..Beautiful last card (nr4) from the series celebrating the World Wetlands Day 2016 showing the Western Spot-Billed Duck.....this National Park is another famous haven for migrant water birds... with great matching stamp...Thanks a lot Ravindra for once more making my mailbox and me happy!! ♥‿♥
Vankalai is a predominantly fishing and farming village situated in Mannar District of the Northern Province of Sri Lanka. Its northern boundary is the historic Hindu shrine of Thiru Ketheeswaram. Covering about 4,800 hectares, it consists of arid-zone thorn scrubland and pastures, waterholes and tanks, sand dunes, mangroves, salt marshes, lagoons and sea-grass beds and maritime grasslands.
Many very rare migrant birds such as the Spot-billed Duck have been spotted at Vankalai.
Thousands of migrant birds arrive in Sri Lanka, making landfall in the Mannar region including Vankalai. Similarly when leaving the country at the end of the season, they use Vankalai as their last staging point.
World Wetlands Day