BIRDWATCHING: The "Red vented Bulbul"
Red-vented Bulbul (Pycnonotus cafer) is about 20cm in length, with a long tail. It has brown or black upperparts, with a white rump. The breast is brown or black, and the rest of the underparts are white apart from the red around the vent. The head and small crest are black.
The bird is a member of the bulbul family of passerine birds. It is resident breeder in tropical southern Asia from India and Sri Lanka east to Burma and southwestern China, and has also been introduced to Fiji,Hawaii and the United Arab Emirates.
Red-vented Bulbuls feed on fruit, nectar and insects but have become a danger to fruit- and orchid-plantations, especially in Hawaii but to my knowledge not in Sri Lanka.
Close to Bentota is a sleeping buddha.
A complex of two temples an adjacent hills. This is quite a climb but the view in the temple and the surronding countryside is amazing. In the temple there is some mytholical history about the conflict between ceylon and tamil.
We were the only tourists there so w paid the priest a donation and in we went.
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