Dancing beauties in Thalawathugoda Wetlands

13 Nov

Glossy Ibis – the fairly rare black beauties among the winter migrants – seem to have grown fond of the organic paddy fields of Talawatugoda, reports Rishani Gunasinghe.

The number has increased to 4 since one was first sighted here a couple of weeks ago. A pair has also been observed to be roosting in the Parliament lake by Mr. Will Duncan. Noon to Late afternoon is the best time to see them and observe the vibrant colors on their feathers, but do be careful not to come too close, as they seem to get quite easily disturbed by human presence. The best way to observe them is from a vehicle if they are on a paddy field near the road, or by sitting silently at the edge of the walking track. If you don’t disturb them, they will go on feeding, flying from paddy field to paddy field, They might even take a bath and spread their beautiful wings out to dry, rewarding you with some quite special shutter chances. 

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