We so enjoyed camping in Kumana National Park. I wrote about our campsite and XTreme Nature Tours in this post. There was so much to talk about that I didn't have a chance to share photos of some of the animals we spotted.
One of the beautiful creatures that is taken for granted in Sri Lanka is the majestic and colorful Peacock. People visiting the park can see them around every corner. This one was perched on an ancient artifact, one of the pillars that monks used to use to hang their robes as they were bathing.
We saw many Golden-backed jackals in Kumana National park. They usually travel in pairs because they mate for life. They don't have a natural predator in Sri Lanka so there are several of them around. The jackal below was pretty relaxed and enjoyed a scratch in the sun.
One of my favorite parts of Kumana National Park is the Kumunavillu marshland. 22 species of aquatic birds nest here. A couple of favorites (above photo) include the open-billed stork. The picture I took here was of one with breeding plumage. Also, the Painted Storks are beautiful with the tinge of pink feathers and pink legs. In the below photo you can see a Spoonbill in the foreground, also sporting its breeding plumage. It has a yellow "mullet" of feathers and a bright patch of golden feathers on its lower neck.
If you have questions about game drives in the national parks in Sri Lanka - just ask! I wrote about wildlife viewing at Wilpattu National Park here and Yala National Park here.