Day Four with Riaz Cader

Day Four with RIAZ CADER: By late May 2009, the bitterly fought civil war had finally come to an end bringing peace to our island home for the first time in my lifetime. After nearly seven years in Melbourne I was now getting terribly homesick, stuck in a career which I didn’t seem to fit into and yearning to head back home. I was especially curious to see what living in peacetime Sri Lanka was gonna be like.

In October, my fate took a twist when I lost my job due to the global financial downturn and after some soul searching the choice was quite obvious. By December, I headed back home to Sri Lanka for good and was soon on the job hunt. My initial aim was to get into the finance sector where I could hopefully utilize enough leave and use my weekends and spare time to do as much wildlife photography as possible.

As job hunting can often take several months, I decided to intern two to three times a week at Jetwing Eco Holidays (Sri Lanka’s largest tour operator specializing in birding and wildlife tours) while looking for full time work, which at the time was run by Gehan de Silva Wijeyeratne, one of Sri Lanka’s most recognized wildlife personalities.

Catch up on Day One, Two and  Three 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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