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April 13, 2012

Baluran National Park

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Bekol, East Java

It is not that hard to get to Baluran National Park as I was led to believe. You just catch the Surabaya bus from Banyuwangi to the gates of the National Park. Hire an ojek to get you to Bekol where you can stay in the guest houses there.

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)

As soon as I got there I got out the camera and went for a walk along the road. Not long after and this Crested Serpent Eagle came soaring over me. I almost fell over with surprise. It was glorious.

Rusa Deer (Cervus timorensis )

I am not sure of the proper name of this deer but at least I got the scientific name right. This were hanging around near a water-hole.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

Lots of Pacific Swallow were flying about then they would alight on a stick and just hang around for a while waiting for a photographer to come along and take their photo.

Scaly-breasted Munia
Scaly-breasted Munia (Lonchura punctulata)

And of course the ever-present Scaly-breasted Munia. I have seen them just about everywhere I have been so far in Indonesia.

Black Monkey
Black Monkey (Tracypitecus auratus)

Late in the afternoon I went for a walk along the road back to the highway. I disturbed this mob of monkeys who fled up into the highest trees. This one looks like someone you might know.

Small Blue Kingfisher (Alcedo coerulescens)

I cannot tell which kingfisher this one is but it was the brightest blue. Small Blue Kingfisher or Cerulean Kingfisher.

Jungle Fowl
Green Jungle Fowl (Gallus varius)

There were heaps of Jungle Fowl along the roads but it was difficult to get close to them.


Yellow-vented Bulbul
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)

I cannot resist taking photos of Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster) . They are everywhere but they seem to be doing the most interesting things.

Javan Wart-hog
Javan Wart-hog (Sus verrucosus)

A couple of Javan Wart-hogs were kept in a pen at the Bekol camp. The light was so low but I really like the dark photo. It seems to go with their look.

Green Pea-fowl
Green Pea-fowl ( Pavo muticus)

I saw about three pairs of Green Pea-fowl. They would not let you get close and would fly away as soon as you get a little bit too close.

Green Pea-fowl and Green Junglefowl
Green Pea-fowl and Jungle Fowl

These pair were on the road this morning. I tried creeping up on them but this is as close as I could get.

Green Jungle Fowl
Green Junglefowl

Flame-fronted Barbet
Flame-fronted Barbet (Megalaima armillaris)

I caught up with just one Flame-fronted Barbet this morning.

Java Sparrow
Javan Sparrow

I was told that there might be some Javan Sparrows about two kilometers down the road and sure enough, there it was. It is not a great shot, but at least it is a record. Well that was it for Bekol. I got a lift with one of the people at the camp to Bama Beach, which is just three kilometers further along. There is a guest house by the sea, and it is just like a tropical resort.


Photos by Pat Marklevitz.
Birds of Baluran.

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