Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus)

The Black-and-white-casqued Hornbill (Bycanistes subcylindricus) also known as the Grey-cheeked Hornbill, is a large—approximately 70 cm (28 in) long—black and white hornbill. It has an oversized blackish bill with a large casque on top. The female is slightly smaller than the male and has a significantly smaller casque.

Although their range covers a large part of Africa it is very spread out so you have to be lucky to see one but they are well worth it, they are such cool looking birds!  I saw this one in the Entebbe Botanical Gardens in Uganda.






Hungry birds!

Just impressive!



Birding In Satara Restcamp

Following on from my review of the restcamp, I thought the birds deserved their own post as there were so many!  Just get up at first light and wander around, you will probably see these birds as they were found all over the camp.  I started in the circle where our hut was, then followed my ears as more birds made their presence known.

Red-billed Hornbill

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Cape Glossy Starling


The African Hoopoe was one of my favourites, I loved watching him manipulate his crest!

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I got lucky with a Hail Mary shot of a bird flying overhead, it was a Brown-headed Parrot!



A gorgeous Crested Barbet


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Going by the photo in the Sasol book, I think this one is a Greater Blue-eared Starling.


Grey Go-Away Bird

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Here you can see our car and our cabin and how close it is to the bush.



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Mystery bird!

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Cape Buffalo just outside the camp

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Dark-capped Bulbul

IMG_3985I know I missed some, if anyone can help me out, please comment!

Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis)

The Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill (Ocyceros gingalensis) is a hornbill and a widespread and common endemic resident breeder in Sri Lanka. Hornbills are a family of tropical near-passerine birds found in the Old World.

IMG_3195a IMG_3198a IMG_3459The Sri Lanka Grey Hornbill is a gregarious bird found in forest habitats. It feeds mostly on figs, although occasionally it eats small rodents, reptiles and insects.


They are widespread througout  Sri Lanka.  I had no trouble spotting them in Kithulgala &  Sinharaja.  An award to Central Asia can get you to Colombo, then take a taxi or the bus to Kithulgala or Sinharaja.




Ceylon Bird Club


Kithulgala Resthouse – Easy Birding

Sometimes you have to work hard to see the best birds.  Other times you can just sit back, relax and let them come to you.  Kithulgala Resthouse is like this.  You can sit in the garden, on your own patio or on the balcony at the restaurant.  Since we were pretty tired that first day, we enjoyed a relaxing day just birding the grounds and even got several Sri Lankan endemics, including the beautiful Layard’s Parakeet – albeit from a distance.

The White-throated Kingfisher was easily spotted with his bright blue back and kept us entertained as he caught insects for dinner and fished in the river.  I don’t know if this is the same one or not but we never saw two together.

IMG_3183 IMG_3184a IMG_3188a IMG_3191 IMG_3208 IMG_3212a IMG_3238aThere were several Layard’s Parakeets flying over the river.  They never came close enough for a good photo but at least we got to see them!  It’s really hard to spot them amidst the foliage and zooming in only blurred them even more.

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IMG_3138 IMG_3139 IMG_3139a IMG_3206aThis Orange Minivet tried to hide from the camera but his bright colours gave him away.

IMG_3115 IMG_3116a IMG_3119aSome Sri Lanka Wood Pigeons were hanging around near the restaurant.

IMG_3104 IMG_3106 IMG_3106a IMG_3121a IMG_3128aThe staff kindly came and got me during lunch when a pair of Sri Lanka Grey Hornbills was spotted in a tree in the front.

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A Little Cormorant showing off.


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Not sure about these, any help?

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