Saturday, 13 August 2011

Indonesia - the first few days

Quite a lot has gone on since the last post from Hong Kong. Flying into Surabaya a few days ago, the first thing to do was admire the active volcano that is Mount Bromo. It was excellent, with a decent sunrise, lovely secenery and some pretty sulphurous fumes... but given that a 2km exclusion zone was lifted only a few weeks ago (due to a recent eruption earlier this year), the ash made the area pretty birdless. Apart from a few swiftlets to give me a headache (probably Glossy Swiftlets)!
The journey from Surabaya was filled full of roadside egrets and Javan Pond Herons, though the highlight was a nice Javan Kingfisher - good to see it first on the island after it was named. A few other bits and bobs, with the obligatory Yellow-vented Bulbuls replaced at high altitude (around Bromo) by an Indonesian endemic, Orange-spotted Bulbul.

Scaly-breasted Munia
After just a couple of days on Java, which really didn't do the place justice, it was time to fly on to Denpasar on Bali where I'll be for a while now. After a slow start on the first day (having ditched down for the night in Ubud), I've now been in the northwest of the island for the last 2 days. Too much to write about just now, but privileged to have seen one of the few remaining wild Bali Starling (that was not from the reintroduction scheme) as well as Black-winged Starling, Javan Banded Pitta, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Javan Plover, Sunda Teal and a whole lot more.
That darn leaf... Javan Banded Pitta

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