Saturday, April 2, 2011

Canoeing In Pradise....

I had one heck of a great time canoeing and birding along Bolgoda lake in Panadura with my cousin brother and two other friends in 26th last month.  This lake is a very significant wetland habitat. It could be reached with in a few minutes from my old place in Panadura, and I grew up loving it. Try this link to learn a little about this wonderful echo system.  
birds,wildlife,Sri Lanka,Paddyfield Pipit,Anthus rufulus
We saw  a few Paddyfield Pipits/ Anthus rufulus  on the ground just a few feet before the water's edge.








                                                                                                                                                                              The banks of the lake was full of aquatic plants  in bloom. 

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Among these plants we spotted a Little Grebe /Tachybaptus ruficollis  with two ducklings.  I managed ti make a short video footage of the happy family too.

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There were many Purple Swamphens/ Porphyrio porphyrio too, but it was too difficult to approach them for a decent photo.

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Below are the kind of plant life and beautiful views I photographed. Don't forget to check the video too!

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Posted for Scenic Sunday.

22 comments:

  1. Amazing trip in paradise :)

    http://fotochip.blogspot.com/2011/04/scenic-sunday.html

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  2. Wonderful place! Those baby grebes are precious! And the cormorants watching you canoe... Thanks for sharing this!

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  3. Wow, looks like a beautiful place for you to canoe. I love all the birds. The grebes are really cute. Fantastic photos, thanks for sharing the birds of Sri Lanka.

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  4. the ducks are wonderful. and I love the sound of the water from the paddle.

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  5. omgoodness such a great collection!

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  6. Really great hike!! Boom & Gary of the Vermilon River, Canada.

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  7. Well done. You have chosen best places to photography.

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  8. Great pics & vids! Looks like you had an awesome time! :) I really like all of the photos - but the flowers are my faves. :D

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  9. What delicious photos! So green and lovely.. and what gorgeous water lilies...

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  10. A lovely post.Great images and video. Little Grebes are a real favourite of mine in the UK.

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  11. Beautiful shots, thanks for the tour!

    My Critters, come and see. Have A LOVELY WEEKEND!

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  12. Fantastic !

    I like canoeing too !

    Tell me please - is it safe there ? I mean aren't there aligators or crocodiles ?
    Sorry for question, but I canoed in Florida and the safety there was quite moderated I would say :-)

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  13. Howdy folks, Reading all your kinds word,I'm in such a good mood at the beginning of the day!:D

    Mirek, There are many Swamp Crocodiles in this part of the lake( no gators in Sri Lanka), but they are not a primary concern, attacks have not been reported for sometime. A crock,as any other predator,would attack or prey on humans under some special circumstances, and most of the time they avoid humans. The real danger is drowning,this lake has a nasty record of deaths by drowning,many of them skilled swimmers! So it is strongly recommended to have life jackets on,have a good swimmer on board,and let a local who frequently rows in this part of the lake stay in command.

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  14. Beautiful photos. My favorite is the 3rd one down.

    Check out my Scenic Sunday!

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  15. What a beautiful site! So different from our surroundings here.

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  16. Great photos of very beautiful habitat. The photos of the Grebes are especially good.

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  17. What an awesome short trip to paradise, wow!
    Gorgeous shots of the Swamphen and the Little Grebe with the young ones!
    Just wow!

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  18. Indeed, it looks like such a nice natural surrounding, enjoy the movie.

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  19. I first read the title as "canoeing in paradise" - and that isn't far off. Love the little grebes

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  20. I would love to caonoe there sometime !!

    As for canoeing in Poland see:

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sopek/sets/72157606904008784/

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/sopek/sets/72157607623866719/

    :-)

    Cheers

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  21. Awesome photos and videos! Thanks for sharing :)

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  22. Hello there,I'm so happy with all your warm responses! :)
    Mirek, The shots were awesome!:)

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