Diyasaru Wetland Park Thalawathugoda
This location is one of my local favourites; less than 30 minutes from home, a wetland with both natural and landscaped areas plus a large butterfly garden, home to many residents year-round as well as migrants during winters.
As is now my habit, I was on the road while it was still dark and entered the park just after 6.00AM. Since I have been here much time and had spotted 2 Pied kingfishers the last few times, one objective for the day was to get both close-ups and flying shots of the Pied Kingfishers.
As luck would have it, I spotted them flying about as soon as I walked in. I staked out a canal where I noted they were catching fish. I kept clicking away happily for almost an hour and was happy with my output- several close-ups of them perched as well as sharp clicks of them flying and diving. I missed capturing them flying away with fish in their beaks ( well, that’s for my next visit).
White-breasted kingfishers eating dragonflies and a purple hero out for a morning walk were some of the other good clicks. All in all, I spent just over 2 hours and ended with clicks of this bulbul.
I will be back.
( The Diyasaru Wetland Park which was formerly the Thalawathugoda Biodiversity Study Park is a restored wetland and covers approximately 60 acres with artificial ponds and canals, with over 50 varieties of resident and migratory birds, over 15 fish varieties including three endemic to Sri Lanka and over 25 butterfly species. It is also home to the endangered Fishing Cat. )
Located at Thalawatuogoda, the park is open from 6.00am to 6.00pm, cost of entry is Rs 100.00. ( there is also a boat ride option. Located on the Japan Lanka friendship road closer to the Kimbulawela side, it is easily accessed from Rajagiriya, Nugegoda or Battaramulla