Day Five with Riaz Cader

Day Five with RIAZ CADER: Under the direction of Gehan de Silva Wijeyratne,I got the opportunity to work on a number of wildlife-based publications, join him on field excursions, network with prominent wildlife personalities and journalists and over time get involved in marketing Sri Lanka as one of the world’s top destinations for wildlife viewing.

My experience of interning at Jetwing Eco Holidays gave me a real feel of the industry which I was really starting to enjoy being a part of and in March 2010, I joined the Operations team in a full time position. Being in wildlife tourism meant that despite being based predominantly in office, I also had the opportunity every once in a while to head out into the field whether it was for training, product development or for interacting with clients and journalists to sites such as Talangama Wetlands bordering Colombo to Mirissa, Trincomalee and Kalpitiya for whale watching, the rainforests around Bodhinagala and Sinharaja for birding excursions as well as the more known national parks such as Yala, Uda Walawe and Wilpattu.

During my spare time and on weekends, I travel regularly with friends on wildlife photography trips. As I am obsessed with photographing leopards in particular I find myself regularly visiting both Yala and Wilpattu National Parks on almost a monthly basis. Whether it was travelling through work or privately, I always ensured that my camera kit was with me enabling me to capture a variety of wildlife images from across the country. The extensive amount of travelling means that I am out of town on average once every two to three weeks. I am also very excited to be a part of iSrilankan and will bring you the best and latest as it unfolds as well as advance notice on what to watch out for in the Wild.  So stay tuned !

Catch up on Introduction, Day One, Two, Three and Four with Riaz Cader

Riaz Cader is Assistant Manager – Nature & Community Projects at Jetwing Hotels and on and off-the-job continues to visit Sri Lanka’s wild places to pursue his passion of wildlife photography. Riaz is a self-trained photographer and uses a Canon EOS 7D body predominantly with a Canon 100-400mmL series lens for wildlife images along with a Canon 24-105mm L series lens and Sigma 10-20mm wide angle lenses for landscapes and portraits.

Riaz Cader can be found on facebook and  flickr 

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