the Mihintale trek
Our staff photographer, Susantha Wijegunesekara captured a photograph
of pilgrimsm descending the steps after the climb to the Mihintale
mountain. Mihintale is the focus of attention as it is Poson Poya Day.
Many pilgrims would have climbed the Mihintale mountain to commemorate
are the largest members of the waterfowl family Anatidae, and are among
the largest flying birds. The largest species, including the mute swan,
trumpeter swan and whooper swan, can reach length of over 1.5 m (60
inches) and weigh over 15 kg (33 pounds). Their wingspans can be almost
3 m (10 ft). Compared to the closely related geese, they are much larger
in size and have proportionally larger feet and necks.