Monday, 25 May 2020

Lockdown Birding in Bali - LOCKDOWN LIFER!!!

Amazing week on lockdown in Ubud, Bali when I got an unexpected LIFER! I was sat at my desk working on a range of new and exciting tours when all of a sudden I noticed a shape on the next door villas roof, this wasn't the usual Javan Munia or Eurasian Tree Sparrow, this was bigger, more colourful... I leaned back so I could see round the blind and almost fell off my chair when I realised I was watching a stunning JAVA SPARROW! Too quickly it dropped out of view into a garden and as I tried to get in a position to photograph it two birds were flushed by a motorbike and flew off high calling. Hopefully they will be back, but pretty amazing to get this very cool tick!

Also this week I finally (after 62 days) got a photo opportunity for the Javan Kingfisher. Each morning they are very vocal flying back and forth over this part of Ubud, often quite high and sometimes doing a bit of a display flight which has been cool to watch but frustrating in terms of trying to get a photo. Well, yesterday one finally landed close by. After a bit of work I was able to get myself into a position to take the following photo on my neighbours roof. What a stunning bird.

Javan Kingfisher

I've had a couple of 'new' lockdown ticks this week such as Barn Swallow, and the Java Sparrow, but also pretty high up there was Sunda Scops Owl that appeared outside the villa in the rain one evening while I was waiting for my pizza delivery! Not new but always nice to hear/see Savanna Nightjar and Black-crowned Night Herons going over at night too.

At 37 species now I think for my lockdown list!

Wednesday, 13 May 2020

Lockdown Birding in Bali - Camera Out and New Birds

Got a few new lockdown birds the last couple of days since my last blog update, and I even (finally) unpacked my camera to take some photos of some of the common birds I'm seeing, as and when time permits.

Here's a couple of pics of the gorgeous Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon, a common sight but most often sat in the tops of dark trees, was nice to finally get one at more-or-less eye-level out in the open! Beautiful bird.

Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon

Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon

A few new birds have included Plain Prinia, Common Emerald Dove, House Swift, and Common Iora.

Tuesday, 5 May 2020

Lockdown Birding in Bali - An update!

I've had a few new birds during the last week of my lockdown here in Ubud, Bali including Rusty-breasted Whistler, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Little Spiderhunter, Pink-necked Green Pigeon, Olive-backed Tailorbird, White-headed Munia, and Feral Pigeon! These have take me up to 32 species! Not bad from my little patch of urban land. 
  1. Javan Kingfisher
  2. Spotted Dove
  3. Zebra Dove
  4. Plaintive Cuckoo
  5. Yellow-vented Bulbul
  6. Javan Munia
  7. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  8. Cave Swiftlet
  9. Intermediate Egret
  10. Eastern Cattle Egret
  11. Javan Pond Heron
  12. Pacific Swallow
  13. Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon
  14. Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
  15. Olive-backed Sunbird
  16. Pied Bush Chat
  17. White-nest Swiftlet
  18. Striated Swallow
  19. Scaly-breasted Munia
  20. Chinese Sparrowhawk
  21. Large-billed Crow
  22. Collared Kingfisher
  23. Black-naped Fruit Dove
  24. Black-crowned Night Heron
  25. Savanna Nightjar
  26. Rock Dove (Feral Pigeon)
  27. White-headed Munia
  28. Olive-backed Tailorbird
  29. Pink-necked Green Pigeon
  30. Little Spiderhunter
  31. Rusty-breasted Whistler
  32. Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker