Thursday, April 7, 2011
I stalked a leopard!
It was a spur of the moment decision to go to Yala for just one night. A visitor had come down from Japan who was dying to see Yala. A bungalow in Yala was free and the missus was willing to allow the children to cut school on Thursday and Friday since the term tests were over. Of course being on the road for 12 hours to spend one night does not seem to make that much sense when you look at it from the surface. But it turned out to be one of the best decisions I have made. We had over 05 leopard sightings during a period of less than 12 hours. 02 in the evening drive and 03 during the morning drive. And one leopard we followed for nearly 30 minutes as he walked along the hadunnoruwa bund in all his majesty. This is the advantage of seeing leopards in the morning as they prefer to stay on the road where the morning dew does not get on to their bodies. Amazingly I have not had this many sightings even when we had stayed in Yala for a couple of nights. All I can say is that I am blessed. :)