Archive | October, 2016

Launching of MigrantWATCH 2016/17

30 Oct

#MigrantWATCH 2016/17 has been officially launched today at University of Colombo. Prof.Sarath Kotagama delivered a lecture on Bird Migration and the kind of birds that migrate to Sri Lanka.

MigrantWATCH was launched on 29th of October 2011 exactly five years ago and its history together with the objectives of the MigrantWATCH too has been explained to the 80+ strong audience. An captivating video on Bird Migration particularly compiled for MigrantWATCH 2016/17 by Jeewa Mendis charmed the audience.

Photos by Rukmal Ratnayake


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Lecture on ‘Changing Patterns of Bird Migration’

27 Oct

MigrantWATCH 2016/17 event – a public lecture on ‘Changing Patterns of Bird Migration’ by Prof.Sarath Kotagama is organized on 29th.October at Department of Zoology, University of Colombo. A number of rare migrant birds were recorded in colombo suburbs including Comb Duck, so a field visit to Thalawathugoda wetland too has been organized to observe the visitors who settle in the city on Sunday, 30th of October.

These MigrantWATCH events are free and open for non-members as well, so be free to invite your friends who are interested..!! FOGSL also welcome the kids – the birders of next generation.



Flyer for first field observation under MigrantWATCH 2016/17

MigrantWATCH 2016/17: The Pitta Week

21 Oct

Past records indicates that lot of Indian Pitta arrive Sri Lanka at latter part of October. Based on records shared on this FB group, a number of pitta arrived this week. It is expected more are on the way, so let’s keep an eye on the Indian Pitta on coming week as well.

Being a stockier bird, Indian Pitta show more tendency to get exhausted by its long flight as number of tired pittas found in home gardens during this period of time. So let’s pay little more attention to such troubled migrants, specially on this last week of October.

Herewith sharing one of the past article posted on MigrantWATCH blog on exhausted migrants found during month of October –

Please share your records of sighting of Indian Pitta and other migrants.

Following are related posts to Indian Pitta sightings.. 

Indian Pitta - Will Duncan - 17.10.2016 - Thalawathugoda

Indian Pitta – Will Duncan – 17.10.2016 – Thalawathugoda

Illustrated talk on Migratory Birds of Sri Lanka

20 Oct

The MigrantWATCH 2016/17 was launched on 24th.September with a lecture by Vimukthi Weeratunga – a veteran photographer and a well known wildlife biologist who has also headed the Biodiversity Unit of IUCN Sri Lanka. Using his photographs of some of the rare migrants, Vimukthi discussed the importance of observations of migrant birds. He has also mentioned the threats these migrants face sighting the example of Flamingos that had abandoned Bundala Wetland.


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