Some of the species we saw during our East Java, Bali, and Lombok trip. Last photos are the savannah in Alas Purwo National Park scenes. All photos were taken by Mehd Halaouate.
During our birding trip with guests from Northern Ireland we saw lots of endemics. Including Javan kingfisher, Javan Hawk eagle, Javan sparrow, Javan banded pitta, Green junglefowl, Green peafowl, Black winged myna, Bali myna, Flame fronted barbet, Rinjani scops owl, Ornate pitta, and many others. This trip is considered an easy trekking with lots of beautiful scenery. From grassland savannah, mountainous rainforest, dry monsoon forest, to the cliff of southern tip of Lombok island.
We are very pleased to successfully organized a photo trip for Greater Bird of Paradise and King Bird of Paradise
On July 2023, we succeed to do a birding trip to Wamena region which accidentally combined with cultural things. We met a Dani tribe man who was very friendly, to greet and shake our hands while we were taking pictures of Capped white-eye and Superb bird of paradise. We then asked him to have a picture together to keep the memories.
All these years, I have heard stories about the abundance of Java sparrow (Lonchura oryzivora) in the rice fields of Java and Bali islands during harvest and post-harvest times in the past. I heard it from my own parents, villagers, educators, NGO staffs, and of course from many farmers who are generally already over 50 years old now. But I’ve never seen or witnessing it myself, until 31st August 2021.
On March-April 2023, we help and funded a conservation project for the Critically Endangered (CR) Yellow crested cockatoo in Moyo Island, Sumbawa. This species is one of the 2 CR status parrots in Indonesia according to IUCN.
The first time I saw these beautiful lorikeets, the Plum-faced lorikeets, was in aviculture. Back in the days when I bred parrots in Sweden one of our most enjoyable trips we did with fellow aviculturists from Sweden were to meet our European friends who bred amazing species known to us only in books. We had trips going to friends and breeders in Denmark, Germany, Belgium and Holland.
This is a trip with one guest from Spain, Federico, who took 2 days of his vacation for birding in Bali after having his job done in Jakarta. Even though not many places we visit and not really deep into the forest, but we got more than 60 species in just 2 days of birding. Within those species, lots of Indonesian endemics were seen.
After having a wonderful and productive birding trip with a group from Sweden in Jayapura and Waigeo, me (Oka) and our best Swedish friend Bengt Legnell planning to have another extended trip to Malagufuk village. A small village near Sorong city, which is well known for its easiness to see Northern cassowary and Red breasted paradise kingfisher. It happened, not just those two wonderful species that we saw and took pictures, many other were amazingly appeared and dancing beautifully.