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April 8, 2012

Gilimanuk, Bali Birding

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Gilimanuk, Bali

Saturday, 12th April, 2012. I got to Cekik just before midday yesterday from Lovina. The West Bali National Park offices were closed for the weekend. So I jumped on an ojek to take me to a hotel. In the afternoon, I went for a wander along the beach and helped some fishermen pull in their nets. They had a few garfish – maybe a couple of kilos.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica)

There were lots of swallows flying around. I managed to catch this one in flight and I quite liked it. The Pacific Swallow is similar to the Barn Swallow, but has Has a black breast band, whiter underparts. It was low tide and there was a great mudflat with lots of bits of reef sticking out of the water, but not a single shore bird. I was mystified.

Olive-backed Sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird, Cinnyris jugularis

I think this little one is an Olive-backed Sunbird. Not sure, though. I have no internet and no book. I need to fix that situation. Java is just over the straits. This fishing boat was heading out with the background of all the fires over on Java. After that I went for a walk in the grounds of the NP offices, then walked back to the hotel along the main road.

Looking towards java
Fishing Boat

Sunday, 8th April, 2012. The next morning I got up about 7 and went for a walk along the edges of the mangroves between the main road and the National Park. There were heaps of Yellow-vented Bulbuls. They seem to be very common so far. This was a juvenile fluffing his feathers and having a clean.

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

There were few butterflies around but not heaps. I managed to get a photo of this one.

Butterfly
Butterfly

I just managed to get a shot of this sunbird or flowepecker. They move around so quickly. This one is definitely an Olive-backed Sunbird.

Olive-backed sunbird
Olive-backed Sunbird

This is the first time I had seen a swallow or a swift perching. I made sure I got some good shots before I moved on. They are very similar to the Grey-rumped Treeswift (Hemiprocne longipennis) and were once considered con-specific.

crested treeswift
Crested Treeswift (Hemiprocne coronata)

I am pretty sure this is a Pacific Swallow.

Pacific Swallow
Pacific Swallow

And the White-breasted Woodswallow hawking for insects.

white-breasted woodswallow
White-breasted Woodswallow

There were quite a few bee-eaters which were perching and then going hawking for insects and then coming back to their perch.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eaters

They usually seem to be in pairs. They lack the elongated tail feathers which I was looking for to tell the male from the female.

Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater (Merops leschenaulti )

A flock of a dozen or so Scaly-breasted Munia were chomping down on the grass seeds.

scaly-breasted munia
Scaly-breasted Munia

Not sure what this is yet. It looks like a magpie and jumps with both legs instead of walking. As I suspected it was a triller, a White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii).

White-shouldered Triller
White-shouldered Triller (Lalage sueurii)

Well that was it for this morning. I managed to photograph heaps of birds. It was stinking hot after the sun got up a bit and I was sweating like a pig. I have been adding Pharolit, which is an electrolyte mix, to prevent dehydration. You can get it at chemists (Apotek) over here for about 1000 Rupiah per satchel.

Bird List Gilimanuk

Pacific Swallow
White-breasted Woodswallow
Spotted Dove
Olive-backed Sunbird
Crested Treeswift
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
Scaly-breasted Munia
White-shouldered Triller
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster)

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