Trogan, Kingfishers, Bee-eaters, Rollers and Hoopoe

Malabar Trogon-1
Malabar Trogon-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

Malabar Trogon-2
Malabar Trogon-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

Malabar Trogon-5
Malabar Trogon-5

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

Malabar Trogon-1
Malabar Trogon-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest.

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Malabar Trogon
(ලොහවන්නිච්චියා)
Harpactes fasciatus

This handsome male was photographed in the outskirts of Sinharaja rain forest. He was happily flying around together with a flock of Orange Billed Babblers in the morning. What beautiful colours. 

 
Stork-billed Kingfisher-5
Stork-billed Kingfisher-5

Photographed at the Thalangama lake.

Stork-billed Kingfisher-1
Stork-billed Kingfisher-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

Stork-billed Kingfisher-6
Stork-billed Kingfisher-6

Photographed in the Madu Ganga.

Stork-billed Kingfisher-5
Stork-billed Kingfisher-5

Photographed at the Thalangama lake.

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Stork-billed Kingfisher
(මූනතුඩු මැදි-පිලිහුඩුවා)
Pelargopsis capensis

The biggest of the Kingfishers in Sri Lanka, the Stork-billed is a majestic predator. Image 1 and 2 are from Wet Water Resort in Gampaha where I used to see them often. 

Images 3 to 5 are from Thalangama lake. Image 6 is taken at Madu Ganga.

 
White-throated Kingfisher-8
White-throated Kingfisher-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Valachenai.

White-throated Kingfisher-1
White-throated Kingfisher-1

Photographed at the Kandy Lake.

White-throated Kingfisher-16
White-throated Kingfisher-16

Photographed in the mashes surrounding Thalangama lake.

White-throated Kingfisher-8
White-throated Kingfisher-8

Photographed in the outskirts of Valachenai.

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White-throated Kingfisher
(ළයසුදු මැදි-පිලිහුඩුවා)
Halcyon smyrnensis

This pair of White-throated Kingfishers were seen at Kandy lake. Probably a mom with a little one. Mom captured a small crab and gave it to the offspring. Then she watched over as the offspring learned how to eat the crab one piece at a time.

 

2nd set of images are also from near Kandy lake. Image 8 from the Valachena area.

Images 13 to 15 are special as it captures a skilful gobbling of a dragonfly. Photographed in the area surrounding Thalangama lake. 

 
Black-capped Kingfisher-1
Black-capped Kingfisher-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Black-capped Kingfisher-2
Black-capped Kingfisher-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Black-capped Kingfisher-8
Black-capped Kingfisher-8

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Black-capped Kingfisher-1
Black-capped Kingfisher-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Black-capped Kingfisher
(කලු එසසි මැදි-පිලිහුඩුවා)
Halcyon pileata

One of the most amazing moments of bird watching so far was the photos I took of this beauty. Photographed in Bundala National Park on a early morning, he put on an amazing display for me without flying off at once. I got even more lucky when a Common Kingfisher also came and landed on the same branch as if he was saying hi to the big brother. What an amazing bird and an amazing experience.

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Oriental Dwarf Kingfisher
(පෙරදිගු රන්-පිලිහුඩුවා)
Ceyx erithaca

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Blue-eared Kingfisher
(නිල්-කන් පිලිහුඩුවා)
Alcedo meninting

Yet to capture image

Critically Endangered
 
Common Kingfisher-3
Common Kingfisher-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

Common Kingfisher-1
Common Kingfisher-1

Photographed at the Kandy Lake.

Common Kingfisher-6
Common Kingfisher-6

Photographed in the outskirts of Matara.

Common Kingfisher-3
Common Kingfisher-3

Photographed in the outskirts of Gampaha.

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Common Kingfisher
(මල් පිලිහුඩුවා)
Alcedo atthis

1st and 2nd images taken in Kandy where he caught a little fish from the lake and consumed it. The low light in the shade makes the colour of his blue coat look different.

 

3rd and 4th images are from Gampaha near the hotel I run. He is a frequent visitor to the hotel I work and a busy little bird. 5th from 'Madu Ganga'.

 
Pied Kingfisher-5
Pied Kingfisher-5

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Pied Kingfisher-1
Pied Kingfisher-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Hambanthota.

Pied Kingfisher-8
Pied Kingfisher-8

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Pied Kingfisher-5
Pied Kingfisher-5

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Pied Kingfisher
(ගෝමර පිලිහුඩුවා)
Ceryle rudis

These Pied Kingfishers hardly settle on the floor as they are frequently airborne and fishing. Image 1 is a picture taken from a distance at Shangri-La Resort, Hambanthota.

I came across 4 of these beauties sitting in a raw on an electric wire in Gampaha. I have never seen them in a group so it must be a rare sight. Images 2 and 3 are from there.

Image 4 to 8 are from Bundala National Park where a couple was flying around together.

 
Little Green Bee-eater-3
Little Green Bee-eater-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Little Green Bee-eater-1
Little Green Bee-eater-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Little Green Bee-eater-2
Little Green Bee-eater-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Little Green Bee-eater-3
Little Green Bee-eater-3

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Little Green Bee-eater
(පුන්චි බින්ගුහරයා)
Merops orientalis

The first image was taken at Yala and the next set from Bundala National Park. One of the most beautiful little birds who are quite common in Sri Lanka.

 
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European Bee-eater
(යුරෝපීය බින්ගුහරයා)
Merops apiaster

Yet to capture image

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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-1
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-2
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-2

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-6
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-6

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-1
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater-1

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

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Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
(තම්බල-හිස බින්ගුහරයා)
Merops leschenaulti

Photographed in Bundala National Park where they have gathered in numbers. In the evening I saw more than 9 of them in one tree but couldn't photograph as the light was very low. What a beauty!

 
Blue-tailed Bee-eater-2
Blue-tailed Bee-eater-2

Photographed during river safari in Madu Ganga.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater-1
Blue-tailed Bee-eater-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Chilaw.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater-5
Blue-tailed Bee-eater-5

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Blue-tailed Bee-eater-2
Blue-tailed Bee-eater-2

Photographed during river safari in Madu Ganga.

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Blue-tailed Bee-eater
(නිල්-පෙඳ බින්ගුහරයා)
Merops philippinus

This beauty was first photographed in Chilaw. After a bit of rain, he was cleaning up.

Then I met them on a beautiful morning in 'Madu Ganga' mangroves. There were many of them basking in the sun in the lagoon. Such beautiful colours.

Last image from Bundala National Park.

Critically Endangered
 
Indian Roller-7
Indian Roller-7

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

Indian Roller-1
Indian Roller-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Chilaw.

Indian Roller-8
Indian Roller-8

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

Indian Roller-7
Indian Roller-7

Photographed in Chundikulam National Park.

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Indian Roller
(දුම්බොන්නා)
Coracias benghalensis

First photographed in Chilaw on my way back to the hotel after a disappointing time at 'Anavilundawa' wet lands. It made my birding excursion worthwhile on that day.

 

I came across this beautiful bird again in Hambanthota inside the Shangri-La hotel on a cloudy evening. It was quite ok with me hovering around its vantage point. It's even more beautiful in flight.

The last set of images (image 6 to 8) are from Chundikulam National Park where this majestic beauty gave me some perfect shots.

 
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Dollarbird
(දුම්කාවා)
Eurystomus orientalis

Yet to capture image

 
Eurasian Hoopoe-1
Eurasian Hoopoe-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

Eurasian Hoopoe-2
Eurasian Hoopoe-2

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

Eurasian Hoopoe-7
Eurasian Hoopoe-7

Photographed in Bundala National Park.

Eurasian Hoopoe-1
Eurasian Hoopoe-1

Photographed in the outskirts of Jaffna.

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Eurasian Hoopoe
(පොදු පෝරලුවා)
Upupa epops

First seen at Yala National Park and photographed with a point-and-shoot camera, I was so angry with the stupid vehicle drivers at Yala for chasing it away before I could take a decent picture. I hoped I would get a chance to see one again soon and what a chance I got in Jaffna. There was a pair of them and one gave me some beautiful shots up-close.

What a beautiful bird.