Sri Lanka photography


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Sleeping leopard Wilpattu.jpg

Our hawk-eyed safari guide spotted this leopard taking time out on a comfortable bough in Wilpattu National Park. It is the oldest and largest park in Sri Lanka.

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Although it was one of the earliest captures of a leopard in Sri Lanka, this remains one of my favourite shots of these big cats.

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One of our best leopard encounters in Wilpattu park. This guy followed our reversing Jeep back up the pathway, checking out his territory markers on the way.

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Elephants were abundant in Kaudulla National Park. This group headed into the lake for a hose down during our visit.

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With herds totally around 200 elephants, there are plenty of interactions to view in Kaudulla.

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Family is important. Numerous youngsters among the Kaudulla herds suggested life was pretty good in the park.

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They might not be as big as some of the salt water crocodiles of northern Australia, but there were plenty of them with mouths agape cooling down in the summer heat.

Lit Croc.jpg

The rugged lines of this young croc caught the sun’s rays beautiful during an afternoon safari through Yala National Park.

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Sorry to be a stick in the mud, but please tread carefully. These guys are masters of surprise!

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There’s a plethora of bird life in Sri Lanka’s parks. These three little Bee Eaters open the innings for the bird series, as they are literally everywhere …

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A crested serpent eagle in Wilpattu park.

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A gray headed fishing eagle spotted in Wilpattu National Park.

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The changeable hawk eagle, Yala National Park, seen in woodlands areas. Yala is in Sri Lanka’s south-eastern dry region.

Toucan Yala.jpg

We didn’t see many of these malabar pied hornbills, so I snapped this from quite a distance through the trusty Canon 100-400 zoom, with which most of these animals were photographed.

Buffalo mudlarks Yala.jpg

One animal not afraid of the crocs is Sri Lanka’s wild water buffalo. This troupe was enjoying a lazy afternoon mudlark in Yala park.

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Or perhaps there are others unafraid of the crocs. Here, a painted stork just keeps its nose in the food trough as the big dudes jockey for space around it.


While on the subject of painted storks, our second Yala safari in early morning took us to one of the most magical wild scenes I saw on the island. In this man-made lake higher in the park, the storks tended to their young as the light mirrored off the water.

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Talking about multi-coloured birds, peacocks pop up around almost every corner around the country. This guy was readying for takeoff as I caught him in the pixels.

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Oh deer, I almost forgot. There are several species of deer in this island nation. This fine spotted deer was snapped in Yala on our first safari.

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Not one of my finest images, but dropped in for the record - the largest deer species, the samba, seen during a trek through Horton Plains National Park, about 2,000 metres above sea level and the water source for four of Sri Lanka’s major rivers. The trek takes you to World’s End, a 900 metre cliff dropping into the forest below and Baker’s Falls. This is a really annoying trek for anyone who’s tried and failed to grow rhododenrons, as they naturally proliferate across this plateau.

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In contrast to the samba deer effort, I was quite pleased that this barking deer in Wilpattu park was polite enough to pause and glance over its shoulder for a pic!

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Hey, hey it’s the monkees! Yes, there are a few varieties in Sri Lanka and I managed to capture one or two on camera. I love the chilled out feel of this image from outside our Earls Regent Hotel room on the fringe of Kandy.

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This family of toque macaques was one of many at Sri Lanka’s second oldest ancient city, Polonnaruwa. They are literally everywhere and will tackle you for a banana during the climb down from Lion Rock in Sigiriya.

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A gray langur mother and child.

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They don’t do small lizards in Sri Lanka, the most common being the land and water monitors. This land monitor was hanging out to see us during a Yala safari.

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Yes, there are other interesting things to enjoy in Sri Lanka besides wildlife and safaris, including the generous Sri Lankan people and their culture. Check out the sun-worshipping life of these traditional pole fishermen…

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They didn’t miss the train, they were about to crew it. Walking the track at Nuwara Eliya station on the way to navigating us safely on one of the world’s most scenic rail experiences in Sri Lanka’s highlands.

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However, these guys just below Hortons Plains National Park were clearly not expecting a train to arrive during their smoko break. The nearby train station, Pattapola is the highest in Sri Lanka at 1,897.5 metres.


Over 70% of Sri Lankans are buddhist and these sculptures in Polonnaruwa are regarded as among the finest in the country.

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And a nice pretty one to finish off … lotus flowers at the entrance to Lion Rock, Sigiriya.


I took hundreds of photos in Sri Lanka. Many more leopards and other wildlife. If you would like to view others for private or commercial use, please let me know.