Sri Lanka has one of the highest species densities in the world including a number of endemic plants and animals, and unusually large mammals for a moderately sized island. It is one of the best places in the world for seeing and photographing blue whales, sperm whales, leopards, Asian elephants and sloth bears, dubbed Sri Lanka’s “Big Five.” It also has the largest annually recurring “gathering” of wild elephants of anywhere in the word; a truly spectacular event. Further chapters of the book detail wildlife watching opportunities for primates, birds, reptiles, turtles, butterflies, and dragonflies; a description of the parks and reserves by habitat type; and a wildlife watching calendar to help plan a trip. Throughout the book there are extracts from “A Naturalist’s Journal,” which in the form of a first-person commentary take readers to specific habitats in search of the animals to be found there.
High-quality photographs from the authors are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include size, distribution, habits, and habitat. The user-friendly introduction covers fascinating information on folklore associated with reptiles, snake topography, how to deal with snake bites, and a glossary.
THIS HANDY POCKET GUIDE ENABLES DIVERS AND SNORKELERS TO IDENTIFY MORE THAN 270 OF THE MOST COMMON SPECIES OF MARINE LIFE LIKELY TO BE ENCOUNTERED IN AND AROUND THE CORAL REEFS OF THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION, INCLUDING FISH, REPTILES AND AMPHIBIANS, AND INVERTEBRATES. EACH SPECIES FEATURED IS ILLUSTRATED WITH AN OUTSTANDING COLOUR PHOTOGRAPH, ACCOMPANIED BY A SPECIES DESCRIPTION COVERING NOMENCLATURE, SIZE, HABITS, AND DISTRIBUTION. THE INDO-PACIFIC REGION, ENCOMPASSING THE INDIAN AND WESTERN PACIFIC OCEANS,
Increasingly the segmentation between birders, butterfly watchers, dragonfly watchers and photographers is reducing as interests overlap and there is a demand for books that cover the three popular groups of birds, butterflies and dragonflies. Having written and photographed the guide to the birds of Sri Lanka in the series, Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne has produced a single, compact and portable photographic guide to the butterflies and dragonflies of the country.
This easy-to-use identification guide to 280 bird species covering the most commonly seen in Sri Lanka is an ideal, portable guide for residents and visitors alike, written by an experienced birder with a track record for writing to a popular audience. The author’s top quality photographs are accompanied by detailed species descriptions, which include nomenclature, plumage, distribution, habits and habitat. The species accounts cover 75 of the 82 families of birds recorded in Sri Lanka and distinguish between highly scarce migrants and vagrants to explain what a realistic and good `country list’ and `trip list’ would be for residents and visitors respectively.