Zoothera Global Birding

Zoothera Global Birding



To finish off my story we spent a travelling day as we flew from Flores to Bali and then got caught in a major traffic jam that resulted in a 5 hour drive to our luxurious lodge set amidst superb forest at Bali Barat National Park. Along the way we had a whole bunch of Savanna Nightjars flying around us when we stopped at a small shop to buy some water, and quite a few White-headed Munias roosting in a tree bordering the car park here as well.

One last push the following morning as we had a 4.30am breakfast and then drove for one hour to a small quay where we boarded a small boat for a forty minute crossing to the site where we would search for a couple of very special birds. With lofty mountains, volcanoes, forested islands and a lovely clear blue sea it certainly was a beautiful crossing and as luck would have it we spotted our first major target bird from the boat, with a Black-winged Myna riding the back of a Timor Deer on an open hillside. We found a couple of others later as we zigzagged our way across the volcanic and rocky hillside – with a pair teed up nicely in the scope. There was also Black and Ashy Drongos, plenty of Java Sparrows, a Changeable Hawk-eagle on a nest, and 3 Black-thighed Falconets.

Black-thighed Falconet – see the black…. thighs?

The highlight for me was a pair of Beach Thick-knees we scoped on a distant sand spit – I’ve wanted that baby for a long
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Bali Barat & Baluran NP – Birding Trip (7 Days 6 Nights)

Bali Barat & Baluran NP – Birding Trip (7 Days 6 Nights)


Glance Itinerary:

Day 1: Arrival in Bali – transfer to a hotel in Nusa Duabal
Day 2: Birding around Nusa Dua beac, Uluwatu, and Tanjung Benoa (Mangrove forest).
Day 3: Nusa Dua – Tanah lot – West Bali (Bali Barat)
Day 4: Birding at Baluran National Park.

Day 5: Bali Barat – Gilimanuk – Banyuwangi – Safari tour on Baluran National Park.
Day 6: Baluran/Banyuwangi – Bedugul
Day 7: Birding on Bali Botanical garden
Day 8: Bedugul – Ubud
 Day 9: Ubud and it surrounding
Day 10: Ubud – Kuta – Airport (transfer-out)
The end of tour services.

Note: This trip can be shortened or extended to be 5 to 12 Days, depends on interest and desired places to visit.

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Birdquest’s Java & Bali

Birdquest’s Java & Bali


Birdquest’s Java & Bali, Indonesia birding tour features two of the most famous islands in this greatest of all archipelagos. Our Java & Bali tour provides comprehensive coverage of the many endemics of these two scenic and culturally fascinating islands that lie just to the west of Wallace’s Line.

  • JAVA & BALI August 2014
  • JAVA & BALI September 2015 – October 2015

Saturday 22nd September — Saturday 6th October 2012
(15 days)

Leader: Craig Robson

Group Size Limit: 9

Tour Category: Easy to Moderate for the most part, but one or two optional Demanding hikes

Java and Bali are home to a number of endemics to the two islands as well as various sundaic endemics. It is also the best place to see a few otherwise difficult species, such as the amazing Green Peafowl (Pete Morris)

Java and Bali are home to a number of endemics to the two islands as well as various sundaic endemics. It is also the best place to see a few otherwise difficult species, such as the amazing Green Peafowl (Pete Morris)

Java and Bali are the smallest and southeasternmost of the Greater Sunda islands, biologically one of the richest and most complex regions on earth. Both are lands of great beauty, dominated by their mountainous interiors, where high peaks and smoking volcanoes are flanked by forests and fertile terraced fields that trip down the slopes like giant steps. The birds here have more in common with those of mainland South-East Asia than with those of eastern Indonesia, beyond ‘Wallace’s Line’, which have shared affinities with the Australasian avifauna. Boasting over 300 species, of which 35 are strictly endemic and many others endemic to the Greater Sundas as a whole, Java and Bali offer a birding and cultural experience not to be missed.

Java, with its population of around 100 million, plays a central role in Indonesia’s economy and culture. Besides being the geographical and political hub of the country, and hosting Indonesia’s three largest cities, many of Indonesia’s most significant historical developments took place here, including the struggle for independence. The peoples of both islands are Malay in origin, but the Muslim faith of the Javanese is in stark contrast to the Hindu beliefs of the adjacent Balinese. Bali’s geographical location and the tides of history have served to isolate it from the Hindu mainstream in the Indian subcontinent, but this very isolation has been responsible for the extraordinary vitality of its culture. From the wonderful costumes and dances to the incredible number of temples (in some districts there seem to be more temples than houses!), Bali and its friendly people constantly fascinate and delight the traveller.

Our journey begins in the Jakarta region, where we will look for such specialities as Javan Plover, Javan (or Sunda) Coucal, Javan White-eye and White-capped Munia.

From there we travel inland to Gunung Gede-Pangrango National Park, named after the sister volcanoes Gede and Pangrango which tower to over 3000m and which are still active to this day. With its hot springs, spectacular waterfalls, billowing plumes of sulphurous gases and beautiful moss-encrusted montane forest, this amazing national park holds nearly all of Java’s endemic birds, including Javan Hawk-Eagle, Chestnut-bellied Partridge, Javan Trogon, Orange-fronted and Brown-throated Barbets, Javan Whistling Thrush, Javan Tesia, Crescent-chested Babbler, Javan Fulvetta, Rufous-tailed Fantail, Pygmy Tit, Javan Grey-throated White-eye and the exquisite White-flanked Sunbird.

Next we travel to the more remote Gunung Halimun National Park, the largest tract of true rain forest on Java, and the only place where we can go birding in intact lowland rain forest. Based at a comfortable research station inside the forest, we will search for the many specialities of this beautiful and little-known protected area, which include Sumatran Green-Pigeon, White-breasted Babbler, Spotted Crocias, White-bellied Fantail, and Javan Sunbird, as well as one of Java’s few healthy populations of the endangered Javan Gibbon.

As something of a contrast, our last birding in west Java will involve a boat trip to Pulau Rambut, a small island in the Java Sea off Jakarta, where we hope to find the declining Milky Stork as well as other coastal species like Christmas Frigatebird and Pied Imperial Pigeon.

Leaving Java, we come to the emerald isle of Bali where we will search for the beautiful but sadly extremely endangered Bali Myna, as well as Javan Kingfisher and the endangered Black-winged Myna.

During the final part of our journey we will take the ferry across the narrow Bali Strait to east Java, where we will begin with a visit to Baluran National Park. Here, with the extinct Baluran volcano looming over us, we will explore the dry savanna and open woodland which, with its several species of large grazing mammals, seems strangely out of place on this tropical Asian island. Highlights here include the magnificent but endangered Green Peafowl, Green Junglefowl and the rather less dramatic Grey-cheeked Tit-Babbler.

From Baluran we will travel a short distance to the south-west, and spend a couple of days exploring the wonderful forests flanking the eastern slope of the Ijen Plateau, famed for its sulphur production. Here we will be looking for the highly distinctive White-faced Partridge, which is only found in east Java, along with the beautiful Pink-headed Fruit-Dove, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot and Black-banded Barbet.

Birdquest has operated tours to Java and Bali since 1984.

(Note: The above is a summary of the tour. For more information please download the detailed, day-by-day itinerary. The button is at the top right of the page.)

Accommodation & Road Transport: The hotels/lodges are mostly of normal Birdquest standard. At Gunung Halimun (2 nights) and at Baluran (1 night) the lodges are rather basic, with shared, Indonesian-style bathroom facilities and no hot water. Road transport is by small, coach or minibus and roads are mostly good.

Walking: The walking effort is mostly easy to moderate, but there are one or two optional fairly strenuous uphill walks at Gunung Gede (including in the dark while nightbirding).

Climate: Most days in the lowlands will be hot, dry and sunny, but overcast conditions are fairly frequent and some rain can be expected. In montane areas it will range from distinctly cool to warm. The humidity is often rather high.

Bird Photography: Opportunities are worthwhile.

Tour Price: £2850, €3280, $4620 Jakarta/Denpasar. Price includes all transportation (including Jakarta-Denpasar flight), all accommodations, all meals, bottled water, some drinks, all excursions, all entrance fees, all tips for local drivers/guides and for accommodations/restaurants, leader services.

Single Room Supplement: £280, €322, $454. (The lodge at Gunung Halimun has only five rooms, so sharing is likely there. Anyone having to share will receive a small refund.)

Deposit: 10% of the tour price (excluding any single supplement).

Air Travel To & From The Tour: Our in-house IATA ticket agency can arrange your air travel in connection with the tour from a departure point anywhere in the world, or you may arrange your own air travel if you prefer. We can tailor-make your itinerary to your personal requirements, so if you would like to travel in advance of the tour (and spend a night in an hotel so you will feel fresh when the tour starts), or return later than the end of the tour, or make a side trip to some other destination, or travel business class rather than economy, we will be happy to assist. Please contact us about your air travel requirements.

As an indication, return fares from London are available from around £820, €940, $1330. You can join the tour by leaving London the day before the tour starts, arriving back in London the day after the tour ends.

The stunning Green Junglefowl is thankfully fairly easy to see along the tracks at Baluran (Pete Morris)

The stunning Green Junglefowl is thankfully fairly easy to see along the tracks at Baluran (Pete Morris)

The twin peaks of Gunung Gede and Gunung Pangrango (seen here) are cloaked in montane forest and are home to most of Java's montane endemics (Craig Robson)

The twin peaks of Gunung Gede and Gunung Pangrango (seen here) are cloaked in montane forest and are home to most of Java’s montane endemics (Craig Robson)

The remarkable island of Bali has a completely different feel to it compared to the rest of Indonesia, with many ornate Hindu temples, such as here at Bedugul Botanical Gardens, decorating the landscape (Pete Morris)

The remarkable island of Bali has a completely different feel to it compared to the rest of Indonesia, with many ornate Hindu temples, such as here at Bedugul Botanical Gardens, decorating the landscape (Pete Morris)

Indonesia Bird Watching Tour

Indonesia Bird Watching Tour


Indonesia is the world’s large archipelago consist of the 17.000 islands which has 1.948.700 square Km and has 1.531 species of birds with 381 endemics birds species.

Sumatra – Java – Bali  (Greater Sunda Island) Bird tour

The western part of the country comprising Sumatra, Java, Kalimantan, and Bali, lying on the Sunda shelf and known as the Greater Sunda Island was once linked to Asian mainland as result some large Asian land animal and rich species of Birds, including elephant, tigers, rhinoceros, leopard, tropical birds, still survive and the dense rain forest and abundant flora of Asia are in evidence.

The Most Destination for Bird Watcher

  • IN JAVA (600 species, 37 endemics birds species)

bird watching tour

bird watching tour

Java has some Beautiful and unique national park
Ujung Kulon National Parkis the famous last home of the Javan Rhinoceros and leopard, its beautiful and unique National park situated at the extreme west point of java, the reserve comprises expanses of flat swampy forest with 2 small mountain of excellent evergreen rain forest, some opened grazing ground, beaches, cliffs and several offshore island. 220 pecies of birds has been recorded . the park offer excellent birdwatching in all habitant. Ujung kulon national park birding spot: Handeleum island – cigenter river – Grazing groune – Cikabembem – Jamang Tanjung alang alang – Nyiur –  Cidaon – Peucang island – cibom – ciramea – tanjung layar – karang rajang – kalejetan.

Gunung Gede – Pangrango National park & Gunung Halimun – Salak National Park is easily reached from Bogor to the Puncak pass, the headquarters is at the famous Cibodas Botanical garden at chilly 1200 m, and the park rice to 3026 m at Pangrango Peak in a mossy elfin forest with alpine meadows. Most of the 140 km2 park is composed of evergreen sub-montane forests. Gales have damage many large trees but otherwise the forest are lush and grand. the forest is tall, dense, dark, and often rain.  The wild life is also very diverse in the park and some species are rare and protected, some of the major endangered mammals are the javan gibbon javan leopard, the silver leave monkey. 244 species of birds have been recorded with 32 are endemic of java species such as the javan hawk-eagle. mount/gunung gede birding spot : Cibodas botanical garden – golf coures are – telag biru – water fall cibereum – spring water  air panas – kadang badak – up to the top mount special for javan cochoa and  Volcano swiftlet.

Baluran National park on the dry north-eastern tip of java is one of the most easily visited park in Indonesia, with grasslands reminiscent of African or Australian, The rive-in the park is noted for its buffaloes, banteng, deer and bird life. Impressive list of about 200 species of birds. Baluran national parkbirding spot : starting 500 m  from the gate – Bekol – Bama

another bird watching spot in java, carita forest, Pulau Dua, Pulau Rambut, Muara Angke, Pamanukan Pondok bali, Bogor botanical garden, Prambanan temple (central java) and Mt. Ijen forest (east java).

  • IN BALI (313 species, 28 endemic birds)

bali starling

bali starling

West Bali / Bali Barat National Park is a beautiful large wild area at extreme end of bali with total area 777 km2, forest range from montane to dry monsoonal with moist forests  in shelter gulleys and most of the park is savanna. The various environment and animal include monkey, deer, wild pig, iguana. The park famous as the only wild home  of endemic White Bali Myna or Bali Starling.

another birding spot in bali: Nusa Dua Pound, Benoa harbour and Bedegul.

  • IN SUMATRA (600 species, 37 endemics birds species)

Sumatra has some excellent national park for bird watching tour
Mount Kerinci-seblat is another very large park about 15.000 sq km, Mt. Krinci (3085 m) known as Rafflesia, the park includes  a full range of continuous forest from lowlands to mountain it is wild area where rhinoceros and tapir still roam,  the best place from which to explore bird watching is in the town of Kersik Tuo Kayu Aro / Muara Sako, Tapan Road and Sungai Penu in the Krinci valley.

Bukit Barisan National Park in southern Sumatra is difficult to reach but containing varied flora from coastal to rain forest and large mammal species including tigers, elephants, and tapirs. The best place from which  to explore in the town of Liwa, the bird watching/ birding spot Way Titias and Danau Ranau. Waytitias special for Tokhtor (Sumatra Ground-Cuckoo) and Danau Ranau for Poksay Haji (Sumatra Laughingthrush). The current list 121 species of birds.

bird watching tour

bird watching tour

Way Kambas National Park in lampung province is noted for the elephant which are protected in the park but also exploited ia a elephant training show and Sumatra Rhinoceros Sanctuary. Its large oastal reserve 0f 1235 sq km and contain of non-peaty swam forest, costal forest, and patches of original lowland rain forest. This mosaic very rich for bird and over 230  species have been recorded.  way kanan – Way Kambas birding spot : start from the gate of waykambas on the roda to waykanan, boat trip way kanan river – rawa gajah – kali biru.

  • Sulawesi ( 380 species, 115 endemic birds)
  • Maluku (Halmahera, Manusela National Park on Seram) 344 species, 96 endemic birds

Sulawesi and Halmahera Bird watching spot:
Karaenta, Lore Lindu National Park, Bogani Nani National Park, Tangkoko and Warta Bone National park / Dumoga bone National Park.
Halmahera, Tanah Batu Putih, tobelo, Labi Labi and sidangoli.

  • Nusa Tenggara / Lesser Sunda (Sumba Timur, Florest and Timor) 398 species, 104 endmic birds
  • West Papua (Arfak Mt, Waimena for montane birds, Lake sentani, and Wasur National Park for lowland birds) 647 species, 52 endemic bird

Sulawesi owlet by Daphne Gemmil

Sulawesi owlet by Daphne Gemmil

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Sari Buana Eco Lodge, Bird Watching

Sari Buana Eco Lodge, Bird Watching


Bird Watching

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Welcome to Bali Bird Walks

Welcome to Bali Bird Walks




Which came first – the walk or the work? Actually the latter, and the name was suggested by Hans Hoefer, erstwhile founder and publisher of APA Insight Guides. The book sold quite well, and I was inspired to expand on some of the featured itineraries, developing our programme of Bali Bird Walks for bird-watchers and aspiring naturalists which we operate today. We – that is me and Wayan Sumadi, better known to her birding fans as Su. Su is the one who really runs the show. Nothing escapes her notice; and pretty well all the fan mail is addressed to her!

We’ve been at it for nearly 15 years now: the other day Su hosted a party of Aussie birders who’d already done it six times. Needless to say, it was she (and the birds) they’d come to see! Mind you, there are other things besides birds out there. We specialize in butterflies, and trees and herbs, especially those having medicinal properties. Anyone for a spot of botanizing? Then a leisurely lunch in sylvan surrounds. Companionship is the key.

All are welcome, children especially. We can handle groups of up to 20 kids, many attending international schools regionally. Just give us some forewarning, and Su will take care of the rest. Walks take place on Tuesdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays (though by prior arrangement any day will do). And for dedicated birders and other enthusiasts, we may propose itineraries tailor-made and island-wide. Just try us…and see!

1. Where ?

In the country-side that surrounds Ubud situated at the very heart of Bali, you will be conducted on a variety of trails according to the cycle of the seasons

2. When ?

We meet on : Tuesday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday mornings at the sign of the Bali Bird Walks or Murni’s Warung (see map).
Time 09.00 am
Following a brief introductory talk, we set off on our walk, returning for Lunch – 12.30 pm
to leisurely take our fill and recapitulate the morning’s discoveries

3. “What Will I See” – Full List of Sightings

Birds over 100 species are found around Ubud, of which you are bound to see 30 or so, including Indonesian endemics such as: Java Kingfisher, Bar-winged Prinia, Black-winged Starling, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Java Sparrow, and many brilliant birds.
You will also have occasion to see: Birdwing and Swallowtail other Butterflies, different types of Rice Cultivation, rustic temples and monuments, magnificent trees, stunning scenery, wildflowers.

4. How Much ?

US$ 37 (10% to the Bali Bird Club) including Lunch, Cool Aqua on the trails, Coffee & Tea, Limited binoculars available.

5. Bali Bird Club

Founded in 1990 by Victor Mason, the B.B.C.’s primary aim is conservation through education, and 10% of the proceeds from Bali Bird Walks are placed in our Conservation Fund


(upon request only)


5k dawdle—3.5-hours—lunch—1k rookery


2k round ponds / mangroves—lunch – 2k cliftop


2k round temple, lake, river, hillside—lunch at jati luwih—wander down terrace (optional) – also 1k round moated temple Taman Ayun Mengwi for Java Sparrows


6k forest & lakeside trek 4 hours—lunch—the Botanical Gardens (optional) 1 to 2k & final drink with view at Hotel Pacung

Bali Starling in the Bag

Bali Starling in the Bag


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Bali Starling has long been on my want-to-do list and it finally was ticked off that list today.

After a long drive from Denpasar, Bali, last night, I headed off this morning from the West Bali town of Labuhan Lalang with birding friends Bill Watson and Barbara De Witt, and our guide Hery, a park ranger at Bali Barat National Park. It was a 30-minute boat ride to a sandy bay in the national park.
Hery explained that there are only about 15 free-flying Bali Starlings left in their natural environment in the national park. A captive breeding program has worked well – about 100 birds are nesting in captivity and several pairs are released annually into the park. Poaching for bird collections was the initial problem, but following a successful crackdown on poaching, the worry now is predation by the likes of monitors and palm civets, numbers of which may have risen to unnaturally high levels. Two weeks ago, the last of the truly “wild” Bali Starlings in the national park was killed and eaten by a civet.

It took us about an hour to find our first Bali Starling, the bird above. It was unbanded, so it was either raised in the wild by captive-bred parents, or it was a genuinely “wild” bird that had escaped the notice of park authorities. Either way, it was impressive.

We saw a second bird briefly, then found a third, this one with rings on its legs, clinging to the wire of a large cage which park authorities have established to facilitate the reintroduction of captive-bred birds to the wild. Two pairs of starlings were in the cage during our visit, undergoing a kind of adjustment phase before being released into the park.

One of the rangers holds up a sign outside the park headquarters. They are a dedicated bunch battling against the odds. Let’s hope their efforts succeed in saving this beautiful bird.

Birdwatching Bali Barat

Birdwatching Bali Barat



Period of visit: November 19th to 23rd, 2011
Name of clients: Mr.Sonley Graham & his girl friend
Nationality: UK
Local guide: Pak Yudi

Sonley Graham and his friend had done five days birding on Bali Barat National Park. Pak Yudi guided them to Nusa Dua, Teluk Berumbun-Bali Barat where could see Bali Myna. Then birding trip was continued to Bali Botanical garden in Bedugul, and Uluwatu. Trip was succeed, and could see target species.

For details this tour itinerary:

Day 1: (November 19th, 2011): Their arrival at Ngurah Rai international airport by a very late flight with code number KL 08:35, then transferred-in to Kendi Mas hotel in Kuta.

Day 2: (November 20th, 2011): After breakfast birding on mangrove forest (MIC) and Lagoon recycling water in Nusa Dua, then drove through Bali Barat. Birding along the way to see Javan Kingfisher. Afternoon birding on fish ponds to see Small Blue Kingfisher and Javan Plover.
Night: Kubuku cottage in Pemuteran.

Day 3: (November 21st, 2011): Arised early morning, traveled by a speedboat across Teluk Berumbun where could be seen Bali Myna and Black-winged Starling.
return to accommodation to have a coffee break. Birding trip ‘s continued on moonsoon forest along roadside of the park to see Rofous-backed Kingfisher, Barbets, Woodpecker, and Green Junglefowl at Menjangan resort.
After lunch drove up to the highland on Bedugul. Birding on a golf court.
Night: Wisma PLN

Day 4: (November 22nd, 2011): Birding early morning at Bali botanical garden to see Indonesian Spiderhunter, Small Minivet, Fruit-doves and Thrush.  
After lunch drove down to Kuta beach for accommodation.
Night: Melati Hotel

Day 5: (November 23rd, 20111): after breakfast birding trip’s contiued to Uluwatu, then transferred-out to the airport for return flight with a code number KL 0836 departed at 21:35 for departures home. The end of tour service.  

For details please send your inquiries to this email; info@maliatours.com
and cc; maliatours@yahoo.com

Then we can tailor a program to suit your needs.

White herons of Petulu

White herons of Petulu



21 Jan 2008   in Heron-Egret-Bittern,
Contributed by – see article –

Connie Khoo SY and Lim Phaik Imm were in Bali in November 2007. While there, they made a side visit to Petulu, a small village well known for the thousands of herons arriving each evening to roost. During the day there were already more than 10,000 birds around and almost everywhere were loose feathers and faecal matters. The smell must be distinctive.

By evening the birds would arrive by the hundreds, then by the thousands. And before long all the trees in the village would turn white as the Cattle Egrets (Bubulcus ibis) settle on all available branches. The noise made by the birds can be deafening, reaching a crescendo before darkness descends when quiet returns.


Connie and Phiak Imm report: “At Petula Gunung Village, approximately 5km from Ubud, we were treated to a spectacular sight of thousands of birds arriving every afternoon. By 4 pm, thousands of Cattle Egret were around, resting and flying about. And just before dusk, they arrived in the hundreds to roost. We estimated that there were about 15,000 by 6 pm, a huge number! According to our bird guide Sumardi, there are usually about 20,000 every evening. The image above (left) shows two males in their first year breeding plumage. That on the right is a female.


“This rare phenomenon reminds us of Lake Temenggor when a big flock of hornbills were flying pass from upper Belum to lower Belum, heading towards the Thai border to roost for the night. What a spectacular sight!

“We re-visited the village the next evening and observed the nesting and courting behavior of these birds. It was not a problem watching them copulating because in every tree there would be one or two pairs busy mating.

“The birds were in their colourful breeding plumage. The male’s lore is deep purple and the bill is orange red (left top), whilst the female’s lore is beige or light yellowish and bill dark yellow (left bottom).

“Many of the egrets nest in the 5-8 metres, full bloomed pinkish frangiapani tree (Plumeria sp.). Some of the trees are growing close to the roof of the wooden terraced houses of the villagers.

“The villagers believe that these birds come with the blessing of God because during

the breeding season their plumage changed from white to very dark orange and golden. They believe that every year from September to December or so, the villagers are blessed with good health and luck. They thus revere the egrets and cause them no harm. They even pray to the birds. Amidst the colony of Cattle Egrets, we also noted one Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) and one Intermediate Egrets (Egretta intermedia) (right), both in full breeding plumage.

“Birdwatchers need to take precautions least the egrets’ poo land on their head. So a hat or cap is necessary.

“The day when we were there happened to be a holy day. All the women and children except man and boys, dressed in their colourful lacy transparent “kebaya” with “batik sarong” matching and walked to the temple to provide simple home made offerings, such as sticky rice and flowers to the Hindu Gods. The offerings were neatly arranged in colourful, hand-woven straw baskets of various sizes stacked on top of their heads (below). On this holy day, they believe that the deities and ancestral spirits descend from heaven to visit earth.

According to local legend, the herons appeared after one of the worst massacres of suspected communists in Indonesia. This was immediately after the downfall of Sukarno in 1965. Villagers believe that the white herons are the souls of the slaughtered Indonesians.

Input and images by Connie Khoo SY and Lim Phaik Imm.

Birdwatching Indonesia, 12 Days – 11 Nights, 6 Ecolodges

Birdwatching Indonesia, 12 Days – 11 Nights, 6 Ecolodges



Let us look after all your Indonesia accommodation, cultural, birding and wildlife travel.
As with all our tours, below is a sample tour and we can adapt to your time frame, wishes and group size (we take any size from 1 to 20)

The main aim of this tour is to emphasise the potential for birding from all of our lodges using all our company specialist bird guides (Nyoman (Mrs) in Bali, Heri in Satwa and Hakim in Tandjung Putting National parks. However the tour is much more than that as you will experience the peoples of this country with their many cultures and also view key endangered species – Orangutans, proboscis monkeys, Komodo Giant Lizards, Sumatra Elephants and Rhino and possible a whiff of the Tiger and others.

Day 01 Udayana Lodge – Bali

Arrival at NgurahRai International airport in Bali, picked up by your Guide who will transport you to The Udayana Kingfisher eco Lodge, Bali – welcome and briefing of the tour by one of our Managers  Depending on arrival time birders will be offered either a bird walk in the gardens of the Lodge or at the Nusa Dua Settling Ponds Afternoon and evening visit to The Uluwatu Temple and view the famous Kecak (Monkey) dance

Day 02 Bird Watching

After breakfast, you will spend most of the day birding in the park; after a late lunch at Menjangan, you will return to Udayana Lodge via Bedugul and the lake region of Bali. You will arrive for dinner at the Lodge.

Day 03 Labuan Bajo

After breakfast, you will spend most of the day birding in the park; after a late lunch at Menjangan, you will return to Udayana Lodge via Bedugul and the lake region of Bali. You will arrive for dinner at the Lodge

Day 04 Labuan Bajo

After a relaxing breakfast, you will leave for the flight to Labuan Bajo (60 minutes), met by our Manager and the Bajo Komodo eco Lodge arriving for lunch followed by a siesta. At around 1530 you can either proceed on a snorkeling visit to Bidadari island only 35 – 40 minutes by Lodge boat OR if the tide is right a River Safari for Birders. The latter will take up a river to the south of the lodge where you should see water birds. It is also home for the critically endangered but very dangerous Estuarine crocodile.

Day 05 Komodo Island & Birds

This is a long day but very worthwhile. After an early breakfast, you will proceed to the harbor for your boat to Komodo Island, the main and most beautiful island of the Komodo group of islands.  We purposely choose a slow boat as it is very relaxing to move slowly through The Sea of Flores, past many islands and the large island of Rinca on your left arriving at around 0930 (depending on currents) passing the world famous Pink Beach on your way. You will immediately proceed on a walk to look for Komodos and you should also see a number of bird species. Then lunch back on the boat and proceed for snorkeling on  The Pink Beach. This is a fabulous place and is world renowned for its biodiversity; however the current can be strong and you must take local advice where to swim; then back to LabianBajo and dinner at the Lodge

Day 06 Borneo

After breakfast, you will take the early flight to Bali, then on to Surabaya (35 minutes) and then Pangkalan Bun (60 minutes) in Borneo arriving in the afternoon. After meeting your guide, you will be transported to Kumai to your klotok (river boat) to start the magic trip up The Sekonyerriver to The Rimba Orangutan Eco Lodge. On the way (if the weather is clear) you will see many fireflies and after two hours see the welcome lights of The Rimba on your left side. You will be welcome by our Manager for dinner.

Day 07 Camp Leakeys & Orangutans

For Birders, a pre breakfast Bird walk with our guide is suggested. Then take your river boat to famous Camp Leakey to view Orangutans in their natural habitat; other primates seen will be Proboscis Monkeys, Gibbons and Long Tailed Macaques, Silverbacked    Langurs and hopefully you will see many birds, crocodiles and monitors. Camp Leakey (named after the famous Oxford based scientist Louis Leakey), one of the homes of Professor Birute Galdikas (an investor of Ecolodgesindonesia).  Camp Leakey is allegedly the longest biological, documented  scientific  experiment on the globe. Galdikas is one of Leakeys golden angels, the others being Dianne Fossey ( Gorilla scientist – deceased) and Jane Goodall (the chimpanzee scientist). If you are lucky, you may meet her. On the way home, if the evening is clear, you should have a great sunset with the Proboscis Monkeys.

Day 08 Reforestation

For Birders, a very early morning bird walk tp Pesalat with a packed breakfast  and then a visit to Tanggui (a second Orangutan release centre) in an area famous for Butterflies. After the viewing, you will proceed on a hike around the area suitable for those interested in birds, butterflies and trees. This is an opportunity to study the area in a relaxed fashion. You will have lunch back at the lodge and proceed to Tandjung Harapan (the third release centre) for the afternoon viewing. You will then return to the Lodge for a short rest and then proceed for an evening dinner on the river with the “fireflies”. The latter is a terrific experience.

Day 09 Sumatra

After an early breakfast the Lodge,  you will proceed down river to Kumai and then on to the airport to catch your plane to Jakarta  (60 minutes), then on to Lampung in Sumatra (30 minutes). You will be met by one of our senior staff for the drive to The Satwa Sumatra Elephant Eco Lodge (90 minutes) where you will have a late dinner. This is a long travel day through many different cultures and islands on the Indonesian archipelago.

Day 10 Sumatra – Elephants

On most days, you wake to the haunting call of The Siomang Gibbons in the nearby park. After a relaxing breakfast, proceed to The Elephant Training Centre where you will meet your mahout for a ride in the park. You should take some sugar cane from Satwa (grown in the gardens) for your elephant. This is a terrific experience. Back to the Lodge for lunch and into the Park to Way Kanan for a river boat trip and a hike in Tiger habitat. On the river you should see many birds, primates and may see deer and wild elephants. Sun Bears have also been sighted. Back to the Lodge for dinner and for enthusiasts, a night bird walk with Heri (our resident bird guide)

Day 11 Fire Effects

An early start after breakfast to Bungur (one hour), where a boat and Park Ranger will await you for another river trip on another main river on the edge of the Park.  You will slowly proceed down river with the forest on the right side and small holder agriculture on the left side. Youwill see man and nature cohabiting together. You should see many birds and primates; at around midday, you will then take a short hike into the park to a reforestation area where you will have lunch and then have the opportunity to plant a tree, ask questions of Park staff re the dangers of fire and see the forest. You may also see evidence of Elephant all round you. Back to the Lodge for dinner

Day 12 Going Home

After breakfast to Lampung to catch your flights to Jakarta and to Bali and onwards.