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Thammanna Wala Female 2 - THWF 2

Locations of sightings

Thammanna Wala, between Percy Bendi Wewa & Thammanna Wala, Maha Wewa

First Sighting

27th August 2015 at 1.16pm

  • 20th September 2015 at 5.55am at Thammanna Wala. N 08.35345 E 080.11741

    Having arrived at Thammanna Wala I spotted the leopard close to the “Ring Pond”. It moved towards the left and was not visible.  I drove on to the Maha Wewa road and found it drinking water. It was not disturbed by the vehicle and continued to drink. After about 5 minutes the leopard stood up, turned towards the road and looked up at me. I reversed the vehicle as I expected it needed to cross the road. The leopard slowly crossed the road and disappeared in to the forest. The sighting lasted for about 6 minutes.

  • Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 20th September 2015 at  5.55am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 20th September 2015 at  5.55am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 20th September 2015 at  5.55am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 20th September 2015 at  5.55am
  • 28th August 2015 at 6.31am THWF 2 at Thammanna Wala. N 08.35350, E 080.11744
    As we arrived at the water hole the leopard was spotted walking down the bund to the edge of the water. It walked along the edge to the concrete “ring pond” built by the park office. I was surprised that the leopard preferred to drink from this “ring pond” despite the natural water hole having plenty of water. As it lowered its head to drink the frogs in the pond jumped out making the leopard jump back.  On a few occasions there after the leopard would lower its head cautiously in to the pond and jump back as the frogs jumped out. It was quite funny to watch this encounter. This disturbance, however, did not deter the leopard as she persisted until she had driven all the frogs in the pond to the nearby water hole and started to drink.

    There after she continued to sit close to the pond in full view for almost 20 minutes. However with the escalation of safari jeeps, filled with tourists yelling out that there is a leopard, she moved in to the shade of the nearby forest. After some time I drove down Maha Wewa road that runs bordering this water hole and spotted the leopard lying down under a tree about 100 meters from the water hole. Few minutes later a troop of Grey Langurs spotted her and started to make frantic alarm calls.  The leopard responded by moving further in to the forest and out of sight.

    Later having checked the spot and rosette marking I realized that this is THWF 2 that I photographed yesterday. (with guide Sanath)

  • Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 28th August 2015 at 6.31am
  • 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm between Thammanna Wala and Percy Bendi Wewa. N 08.34925, E 080.11758

    I was told of a leopard sighting in the morning at this locality by guide Sanath at Kumbuk Wila. It was lying down on an earth mound partly covered by bushes and was facing the forest. After some time the leopard stood up stretched and lied down again. It was a sub adult female leopard and I estimated its age to be around 2 years. I observed it till 3.30pm.  Except for an occasional yarn it continued to sleep. I left, as our plan was to reach Gange Wadiya by 5.30pm to look for a Tusker. Having examined its spot and rosette pattern I realized that this is a leopard that I had not photographed.  I named it Thammanna Wala Female 2 (THWF 2). ( With guide Hafis)

  • Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm Thammanna Wala Female 2-THWF 2 - 27th August 2015 at 1.16pm