4 Days Birding Trips in Bromo Tengger Semeru NP and around Malang, East Java

We had 4 Days birding trips for couple clients from France to see Raptors in Malang, East Java.

Start in 29 June until 02 July 2019, we birded in 4 locations around Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park and Raden Suryo Greater Park Forestry.

Our clients spotted raptor in Bromo Tengger Semeru NP, East Java.

On the first day we were meet up in airport hotel in Juanda International Airport, Surabaya, East Java at 07:00 am. Then we drive to hotel in Malang near the national park.Arrived at around 11:00 am in hotel, check in and drops our luggage and keep our birding stuff.

Then we drive for a half hours to the first location in Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park.

The weather was so good in the locations where raptors usually recorded, but that day is Sunday in one of the popular national park in Indonesia where so many visitor came to holiday.

We tried walk and avoid the crowd while keep the eyes on the sky, searching for any raptors which may fly.

Until afternoon we just managed to see one species of raptor, Changable Hawk-eagle.

Then we were going back to the hotel for overnight.

On second day, after packed our breakfast we start move to second location in same national park.

This takes 3 hours drive time to reached it.

The altitude of the second locations lower than before, it's about 100-200 asl surrounding by lowland forest and plantation.

A pair of perched Black-thighed Falconet

We spent the time in here until afternoon and the result much better.

Oriental Honey-buzzard, Black-thighed Falconet, and the endemic Javan Hawk-eagle recorded so well.

Before dark we back to the same hotel to stayed.

A flight adult Oriental Honey-buzzard

On third day, after breakfast and check out from the hotel, we tried again in the same location as the first day.

We're back in around 1400 above sea level at the ridge surrounded by the vast rainforest of Bromo Tengger Semeru National Park. We spent from 07:00 - 11:30 am, the weather was bright and good for raptor.

After waiting for about 2,5 hours, a raptor soaring on top of the hill quiet far from us. A adult Javan Hawk-eagle encountered again.

Not long after, a Black Eagle floated just above us with a distance of about 10 meters.

An adult Javan Hawk-eagle soaring above the forest

After saw the Black Eage then we changed birding location to Raden Suryo Greater Park Forestry, Batu, East Java.

Arrived at 02:30 pm then hang out at around twin bridge that good place to spotting Raptor from any directions surrounded by good rain forest.

This locations is in west slope of Mt. Welirang at around 1.200 asl.

A flight Black Eagle

Until almost dark we're just managed to see Changable Hawk-eagle in this last location.

Then we drive to hotel around Batu city, East Java.

On the last day we change the plan to not birding or looking raptor but just drop off the clients to the airport in Surabaya.

So, during 29 June - 02 July 2019 raptor that we managed to see are:

  1. Oriental Honey-buzzard

  2. Changable Hawk-eagle

  3. Black-thighed Falconet

  4. Black Eagle

  5. Javan Hawk-eagle.