This morning we were up at 4am to be ready for the morning safari at 5am. This afternoon we will relax and sleep in readiness for getting up at 2am tomorrow to begin our journey to the Maldives - phew!!
What follows is a photo record of some of the amazing creatures we saw in the park this morning and some we saw yesterday afternoon.
|The hotel pool area at 5am this morning|
Yala National Park
|Sunrise over Yala|
|Sri Lankan Black-Naped Hare|
|Water Buffalo with Marsh Crocodile behind|
|Green Bee Eater|
|Sri Lankan White Throated Kingfisher|
|A monster emerged from the pond - Estuarine or Salt Water Crocodile|
|Sri Lankan Leopard|
|Sri Lankan Painted Stork having breakfast|
|Painted Stork trying to avoid being breakfast!!|
The hotel we are in replaced the old complex destroyed in that disaster and we paid our respects at the beach side to the people who were killed that day, tourists and guides, just doing what we were.
I have personal memories of that Boxing Day holiday as my brother and his family were on a scuba diving holiday in Thailand at that time. I spent a long time on the phone to the British Embassy in Bangkok until we got a text from them the next day letting us know they were ok. They had been at sea when the wave passed and had only noticed a slight increase in the swell. Their resort and all their belongings were gone when they returned to shore.
Some of the "stars" from yesterday afternoon
|Sri Lankan or Southern Indian Jackal|
|White-Bellied Sea Eagle|
|Land Monitor Lizard|
|Someone wants to cross the road now!!|
So that concludes the Yala report, next post will be from the Maldives and it's back to the Napoleonic theme with some campaign and scenario thoughts I've been toying with.