Nuwara Eliya and birds has a story untold – but could be explored all around. If you are a bird watching enthusiast you are about to step into a paradise where the endemic and migrant species are awaiting your presence in silence. Bird watching becomes more common especially around bird sanctuaries and wetland reserves in and around Nuwara Eliya such as Adam’s Peak, Horton Plains and Galway’s Land National Park.
Colourful and tropical bird species visit Sri Lanka at different times of the year following air currents. Mostly Ceylon Fly Catcher, Green Beater, Eagles, Herons and Woodpeckers could be delightful sights and all you will need are the birding equipment – suitable clothing, supplies, binoculars and cameras to grab the most memorable experience with birds.
To be precise the endemic birds such as Striking Red-face Malkoha and Green Billed Kokul could be sighted at the wet-zone and birds such as the Whistling Thrush or Yellow Eared Bulbul could be at the hillside. And the Brilliantly Plumaged Jungle Fowl, The Shy Brown-capped Babbler could be found in forests and sanctuaries throughout Sri Lanka.
If you are eager to spot migrant birds to Sri Lanka, in mid-August the first flock of birds arrive. Sandpipers, Stints, Terns, Plovers and Harriers from northern India, Siberia and Scandinavia or Western Europe settle along the coastlines while the Tree Warblers, Cuckoos and Thrushes lands on wetlands.
And the month of December is declared the National Bird Month by the Field Ornithology Group of Sri Lanka. As bird enthusiasts you might know that they are the local affiliates of Bird Life International.