5.30 am, en-route to Yala National Park.
Tusker, not happy with us in his way.
I’m not sharing my breakfast with anyone, says the Crested Hawk Eagle.
Living handbag, belts and shoes.
4 bee eaters, we think. Unusual to see 4 together. Maybe lots of bees.
One big lizard, a water monitor, munching on a dead dog. Maybe 6 feet long.
We spooked a few Buffalo. Glad they are running away, not at us.
Wild Boar, well, a bit miffed, anyway.
White necked stork, on take off.
Not the best weather for wedding photos. Great beach, though.
Yala Safari. In a Jeep so doesn’t count for mileage.
Two safaris in two days and lots of driving almost more knackering than cycling. Disappointed not to see a leopard but very happy to be supporting a local economy that recognises the importance of conserving their wildlife. Very lucky to see a tusker – only a few males are born to be tuskers, the rest live a solitary life.
First hotel not completely sorted for us, only opened a week and offering great value for money. Thunderstorms and lightning the backdrop for fish supper on the beach (for the first time in Sri Lanka, enjoyed a bottle of chilled wine).