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JAVA & BALI

Sunday 3rd August - Sunday 17th August 2014

Craig Robson

Small Blue Kingfishers (Craig Robson)

Small Blue Kingfishers (Craig Robson)

After a gap of four years, the show was on the road again for the latest Birdquest to Java & Bali. Once again, we found a wide range of speciality birds, including Chestnut-bellied Partridge, Christmas Island Frigatebird, Milky Stork, Javan Hawk Eagle, Green Peafowl, Javan Plover, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Pink-headed Fruit Dove, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Sunda Coucal, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, Sunda Scops and Spotted Wood Owls, Javan Frogmouth, Salvadori’s Nightjar, Volcano Swiftlet, Javan Trogon, Javan King-fisher, Black-banded Barbet, Javan Flameback, Javan Banded Pitta, Pied and Trilling Shrike-babblers, Javan Cochoa, Sunda Blue Robin, Pygmy Bushtit (or Tit), Rufous-fronted Laughingthrush, White-breasted and White-bibbed Babblers, Spotted Crocias, Javan Tesia, Javan Bush Warbler, White-bellied Fantail, Black-winged Myna, Javan Sunbird, and White-capped Munia. On the outskirts of Bali Barat National Park, at Menjangan Resort near Gilimanuk, we saw five Bali Mynas close to the new release site, three of which were wild-born and un-ringed. Thankfully, this was a dry tour (weather-wise!), and our total of 236 species was comparable with the 2006 tour, which ran at the same time. Mammal highlights included the threatened Javan Gibbon, as well as the endemic Grizzled Leaf Monkey and Javan Langur.

Indigo Flycatcher (Craig Robson)

Indigo Flycatcher (Craig Robson)