The beauty and the beast   Leave a comment

The stars of Wilpattu are definitely the leopards. However, it also has a treasure trove of winged beauties. The Chestnut headed bee eater (Merops leschenaultia) being one such colourful beauties.

We were feasted to a sight of four such bee eaters, including a juvenile, going about their business, by the side of a muddy road. Our attempts at getting one, with a catch in its beak, didn’t quite succeed. We eventually gave in to the lure of sighting a leopard and moved on from the spot.

We did find the supreme beast of this jungle – a crown prince and not quite the king yet. Got to photograph its many moods and poses. May its tribe prosper.



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