will take you around the trails to explain how to spot dragonflies and will point out insects hiding from you.
The tour commences at mid day; the sunniest and hottest part of the day because they are active at that time. In this tour we can find dragonflies and damselflies. In dragonflies, mature males and females often look very different, the males regularly being more conspicuous and brightly coloured. Males are more common near the water and females live away from water but they come to water when they mate or lay eggs, otherwise, they dwell and feed at the forest edges and clearings to avoid contact with the male.

Red-vented Darter mating

Red-vented Darter female

Red-vented Darter female

Pink Skimmer mating

Indolestes gracilis

Red-vented Darter female

Pink Skimmer

Pink Skimmer



DRAGONFLY AND BUTTERFLY SAFARIS IN SRI LANKA

The abundance of habitat make the island very good for dragonfly and butterfly watchers. Sri Lanka is a paradise for Butterfly & Dragonfly enthusiasts with 243 species of butterflies and skippers. Even the wetland reserves near the capital of Colombo will hold as many as fifty different species. Seasonally, large migrations of whites and yellows take place. All year round a breathtaking array of species can be seen. Atleast 118 species of Dragonflies have been described with more awaiting description by science. The whole of Sri Lanka is like a giant wetland complex with thousands of man made lakes and vast areas of paddy fields and irrigation networks. The abundance of habitat make the island very good for dragonfly watchers.

Monday, June 16, 2014