Birds of Prey

Oriental Honey Buzzard-1
Oriental Honey Buzzard-1

Photographed from a distance at Horton Planes.

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Oriental Honey Buzzard-2
Oriental Honey Buzzard-2

Photographed from a distance at Horton Planes.

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Oriental Honey Buzzard-4
Oriental Honey Buzzard-4

Photographed from a distance at Horton Planes.

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Oriental Honey Buzzard-1

Photographed from a distance at Horton Planes.

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Oriental Honey Buzzard / Crested Honey Buzzard (සිලු බම්බරකුස්සා)
Pernis ptilorhynchus

I spotted this one at Horton Planes and had quite a bit of difficulty identifying him. Finally, Moditha from Lak Dasun forum gave a credible identification and I agree with him. We believe it's a pale morph, male, Crested Oriental Honey Buzzard.

 

He had caught some prey on the ground and was going to consume it when I ended up disturbing him.

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Long-legged Buzzard
(දික්පා ලැසිකුස්සා)
Buteo rufinus

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Common Buzzard / Himalayan Buzzard
(යුරෑසියා ලැසිකුස්සා)
Buteo burmanicus

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Brahminy Kite-6
Brahminy Kite-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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Brahminy Kite-1
Brahminy Kite-1

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Brahminy Kite-9
Brahminy Kite-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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Brahminy Kite-6
Brahminy Kite-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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Brahminy Kite
(බමුණු පියාකුස්සා)
Haliastur indus

An adult in image 1 to 3 is seen and photographed at Bundala National Park.

A juvenile in image 4 photographed at Gampaha.

 

Images 5 to 9 are from various parts in Jaffna. The one on the ground is a juvenile.

 
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Black Kite
(බර පරකුස්සා)
Milvus migrans

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Osprey-1
Osprey-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Osprey-2
Osprey-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Osprey-3
Osprey-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Osprey-1
Osprey-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Osprey
(කුරාලයා)
Pandion haliaetus

Photographed in Bundala National Park just before the sunrise. It was on a distant tree and hence the low quality photographs. What a vicious looking bird of prey.

 
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Rufous-bellied Eagle
(කුසරත් රාජාලියා)
Lophotriorchis kienerii

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Jerdon's Baza / Brown Baza
(ජර්ඩන්ස් සාරටකුස්සා)
Aviceda jerdoni

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Black Baza
(කලු සාරටකුස්සා)
Aviceda leuphotes

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Crested Goshawk
(සිලු උකුස්සා)
Accipiter trivirgatus

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Besra-1
Besra-1

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Besra-2
Besra-2

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Besra-6
Besra-6

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Besra-1
Besra-1

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Besra / Besra Sparrowhawk
(බෙස්රා උකුස්සා)
Accipiter virgatus

Based on the more prominent bars on the chest and long legs, I believe this is a Besra. (not a Shikra) Seen and photographed on the road to Jaffna from Mannar. What a vicious looking predator.

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Shikra-6
Shikra-6

Juvenile photographed in the outskirts of Hingurana.

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Shikra-1
Shikra-1

Photographed in my backyard in the heart of Colombo.

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Shikra-5
Shikra-5

Juvenile photographed in the outskirts of Hingurana.

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Shikra-6
Shikra-6

Juvenile photographed in the outskirts of Hingurana.

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Shikra
(උකුස්සා)
Accipiter badius

The adult male Shikra in the first 2 images flew into my neighbours' backyard and was attacked by crows. He has captured a squirrel and the crows were after it. He defended his catch bravely until evening and ate it afterwards. It was an awesome experience.

 

The juvenile in images 3 and 4 was spotted in the same backyard many years afterwards. It was a small bird and I accidentally caught a glimpse of it while being at home. Images 5 and 6 are of a juvenile photographed in the outskirts of Hingurana. 

 
Black-winged Kite-1
Black-winged Kite-1

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Black-winged Kite-2
Black-winged Kite-2

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Black-winged Kite-3
Black-winged Kite-3

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Black-winged Kite-1
Black-winged Kite-1

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna.

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Black-winged Kite
(උරිස්-කලු පතනුකුස්සා)
Elanus caeruleus

Photographed on the road from Mannar to Jaffna somewhere after Vidithalathiw, this beauty has the most vicious looking eyes on a bird I have ever seen. He flew away before I could take some more pictures from another angle.

 
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Eurasian Sparrowhawk
(යුරාසියා උකුස්සා)
Accipiter nisus

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