Birding in Cangar Hot Spring with Friend from England
We have visited by friends from England during his research in Java, Indonesia. He accompanied by local teams drive to our base-camp in Batu city, East Java. Suddenly the next day on (July 7th 2018) we went to Cangar hot spring part of Tahura R. Soeryo, indeed for birding!
Total 9 person of the group, we start looking the birds around Cangar hot spring. The weather was so good and very cool for us, but not for Harry.
In any tourist attractions, would be visited by many visitors. We also experienced that condition on that day. So we tried to hike in jungle track behind the hot spring.
The length of the circular track is about 1 Km, with a fairly steep incline at the beginning and before half the length of the track.
We were stop for a while in front of a Japanese cave, scan all directions and pay attention to every movement of leaves or twigs, hoping there is a bird behind the movement.
The pace of the trip was so dynamic, at beginning we just saw few birds species then after leaving the Japanese cave, we were stop by mix flocks. Then when we at the half of the track, the birds become low again until the end of the track.
Orange-breasted Trogon was the main target for Harry, but only 3 of us successful encountered with it and made Harry Jealous.
This happened when I invited Harry and 5 other friends to chase the bird's sounds, while three other friends waited on the main track. When we were near the source of the sounds, the bird even went out to near 3 of our friends.
Highlights of the day were:
1. Four individuals Javan Yellownape Chrysophlegma mentale.
- Saw around Japanese Cave, possibility 2 young and pair of adult.
2. Pink-headed Fruit-dove Ptilinopus porphyreus
- Single female bird near the Japanese Cave
3. Black-banded Barbet
- Single bird near the Japanese Cave and 2 before half of the jungle track.
The rest of bird-list is in below.
I invited the groups for lunch in Sendi, to tasted local food called Nasi Jagung (corn rice) equipped with salted fish, tofu, tempe, water spinach and sambal. Then we move to jembatan Cangar (Twin Bridge) for desserts that was Tape Ketan (fermented black sticky rice).
While we enjoyed the dessert, we wait the Javan Hawk-eagle. Sadly the birds was not shown up, only single male White-flanked Sunbird seen by me.
At around 2.30 pm, we agreed to finish the trip and heading back home.
Although birding this time quite chaotic, at least Harry get 3-4 lifers and enjoyed of the birding also the food on the sidelines of his research.