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Leopards in Sri Lanka: Rare Shots of Leopards in Fornication

A letter (reproduced today…….. https://thuppahis.com/2022/11/13/aussie-tourists-give-thumbs-up-for-tourist-scene-in-sri-lanka-today/#more-67980) from an Australian couple presents a Warm Thumbs-up for the Sri Lankan tourist industry today. …. Yes, TODAY. It should perhaps be evaluated in conjunction with a ground-breaking documentary on Sri Lankan leopards by the highly qualified Thivanka Rukshan Perera which is being aired by National Geographic at present (November 2022). This type of encounter, of course, is hard to come by – but Thivanka himself will be envious of the local tourist who watched and snapped a couple of leopards coupling in the wide-open spaces of a wild-life track.

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The Northways of Ceylon & Lanka: Tempestuous Pioneering Paths

Hugh Karunanayake, whose title is “The Northways – Pioneering Planters” …. IN …. https://www.historyofceylontea.com/ceylon-publications/feature-articles/the-story-of-the-northways-pioneering-planters.html

The four generational links that the Northways had with the plantation enterprise in Ceylon ended with the death of the last of the Northways in Sri Lanka, that of Michael Northway in 1995. The progenitor of the family in Ceylon was Samuel Northway who together with the Winters, Bowmans, Hawkes, and Gotteliers, and others were induced to come over to Ceylon to establish the sugar industry in which these families were successfully associated with, in the Mauritius where they lived previously. All, or most of these families were of French extraction including the Northways.

The Samuel Northway bungalow now used as a guesthouse ……..

….. & Charles Northway and his wife on Deviturai Estate on their motorbikes. She with a Douglas and he on a Bat (circa 1910) Continue reading

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Snap! Striking Snaps by an Amateur on Holiday … & at Home

Sometimes, even an ordinary camera in an ordinary amateur hand can strike pictorial gold. I present here some striking photos taken on spec with an ‘everyday camera,’  that is, an “Olympus Digital camera”,while vacationing in Sri Lanka and elsewhere over the years.

 Twilight Catch? Fishermen casting net at sealine near Negombo …. I was at the prow of a hired boat which had travelled along one of the canals towards the sea and took this snap as our boat landed on the beach 

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AHOY! …. Pelicans Ahoy: Brighton, The Beira and the Danube Delta

  A Fearless and Greedy Pelican at Brighton Pier …. snapped by amateur cameraman Michael the Roberts… August 2022

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The Tiger Snakes of Chappell Island: Full of Venom but not Venomous!

Raffaella Ciccarella, in 9NewsCom, 10 August 2022, where the tile runs thus “Australia’s own snake island, where ‘giant’ tiger snakes slither”  …. with highlighting added by The Editor Thuppahi

A small 323-hectare granite island off the coast of Tasmania is home to what’s been described as “giant” tiger snakes, which have evolved in isolation from their mainland counterparts.

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Leopard in House! Life in Lindula, Sri Lanka!

ITEM in Newswire.lk,  …….. & Daily Mirror (?) https://www.newswire.lk/2022/08/05/leopard-falls-into-house-rescued-after-16-hrs-video/

A leopard has accidentally fallen into a house breaking through the roof in the Logi Estate Division in Lindula.  According to the owner of the house, the incident had occurred at around 10.30 last night.

…….. regretfully the video does not reproduce here ….BUT note https://www.leopardsafari.com/leopards-in-sri-lanka/human-and-leopard-conflict-in-sri-lanka.html#:~:text=Human%20%26%20Leopard%20Conflict%20in%20Sri%20Lanka&text=The%20leopard%20-%20human%20conflict%20is,intrusions%20in%20attacking%20domesticat

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Busts outdo Bums in the Paddy fields of Asia!

A ‘Byway’ and Productive Thought from Sanath Jayatilaka in Lanka !@#!!

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An Unimaginable Outcome from the ARAGALA Revolt: Ranil As President

Malinda Seneviratne, in his web column https://malindawords.blogspot.com/2022/07/the-aragalaya-postscript.html

Ranil Wickremesinghe is no longer president in an acting capacity. He is the president, period. Did someone say ‘I don’t know whether to laugh or cry?’ I am pretty sure someone did. Did someone say, ’who wudda thunk?’ Well, if two or three years ago, if anyone suggested that in July 2023 Ranil Wickremesinghe would be the president of this country, there would have been laughter and tears, if at all, would have been of mirth.

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Wunderbar! Reviving a Wounded Tusker Elephant

#ElephantZone #elephanttreatment #elephantrescue

Tusker elephant fallen lifelessly with severe injuries brought back to life with proper treatment

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Abused by A Sea Lion at the Coorong

The irate SEA LION …..    …. dozing on a ledge on the pier at the COORONG  let our cluster of ancient “Explorers”  know that our intrusion was most ………… snort!……snort…..!@#$! snort ….. unwelcome. S/he snarlled, snorted,….. bared the teeth ….. snorted yet more ….and THEN shifted his bulk from his ‘couch’ to the seawaters that were also a comfort zone — a safe space for his kind. 

 

 

 

 

 

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