How often do you get to see a Mountain Hawk Eagle in full view for over 15 minutes in mist-free perfect light conditions? I would say not very often. That is exactly how lucky two dozen or so FOGSL members including myself were during our annual highland birding trip between 6–8 October, 2006. It happened on the 6th October at 5.30 p.m., on our very first walk and the location was Bomuru-ella forest reserve—close to the official garbage dump of the Municipal Council of Nuwara Eliya. Needless to say it was the highlight of the trip for me and most other participants. It was arguably the best view that I have had of this enigmatic forest dweller. Most of my previous encounters have been of birds passing over head majestically, and disappearing into a veil of mist. It was feeding on a rat and seemingly was more occupied with its meal than in vigilance—the reason why got so lucky.