Luca did another birding day excursion with me on 19 Sep, 2007, this time to Sinharaja rain forest to bag more endemics. On the way, we had some good wayside birding with scope views of a pair of Lesser Yellownape, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Crested Hawk Eagle, Oriental Honey Buzzard & Crested Serpent Eagle; all atop Fish-tail Palms (Cayota urens)! A Jerdon’s Leafbird was skilfully mimicking the call of White-throated Kingfisher while feeding in some vegetation bordering a stream.
We had several mixed-species bird flocks in Sinharaja, which contained Orange-billed Babbler, Sri Lanka Crested Drongo, Red-faced Malkoha, Ashy-headed Laughingthrush, Dark-fronted Babbler, Malabar Trogon, Legge’s Flowerpecker, Yellow-fronted Barbet & Sri Lanka Scimitar Babbler. We had Sri Lanka Blue Magpie, Spot-winged Thrush, White-faced Starling and Sri Lanka Junglefowl near the research camp where a mixed-species bird flock yielded Sri Lanka White-eye, Bar-winged Flycatcher-shrike and Velvet-fronted Nuthatch.
Breaking for lunch, we had a pair of Sri Lanka Mynas, which produced great scope views from Martin’s balcony - again atop a Fish-tail Palm! On the way back we paused in Morapitiya rain forest. It turned rainy and we dipped out on the Serendib Scops Owl but had to contend with great views of Sri Lanka Frogmouth instead.