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« on: April 25, 2009, 05:25:25 AM »

Since this was holiday for us my self and my cousin decided to have early morning birding at Belanwila bird sanctuary.  We started early morning 6 am and that is real good time to start birding at this place. We have been to two location that allows us to reach closer to the birds. First location is very close to Belanwila temple. You may find T junction and sub road adjoining the temple (right hand side to the temple) walk 50 m and again turn right and take the small path that will way acorss the marshi wet land. We found this was excellent location since you can travel there with your vehicle and you can view both sides of the wet land from this end.

Next location was opposite side of the temple. We took the Athidiya cross road (drive 300m to boralesgamuwa side from the temple and turn right from the first junction). Drive until you reach to Air Force Post situated just behind the bridge. This location highly guarded by Air Force and we had to park the vehicle there and  take special permission from the Commanding officer to enter the sanctuary. It is a must to prove your identity to enter this high secure area.

We have found following birds during walking trail to sanctuary along the canal starting from the bridge. We used Bushnell 20 x 50 Powerview Binocular to track the birds hidden in wet land.

1. Little cormorant - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Little_Cormorant

2. Indian cormorant http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Cormorant

3. Black Bittern  - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black_Bittern

4. Black crowned Night heron - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Black-crowned_Night_Heron

5. Purple heron - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ardea_purpurea

6. Asian openbill - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Openbill_Stork

7. Brahminy kite - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brahminy_Kite
8. Purple swamphen - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Purple_Swamphen
9. Red-wattled lapwing - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Red-wattled_Lapwing
10. Spotted dove - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spotted_Dove
11. White breasted kingfisher - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/White-throated_Kingfisher
12. Pied kingfisher - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pied_kingfisher
13. Brown headed barbet - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Brown-headed_Barbet
14. Asian koel - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asian_Koel

We have noticed most of the wet land has been demolished by number of outside constructions. Due to this reason we are loosing this wet land day after day.

Thanks,

Danesh

 
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« Reply #1 on: April 25, 2009, 08:37:27 AM »

Hi danesh,

Thanks for nice pictures and the great report!

Can you tell us a little bit about the "the demolishing of the wet land " you reported. What has exactly happened there? Did you see any land filling and building constructions in side the protected area? About six months back there was a DWLC project to remove the invasive Wel-aththa (Annona glabra) from the Bellanwila-Attidiya sanctuary. If what you saw was only felling of these tree it may be part of this project.

But if the land filling has happened and building constructions have started then we should raise a red alert.  Sad

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« Reply #2 on: April 25, 2009, 10:01:23 AM »

Hi Mithila,
              We have noticed newly build permanently constructed houses along the path way of canal starting from the bridge. There was 3 steps huge building also. All these constructions were location left side to the canal, but according to the Wild life conservation notice board those area should be definitely part of the protected area.  Angry

I do not understand who gave authority to build those houses and constructions that will definitely impact the natural behavior of the sanctuary. Yes I agree with you we must shout loudly to protect this land from those people who do not care the mother nature. By the way I am so sad I could not take few photographs of those constructions.  Sad

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« Reply #3 on: April 26, 2009, 10:14:57 AM »

Too bad then  Sad we should write to the minister at least as a formality even though we can't expect much to happen. Few pictures of the constructions would also be great. Let's see what we can do.

Mithila

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« Reply #4 on: May 20, 2009, 03:23:05 AM »

Too bad then  Sad we should write to the minister at least as a formality even though we can't expect much to happen. Few pictures of the constructions would also be great. Let's see what we can do.

Mithila



I am really late to read this article.
It took me back to '90 when I started bird watching in a organized manner. Aththidiya was like a university for me. Haven't been to the place for a long time now. These damage (constructions/ dumping garbage) were prsent those days too and I feel so sad that our people / authorities are still not identifying the importance of protecting such important sites.
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