Minneriya reservoir and its surrounding wetland habitat is inhabited by a large number of a aquatic bird species in addition to elephants. Early morning and late evening are the optimum observation times of the day for resident and migratory birds. Flock of about 2000 little cormorant diving in the waters of Minneriya reservoir is not a rare scene. In addition painted strokes ,Great white pelicans , Ruddy turnstones and Grey herons too can be seen.The best season to view the large Elephant herds gathering at the banks of the water reservoir is the dry season from June to Sept. When the ancient tank, the lake that dominates the area, dries out and the grasses and shoots push through. During this time it is possible to see herds of up to 150 elephants feeding and washing, as well as toque macaques, sambar deer and leopards. The hungry bird flocks include cormorants and painted storks.Sri Lanka , home to over 400 species of birds, has long been a birdwatcher's paradise. In Minneriya National Park alone, 160 species crowd the trees or strut the banks. Like the Painted Storks, Great White Pelican, Gray Herons, and even the Ruddy Turnstones & the special Jungle Fowl, Sri Lanka Hanging Parrot, Sri Lanka Brown-capped Babbler and Sri Lanka Gray Hornbill, as you can guess from their names, nowhere else are you going to find them but here, in Sri Lanka.