Some sketchy notes from the "duding" section of my Java trip. I did the
real birding over 4 weeks in West and Central Java, and then spent 2 and
a bit days emulating a couch potato in north Bali before flying home. I
wasn't overly enamoured of Bali, although Kebun Raya Bedugul (Bedugul
Botanic Gardens) was very pleasant. In contrast, West/Central Java was
sensational, even though the birding was difficult. Hope it's of some
use. I'm having trouble getting motivated to write up the trip
properly, but hope to get that sorted quite soon.
Cheers -- Lawrie
970114 LABUHAN LALANG AREA, TAMAN NASIONAL BALI BARAT, BALI, INDONESIA
08:30-11:00. Fine, hot, calm. Thunderstorm started about 10:30.
Tiger Shrike - one on canopy edge; Common Iora - common in beach forest;
Olive-backed Tailorbird, Bar-winged Prinia, Olive-backed Sunbird -
ubiquitous; Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Yellow-vented Bulbul,
Plain-throated Sunbird - common in beach forest; Rusa Deer (Cervus
timoriensis) - a few; Green Imperial-Pigeon - about 5 seen along main
road; Long-tailed Shrike - common in agricultural land; Spotted
Turtle-Dove, Collared Kingfisher, Racket-tailed Treepie - one;
White-breasted Woodswallow, House Swift, Linchi Swiftlet, Pacific
Swallow, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Black Drongo, Asian House-Martin,
Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis).
970115 KEBUN RAYA BEDUGUL, BALI, INDONESIA
08:00-11:00. Fine, mild, occasional gusts, mostly calm.
Long-tailed Macaque (Macaca fascicularis) - many along Singaraja Road;
Lesser Cuckoo-shrike - one just outside gardens; Ashy Drongo - 2;
Oriental Magpie-Robin - a couple; Blood-breasted Flowerpecker, Little
Pied Flycatcher - one male; Grey-headed Canary-Flycatcher - several
pairs in mixed feeding flocks; Javan Grey-throated White-Eye - abundant,
all over; Common Iora - a couple; Great Tit - common; Linchi Swiftlet,
Asian House-Martin - 5 or 6; Black Eagle - one; Mountain White-Eye - one
group of 8-10 in forest on south edge of gardens; Crested Serpent-Eagle
- a pair, soaring, calling; Sunda Warbler - a few in mixed flocks;
Little Spiderhunter - a couple, forest edge; Arctic Warbler - two in
mixed flock; Javan Treeshrew (Tupaia javanica) - one; Callosciurus sp.
squirrel - 3; Javan Barred Owlet - a pair in tall Agathis trees in SW
corner abutting forest, they called a lot & my very poor mimicry brought
them in for a close look; Javan Munia, Oriental White-Eye - common;
Olive-backed Sunbird - common; Scaly-breasted Munia, Indonesian (Brown)
Honeyeater - quite localised around fuchsia & other bell-like flowers
along edge of fence around greenhouses, NW of main entrance; Pied
Bushchat - a few pairs, including one pair with 3 spotty flying young;
Bar-winged Prinia, Spotted Turtle-Dove, Russet Bush Warbler - two in
bamboo on creek line N of main entrance.
970113-15 KALIBUKBUK AREA (LOVINA BEACH), BALI, INDONESIA
Striated Swallow, Cattle Egret, Linchi Swiftlet, Eurasian Tree Sparrow,
Spotted Turtle-Dove, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Olive-backed
Tailorbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Bar-winged Prinia, Intermediate Egret,
Javan Pond-Heron, Cinnamon Bittern, Black-thighed Falconet, Asian Pied
Starling, Asian House-Martin, Pacific Swallow, Edible-nest Swiftlet,
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, Chestnut Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia,
White-headed Munia, Zitting Cisticola.