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Birding Trips in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, January 2018

For 3 days we visited the most popular Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park, East Java which is famous for its panoramic epic Mount Bromo, Tenggerese peoples and the highest peak of Java island, Semeru mountain. In contrast to other visitors who usually visit the breathtaking mount Bromo or climb Semeru mountain, we were visited four birding spots around that area. This National Park still has a large rainforest that is still good and protected, would be a good habitat conditions for wildlife, especially birds.

Looking for (Javan) Banded Broadbill on Piket Nol, Lumajang

At 17 January morning we headed to Piket Nol, Lumajang, East Java. The cliff area that became the crossroad of Malang-Lumajang highway still has good forest. We start from the searching of a bridge then walk westwards. In the morning the condition of passing vehicles is quite rare, so we just enjoy bird watching. Highlight birds that we managed to see for this spots are (Javan) Buff-rumped Woodpecker, Banded Kingfisher, (Javan) Banded Broadbill, Yellow-throated Hanging-parrot, Yellow-eared Barbet and Grey-cheeked tit-babbler.

Record shoot of female Banded Kingfisher

Then at noon we drive to the south coast of Lumajang, at Selok Anyar village where habitat in this area is rice field along the edge of the coastline with some angles there are fish ponds owned by the residents also there are some rice fields that become pastures where buffalo grazing.

Paddy field habitat in south-coast of Lumajang

We arrived here at 1.00 pm at a fishpond, immediately greeted by the Small-blue Kingfisher flying past us toward the other ponds. Then we walked along the rice fields, pastures and ponds to the rows of Australian pine tree beachside. As a result we noted many birds and the highlights were Javan Kingfisher, Small-blue or Cerulean Kingfisher, Javan Plover, Red Avadavat, Javan Munia.

Ruby on the ground, Red Avadavat or Strawberry Finch