Monday, October 14, 2013

SRI LANKA ~ Great Egret - Yala National Park ~

...New card from Yala National Park...Elegant bird view...Thanks a lot Ravindra!!

With great matching stamp nr 6 of six new stamps selected with animals living in the Yala National Park (Issued 28-07- 2013) to coincide with the completion of seventy five years of the network of Wild Life Reserves in Sri Lanka. -Hawksbill Turtle-Swamp Crocodile-Elephant-Black-necked Stork -The Wild Boar -The Spotted Deer.

Yala National Park is one of the 70 Important Bird Areas (IBAs) in Sri Lanka.Of 215 bird species of the park, six are endemic to Sri Lanka.

The Great Egret (size 91cm) has large neck, white wings with sparkling yellow eyes. The normally yellow bill turns black when breeding. Black legs and feet. The long feather plumes extend from the back to beyond the tail during breeding season.It can be found on rivers, lakes and mudflats, including inundated cultivated fields. Feeds on fish, frogs, insects, snakes.

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