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
The November monthly lecture “Migration of Mammals with special reference to Elephants” will be the 3rd lecture under the MigrantWATCH 2013/14.
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.
We would like to share your interesting observations through FOGSL newsletter ‘Malkoha’. Do please send your migrantWATCH data sheets too.
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
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.