Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3


Safari on Sri Lanka


Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Wednesday 17th of May 2017 and I was very tired when my alarm went off at 4 thirty. I was outside the hotel 5 minutes before 5 and I saw the jeep arriving. We were soon on our way and today we will have a morning safari in block 3. And that is about an hour from the hotel.

It was dark during our ride and it was the crack of dawn when we arrived. We had a group of elephants playing at the highway. So when they say DRIVE SLOW they mean drive slow! My Driver/ Guide reported at the office and then we crossed the road to enter the gate.

Block 3 is obviously not a popular safari destination, they could not find the key to the gate so it must have been some time ago people was here last time. They asked us to drive around the gate and so we did. As soon as we had put the gate behind us it started to smell so good. It was the smell of soil and forest.

We drove around in a beautiful area and we came to a pond. There was a White-bellied Eagle and when we were just about to leave I saw something looking like a stork on top of one of the trees. I was checking it out with my camera and I discovered that it was a Stork-billed Kingfisher.

The Stork-billed dove just as I was going to take a picture. My second Stork-billed Kingfisher in my life. Of course I was disappointed, but we will Yet another Smiley on www.aladdin.st hopefully see more Kingfishers today.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Pepsi MAX
Ready for today's adventure

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
No key to the gate

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - White-bellied Eagle
No key to the gate

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Pepsi MAX

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
The forest smelled wonderful

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
A gorgeous morning

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Bambies

Crested Treeswift, Hemiprocne coronata
Male Crested Treeswift - Hemiprocne coronata - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Crested Treeswift, Hemiprocne coronata
Female Crested Treeswift - Hemiprocne coronata - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Crested Treeswift, Hemiprocne coronata
Male and Female Crested Treeswift - Hemiprocne coronata - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Grey-headed fish eagle, Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed fish eagle - Haliaeetus ichthyaetus - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Malabar Pied Hornbills
A tree full of Malabar Pied Hornbills

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Malabar Pied Hornbills
A tree full of Malabar Pied Hornbills

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Malabar Pied Hornbills
A tree full of Malabar Pied Hornbills

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Stork-billed Kingfisher

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Malabar Pied Hornbills
Malabar Pied Hornbill

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Malabar Pied Hornbills
Malabar Pied Hornbill

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Spotted deers at the dam/ reservoir

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Spotted deers at the dam/ reservoir

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Spotted deers at the dam/ reservoir

We drove through the forest and we were soon crossing a river, well, it is the outlet from the dam/ reservoir they had built here many years ago. The dam/ reservoir looks very nice with all the dead tree in the man-made lake. There is an outlet and it forms a river/ creek. We passed many spotted deer coming here and when we crossed the river/ creek we saw a Stork-billed Kingfisher far away.

We also saw a Grey-headed fish eagle. It was really beautiful and when we came out from the forest we spotted another outlet from the dam/ reservoir. This was only a drain with very little flow. We drove along the drainage and we saw many beautiful birds. Among them another Grey-headed fish eagle sitting in a tree across the drainage.

Pied Kingfishers, but not any good pictures so I never put them on my observed birds on Sri Lanka list. Well, there was more birds that never made it to my list as the pictures turned out to be very bad. But who knows? Maybe I see them again and can get better pictures.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Dam/ reservoir drainage

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfishers far away

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Pied Kingfisher
Pied Kingfishers far away

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Driving along the drainage

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Driving along the drainage

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Streaked Weaver - Another bird not making it to my list due to poor quality picture

Grey-headed fish eagle, Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed fish eagle - Haliaeetus ichthyaetus - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Grey-headed fish eagle, Haliaeetus ichthyaetus
Grey-headed fish eagle - Haliaeetus ichthyaetus - 17 May 2017 - Yala National Park

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Monkey
A monkey

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Monkey
A monkey

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Monkey
The monkey don't like me to take photos
He jumps away and I give him the finger

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Lizard
A Lizard

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Driving along the drainage

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Driving along the drainage

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3 - Spotted deer
Spotted deer at the dam/ reservoir

We made a U-turn and we drove back along the drainage and we drove on top of the dam/ reservoir back to the forest. And we had a beautiful view over the dam/ reservoir and the dead trees while driving along the dam/ reservoir. I have never seen so many hornbills before. The Malabar Pied Hornbill looks much like the Great hornbill we saw in Thailand.

Yala National Park Block 3 was a fantastic place. And not a popular place so I was alone with my Guide/ Driver. And we saw many birds and spotted deer. But no sign of any elephants, well, we had seen the elephants on the highway this morning so they are around.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Dam/ reservoir full of dead trees

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Dam/ reservoir

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Dam/ reservoir

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Dam/ reservoir

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Monkey

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Back in the beautiful forest

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Back in the beautiful forest

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Back in the beautiful forest

Malabar Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros coronatus

Malabar Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros coronatus

Malabar Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros coronatus

Malabar Pied Hornbill, Anthracoceros coronatus
Malabar Pied Hornbill - Anthracoceros coronatus

Crested serpent eagle, Spilornis cheela
Crested serpent eagle - Spilornis cheela

Crested serpent eagle, Spilornis cheela
Crested serpent eagle - Spilornis cheela

Crested serpent eagle, Spilornis cheela
Crested serpent eagle - Spilornis cheela

Crested serpent eagle, Spilornis cheela
Crested serpent eagle - Spilornis cheela

Changeable Hawk-eagle or Crested hawk-eagle, Nisaetus cirrhatus
Changeable Hawk-eagle or Crested hawk-eagle

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Back at the gate

Ît had been a wonderful morning. Time had passed very quickly and it was soon time to go back to the hotel. The Guide/ Driver will be back at 14:30 to pick me up for the evening safari back at Block 1 where I had done my safari yesterday.

We drove back to the hotel and I'm really surprised on how good the roads are on Sri Lanka, and how clean it is. We drove along the road and now there wasn't any elephants. We stopped at a few big trees. I was soon discover that they were full of bats. But we were unlucky with the sun and it was not easy to get pictures against the light.

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
On the road

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Passing something religious

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Thousands of bats in the trees

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
People fishing

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3

Aladdin's adventure Yala National Park - Block 3
Our hero

Laya Safari Hotel
Lunch back at the hotel

Lunch at the restaurant when I was back at Laya Safari Hotel, first time in the restaurant. So far only fruit salad and tea via room service. I have 3 hours to kill before it is time to take off to Yala National Park Block 1. Click HERE for more exciting wildlife adventure.




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