Trisik Beach, Shorebirding Jogja

October 22, 2016

The internationally important site for Sanderling & Wood Sandpiper in the EAAF. If you are looking for migratory shorebirds and other waterbirds in Yogyakarta, Trisik beach is the right place for you. Come around late August to March, and many regular visitors of migratory shorebirds.

This sandy coastal beach about 2.4 km long on the west-south coast of Java approximately 30 km south of the Jogja city (45 minutes – 1 hours). The beach is administratively located in Banaran village, Galur subdistrict, Kulon Progo district, Yogyakarta province. Here where Progo River, the biggest river of Jogja, meets the sea.

 

This area is often visited by local birders, becomes very often when the migration season. Some monitoring and research have pretty much done. From the local like Jogja Bird Walk, Indonesian shorebirds monitoring (Monitoring Burung Pantai Indonesia or MoBuPI), Bird Batik Day (Boeharti, Pengamatan Burung Hari Batik) to international annual events such as the Asian Waterbirds Census and Word Migratory Bird Day.

 

From those several records place Pantai Trisik as an internationally important site for Sanderling and Wood Sandpiper in the East Asian-Australasian Flyway also there are three species of migrant shorebirds (Grey Phallarope, Pectoral Sandpiper and Common Ringed Plover) that became the first record for Indonesia.

 

Birding in the area you must observe at least four sites such as:

 

1. Rice Paddies

 

Rice paddies cover most of the area (c.60%) for 3.6 km along the north to south of Banaran village. During the dry season, the farmers plant the area with soybeans. The presence of shorebirds is mostly from the preparation for rice planting until the early growing phase. When peak of migration season (October – November) hundred to thousand of Wood Sandpiper will come in here with the others shorebirds. The rice paddies and surrounding is a feeding area for Javan Munia, Scaly-breasted Munia, Cattle Egret, Javan Pond Heron, Zitting Cisticola, Plain Prinia and more. With some luck the unpredictable Black-caped Munia and Greater Painted-snipe might able can be seen.

 

2. Lagoons

 

The lagoon (known by the local people as ‘tegongan’) is a small pool containing brackish water. There are two lagoons located about 100m from the shoreline. Big waves sometimes inundate the lagoons for approximately 1km along the shoreline. In 2009, the western lagoon was used by the local people to nourish ‘Bandeng’ (Indonesian for Milky Fish Chanos chanos) by building a c.1m high dyke. The area between the lagoons and the shoreline is surrounded by sands dominated by Spinifex littoreus and Pandanus tectorius plants. The area is known for the importance as the nesting area of Javan Plover and Savanna Nightjar. The others birds such as Paddyfield Pipit, Striated Swallow, Pacific Reef Heron, Great Egret, Little Egret and the endemic Javan (Sunda) Coucal frequently seen around here.