Day trip to Bali Barat NP

To: <>, "'Michael Potter'" <>, "'David Kowalick'" <>, <>, <>
Subject: Day trip to Bali Barat NP
From: "Steve Potter" <>
Date: Fri, 6 May 2011 10:22:16 +0930
Hi Folks,

I had a day to kill in Bali on my return from North Sumatra this week so
instead of surfing (plenty in Nias) and lazing by the pool...


Inspired by Stijn De Win's one day trip, I organised a driver to pick me up
from my hotel in Legian at 4am and drive the 3 hours to Bali Barat National
Park - West Bali, while I slept in the back. Arrived at 6.50! (Return trip -
Rp500,000 or $55 at 9050!!)


Met local guide Hery (essential to have a guide if you want to get into the
park proper) who took me around for the half day - 7am to 3pm (Rp500,000 or
$55). Hery's has been guiding for over 9 years in the National Park and his
contact is +62 81338078010 or email  


We started at the boat launch site with a completely un-tickable view of
Yellow-throated Hanging Parrots. "Don't worry, there are plenty"... Still
off the list after many other non-tickable views...


Caught a boat over to the Park proper (Rp400,000 or $44) and birded for 3
hours until we reached the captive breeding centre of the Bali Myna.

Plenty to see including Beach Thick-knee, Great-billed Heron, Sunda
Cuckoo-Shrike and Small Minivet. But the highlights were Black-winged
Starling (endangered), and the Bali Myna (critically endangered). I saw 1 of
the "un-banded" wild bird with a "banded" version. Apparently more are to be
released soon! Only bummer was a very distant and un-tickable view of
Black-thighed Falconet. 


Took the boat over to Menjangan Island for easy views of Lemon-bellied
White-eye to complete all my Bali White-eyes!


Headed back to the mainland and off in the car towards Gilimanuk to a forest
walk by a stream. Started excellently with brilliant views of Rufous-backed
Kingfisher! But I was really here to see the recently split Javan Banded
Pitta. On the way I picked up some classics like Crescent-chested Babbler
and Grey-rumped Treeswift. But even after hearing a couple, no Pitta...


Off back to the launch area for a quick lunch then onto the Menjangan Resort
for a "wind down the window of the car" view of Green Junglefowl. Nice.


Lastly had one last crack at Javan Banded Pitta at another site as storm
clouds threatened overhead. Walked to an area that looked very unlike Pitta
territory and with a quick tape play had a sensational Male in the bins for
about 15-20 secs! Brilliant!!!! A female was also heard nearby but not seen.


As Hery and I high fived and walked back to the car, the heavens opened and
continued to pour destroying my chance of seeing Lesser Adjutant at
Gilimanuk. Oh well next time.


All up, 39 species (not bad for a half day), 11 lifers and 19 new for
Indonesia. Cost $170 including transport, guide, boat, NP fee and breeding
centre donation, lunch and drinks. 



Steve Potter

Adelaide SA


I - Indonesia

L - lifer

*** - Sensational!


Green Junglefowl  (I,L)

Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker  

Laced Woodpecker  (I)

Coppersmith Barbet  (I)

Blue-eared Kingfisher  

Rufous-backed Kingfisher  (I,L) ***

Collared Kingfisher  

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater  (I)

Lesser Coucal  

Cave Swiftlet  

Grey-rumped Treeswift  (I,L)

Savanna Nightjar  

Island Collared-Dove  

Emerald Dove  (I)

Zebra Dove  

Orange-breasted Green-Pigeon (I) 

Beach Thick-knee  (I)

Great-billed Heron  (I)

Javan Banded Pitta (I,L) ***

Golden-bellied Gerygone  

Long-tailed Shrike  

Mangrove Whistler  (I,L)

White-breasted Woodswallow  

Sunda Cuckoo-Shrike (I,L)

White-shouldered Triller  

Small Minivet  (I,L)

Pied Fantail  

Black Drongo  

Common Iora  

Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher  

Black-winged Starling (I,L)  

Bali Myna  (I,L) ***

Great Tit  

Pacific Swallow  

Yellow-vented Bulbul  

Lemon-bellied White-eye (I,L) 

Crescent-chested Babbler  (I,L)

Australasian Lark  (I)

Olive-backed Sunbird  



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