We have been to Mannar several times during past few years and it has become the destination for Birding for my fellow Photographers. This time we wanted to spent more time there, so we booked our good old Four Tees Rest In for the four day long weekend. We wanted to spent more time at a place and give more time to take good closeup shots. Our last Mannar trip was reworded with tremendous closeups of Flamingos because of our belly crawling, this time we were intended follow same procedures.
Western Reef Egret
First day noon we have seen a Reef Egret in the Mannar causeway and I decided to go low at the first chance I get. Results were as usual better then my normal shots.
With news from Mr. Laurance, we decided to go to Urumalei fishing village in Thaleimannar. There in the beach we could see lot of terns, gulls and other shore birds. It was next to impossible to shoot then approaching on foot. However, we got to them as close as possible on foot and started belly crawling. It was really difficult task. Finally I decided to go back to a water hole where there were birds when we came and wait for them to reappear and it has worked. I was managed to capture few larks and somewhat rare Terek Sandpipers at that waterhole.
With satisfaction of shooting in low angle I went toward shore to capture Gulls and Terns. It wasn't producing any good shot and I decided to go back to my friends. Walking on the shore, I some something running in front of me. It was a group of Rudy Turnstones and I was on the ground in an split of a second and crawling toward them. Terek Sandpiper Rudy Turnstone
The day ended with so much belly crawling and lovely captures and thoughts of returning on following morning. When we reached there on following morning, the situation in the beach was totally different. It looks like it had rain in the previous night, there was quite a bit of water everywhere. Regardless of the situation we were back on the beach. There were lots of terns on one end of the beach. Few of us tried to approach them, but there was a huge muddy place in between. So I gave it up and got back to the same place I sent in the previous evening and get on the ground expecting few birds will come there. Pacific Golden Plover
It wasn't the best morning session as I was waiting under the boiling sun without much luck on my side. It was few of these Skylarks who approached me first and I was more then happy to have a shot of them. However, later I managed to capture a Pacific Golden Plover, Lesser Plovers and a Terek Sandpiper there. Afterward I went toward the beach to get at least on shot of a Gull and end up shooting a group of Sandelings.
Lesser-ring Plover Terek Sandpiper
Terek Sandpiper Two days at Urumalei was rewarding with low angle shots that I thought I would never be able to take with the equipment I have and I m waiting to try and improve my crawling abilities to get closer and take more eye level photographs of wonderful wildlife.