Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 6, 2012

Lovina Birds, Bali

Filed under: Birds — Tags: , — steve_happ @ 11:49 pm

Birding in the Paddy Fields .

This afternoon just as I was going out birding, it poured down in buckets. I guess the dry season is not here yet. I set out when it had mostly stopped. It was just spitting a little bit, but it was fine. I wandered along the beach and then up this track along the rice paddies. I was hoping to get some photos of the Zitting Cisticolas that I had seen there early in the morning.

zitting cisticola
Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis)

The Zitting Cisticola (Cisticola juncidis) has a large range from Europe to Northern Australia. They are a small bird found mainly in grasslands. They have a rufous rump, no gold on the collar and the brown tail is tipped white. They have a distinctive call sometimes said to be like the repeated snips of scissors.

Sawah looking towards the ocean

This is a shot of the country around Anturan, which is part of what is called Lovina. Some of the rice fields have heads of rice and some do not. I guess they are at different stages. I also saw a few Scaly-breasted Munia munching away on some rice.

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

The Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach) is a member of the Laniidae family of shrikes. They are common from Central Asia to New Guinea. Their preferred habitat is open scrub and farmland. They are noisy and aggressive, sitting on a perch from where they hawk for insects and small vertebrates.

ID needed
Swallow or is it a Swift?

I am not quite sure what this is. It is difficult to tell because I have not seen these perching so I cannot get a close look at them. They are extremely difficult to shoot in flight. This is the best I can do. It is strange that there are no seagulls around. I have not seen a single one. They are usually everywhere near the ocean wherever I have been.

Bird List for Lovina

Zitting Cisticola
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Scaly-breasted Munia
Long-tailed Shrike

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