I know it has been almost 4 months (blimey where has the time gone!!) but I thought I would start the Wild Barley blog with a tale of our honeymoon… starting with
with the Sri Lanka hot on its heels (although you will have to wait for
the next post for that…) Maldives
Well, after what can only be described as the most amazing and magical wedding day (I know I know such a cliché! But it’s true!!!), a 10 hour flight and a very short hello to
, we arrived in Dubai for a week’s wildlife watching honeymoon. Colombo, Sri Lanka
Overwhelmed by variety and tropical nature of the birds, monkeys and bats seen at Villa Talamanga, our first stop just outside
we headed north the next morning with our guide Hetti to Colombo which would be our base for the next few nights as
we headed into the Anuradhapura Garden Village . Wilpattu National Park
|Roosting Open-billed Storks and Egrets|
Of course it was not just the birds that sought out these oasis, at the end of the first day we broke out of the thick matt of trees into one such open expanse, to see a leopard relaxing in the shade watching the world seemingly without a care…. Though looks can be deceiving, at one point he turned to stare intently at the jungle behind. Quietly he/she/it stood, and slowly prowled into the undergrowth, staring intently at something we could not see….. A couple of minutes later he reappeared, flopping down once again in the shade, whatever caught his attention having either disappeared or proving to much to both with on a hot afternoon….
|Leopard relaxing in the shade in Wilpattu National Park|
With the colour fading from the sky it was time for us to leave, racing back along the sandy roads hidden within the trees we once again burst out into another flood plain… to see an Asian Elephant casually flicking water over itself! Leaving the elephant to finish it’s evening shower, we raced on, dusk spreading around us, only to come round another corner into an open area of scrub to see a Sloth Bear meandering across the road ahead. Slamming the brakes on, we came to a juddering halt, the bear froze, looking back over its shoulder at what had interrupted its evening stroll…. Then took off, loping into the trees and disappearing from view….
|Asian Elephant taking a bath|
|Sloth Bear taking an evening stroll|