Grebes, Goose and Ducks

Little Grebe-7
Little Grebe-7

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Little Grebe -1
Little Grebe -1

Photographed at a distance in Debara wewa.

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Little Grebe-8
Little Grebe-8

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Little Grebe-7

Photographed at Diyasaru Wetland Park.

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Little Grebe
(පුන්චි ගෙම්භිතුරුවා)
Tachybaptus ruficollis

An expert diver, this little bird was first photographed at 'Debarawewa' tank. The light was bad and they were at a distance. Hence the poor quality image 1.

 

I came across another in Jaffna where one was swimming in a lagoon very close to the main road. Notice the small wings, big webbed feet and the waterproof feather coating which makes him an expert diver and hunter.

Image 6 - 8 are of a pair of them at Diyasaru park, Thalawathugoda. Such a clever looking little diving machine.

 
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Fulvous Whistling-duck / Large Whistling Teal
(මහ තඹ-සේරුවා)
Dendrocygna bicolor

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Vagrant species
 
Lesser Whistling-Duck-7
Lesser Whistling-Duck-7

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park.

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Lesser Whistling-Duck-1
Lesser Whistling-Duck-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

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Lesser Whistling-Duck-18
Lesser Whistling-Duck-18

Photographed at Baddagana Wetlands.

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Lesser Whistling-Duck-7

Photographed at Baddagana Wetland Park.

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Lesser Whistling-Duck / Lesser Whistling Teal (හීන් තඹ-සේරුවා)
Dendrocygna javanica

These cuties are very shy and vigilant. I met a bunch of them inside the bird's enclosure at the Dehiwala zoo. These ones are very much used to human presence.

 

Images 3 and 4 are from 'Bundala' National Park taken during two different trips. Image 5 is from Jaffna where a pair of them have settled near the causeway from Jaffna to Karainagar. Images 6 to 9 are from Diyawanna Oya area. Images 11 and 12 are a family with a bunch of cute babies photographed in the Thalangama lake. 

 
Cotton Pygmy-goose -1
Cotton Pygmy-goose -1

Photographed at Debara Wewa.

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Cotton Pygmy-goose -2
Cotton Pygmy-goose -2

Photographed at Debara Wewa.

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Cotton Pygmy-goose -3
Cotton Pygmy-goose -3

Photographed at Debara Wewa.

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Cotton Pygmy-goose -1

Photographed at Debara Wewa.

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Cotton Pygmy-goose
(මල්-සේරුවා)
Nettapus coromandelianus

Smallest of the local ducks, this rare chance to see one out of the water was at 'Debarawewa'. There was a whole bunch of them in the water but at a distance.

 
Ruddy Shelduck-1
Ruddy Shelduck-1

Photographed from a distance in Mannar.

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Ruddy Shelduck-2
Ruddy Shelduck-2

Photographed from a distance in Mannar.

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Ruddy Shelduck-3
Ruddy Shelduck-3

Photographed from a distance in Mannar.

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Ruddy Shelduck-1

Photographed from a distance in Mannar.

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Ruddy Shelduck
(රත් සක්වලයා)
Tadorna ferruginea

Taken from very far with my 400mm lens, its time like these that make me wish I have a bigger lens. These 3 Ruddy Shelducks were the only ones of there kind I saw on my trip to Mannar end of 2017. It has been a bad year for Mannar in terms of migratory birds as a very limited number of birds have come. That made these 3 even more special.

Vagrant species
 
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Greylag Goose
(කරලු පාත්තයා)
Anser anser

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Vagrant species
 
Comb Duck-1
Comb Duck-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Comb Duck-2
Comb Duck-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Comb Duck-20
Comb Duck-20

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Comb Duck-1
Comb Duck-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Comb Duck
(කැබලිත්තියා)
Sarkidiornis melanotos

After almost going extinct due to hunting during the colonial period, this magnificent duck may be making a comeback. Although there are no records of breeding pairs in Sri Lanka, there seems to be a colony of males mostly in the south of the island. I spotted 8 males in this location on the outskirts of Matara. It was a dream opportunity to spot these rare and unique beauties in their natural habitat.

As the colony needs protection and needs to remain undisturbed, I will not disclose the exact location to anyone until maybe they increase in numbers.

 
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Tufted Duck
(කුඩුම්බි මඩ-සේරා)
Aythya fuligula

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Vagrant species
 
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Eurasian Wigeon / Wigeon
(යුරේසියා විජන සේරුවා)
Mareca penelope

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Gadwall
(ගඩ්වාල් සේරුවා)
Mareca strepera

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Vagrant species
 
Northern Shoveler-5
Northern Shoveler-5

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Shoveler-6
Northern Shoveler-6

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Shoveler-4
Northern Shoveler-4

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Shoveler-5

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Shoveler / Shoveller
(උතුරු සවල් සේරුවා)
Anas clypeata

Seen at Mannar Vankalai Sanctuary, these males and female were the last set of pictures I took for the day as the sun set over the wetland.

 
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Spot-billed Duck
(තිත්-හොට සේරුවා)
Anas poecilorhyncha

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Critically Endangered
 
Northern Pintail-1
Northern Pintail-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Pintail-2
Northern Pintail-2

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Pintail-9
Northern Pintail-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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Northern Pintail-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Northern Pintail / Pintail
(උතුරු උල්පෙඳ සේරුවා)
Anas acuta

First time I came across them in Mannar, based on the pointier tail, indistinct brown speculum and the longish grey bill, I believed these are a flock of female Northern Pintails. (Images 1 to 3)

 

2nd-time, identification was much easier due to the males. These were the only type of duck I came across in January 2019 both in Mannar and in Jaffna. There were large flocks in  Vankalai and smaller flocks in Karainagar, Jaffna. (Images 4 to 9)

 
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Common Teal
(පොදු සේරුවා)
Anas crecca

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Garganey-1
Garganey-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Garganey-2
Garganey-2

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Garganey-3
Garganey-3

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Garganey-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Garganey
(ගාර්ගනේය් සේරුවා)
Querquedula querquedula

Based on the size, face pattern and white throat, I'm fairly certain these are all Garganey's. Seen in Mannar.

Doubtful identification