The Sri Lanka Travel Specialists
Birdwatching in Jaffna is highly rewarding between September to March when thousands of migrant birds flock to the Jaffna Lagoon.
This is a breathtaking sight not be missed. Towards the end of the year in the Jaffna region, the lagoons are filled with water, the paddy fields and vegetation are lush green and the air is cooler.
Sri Lanka is a vital staging point in the migration of birds and its wetlands are internationally recognised as important for the conservation of birds. Many arrive on the Jaffna coast and north-west coats before journeying down to the south of Sri Lanka using a number of staging posts.
The muddy waters of the estuaries can be a haven for flamingos, and a host of small waders. Spoonbills and terns frequent freshwater lakes. The sky might even sound to the song of skylarks.
Eco tourism can play a central role in protecting this haven for birdlife.
During the migrant season, this region becomes a hotspot for waders, ducks and rare migrant birds. Lesser Sand Plovers, Little Stints, Black-tailed Godwits, Mash Sandpipers, Little Ringed Plovers in large numbers can be seen feeding on the sides of the road. Thousands of Gargany, Northern Shoveller, Pintail and a few Common Teal can be seen feeding in the waters of these lagoons. The pink flocks of Greater Flamingos will take your breath away for sure as you watch these graceful birds resting in large numbers on the causeways.
A 4km causeway which links the mainland to Karaituva Island (also known as Karainagar) and borders the Jaffna Lagoon and the ocean. This stunning landscape is made even more beautiful during the migrant season when thousands of birds flock to the lagoon.
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