Thursday, December 1, 2011

Bali day trip

Bali 29th of August 2011

I visited Bali on the way home from Sulawesi/Halmahera. This day trip was
inspired by Stijn de Win’s article: http://birding2asia.com/TripReports/BaliBarat2010.html

I booked a room at Tune Hotels at Kuta and used the excellent services of
Oswald Huma oswald_huma@hotmail.com and his assistant Hery.
Air Asia flies directly to Bangkok so it is a very accessible site for people living
in Thailand.
I was picked up at 4 am and arrived at Bali Barat National Park 3 hours later.
It was great to be back in the Greater Sundas again with many familiar species.
The birding was excellently guided by Hery, a young man employed for the day
by Oswald. We visited a number of sites within the park and I ended up with 10 lifers. Quite a haul for a day’s birding.

Javan Banded Pitta is easy at one of the sites and for those wanting to photograph the bird it can easily be arranged through Oswald/Harry. August-October being the best time as it is the dry season.

Here is a list of what I saw in no particular order.

1. Cave Swiftlet – common, lifer
2. Common Sandpiper – 1 bird in flight
3. Javan Plover – 6, lifer
4. Red-necked Stint – 20
5. Lesser Sandplover (or it might have been Greater, couldn't tell) – 1
6. Long-toed Stint – 1
7. Little Heron – 1
8. Javan Pond Heron – 1
9. Little Egret – 1
10. Black-naped Tern – a few in open sea
11. Beach Thick-knee – 3 birds in flight over open sea
12. Little Blue Kingfisher – 6 birds seen, lifer
13. Collared Kingfisher – 5
14. Rufus-backed Kingfisher – 1
15. Pied Fantail – 2
16. Black-naped Monarch – 1
17. Fulvous-breasted Jungle Flycatcher - 2
18. Yellow-vented Bulbul – a few
19. Grey-cheeked Bulbul – 1
20. Bar-winged Prinia – 1, lifer
21. Olive-backed Sunbird – a few
22. Great Tit (Gray Tit) – a few
23. Chestnut-headed Bee-eater – a few
24. Blue-tailed Bee-eater – a few
25. Crested Serpent Eagle – 1
26. Black-thighed Falconet – 1
27. Bali Starling - 6 seen well, lifer
28. Black-winged Starling – 2, lifer
29. Zebra Dove – a few
30. Island Dove – 2, lifer
31. Small Minivet – one flock
32. Javan Cuckoo Shrike – 2, lifer
33. White-shouldered Triller – 2
34. Australian Bushlark – 1
35. Black Drongo – 1
36. Hair-crested Drongo – 2
37. Lemon-bellied White-eye – a few
38. Lineated Barbet – 3
39. Coppersmith Barbet – 6
40. Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker – 6
41. Sunda Pygmy Woodpecker – 2
42. Common Flameback – a pair
43. Long-tailed Shrike – 1
44. Common Iora – a few
45. Javan Banded Pitta – 3, one seen, lifer
46. Green Junglefowl – 6, lifer
47. Racket Treepie – 2
48. Orange-breasted Pigeon – 1 male
49. Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike – 1
50. Dollarbird – 2
51. Red-breasted Parakeet – 1 in flight
52. Crescent-breasted Babbler – sadly only heard