Gray Francolin in the thorn bush
Little Egret with fish in his beak
Donkeys of Mannar
Portrait of a Peacock
New Bridge rising against the Old….
Tern over the waters…
Squabbling Black Winged Stilts
Sunbathing Little Cormorant
Sun rise over the bell tower of the Mannar Fort
Take off – Spot Billed Ducks
Thiruketheeswaram Church in Manthai
Mannar is a District in the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. It was colonized by the Portugese, Dutch and finally by the English when the entire island of Ceylon came under British control in 1815. Sri Lanka (formerly called “Ceylon”) was granted independence from the British in 1948 and Mannar became one of the 25 Districts of Sri Lanka.
Mannar has dry weather from May to September and a cooler climate from October to March, when the migrant birds land in their hundreds in the lagoons and water ways found mainly around the Mannar island.
The population of Mannar consists mostly of Tamils with few Muslims and Sinhalese. There are few distinctive areas which makes Mannar stand out from the rest of Sri Lanka. i.e. the ecosystem and bird life, the Mannar bridge, (the longest in Sri Lanka linking the rest of Mannar with Mannar island and extending the roadway up to Talaimannar the closet point to southern India through the mythological Adam’s Bridge) and the Mannar Fort.
(Mannar Fort was built by Portuguese in 1560. The Fort fell to the Dutch in 1658, and they rebuilt the fort in 1696. In 1795 the British occupied the Fort following the surrender by the Dutch. It is a square shaped fort with four bastions and is located next to the new bridge that connects the mainland with the Mannar Island – from Wikipedia)
The photos depict some of the migrant and resident birds along with images captured in and around Mannar.
Copyright Photos – Ajithaa Edirimane
These photos were taken at an offering (Pooja) made to Goddess Lakshmi (Goddess of wealth, fortune and prosperity)
I took these photos at the Table Top Photography workshop conducted by Specialist Commercial Photographer Sarath Perera at the Photographic Society of Sri Lanka on 2 October 2016 in Colombo. The photos were edited subsequently. Lighting and photo conception by Sarath Perera.
Photographed from a friend’s garden in Colombo, Sri Lanka.
” ….Ceylon large parakeet or Alexandrine parakeet (Psitticula eupatria) is called Labu Girawa in Sinhala and Periya Kili in Tamil. Named after the legendary Alexander the Great of India. This bird is also found in India. This resident bird is the largest amongst our parrots. It is a little smaller than a crow but has a long tail. The tail feathers are graded and of different lengths.
Only the males have a ring round their necks, the front half of the circle being black and the back half pink. The males of Rose-ringed parakeet also have a similar colored ring but the large parakeet has a much bigger beak and is also bigger in size. Also both sexes of the large parakeet have a red patch on the wings.
This species is found in the low country dry zone and is not seen in the hill country but is seen infrequently in the wet zone. It prefers to frequent jungle tanks and chenas near jungles. Its presence, in some areas, where it was seen in large numbers has now diminished. Some birds of this species are seen in Colombo.
Small flocks of this bird are seen flying fast making a screeching noise. These birds pair off for life and at breeding time the pairs move out of the flock to nest. The rest of the time they remain with the flock foraging for food. They also roost in communal roosting trees. Coconut trees are also popular roosting trees….” (Extract from Jayantha Jayawardena’s Wild Life)
This little Purple Rumped Sun Bird is a frequent visitor to my garden. He gets fooled by his reflection seen on my windows, the car mirror and on this occasion, on the glass panel of a box housing the electricity meter.
I captured him through my window as the little bird was totally engrossed in checking out the vision of his look-alike !
Copyright: Ajithaa Edirimane