One of the endemic birds in East Java is well-known Grey-breasted or White-faced Partridge (Arborophila orientalis). It can be found from Yang highlands eastwards to Ijen mountains.
We have a client from England for two days birding in mount Ijen with only target is Grey-breasted Partridge.
On the March 2019, we have already observed this endemic on the same area.
We met the client at 05.00 am 26th August 2019 on his accommodation around Banyuwangi, then we drive to the location. At around 5.45 am, arrived in the location then we stayed in the partridge feeding station who build by local guide.
We spent whole day at there, unfortunately shower rain fall started at mid-dat until dusk. Even the partridge did not shown, several birds come to the station such as:
1. Red Junglefowl
2. Javan Banded Pitta
3. Temminck’s Babbler
4. Lesser Shortwing
5. Javan Whistling Thrush
6. Indigo Flycatcher
7. Snowy-browed Flycatcher
8. White-flanked Sunbird
9. White-bellied Fantail
10. Crescent-chested Babbler
11. Sunda Cuckooshrike and above us there is a fruiting tree that attrach:
12. Wreathed Horbill
13. Dark-backed Imperial-pigeon
14. Grey-cheeked Green-pigeon and,
15. Pink-headed Fruit-dove.
So, after drop off the clients on his accommodation we agreed to go on the next day.
Started at the same time as yesterday but arrived earlier at 5.30 am.
Sat and waiting again in the station while we enjoyed breakfast, coffee and tea.
The weather was better than yesterday.
At 8.20 am we heard the partridge at the distance, then we played the playback. Slow but sure, the sound of the partridge came closer to the station.
Then at 8.40 am we heard the partridge so loud at left of the station and come closer. Finally, a pair of White-faced Partridge came in the station.
Enjoyed when it foraging in front of us for about 5 minutes. That was a very proper view of this partridge that requested by our client.
Satisfied with that so then we decided to the outside from the station, local guide told us that he know roosting site of Javan Frogmouth. It just 200 meters away from the station, we saw three Javan Frogmouths perched on same horizontal branch.
Before mid-day we tried another station, but until 11.00 am the partridge did not shown. So, we decided to lunch at local restaurant and the two birding tours in mount Ijen, Banyuwangi, East Java ends.