Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 4, 2012

Bali Botanic Gardens

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 6:18 am

Bedugul Birding Day 2

This morning I got up early and I was hoping for a fine day for my second day at the Bali Botanic Gardens at Bedugul. Yesterday had been pouring with rain and the light was horrendous. I took the track to the west and found myself in some rainforest type country. There were lots of birds in the trees but they were very high up and difficult to spot.

Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler
Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler (Pomatorhinus montanus)

I was lucky to get a couple of shots of a couple of the birds and I managed to identify the Chestnut-backed Scimitar Babbler, but could find nothing to help me identify the next bird which was a bright orange colour. Update: Thanks to Max who has identified it as Fiery Minivet (Pericrocotus igneus). Whoops. sorry max. Owl on flickr has identified it as a Scarlet Minivet (Pericrocotus flammeus), which is very similar. I am going on location reports as there have been sightings at Bedugul of the Scarlet but not the Fiery Minivet. Thanks for all the help on this difficult identification. woopeee.

Need ID please
Scarlet Minivet, (Pericrocotus flammeus)

There was a Short-tailed Starling out in the open this morning so I included this shot because it has much better light and sharpness.

Short-tailed Starling
Short-tailed Starling (Aplonis minor)

There are heaps of Pacific Swallows flying around everywhere, hawking for food.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

I got the next photos in a field on the way back to the hotel. They sat up nicely in the sunlight for me.

long-tailed shrike
long-tailed shrike (Lanius schach)

And here is an immature Long-tailed Shrike. They seem to like hanging out in the banana patches.

long-tailed shrike - immature
Immature Long-tailed Shrike

And there were a few Eurasian Tree Sparrows on the roofs of the pergolas next to the hotel.

Eurasian Tree Sparrow
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus)

I also saw a White-breasted Woodswallow but could not get a decent shot of it. But I was not worried because I already have heaps of great shots of those beauties. I also got a couple more photos of a Grey-chested Green-pigeon and he is on the feature photo for this page.

I am glad I went out early this morning because from just before lunch time it has been pelting down with rain here. I think the dry season is not quite here yet. I wanted to go down to the lake this afternoon, but I doubt that I will because I just heard a loud bunch of thunder.

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