Archive | November, 2013

Migration of Mammals: lecture by Dr.Prithiviraj Fernando

30 Nov

The 3rd lecture of MigrantWATCH 2013/14 has been delivered by Dr.Prithviraj Fernando on the subject “Migration of Mammals with special reference to Elephants”. The lecture contained information about the different species of Mammalian Species. Using the research data of radio-collared Elephants over a period of time; Dr.Pruthu explained the different level of Elephant Movements in Sri Lanka.

An update about the activities of MigrantWATCH 2013/14 during the month of November too has been presented to the members by MigrantWATCH co-coordinators. Members shared their observation of migrants during the past few weeks.


















Update of MigrantWATCH 2013/14 activities of month of October/November.


Prof.Kotagama making announcement about Bird Month and the Mammals of Sri Lanka


Migration of Mammals – a lecture by Dr.Prithiviraj Fernando

26 Nov

The November monthly lecture “Migration of Mammals with special reference to Elephants” will be the 3rd lecture under the MigrantWATCH 2013/14.

Lecture - Migrations of mammals with special reference to elephant by Dr.Prithiviraj Fernando


Exhausted Indian Pitta rescued in Wellawatte

26 Nov
On 29th October, we could rescue an exhausted Indian Pitta found in a garden in Wellawatte. Sena Fernando who is an active participant ofMigrantWATCH 2013/14 alerted us about an exhausted bird found in his friend – Manel Fernando’s house in Francis Lane. The Indian Pittahas been later brought to University of Colombo and given water (as shown in the first image). Some earth worms too has been offered to the exhausted bird. The Indian Pitta was found fit enough to manage on its own in the afternoon and after putting a ring, the Indian Pitta has been released to a suitable location in the evening.
Indian Pitta - Wellawatte - 29.10.2013 (c) Saminda Fernando (giving water)
Indian Pitta - Wellawatte - 29.10.2013 (c) Saminda Fernando (low res1)
We would like to share your interesting observations through FOGSL newsletter ‘Malkoha’. Do please send your migrantWATCH data sheets too.

MigrantWATCH session 2 –> Birding at Thalangama Tank

9 Nov

The second birding session at Thalangama Tank under MigrantWATCH 2013/14 has been held at last sunday, 27th.October. Prof.Sarath Kotagama guided the team from 6.30 – 09.30 am in the morning observing the rich bird life around the Thalangama tank. Blue-tailed Bee-eaters, Brown Shrikes and an Asian Brown Flycatcher were among the migrants that everybody could observe at the site.

click on the link for the list of birds seen during the 2nd MigrantWATCH birding (compiled by Nashath) Birds at Thalangama 27 10 13

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - THE GROUP PHOTO

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Mobile migrantWATCH unit

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Looking for birds 2

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Nashath showing the Asian Brown Flycatcher

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - checking for a bird in the guide

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Dr.Sampath pointing at a bird

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Kids watching the birds

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - a little birder
zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - Praki and others zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - The Mobile MigrantWATCH

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct - walking for bird

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct 2

zBirding at Thalangama - 27.Oct

zBirding at Thalangama - Kids enjoy birding- 27.Oct 2

zIntro by prof.

zPurple Heron

Lecture2: Mysteries of Migration by prof.Devaka Weerakoon

1 Nov

There are plenty of secrets on bird migration Ornithologists trying to unravel. Prof.Devaka Weerakoon addressed the 2nd lecture of the MigrantWATCH 2013/14 titled ‘Mysteries of Migration’ held at University of Colombo on 26th of October. The complete presentation by Prof.Weerakoon is attached herewith for your reference. Please do give copyrights to FOGSL, if you use any of the slides.

Mystery of Migration – Presentation by Prof.Devaka Weerakoon

Here are some photos from the event. The progress of MigrantWATCH 2013/14 has also been presented.

MigrantWATCH lecture - by Prof.Devake 2

MigrantWATCH lecture - audience

MigrantWATCH lecture - by Malaka
MigrantWATCH lecture - by Prof.Devake

MigrantWATCH lecture - by Prof.Devake3

MigrantWATCH lecture - by Prof.Devaka

MigrantWATCH lecture - The Progress