Sunday, 5 January 2020

Bali and East Java 2019 - A quick catch up!

While putting together my review for 2019 I realized I'd forgotten to put together a blogpost on the awesome few days I had birding with my friends Jerry and Annie in Bali and East Java in February 2019. It was supposed to be a relaxing couple of day between tours... it turned out to be an incredible birdfest! And I think I got some sleep somewhere at some point, and I wouldn't change it for the world!

After a day or so around Ubud we cut north to a really cool mountain birding site before heading west along the north coast where we found the Bali Myna - stunner. We then caught the ferry over to East Java where the main target bird was the Grey-breasted (White-faced) Partridge, an incredibly rare bird that had just been discovered to be coming to some feeders. We got great looks and some photos of the bird, as well as many other targets (like Horsfield's Thrush). Lots of potential future splits we think too. Photography was tough (and was with my old Lumix then).

Some of the other highlights included Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler, Javan Bush Warbler, Sunda Bush Warbler, Pink-headed Fruit Dove, Green Junglefowl, Crescent-chested Babbler, Javan Grey-throated White-eye, Rusty-breasted Whistler, Javan Kingfisher, Javan Whistling Thrush, Siberian Thrush, Blood-breasted Flowerpecker, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Black-backed Fruit Dove, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, White-crowned Forktail (local subsp), Sunda (Javan) Scops Owl, Javan Pond Heron, Flame-fronted Barbet, Black-banded Barbet, Javan Banded Pitta, Sunda Minivet, Pied Shrike Babbler, Olive-backed Tailorbird, Lesser Shortwing, Javan Munia, White-shouldered Triller, Javan Hawk Eagle, Orange-breasted Trogon (local subsp), Pale Blue Flycatcher, Indigo Flycatcher, Warbling White-eye, Lesser Adjutant and more!!!!

I'll be heading back to Bali next month and hope to improve on some of these pics, at least for the ones I see again!!

Bali Myna

Bali Myna

Black-banded Barbet

Blue Nuthatch

Collared Kingfisher

Grey-breasted (White-faced) Partridge

Grey-breasted (White-faced) Partridge

Grey-breasted (White-faced) Partridge

Indigo Flycatcher

Javan Bush Warbler

Javan Munia

Javan Whistling Thrush

Long-tailed Shrike

Olive-backed Sunbird

Orange-breasted Trogon

Red Junglefowl

Rusty-breasted Whistler

Horsfield's (Scaly) Thrush

Sunda (Javan) Scops Owl

Sunda Bush Warbler

White-crowned Forktail

White-shouldered Triller

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