A Photographic Field Guide to the Birds of Sri Lanka by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne was launched at the August 2017 British Bird Watching Fair. Although a number of photographic books and guides to the birds of Sri Lanka have been published, this is the first guide to all 462 species of birds recorded in the country. It was written by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne who was also the principal photographer. It uses additional contributions from over fifty photographers from around the world to compile the 850 plus images used in the book. The contribution from overseas photographers was especially needed to illustrate the 100 species of birds which are vagrants to Sri Lanka. Some species have been recorded in Sri Lanka only once. The field guide’s text is oriented towards identification with the species accounts having distribution maps and where helpful more than one image of the bird to show different plumages where differences arise due to age or sex. This enables beginners and experienced birders to have in one book the key information they need for field use. It also contains introductory information on the key wildlife sites in Sri Lanka and a useful list of specialist wildlife tour operators..
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2009). The Leopard’s Island. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Colombo. e Edition. 8 pages. A4.
The Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau (SLTPB) Edition is expanded with more text boxes and an itinerary. An 8 page brochure providing information on one of the best places in the world in which to see and photograph the elusive leopard. An easy reference guide which provides answers to some of the most frequently asked questions on Leopard Safaris.
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2008). Sri Lanka National Parks and Reserves. 2nd Edition. Sri Lanka Tourism: Colombo. 56 pages. Hardback. ISBN 955-107914-0. A fifty six page overview of the key sites for eco-tourism in Sri Lanka with brief details on logistics. Lavishly illustrated with colour photographs and laid out in a coffee table book style to be used as a marketing tool as well as an introduction to Sri Lanka’s wilderness areas
Nekaris, A. and de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2009) Primates of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Colombo. 152 pages. Electronic Edition.The text is by Dr Anna Nekaris, one of the leading primatologists in the world. She has engaged in field work in Sri Lanka which has led to a better understanding and a greater awareness of the island’s primates. The first part of the book is a general introduction to primates written with a lay audience in mind. The second part of the book draws from the scientific literature what is presently known about each of the species and sub-species. The photography is by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne who has spent many years taking some remarkable portraits of primates in the wild. The lavish use of images, beautiful design and authoritative text makes for an attractive and instructive book which will further the cause of primate conservation.
de Silva Wijeyeratne, Gehan. (Ed.) (2004). Leopards & other Wildlife of Yala. Compiled & Edited by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne. Photography by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne. A Jetwing Publication: Colombo. 232 pages. 22 cm x 25 cm. ISBN 955 – 1079 – 00 – 0.This book combines the design element and strong visual focus of a coffee table book with authoritative text from some of Sri Lanka’s leading wildlife writers. The thirteen contributors cover a variety of topics from Leopards, Elephants, smaller mammals, birds, butterflies and dragonflies to plant life and conservation. The book is a useful introduction not only to Yala but also to the wildlife of the other parks and reserves in Sri Lanka’s dry lowlands.
“A visually stunning and beautifully designed book with many fabulous photos and a wide range of readable articles on Sri Lanka’s lowland wildlife. This book fills a notable void in the literature and is a brilliant introduction to one of the finest parks in Asia, Yala National Park”.
Nigel Redman, Publisher and Editor (Christopher Helm and A&C Black, UK)”This book stands as a comprehensive and stimulating volume, that you will return to time and time again”
Renuka Sadanandan, Deputy Editor, Sunday Times
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2007). The Endemic Birds of Sri Lanka. Jetwing Eco Holidays, Colombo. 44 pages. A5. Self cover. ISBN 978-955-1079-13-0.
A photographic guide to the endemic birds of Sri Lanka with descriptions and illustrations of each species.
Bedjanic, M, de Silva Wijeyeratne, G., and Conniff, K. (2007). Dragonflies of Sri Lanka. Gehan’s Photo Guide Series. 1st Edition. Jetwing Eco Holidays: Colombo. 252 pages (A5). ISBN 978-988-1079-15-4.
The first photographic field guide to the dragonflies of Sri Lanka covering 91 of the 118 species found in Sri Lanka. It includes 35 of the 52 endemic species. A landmark publication and the first modern photographic field guide to the Odonata of South Asia.
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2010). A Pictorial Guide and Checklist of the Birds of Sri Lanka. Sri Lanka Tourism Promotion Bureau, Colombo. e Edition. 66 pages. A4.A lavishly produced checklist with photographic plates facing the checklist pages. Photographs of 281 species. The checklists contain a map of key birding sites in Sri Lanka, a booklist, a discussion on the uses of a checklist and the nomenclature, taxonomy and the status of birds as used in the checklist. Twenty one columns of tick boxes.
de Silva Wijeyeratne, G. (2006, several reprints). Butterflies of Sri Lanka and Southern India. Gehan’s Photo Booklet Series. 26 plates (A5). Jetwing Eco Holidays: Colombo. ISBN 955-1079-11-6.A booklet comprising of 26, A5 sized, colour plates with captioned photographs. Covers 96 of Sri Lanka’s 243 described species of butterflies and skippers (Lepidoptera). A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded (free of charge)
Bedjanic, Matjaz, de Silva Wijeyeratne, G., and Conniff, K. (2006). Dragonflies of Sri Lanka and Southern India. Gehan’s Photo Booklet Series. 1st Edition. 21 plates (A5). Jetwing Eco Holidays: Colombo. ISBN 955-1079-08-6.A booklet comprising of 21, A5 sized, colour plates with captioned photographs. Covers 78 of Sri Lanka’s 117 described species of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). A pdf of the booklet can be downloaded (free of charge)