Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

April 13, 2012

Taman Nasional Baluran

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Bama Beach, East Java

Bama Beach is just fantastic. They have a cafeteria here that serves the best food. And the accommodation is great. You have the sea, the jungle and the savannah. Late in the afternoon I went for a walk along the beach but did not see any birds. Only heaps of monkeys playing around and fighting each other. I think they are Long-tailed Macacas. There was a walkway along the mangroves. The roots of the mangroves were unbelievably twisted. There is also a birdwatching track but I saw about one bird along it. I came back and just walked along the road towards Bekol. I spotted a couple of crows and about four Green Pea-fowl sitting high up in a Gebung tree.

Crimson-winged Woodpecker
Pelatuk Sayap-merah, Crimson-winged Woodpecker (Picus puniceus)

The next morning I was up nice and early and walked along the track towards Bekol. I heard this pecking noise and looked around and found this woodpecker.

Crimson-winged Woodpecker
Crimson-winged Woodpecker

I got heaps of shots of the Crimson-winged Woodpecker because I was making sure I had lots to choose from. Its Indonesian name is Pelatuk Sayap-merah.

Green Pea-fowl
Green Pea-fowls

The Green Pea-fowls were up in the same tree again. I quite like the look of them silhoutted against the sky like this.

Green Pea-fowl
Green Pea-fowl

I am not sure what this is. I think I heard something about what it might be but I forgot. doh! Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus).

ID needed
Black Drongo (Dicrurus macrocercus)

Again, not sure what this is. doh! It may be a Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia).

ID needed
Common Iora (Aegithina tiphia) ??

Crested Serpent Eagle
Crested Serpent Eagle

This Crested Serpent Eagle was on the road just before the camp and flew off into a tree. I put this shot in to see what they look like roosting. On the road out I did manage to see a Zebra Dove but I had my camera all packed away and I was on the back of a bike. I had also seen numerous Pied Oriental Hornbills but could not get a photo of them.

Common Animals of Baluran National Park

Water Buffalo (Bubalus bubalis)
Banteng (Bos javanicus)
Green Pea-fowl (Pavo muticus)
Zebra Dove (Geopelia striata )
Crested Serpent Eagle (Spilornis cheela)
Deer (Cervus timorensis)
Dhole (Cuon alpinis)
Jungle Fowl
Black Monkey (Tracypitecus auratus)
Long-tailed Macaca (Macaca fascicularis)
Water Monitor (Varanus salvator)
Javan Wart-hog (Sus verrucosus)

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