Batu Karu Temple Birding
When: August 2019 Weather: Cool 22C
NikonP900, Sony RX10.4
Driving back from West Bali towards the airport, we diverted to the Batu Karu Temple to try and get a few other forest/montane species…arriving there about 4pm. We birded the road right up to the temple. Target birds were the Javan Forktail and barbets.
Heading up the road the black naped fruit dove was spotted and heard but alas I could not get a picture….
Leaving the pond, we descended the main road seeking two barbets….
Whilst we got decent views of the Flame Fronted Barbet through a spotting scope, it was so high up in the fading light that photos were futile…
The Temple Batu Karu is 1.5 hours from the airport and an hour from Ubud so it’s easily doable if you have a few hours. Try not to go on religious festival dates though as it gets crowded!