East Java Bird Photography Trip Report August 2017
We are so happy finishing our three days (30 July - 01 August 2017) bird photography trip in Tretes Nature Tourism Park , Raden Soerjo GP Forestry and Batu Apple Farm with a Chinese group that series of Bird Photography tour Surabaya-Makassar-West Papua.
In this delightful trip cooperated with Sulawesi Bird and Wildlife Photography Tour and Malang Birding Tour.
The main target bird are Javan Banded Pitta Pitta guajana and Javan Kingfisher Halcyon cyanoventris, also the other we might be can found on the site.
Meeting point in International Airport of Juanda, Surabaya at afternoon 30 July then we drive heading hotel near Tretes Nature Tourism Park, Pasuruan for staying at night.
At 31 July morning we started looking for Javan Banded Pitta at it birdhide. We spent fullday birding there and got photo of birds such as Horsfield’s Babbler Malacocincla sepiarium, Blue Whistling Thrush Myophonus caeruleus and the first target male and female of Javan Banded Pitta.
At afternoon we change location into Raden Soerjo Greater Park Forestry at Malang, East Java. We were looking Javan Hawk Eagle Nisaetus bartelsi and the other montane birds. After looking for 1,5 hours the Javan Hawk Eagle were not appear, but we successful photographed Javan (Sunda / White rumped) Warbler Seicercus grammiceps. We were meet the birds when adult feeding the juvenile. We finished at there at 05.00 PM the we move to Hotel at Batu city.
At early morning (05.00 AM) on 01 August we must quickly reached the Javan Kingfisher site at Batu Apple farm. We saw about 6 birds around site. The birds have just started its activity by singing from perch. When sunlight is clear they start flying around the site.
We wait until the birds perched near us. Definitely at 08.00 AM it perched in front of us for about 7 meters away. Then we shot it. Satisfied with Javan Kingfisher the we must heading to the airport.
On the way we stop for a while at Raden Soerjo GP Forestry for 30 minutes. Directly we saw and shot two individuals Indigo Flycatcher Eumyas indigo. The birds were foraging, after we got the photo of its then we continued to the airport and the bird photography trip in East Java was end.