Tuesday, May 16, 2023

Wildlife with W15 EP:04

by and Tharushan Fernando

Welcome to Wildlife with W15! Immerse yourself in the captivating beauty of diverse wildlife as our experts reveal some mesmerizing sightings.

Barking Deer

The Southern red muntjac, also known as the barking deer, is a captivating deer species found in the enchanting landscapes of Sri Lanka. With its soft, short brownish or grayish hair and distinct barking calls, encountering this elusive creature is a true wildlife adventure. Wilpattu National Park stands as a prime destination to witness the barking deer in its natural habitat, as it frequents waterholes during the dry season. Other protected areas such as Yala and Wasgomuwa National Parks also offer opportunities to encounter this captivating species.

The barking deer's behavior and features contribute to its allure. Males possess sharp tushes used to chisel away tree bark and savor the flowing sap, while their calls echo through the forests, alerting others to potential danger. Solitary by nature, these deer are typically spotted alone or in pairs, occasionally accompanied by a mother and young. Their adaptability and resourcefulness shine through as they explore diverse habitats, from the highest mountain forests to the driest scrub forests near the coast.

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Encountering the barking deer in the wild is a testament to Sri Lanka's rich biodiversity and conservation efforts. As a protected species under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, it symbolizes the harmony between nature and human presence. Embark on a journey through Sri Lanka's mesmerizing landscapes and unravel the enigma of the barking deer, an unforgettable experience that will ignite your passion for wildlife and leave you yearning for more encounters with nature's wonders.

Brown Fishing Owl

Among Sri Lanka's captivating wildlife, the Brown Fish Owl stands out as a mysterious and intriguing creature. This resident breeding species, endemic to Sri Lanka, holds a special place in the country's natural heritage. Protected under the Fauna and Flora Protection Ordinance, these owls can be found throughout the island, adapting to diverse habitats.

From the lowlands to the highest mountains, the Brown Fish Owl is commonly spotted near water bodies like streams and tanks. They seek refuge in patches of forests or large trees during the day, displaying their distinct appearance and behaviour. As daylight fades, the true magic of these owls unfolds. At dusk, they emerge from their hidden roosts, treating us to their enchanting booming duets.


Embrace the thrill of venturing into the nocturnal realm of Sri Lanka, where the mysterious Brown Fish Owl awaits. Discover its unique hunting techniques, listen to its captivating calls, and witness the essence of its enigmatic existence under the veil of darkness. Join us on an extraordinary journey to unlock the secrets of this fascinating creature and immerse yourself in the nocturnal wonders of Sri Lanka's wildlife.

Black-hooded Oriole

In the enchanting realms of tropical southern Asia, the black-hooded oriole spreads its vibrant wings, captivating the hearts of bird enthusiasts. This medium-sized bird, adorned in stunning shades of yellow and black, is a resident breeder from India to Indonesia, making it a cherished sight in the region's open woodlands and cultivated areas.

With its distinct black head and breast, black flight feathers, and vibrant red bill, the black-hooded oriole is truly a sight to behold. Its graceful flight reveals a striking black band near the tail, adding to its allure. While it feeds primarily on insects and fruit, particularly figs, its presence among the tree canopies brings life and color to the landscape.


Listen closely, and you may be treated to the rich, fluty melodies of its song, filling the air with mellow tunes. From wooded gardens to open forests, these orioles are often spotted perched on fruiting trees, relishing the sweet nectar of nature's offerings. Their calls, ranging from raspy to nasal, add a unique touch to their presence, resembling a croak that distinguishes them from other avian companions.

Embark on a thrilling journey through the wilderness with the W15 Collection's Press Room and immerse yourself in the wonders of nature. On this 'Wildlife with W15' episode led by our knowledgeable in-house naturalists, you'll have the opportunity to witness some breathtaking moments with some of the most remarkable creatures in the island. Prepare to be amazed as we unveil a mesmerizing world of wildlife through captivating clicks, providing you with a deeper appreciation for the beauty and diversity of our natural surroundings.

Tharushan Fernando

Tharushan Fernando

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Former journalist, copywriter, concept developer and digital media professional. Has been in the field of professional writing for over 10 years, with experience in a variety of industries, including advertising, content writing and news. He is currently working as the Group Content Writer for Steradian Capital Investments and W15 collection .

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