Upali Ekanayake is the senior most Ornithological Tour Leader (Regd.No. N/TGL/775)in Sri Lanka. He has been leading bird tours for more than 30 years and is well known in the birding world. He is also a highly accomplished all-round naturalist. He was previously attached to the Zoology Department of the University of Peradeniya. He has undergone training in the U.K. in Terrestrial Ecology and Conservation with attachments at Aberdeen and Cambridge Universities, the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (R.S.P.B.) and the Institute of Terrestrial Ecology (I.T.E.).
He is one of the local representatives of the Oriental Bird Club (O.B.C.). He is also a Life Member of the Ceylon Bird Club where he has served in the Executive Committee and the Rarities Committee for a number of years. Also he has Life Membership of the Wildlife and Nature Protection Society of Sri Lanka. A popular lecturer on Birds and was a Lecturer at the Tourism Training Centre of the Sri Lanka Institute of Tourism & Hotel Management from 2004 to 2006. He worked for the IUCN, The World Conservation Union in Sri Lanka for two years from 1994 as a National Consultant (Fauna) surveying the faunal diversity of all Sri Lankan forests which are more than 200 hectares in extent.