Leopards of Wilpattu Photo Gallery

Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu
Leopards of Wilpattu

Herathhamy Wala Male 1 - HHWM 1

Locations of sightings

Herathhamy Wala, Panikka Villu, Kanjuran Villu, Kattarambu Villu

First Sighting

20th August 2016

  • 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm one Leopard at Kuruttupandi Villu N 08.43657, E 079.98250

     Some of the jeeps left and a few remained. I was listening to the intermittent alarm calls of a Giant Squirrel, Indian Palm Squirrel, Ceylon Jungle Fowl and White-browed bulbuls and decided to stay at the villu. All at once the Grey Langurs started making their frantic alarm calls towards the road leading to Kuruttupandi Villu from Kokkare Villu and the few jeeps parked close to me hurriedly moved in that direction. I decided to stay put expecting the leopard to make an appearance at the Villu avoiding the commotion on the road and much to my joy a handsome male leopard walked on to the white sand patch from the jungle. As we had started having our rice & curry lunch there was no choice but to reach for the cameras with curry drenched hands and start shooting. The male Leopard moved down to the edge of the water and started to drink. Thereafter he moved back in to the forest. I was thrilled that my patience paid off. We were the only party at the villu at the time. Upon examining the images I was thrilled to find out that this is Herath Hamy Wala Male 1 (HHWM 1). On 19th October this year I photographed this Leopard close to Kattarambu Villu and during my previous visit on the 11th November between Herath Hamy Wala and Kattarabu Villu. The distance from where he was observed on 19th October to Kuruttupandi is 7.7 Km on a straight line going by the two GPS points. (With guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 15th December 2019 at 12.38pm
  • 11th November 2019 at 11.36am one Leopard between Herathhamy Wala and Kattarambu Villu. N 08.49915, E 079.99039

    We spotted a male Leopard seated on the road, ahead of us, and looking intently in to the forest. I stopped the vehicle about 50 meters from the animal to give it adequate space. Within a few minutes the Leopard started to walk in the direction of Kattarambu Villu.  Every now and then he would stop and look in to the forest as if to pounce inside but then would commence the walk again. Every 30 meters or so he would sniff and scent mart the trees and bushes along the road. Even though we followed the animal he did not even once turn back to look in our direction.  After walking for about 100 meters he entered the forest.  But just before moving in, much to my surprise, he turned back and started to walk in our direction to inspect something on the road permitting me to get a few images of the animal facing us. Later upon examining the spot pattern I was able to identify the leopard as Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWM 1). (with Gihan Sampath Jayawardena)

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 11th November 2019 at 11.36am
  • 19th October 2019 at 9.22am one Leopard close to Kattarambu Villu. N 08.50627, E079.99149

    Having visited Kattambu Villu I was driving back towards Mana Wila when I noticed a movement of an animal off the road ahead of the vehicle. As we advanced saw a male Leopard just by the side of the road. It was very close to the vehicle and continued to move in to the jungle. I only managed to get a few images of its flanks as he quickly disappeared in to the thicket. We drove up to Herathhamy Wala and drove back expecting the Leopard to have moved back on to the road but had no success. Thus we drove in to the Kattarambu Villu and waited for about 10 minutes before driving back again towards Mana Wila.

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.22am
  • 9.35am I was thrilled when we spotted the Leopard on the road very close to Kattamabu Villu. He was walking in our direction and I was able to get a few images of the advancing animal before he moved back in to the forest. Upon examining the spot pattern I realized that this is the same Leopard that we observed earlier and it is Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWMC 1) on my site. My last sighting of this male was in August 2016. (With guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 19th October 2019 at 9.35am
  • 20TH August 2016 at 12.01pm one Leopard at Herathhamy Wala. N 08.49333, E 079.98961
    We spotted the leopard sleeping under the bushes at the edge of the water. During the three hours of observations the leopard moved its location on a few occasions but did not move out from under the bushes. It was a young male and I estimated the age to be around 1 year and 6 months.
    2.41pm the leopard stood up and walked to the edge of the water and had one sip of water before moving back in to the forest. I suspected that the mud at the edge of the water might have been too warm. This is my first sighting of this male and the 46th leopard I have photographed at the park so far. I named it Herathhamy Wala Male 1 (HHWM 1). (With guide Tissa Ratnayake)

  • Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016 Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016 Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016 Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016 Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016 Herathhamy Wala Male 1 -HHWM 1 - 20th August 2016