Readers’ wildlife photographs

Today we have a bunch of swell photographs from a new contributor, Chetiya Sahabandu, who took these photos at Yala National Park in Sri Lanka.
Ceylon Green Bee-Eater (Merops orientalis ceylonicus):

White-Breasted Kingfisher (Halcyon smyrnensis): (also in MG 2514


 Indian Pond Heron (Ardeola grayii):
Crested Hawk-Eagle (Nisaetus cirrhatus ceylanensis):
 Grey Headed Fish Eagle (Ichthyophaga ichthyaetus):
 Spotted Deer (Axis axis ceylonensis):

Painted Storks (Mycteria leucocephala) and Mugger Crocodile (Crocodylus palustris).

The log right in front of the painted stork in the photo below is resting on a crocodile. It is an inadvertent (as far as I can tell) camouflage. The crocodiles did not seem all that interested in the storks, and the storks flapped out of the way whenever a crocodile sidled up.
 Black-Headed Ibis(Threskiornis melanocephalus):
 Tufted Grey Langur (Semnopithecus priam):
Sri Lankan Leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya):
Sri Lankan Elephant (Elephas maximus maximus):


  1. Debbie Coplan
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 8:17 am | Permalink

    Such a great group of photos-
    The painted storks with the crocodiles looks like a painting. I just noticed there are two.

  2. Merilee
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    Beautiful shots, Chetiya ( checking to make sure I spell your name correctly:-) Since we’ve been duscussing names, I am guessing you are possibly Sri Lankan, and female?

    • ichetiyas
      Posted September 28, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

      Thanks. Sri Lankan and male. The spelling is correct 🙂

      • Merilee
        Posted September 28, 2016 at 11:54 am | Permalink

        Got it. Not all names ending in
        a are female😊

  3. Posted September 28, 2016 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    Very interesting photos — thank you!

  4. Posted September 28, 2016 at 9:11 am | Permalink

    Wow, these are so perfectly captured!

  5. Claudia Baker
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 10:36 am | Permalink

    The kingfisher colours – wow. Beautiful!
    Love all these photos.

  6. Mark R.
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 11:49 am | Permalink

    Thanks for the introduction to so many species I had never heard of or seen. Beautiful birds, mammals and a reptile. I had no idea that leopards roamed the island of Sri Lanka…too cool!

  7. stephen castleden
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 12:23 pm | Permalink

    Do mugger crocodiles not eat painted storks. The storks closeness to the crocodiles weirded me out!

    • ichetiyas
      Posted September 28, 2016 at 4:53 pm | Permalink

      I watched them for about thirty minutes, but did not see one make a concerted effort to eat a stork. Whenever a mugger came close, the storks would move away. I did see the muggers snapping their jaws, but I think they were eating fish, frogs etc. I don’t know if this is unusual.

  8. Mark Sturtevant
    Posted September 28, 2016 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    Such beautiful pictures! I especially like the bird pictures with nice, out of focus backgrounds. Beautiful bokeh, as we say.

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