Birding Ubud: Bali Birding Tours

When: August 2016    Weather: Warm    26-30C

Nikon P900

After our successful meeting in Bali, we headed up to Ubud to chill for one night.  Staying at one of the many resort hotels there, we arrived just as dusk fell.  We were recommended Locavore as a top restaurant in Bali utilising local ingredients cooked in western fashion but I would say it was underwhelming.  Merah Putih in Kerobokan on the way back to the airport the next evening was much better at a quarter the price.

Bali Birding tours is well known as the birding experts in Ubud so we joined Su and 4 others for our 3 hour trek through the Ubud rice terraces…We met at Murni’s Warung which backs onto a verdant hillside and there was some activity of common birds…

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the first bird we saw was the ubiquitous yellow vented bulbul, so common in asia.

 

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a rather handsome spotted dove posed in the sunlight

 

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and then this splendid male brown throated sunbird made an appearance

 

We then set off among the padi fields after a 10min ride by van…..

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The munias were very busy feeding on the rice grains…here a scaly breasted munia

 

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juvenile scaly breasted munia

 

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back view of scaly breasted munia

 

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and then this first of two Bali endemics we saw on this trip…the Javan Munia

 

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Javan Munias perched on wire

 

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Much better view of the Javan Munia bathing in our pool!

 

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Aaaah…

 

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The unmistakeable zitting of a zitting cisticola…

 

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Hello! Ziiiiiit

 

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another view of zitting cisticola

 

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and then this golden headed cisticola appeared..a lifer for me!

 

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The second Bali endemic..The Javan Kingfisher

 

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resplendent in blue and violet with orange beak..the Javan Kingfisher

 

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another view

 

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an olive winged sunbird feeding…

 

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diving sunbird

 

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duckies in a row…

 

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and a lovely tree snake in the water..

 

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close up of snake

 

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and just before we left,,this plaintive cuckoo appeared..

 

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plaintive cuckoo

 

All in, a reasonably fruitful morning although it would have been nicer to start at 730am!

 

 

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