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Sunda Teal

This was a much larger duck than we had expected - perhaps it's the vision "Teal" conjures up. It is also apparently fairly difficult to find outside of a couple of locations. The fish ponds near to Bali Barat where we saw them first is one of the more reliable sites (Banjuwedang Fish Ponds 10, 3; Nusa Dua lagoons 2)

Green Junglefowl

Bali Barat is the best place to see these, and the hoarse croak of a call is often heard before, or even instead of, seeing the birds. A little bit time should be given to stumble across them in the forest. Using the car as a hide and slowly driving the forest tracks probably increases the chances of seeing them (Bali Barat National Park – pair; 2 single males; then 3 on the last morning)

White-tailed Tropicbird

This is a speciality of the sea cliffs near to Denpasar. The birds breed on the cliffs at the base far below the watch points from the temple above. Some time may be needed to see them, and they seem to fly out from the cliffs a little way out to return to the cliffs again. Our experience was of quite distant but satisfying views (Uluwatu Temple and cliffs - 2)

Yellow Bittern 

Only one seen, perched for a short time before the rains came at the lake near Bedugul

Black-crowned Night Heron

Nusa Dua lagoons - 3

Striated Heron

2 at Banjuwedang Fish Ponds; Uluwatu Temple and cliffs – 2; Nusa Dua lagoons 2

Javan Pond Heron 

1 flying on way to Daytime Snake Hunt; 1 over Bintang Balian; 3 separate birds Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; ~12 Banded Pitta site, Bali Barat; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~15; Bedugul 3; Couple in rice fields on journey to Batukaru Temple; Nusa Dua lagoons – 2; Serangan Island - 2

Eastern Cattle Egret

Few seen Denpasar, and few over Bintang Balian; ~4 with cattle on way to Daytime Snake Hunt; Field with ~60 Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~40; Rice terrace near to Batukaru Temple – 7; Serangan Island ~30

Purple Heron

1 over Bintang Balian; 1 over Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; Nusa Dua lagoons - 1

Great Egret

Nusa Dua lagoons – 3; Serangan Island - 1

Little Egret

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~10

Brown Booby

One seen from the restaurant next to the Bali Myna release site at Bali Barat

Little Pied Cormorant

Nusa Dua lagoons ~12; Serangan Island 10+

Little Cormorant

Nusa Dua lagoons - 5

Crested Serpent Eagle

Only one definite bird identified, perched near to the savannah of Bali Barat

Changeable Hawk-Eagle

1 light face bird landed on an exposed tree branch, although this was at some distance up the slopes from Bali Barat. It had originally been spotted flying in

White-bellied Sea Eagle

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds -c1 juv; Bedugul Golf Course 1 over

White-breasted Waterhen

1 juvenile Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 1 Bali Barat National Park; Bedugul - 2

Common Moorhen 

Bedugul - 2

Barred Buttonquail

This was an excellent introduction to Bali Barat and a real surprise. Normally a secretive species, we chanced upon one briefly in the open on our first visit to the reserve. Even more surprising were two more, one flushed in the reserve, and the other crossing the track in front of us near to the first one when leaving the park later on

Beach Stone-curlew

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 2; Serangan Island - 4

White-headed Stilt

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 50+

Grey Plover

A winter plumaged bird was on the beach at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat

Javan Plover

This species is not only similar to Kentish Plover, but was at one time part of the same species before being split. The two are very hard to tell apart, but thankfully Kentish left by this time of year helping sort out the conundrum. They were only seen at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat, with 2 straight away on the salt pans, and another pair on the beach

Malaysian Plover 

This is much easier species to separate from Javan & Kentish Plovers, being much daintier, very pale, and with more rufous on the face and neck. We found a pair on the beach at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat

Swinhoe's Snipe

In a way, finding a snipe is often a curse here, since the 3 possibles - Pintail, Swinhoe's & Common, are difficult to tell apart. The 4 flushed birds at the lake near Bedugul had no white trailing wing edge, ruling out common, and the mountain habitat pointed to this species

Bar-tailed Godwit

Serangan Island - 2

Whimbrel

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 1; Serangan Island - 100+

Far Eastern Curlew

Serangan Island - 1

Spotted Redshank

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 1

Wood Sandpiper

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~8

Grey-tailed Tattler

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 20+

Terek Sandpiper

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 1

Common Sandpiper

6 Gilimanuk; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 8; Nusa Dua lagoons 4

Ruddy Turnstone

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~15

Red-necked Stint

The 9 or so birds at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat were all in non breeding plumage

Long-toed Stint

Some time was taken to positively identify this bird which was on the small pool with other waders at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat

Gull-billed Tern

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 1; Nusa Dua lagoons - 1

Greater Crested Tern

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 2; Serangan Island - 40+

Little Tern

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds 2

Whiskered Tern

Bedugul 2

Island Collared Dove

2 Gilimanuk; Temple near to Gilimanuk - 1

Spotted Dove

A common bird throughout, apart from in the mountains where it was scarce (Common Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park & Bali Barat National Park; Quite common Bali Barat National Park; Nusa Dua lagoons – 2)

Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove

After one was seen and called by Hery as this species on the first day in Bali Barat, 2 were seen for some time in the botanical gardens at Bedugul

Little Cuckoo-Dove

Some time was taken over this bird. It was the first of 3 Cuckoo-Doves seen at the botanical gardens in Bedugul. Initially thought to be a Ruddy Cuckoo Dove, the cinnamon colour to the breast and demarcation between the rufous cap and plainer mantle were useful identification features

Zebra Dove

3 Gilimanuk

Pink-necked Green Pigeon

1 female early morning Bali Barat; 2 Roadside Stop near Bali Barat National Park

Grey-cheeked Green Pigeon

A lorry stop near to Bali Barat, with all the accompanying noise from drivers chatting and fixing engines, seemed an unlikely spot for this Indonesian speciality. However, at least 15 birds were either feeding, courting or preening around the fruiting trees. A pair were also seen at Batucan Temple, and 3-4 at Bedugul botanical garden

Black-naped Fruit Dove

A superbly marked and dapper bird was seen towards early evening on the first visit to Bali Barat

Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon

One of many Indonesian endemics, this species is very similar to Green Imperial Pigeon found elsewhere, but with a dark brown back. Only two definite birds were seen, one perched at the top of a tree in Budungul botanical garden, the other in a bare tree in the distance at Batukaru Temple

Greater Coucal 

1 Bali Barat National Park

Rusty-breasted Cuckoo

This species tends to be generally quite secretive, but did respond to taped call on the first afternoon visit to Bali Barat. It did eventually perch briefly at the top of a tree after some flight views

Savanna Nightjar

The small mangrove swamp at Gilimanuk seemed an unlikely spot for these roosting birds, but at least 15 were present.  Usually quite approachable, they were jumpy today for some reason. We also found 2 separate birds at opposite ends of the mangroves at the fish ponds near to Bali Barat

Grey-rumped Treeswift

One bird was perched on a bare tree in Bali Barat with another in flight while driving from the same spot a little while later

Cave Swiftlet

These are a very common sight throughout the island, including in the mountains

Edible-nest Swiftlet

At least 1 Bintang Balian

Pacific Swift

~30 over Bintang Balian; 1 Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 1 Bali Barat National Park

Javan Kingfisher

These are much larger than expected, and the speciality of the island. Most reliable place to spot one is probably by scanning the rice paddies along the coastal road from Balian westwards (1 Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park and 1 at restaurant at lunch Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; Bedugul – 1; 1 near Batukaru Temple

Collared Kingfisher

1 outside of Bintang Balian; 1,2 Bali Barat National Park; 1 Banded Pitta site; 1 at roadside stop Bali Barat National Park; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 4; Temple near to Gilimanuk – 1; Uluwatu Temple and cliffs - 2, Nusa Dua lagoons – 1; Serangan Island - 1

Sacred Kingfisher

The one bird that we saw at the mangroves of Gilimanuk was more difficult to separate from Collared Kingfisher than we had expected. The underparts seemed more or less white as with Collared, but the only truly distinctive feature were the cinnamon lores. Some of the Collared Kingfishers we saw also had a hint of colour here so care needed to be taken with each bird 

Cerulean Kingfisher 

These birds are very active and a pristine light turquoise blue. They were amongst the earliest birds seen in the channels of the fish ponds near Bali Barat, where they were also seen on the pools on the beach side. At Nusa Dua lagoon, at least 4 birds were present, constantly either feeding or chasing each other

Blue-eared Kingfisher

Two birds were seen from a bridge over a large stream on the journey from Balian to Bali Barat. The male was only seen for a short time, and had the classic blue of the head and ear coverts of this species, although the all black bill might have been expected to also have red at the base. The female, who was seen a lot more closely, and for longer, presented a bit of a challenge. The ear coverts of female Blue-eared meninting on Bali should be all blue, but this bird had rufous with some blue, consistent with the Bali race of Common, florianus

Blue-tailed Bee-eater

Only one seen at Serangan Island

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater

4 Bali Barat National Park

Flame-fronted Barbet

Bedugul Botanical Gardens – 3; Bedugul Golf Course 1

Yellow-eared Barbet

Despite calling loudly and often being in a tree overhead, these birds proved very tricky to pin down due to the camouflaged green blending with the leaves. 2 birds eventually gave good views after some patient searching

Coppersmith Barbet

The local form is strikingly different from the birds seen elsewhere at places of such as India, where there is a mix of red and yellow on the face. Bali birds have red face in black and red throat which is a striking combination (At least 2+2 Bali Barat National Park; 4 roadside stop Bali Barat National Park; Temple near to Gilimanuk – 5

Freckle-breasted Woodpecker

1 Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; at least 2 Bali Barat National Park; Temple near to Gilimanuk - 3

Common Flameback

1 early morning Pura Luhur Srijong temple near Balian

Black-thighed Falconet

1 perched then flew Bali Barat National Park

Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot

These minute parrotlets are apparently hard to find perched, with one of the best places in Bali being the golf course at Bedugul, where we saw them. Even then, they have a habit of hugging the top branches, blending in with the surrounding similarly coloured leaves (Bedugul Golf Course 8, Bedugul 1 over)

Javan Banded Pitta

One of the most stunning birds seen on the trip, this species is in a high concentration in Bali Barat National Park. They still often need some work to se, but Hery knows of a hide that has been set up where they are fairly well guaranteed. A small amount of food is placed on a log in front of the hide (which I’m sure has also been “placed” there) and a couple of whistles brings the birds in – a pair when we were there

Indonesian Honeyeater

This rather smart and vocal bird was attracted out of its preferred higher branches by tape, and performed well, trying its hardest to worry what was the speaker in the botanical gardens at Bedugul

Golden-bellied Gerygone

Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 3; Nusa Dua lagoons 1

Black-winged Flycatcher-shrike

Pair Bali Barat National Park

White-breasted Woodswallow

At least 5+3 over Bintang Balian; Couple in Bali Barat National Park; 1 Gilimanuk; Temple near to Gilimanuk - 4

Common Iora

2 at Pura Luhur Srijong temple near Balian; 2+1+1 Bali Barat National Park

White-shouldered Triller

In addition to the female White-shouldered Triller female we saw at the fish ponds, 3 pairs of Trillers at mangroves near Gilimanuk provoked a lot of discussion. The problem was the colour of the females, which lacked any brown, and the tertials on the males, which had a lot less white than would have been expected. However, female Pied Trillers should show some scalloping on the chest, and the supercilium of males perhaps even more pronounced, so these birds may all have been White-shouldered (3 pairs Gilimanuk; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 1 female; Serangan Island – 1)

Small Minivet

Temple near to Gilimanuk - Pair

Scarlet Minivet

The form on Bali is orange in the male, as opposed to red in other localities (Pair Bali Myna breeding site, Bali Barat; Bedugul Golf Course – Pair)

Australian Golden Whistler

This was a bit of a nice surprise - a stunning little bird that eventually showed well at one of the small the shrines within the botanical gardens at Bedugul. The bright orange belly and white throat stood out against the darker shadows of the forest

Long-tailed Shrike

1 at rice paddy Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 1 Bali Barat National Park; 1 Gilimanuk; Serangan Island - 1

Black-naped Oriole

Bedugul Botanical Gardens - 2

Black Drongo

1+1 Bali Barat National Park flying overhead

Ashy Drongo

Temple near to Gilimanuk – 1; Bedugul Golf Course – 3; Bedugul Botanical gardens - 3

Greater Racket-tailed Drongo

Bedugul Golf Course 1

Malaysian Pied Fantail

1 in a town on the journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 1 Bali Myna breeding site, Bali Barat; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds – 1; Serangan Island - 1

Cinereous Tit

Bedugul Golf Course - 1

Sooty-headed Bulbul

2 Bintang Balian; 1 Bali Barat National Park; 5 Gilimanuk; Serangan Island - 1

Yellow-vented Bulbul

Abundant in most localities apart from in the mountains

Grey-cheeked Bulbul 

Batukaru Temple - 2

Pacific Swallow

2 Bintang Balian; Batukaru Temple – 12; Quite common Nusa Dua lagoons

Striated Swallow

2 Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park

Mountain Leaf Warbler

Bedugul Golf Course - 1

Sunda Warbler

Bedugul Botanical Gardens - 2

Striated Grassbird

Lake at Bedugul - 3

Zitting Cisticola

2 at lunch stop Denpasar; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds - 3

Bar-winged Prinia

1 Menangan Hotel, Bali Barat

Olive-backed Tailorbird

(Javan Tailorbird) 1 at Pura Luhur Srijong temple near Balian; 2 Menangan Hotel, Bali Barat

Mees's White-eye

There was some confusion over the naming if this species since Hery stuck by the James Eaton classification, which named it as Heleia, but we worked out it was actually currently known as Mees's White-eye (a misnomer since the eye is actually dark!) – (Bedugul Botanical Gardens - 6+; Bedugul Golf Course ~10; Batukaru Temple – 2)

Mountain White-eye

Bedugul Golf Course ~6

Asian Glossy Starling

Pair Bali Barat National Park

Short-tailed Starling

Another tricky species. They can be easily confused with Asian Glossy Starling, especially in the wet as when we saw the first group in the botanical gardens at Bedugul, masking the different coloured glossy head of the two species. We resorted to tail length proportions to help sort out the identification (Bedugul ~25, ~60, ~10; Bedugul Golf Course ~15

Javan Myna

Occasional overhead in small groups Bintang Balian; Temple near to Gilimanuk – 1; Uluwatu Temple and cliffs - 2

Black-winged Starling

One of the two must see starlings of Bali Barat, we managed to see two separate individuals in one morning. The first was one of the first birds of the day. Both were perched at the tops of trees

Bali Myna

At one time, there were only 3 surviving wild birds, but careful management and releasing captive bred birds has put numbers well into three figures. For purists, the best birds to see are those without rings, as our first in the forest was. It is much easier to spot the birds around the release site just outside of Bali Barat, where a number of birds are unshackled (5 Bali Barat National Park; at least 10 Bali Myna breeding site, Bali Barat)

Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher

The first of our two birds was an irregular visitor to the food stump at the Banded Pitta site in Bali Barat. The second was singing for a short while in the trees at Butukari Temple

White-crowned Forktail

These birds are normally easy to see around the channels of the small lake at Batukaru Temple, but the place was teeming festive worshippers when we arrived. We were in luck, due to 3 birds - 2 males and a female - overcoming the commotion to show well around the lake

Javan Whistling Thrush

These birds can be seen regularly at the botanical gardens in Bedugul, but sometimes need a bit of work.  We set up a tape which one of the birds responded to with song, although both time also only gave flight views

Snowy-browed Flycatcher

Bedugul Botanical Gardens - 1

Little Pied Flycatcher

Bedugul Botanical Gardens - 1

Pied Bush Chat

1 on journey from Batukaru Temple to Denpasar

Plain Flowerpecker

At least 2 Bintang Balian

Blood-breasted Flowerpecker

Bedugul Botanical Gardens – pair; Bedugul Golf Course - Pair

Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker 

Pair with nest containing 2 chicks at Menangan Hotel, Bali Barat; Temple near to Gilimanuk – 2; Nusa Dua lagoons - 4+ males, 2+ females

Brown-throated Sunbird

1 male outside room Bintang Balian; 1 at Pura Luhur Srijong temple near Balian; Nusa Dua lagoons - pair

Olive-backed Sunbird

1 at Bat site near Denpasar; Pair Bintang Balian; 2 pairs Daytime Snake Hunt; Pair temple Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; Temple near to Gilimanuk - 2; Batukaru Temple Pair

Eurasian Tree Sparrow

Common Bintang Balian; Quite common Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park and Bali Barat National Park

Streaked Weaver

Small colony in a town Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park

Javan Munia

1 temple Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 1 weaver site on journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park; 4 at Harris Hotel, Denpasar

Scaly-breasted Munia

Quite common Denpasar and Bintang Balian; Small flock lunch Daytime Snake Hunt; Common Journey from Balian to Bali Barat National Park and Bali Barat National Park; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~30

White-headed Munia

3 Bintang Balian; 1 Daytime Snake Hunt; 1 Bali Barat National Park; Banjuwedang Fish Ponds ~6

Java Sparrow

This bird is now very scarce across its range, and even then can be hard to locate. July is probably one of the best times to see them, but we managed at one of the favoured locations for our time of year, Pura Luhur Srijong temple near Balian, where we saw 4 birds with difficulty. They tended to fly into one of the tall trees, blending in with the canopy

 Mammals seen

Lesser Dawn Bat 

Colony Pura Luhur Srijong temple cave near Balian

Horsfield's (Javan) Treeshrew

Bedugul Botanical Garden - 1

Crab-eating Macaque

These were common throughout the Bali Barat area, both in the forest as well along main roads. They were a bit of a nuisance at Uluwalu Temple, where they often try to steal from and threaten the visitors

Javan Lutung (Ebony Leaf Monkey)

Of the two monkeys on the island, this is the more difficult to see. It is only seen in the Bali Barat area, where the adults are black and the youngsters creamy buff. We tried to track down one of the groups in the forest, and were partially successful in finding them, but having poor views. A much better time was had in a small temple pull off near to Gilimanuk. A group appeared at the top of viewable trees only a short way from us, and were out in the open for much of the time (Bali Barat National Park ~15; Temple near to Gilimanuk – 12)

Black Giant Squirrel

1 Bali Barat National Park

Plantain Squirrel

Bali Barat National Park - 3

Javan Rusa Deer

4 Bali Barat National Park; Bedugul ~10

Snakes seen

Reticulated Python

One found in a dead log on the daytime snake hunt

Dog-toothed Cat Snake

A pair were high up on palm fronds during the night time snake hunt

Oriental Ratsnake

2 separate individuals were found during the night time snake hunt

Painted Bronzeback

This was far and away the most common species seen during the night time snake hunt, with around 20 seen. They tended to be in trees above the small flowing streams along the sides of the track

Indonesian Cobra

Also known as Spitting Cobra, this individual was curled up inside a wood pile during the daytime snake hunt. It seemed to be starting to shed its skin and was quite docile, not showing a sign of spitting, or even of any aggression at all

King Cobra

One of the big prizes during the snake hints, this was seen on the daytime one. While a relatively small specimen at around 3 metres, it was still impressive, with audible growling as we watched it weigh us up

Lesser Sunda White-lipped Pit Viper 

A stunning snake, 2 separate individuals were found curled up in branches over a river on the night time snake hunt

 

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