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Mahoora, the luxury Tented Safari experience blending service fit for royalty with an indigenous touch and real wilderness.
Mahoora, the luxury Tented Safari experience blending service fit for royalty with an indigenous touch and real wilderness.

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The Indian Paradise Flycatcher

This image of the #Indian #Paradise Flycatcher (Terpsiphone paradisi) was captured by Saranga Mendis, the naturalist of #Mahoora at the #Wilpattu National Park. The best time for #photography is during the early morning or during the late afternoon. Next when spotting for the #bird and taking the pictures walk in a zig-zag motion to not expose yourself to the bird as they have very sharp eyesight and could spot you from a distance, make minimal sound when walking, set your camera on silent camera release mode and try to take pictures as you walk towards the bird are some tips for bird photography.

For more about Mahoora photography #tours: https://www.mahoora.lk/
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Spotted! Sri Lankan Leopard

It’s no easy affair to spot a Sri Lankan #leopard (Panthera pardus kotiya) as they might be hiding inside grasslands, behind trees, laying on the rocks or perched on a tree. It’s almost like they’re playing hide and seek – with the average number of times you’d actually spot a leopard would be 1 out of every 5 times making this a 20% chance. Since they have a beautiful camouflaged coat of fur, this helps them when hunting for food and find safety. It is advised during a #safari, to be patient and quiet when one goes #leopard spotting. This magnificent leopard’s image was taken by our very own naturalist Saranga Mendis at the #Wilpattu National Park, #Sri_Lanka.

More about #Mahoora Tented Safari #Camps: https://www.mahoora.lk/
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Sloth on a tree!

It is a known fact that bears can climb trees and we were lucky to have spotted a Sri #Lankan #sloth bear (Melursus ursinus inornatus) on a tree at the #Wilpattu National Park. Sloths are greedy about Palu; a seasonal fruit during #May and #June and can be found tucking into some by climbing the tree and moving to the end of the brand without considering the risk of falling. Since #bears are very shy animals by nature, this makes it difficult to observe them when they’re on land however if you see them on a tree, it's sure going to be easy to observe one specially if he’s busy eating. This image of a sloth on a tree was captured by #Mahoora’s own naturalist Saranga Mendis.

More about Mahoora Tented #Safari #Camps: https://www.mahoora.lk/
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The Rare Brown Wood Owl

Our naturalist Saranga Mendis was lucky to have spotted the Brown Wood #Owl (Strix leptogrammica) at the #Wilpattu National Park. The species come from a very large range, however, during the past years, a decline in its population trend was seen although it wasn’t at a rate of making the species vulnerable. The owl is a truly nocturnal bird and has a coat of dark brown feathers with white spots on the shoulders. They feed mainly on small #mammals, #birds, and #reptiles and can be found in the #Asian region, especially in countries such as #Bangladesh, South of #China, #India, #Indonesia, and of course; #SriLanka!

More about #Mahoora #Tented #Safari: https://www.mahoora.lk/
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Morning #walk

In the #wild, the best time to spot #birds would be in the morning. This picture shows the Mahoora #morning_walks around the #Wilpattu #Campsite. Morning walks are one of the favorite things clients #love to do as you get to view a lot of birds and also get a thorough idea of the livelihood of local people. Our naturalists are always there to educate you on what you see. This image was captured by Chathuranga Udawatte of our own naturalist Dumidu Ranasinghe describing the features of a bird at the #Mahoora campsite in Wilpattu.

More information about Mahoora Tented #Safari #Camps: https://www.mahoora.lk
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Leopard #photoshoot

This leopard, photographed by #Mahoora’s own Thilanka Bodhikotuwa, seems to be posing for a glamour shoot in front of a termite mound, the likes of which can be found all throughout the #Yala National Park. This #leopard was one of eleven to be counted in Block 5, which is half the size of the more popular Block 1. The exact count is unknown due to the lush vegetation and rough terrain.

For more rare #wildlife #experiences, see: https://www.mahoora.com/
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Time to wake up for this kitty
Block 5 of the #Yala National Park is a relatively lesser-known wilderness area, its inland setting giving it a different feel from the often-visited Block 1 near the coast. #Mahoora’s naturalist Thilanka Bodhikotuwa took this shot of a sleepy leopard about to start its nightly prowl, during an evening safari to Block 5. #Leopards in Block 5 are harder to spot, because they are not used to as many #Safari Jeeps.
For more up close and personal #experiences with nature, see; https://www.mahoora.com/
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Danger at the Watering Hole

You may have heard that in #nature, the rule is “eat or be eaten”. These two images, captured by #Mahoora naturalist Saranga Mendis at Wilada Wila at #Yala #National #Park, show the cruelty of nature… A water #buffalo calf who just happened to cross the path of a hungry #crocodile, is seen being attacked to be consumed. Even if the calf managed to get away, the crushing jaws and the strong sharp teeth of the croc means that the days of the calf are limited.

Click here for more about Mahoora naturalists diary details: http://www.mahoora.com/about…/mahoora-naturalists-diary.html
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Elephant Having a Bath

Rakina Wala at #Yala National Park is a watering hole that attracts all kinds of #wildlife, the largest of which are Sri Lankan #Elephants. #Mahoora Naturalist Saranga Mendis managed this click of a calf in the water, having a load of fun. Elephants spend about 2 hours of every day in or near water, as it is the best way for them to cool down, especially during hot days like this.

For more information on Yala National Park, visit: http://www.mahoora.com/na…/yala-national-park-sri-lanka.html
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Feline Beauty

Female Sri Lankan #Leopards are usually shier than males, and tend to hide away from the gaze of humans, but this 18-month-old juvenile is used to the Safari Jeeps, and does not mind being at a safe distance from them. #Mahoora Naturalist Saranga Mendis photographed this big cat during a morning safari, at about 8:00am at Borupanvila in #Wilpattu National Park.

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