Bird Watching in Sinharaja Rainforest
The lowland rainforest of Sinharaja is the largest expanse of lowland rainforest in Sri Lanka. It was declared a World Heritage Site in 1988. It is one of the critically important sites for a vast number of endemic fauna and flora, which are threatened due to deforestation. In this tour we aim to see close to 20 of the 33 endemic birds of Sri Lanka, which include Red-faced Malkoha and Sri Lanka Blue Magpie. The focus will also be on the mixed species bird flocks, which is a unique foraging strategy adopted primarily by insectivorous birds in the rainforest. Close to 14 species on average move through the densely vegetated forest, flushing out insects in the process, which are eaten by the birds occupying in various stratified layers in the forest. You will be able to see the flock leader Orange-billed Babbler, which is the steering wheel of the bird flock and Crested Drongo, which acts as the policeman of the flock safeguarding the flock from of Hawks & Eagles by uttering Alarm calls. In addition, for awesome birding, the tour also focuses on the vast diversity of flora, which include 45-meter towering canopy giants such as Thiniya Dun, Weli-piyanna & Beraliya. Nearly 60 % of the flowering plants in Sinharaja is found only in Sri Lanka. We will also focus on the largely ignored nocturnal fauna of the rainforests & micro fauna such as Butterflies. Lunch is at Martin’s Simple Lodge, which is one of the most popular base of eco tourists at Sinharaja. It offers spectacular views of the virgin jungle.
Leave from Colombo for Martin’s Simple Lodge, Sinharaja for one night, in time for lunch. Afternoon visit Sinharaja Rainforest for lowland endemics, mixed species bird flocks and sub-continental specialties. We also look for the Sub-continental endemic –Sri Lanka Frogmouth .
Morning, one more trek in the Sinharaja Rainforest for mixed species bird flocks in Sinharaja targetting any missed endemics. Thereafter return to Colombo.
Please note that the same tour can be arranged as a 02 night / 03 day excursion
About Martins Simple Lodge:
Martins Simple Lodge is run by Martin Wijeysinghe, a local man. Having assisted many scientists on fauna and flora research, Martin possesses a vast knowledge on the biodiversity of Sinharaja. A skilled carpenter, Martin has put up two buildings comprising of 10 rooms, which consists of 2 triples, 8 doubles & a separate dormitory, which sleeps 10 persons. He provides simple but tasty Sri Lankan rice and curries, which is loved by many. There is a telephone and none of the mobile phones work here except on some of the ridges inside the forest. There is no electricity and a generator provides electricity till 10.00 p.m. As a result there are no TV’s or facility to buy chilled drinks. Martin’s Simple Lodge is only 200 meters from the entrance of the forest and is an excellent base for any serious eco tourists who would like to explore Sinharaja at an easy pace. On most mornings, a predawn start can be rewarded with sightings of Blue Magpies around the premises of the lodge.
Prices available on request. Please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org with the proposed departure dates and the number of people participating on a single room or shared basis.
WHAT TO BRING? A Green or Brown Color clothing to be worn inside the Forest. Avoid flashy clothes. A pair of trousers to be worn in the forest with the leach proof socks that we provide. A backpack to carry your luggage to the Lodge where you stay overnight . A torch. Binoculars and camera. Raincoat or an umbrella & a cap. Trekking shoes & a small backpack to carry what you intend taking in the forest. A field note book & a pen Personal toiletries, towels & bathing suits. Snacks & drinks of your choice.