Storks, Ibises and Spoonbills

Painted Stork-4
Painted Stork-4

Photographed in Vankalai, Mannar.

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Painted Stork-1
Painted Stork-1

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Painted Stork-9
Painted Stork-9

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

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Painted Stork-4
Painted Stork-4

Photographed in Vankalai, Mannar.

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Painted Stork
(ලතුවැකියා)
Mycteria leucocephala

First, this beauty was photographed at Bundala National Park. (Images 1 and 2)

There were many of them in Vankalai as well as in different lagoons in Jaffna. A beautiful stork although quite common in the dry zone lagoons.

Images 6 and 7 are of a parent looking after the eggs in the nest from Yala National Park. Multiple levels of protection by building the nest in the lake among lots of thorns.

Image 8 and 9 are storks soaking in the sun.

 
Asian Openbill-1
Asian Openbill-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

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Asian Openbill-2
Asian Openbill-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

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Asian Openbill-4
Asian Openbill-4

The gathering photographed inside Kala Wewa National Park.

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Asian Openbill-1
Asian Openbill-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Colombo.

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Asian Openbill / Openbill
(ආසියා විවරතුඩුවා)
Anastomus oscitans

First photographed near the Aththidiya wetlands. This bird with its unique bill is quite common in all low land parts of the country.

Image 3 is was taken on the road to Jaffna from Mannar.

Image 4 is of a large congregation of these beauties gathered at 'Kala Wewa' National park.

 
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White Stork
(සුදු මානාවා)
Ciconia ciconia

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Vagrant species
 
Woolly-necked Stork-1
Woolly-necked Stork-1

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Woolly-necked Stork-2
Woolly-necked Stork-2

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Woolly-necked Stork-1
Woolly-necked Stork-1

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Woolly-necked Stork / White-necked Stork
(පැදිලි මානාවා)
Ciconia episcopus

Seen at Yala National Park and photographed with my point-and-shoot.

 
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Black Stork
(කලු මානාවා)
Ciconia nigra

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Vagrant species
 
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Black-necked Stork
(අලි-මානාවා)
Ephippiorhynchus asiaticus

Yet to capture image

Critically Endangered
 
Lesser Adjutant-1
Lesser Adjutant-1

Photographed inside the Kawdulla National Park during a late evening.

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Lesser Adjutant-2
Lesser Adjutant-2

Photographed inside the Kawdulla National Park during a late evening.

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Lesser Adjutant-4
Lesser Adjutant-4

Photographed inside the Kawdulla National Park during a late evening.

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Lesser Adjutant-1
Lesser Adjutant-1

Photographed inside the Kawdulla National Park during a late evening.

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Lesser Adjutant
(හීන් බහුරු-මානාවා)
Leptoptilos javanicus

Seen at Kaudulla National Park, this weirdo was photographed in low light. Hence the poor quality of the images. It has the most menacing face of any bird species seen in Sri Lanka. Hope to see one again under better conditions for a better photo.

 
Glossy Ibis-1
Glossy Ibis-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Glossy Ibis-2
Glossy Ibis-2

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Glossy Ibis-5
Glossy Ibis-5

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Glossy Ibis-1
Glossy Ibis-1

Photographed in Vankalai Sanctuary, Mannar.

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Glossy Ibis
(සිලුටු දත්තුඩුවා)
Plegadis falcinellus

A large number of these beautiful birds have come down this year (2019 January) and they were seen both in Mannar and in Jaffna. Breeding bird has more colour and the blue eye patch while the juveniles are a bit duller. Photographed in Vankalai in Mannar.

 
Black-headed Ibis-4
Black-headed Ibis-4

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Ibis-1
Black-headed Ibis-1

Photographed in the paddy fields near Malabe.

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Black-headed Ibis-9
Black-headed Ibis-9

Photographed at a nesting site in Diyawanna Oya.

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Black-headed Ibis-4
Black-headed Ibis-4

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Black-headed Ibis / White Ibis
(ඉන්දු සුදු දෑකැත්තා)
Threskiornis melanocephalus

These are one of the strangest looking birds around. The unique black head with its beak is custom made for his diet in the marshes. Quite common across the country the photographs are from both wet and the dry zone.

Images 5 onwards are from a nesting site in Diyawanna Oya. In one instance, 2 babies fought for food until one was thrown out of the nest. The victor got the food and the loser survived falling into the water below. But I fear the survival prospects for the fallen baby was slim.

 
Eurasian Spoonbill-4
Eurasian Spoonbill-4

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Eurasian Spoonbill-1
Eurasian Spoonbill-1

Photographed inside the Yala National Park.

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Eurasian Spoonbill-5
Eurasian Spoonbill-5

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Eurasian Spoonbill-4
Eurasian Spoonbill-4

Photographed inside the Bundala National Park.

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Eurasian Spoonbill / Spoonbill
(යුරේසියා හැඳිඅලාවා)
Platalea leucorodia

First seen at Yala National Park and photographed with my point-and-shoot.

 

I came across a small flock of them resting mid-day in Bundala National Park. The specialist bill stands out.