Sri Lanka
August 4 - 22, 2019
Intro Bugs & Such Furries Archosaurs & Turtles So Many Frogs Snakes At Long Last, Lizards

I am far from calling myself a birder, but if one of those feathered dinosaurs poses for me, I will take its picture, and then I will find someone to identify it. This latter part is easy to do because so many people love dinosaurs, even feathered ones.

Sri Lankan Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela spilogaster)

Brown Fish Owl (Bubo zeylonensis)

Sri Lanka Frogmouth (Batrachostomus moniliger)

Asian Openbill (Anastomus oscitans)

Lesser Adjutant (Leptoptilos javanicus)

Painted Stork (Mycteria leucocephala)

Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis taprobana)

Little Green Bee-eater (Merops orientalis)

Shifting focus to the other living lineage of archosaurs, that would be a Mugger Crocodile.

Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

Sri Lanka has two species of crocodiles, Mugger Crocodiles and Saltwater Crocodiles. On this trip we only saw Mugger Crocodiles, which are smaller and less likely to eat you. That was okay with me because I've seen Saltwater Crocodiles elsewhere.

Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris)

Turtles aren't archosaurs — they are from a different lineage of reptiles — but I had to put them somewhere on this travelogue so I'm putting them here.

We found this softshell turtle crossing a fairly busy road at night. We stopped the car and jumped out to help, since its soft shell would be no match for a car tire (or even a tuk tuk tire).

Sri Lanka Softshell Turtle (Lissemys ceylonensis)

This was the most beautiful tortoise (or any sort of turtle) that I've ever seen. Just gorgeous.

Indian Star Tortoise (Geochelone elegans)

Next: So Many Frogs