On the second day of 2024 we got a couple of Chinese who would like to do birding in Bali for 4 days. Within those days, we went to the cliff area of south Bali, the vast paddy field area, highland forest, lowland forest and also shrimp ponds area. It was a successful, yet fun birding with more than 126 species seen and mixed with cultural and beautiful landscapes of the Island of the Gods.
We just got back from a short trip to Papua visiting the Fak Fak region for 2 targets species; The Southern Cassowary and the Banded Yellow Robin. Yes, we got them big time alongside some amazing birds and other wildlife species.
We are very delighted to have Sebastien & Frederic from France as our Birds and Mammals tour guests. Both of them were very nice and fun person. Perhaps, due to those wonderful personality, therefore we saw quite a lot of animals
Our guests from Netherland founded a website called www.jungledragon.com. After visiting west papua with us, Freddy, wrote a thorough trip report about the journey. Should you want to read it too, please click the link https://ferdychristant.com/papua-2023-travel-report-513ad3e784ef
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.