Thursday, 3 April 2008

Two Blogging awards

Binara in bloom in Sinharaja Rain forest - 23, March, 2008 Report coming up...
Gallicissa has won two Blogging Awards in 2008!
In January, it has been picked as the ‘Best Newcomer’ in 2007 Blogging Awards by Rhythmic Diaspora of London, Lanka and Drums, the top lifestyle blog that rocks the Sri Lankan blogsphere and beyond.
I was out on a tour when the ‘Award ceremony’ had apparently taken place and discovered this accidentally. Introducing the nominees Rhythmic Diaspora says:

“Gallicissa is a blog by a chap called Amila Salgado, a bird watching scrabble player. I use his name because he uses it, so hope he doesn't mind. It's a haven of stories and stunning pictures of Sri Lankan birds, snakes and other creepy crawly things that can be seen in any one of Colombo's 5 star hotel restaurants. I'm no bird watcher but this blog has grabbed my attention by the gonads and I read it with interest and intrigue”.

Unsurprisingly, the Best Written Blog for 2007 has been won by Ephemeral Ruminations of Java Jones; a potential opponent who could halt my golden run of Scrabble one of these days!
My short speech:

“(wiping tears) I’d like to thank Rhythmic Diaspora for this rare moment of glory that a Sri Lankan Blog can enjoy only once in its lifetime.”

In February, Gallicissa was awarded a Golden Eagle Blog Award by Island Rambles in Vancouver, Canada. This fabulous Bird and Nature blog is done by a very nice lady named Ocean and she has this to say…

“Gallicissa is Amila in Sri Lanka and he has the best birding photos and some of his photos are so extraordinary you cannot believe the birds he gets...he got the secretive Bay Owl and was the first birder to visit the Sinharaja rain forest.... check him out for some wild bird pics. Don't we all want to go there? He is a super photographer”

My short acceptence speech:

"This, clearly, is a momentous day for mankind! I’d like to say a big thank you to Ocean! This is a great honour. I am pleased to be recognised from people as far away as British Columbia. I'd also like to take this opportunity to thank that gaaad, my family, my manager... hold on, I don't have one...Anyway, thank you all. It's been business doing pleasure wih ya'll. Mother Nature, this one's for you!”


Mel said...


GG said...

Oooh!!! Exciting news!


Hope you'll keep up the good work!

Amila Suwa said...

Hi Mel,
Thanks a lot! Nice to hear from you as always.

Hi Sasani,
Thanks a lot! Will keep the good things rolling in.
Hope you've invested in a decent Scrabble Words book to sort out those disputes. Thanks for dropping by.

Larry said...

congratulations!-That is quite an honor. It's obvious you put a lot of effort into your blog.The awards are well deserved.

Amila Suwa said...

Hi Larry,
Thanks a lot! Indeed it is.
It is very encouraging to see that my efforts are appreciated. I'm happy that you think the awards are well deserved! Thanks for dropping by.

Parthi said...

you do have a very unique blog and u truly deserve it! even though i do not comment as much i thoroughly enjoy the nature that i dnt get to witness through you! CONGRATS!

Amila Suwa said...

Hi Parthi,
Thank a lot! I'm glad to hear those comments and know that you enjoy Sri Lankan nature through my blog! I really loved the 'Let it be' Youtube piece you posted sometime ago. It is such powerful song!

Sandpiper (Lin) said...

Congratulations! You have a wonderful blog!

Amila Suwa said...

Hi Sandpiper,
Thanks a lot! Great to hear from you! I must add that you too have a really nice bird and nature blog and I just added a link to it! Hope to explore it leisurely.

Nora said...

Hi Amila, I have been just reading and not commenting on all the blogs lately...but I must jump in and say CONGRATULATIONS!!! Well Deserved awards as you are one of the hardest working nature bloggers you know I really like your blog..and the best part of your blog is that your site is friendly to other bloggers..and we love your pics and reports too!!!......good job!!!!

Amila Suwa said...
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Amila Suwa said...

Hi Ocean,
Thanks a lot!
Nice to hear from you as always.
I know thanked you in my short speech, but now that you've dropped in here, let me say a big thank you for the wonderful Award and for your nice comments on my blog!!
I too quite enjoy your superb bird & nature blog with all your high quality pictures especially of the Eagles you love so much. They've convinced me enough that I should perhaps get a Digital SLR (And a decent lens) for me one day! Happy birding and blogging to you!

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