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Endemic and Highlighted Birds during Trip on Sumbawa island

Sumbawa island is the part of lesser sunda area, it's located between Lombok, Flores and Sumba islands. In terms of birding activities, this island often missed or skipped by most of birders. Fortunately there is some local birders who avid enough to explore and documenting the existence and diversity of birds. Surprisingly the almost the endemic are relatively easy to photographed, that was suit for birdphotography tours on Sumbawa island.

For six days (09 - 14 November 2017) we were in Bima, Sumbawa, West Nusa Tenggara. Precisely in TWA Madapangga to attended the Pertemuan Pengamat Burung Indonesia VII (Indonesian Bird Watchers' Meeting VII) on 10-12 November 2017 and extended two days we more focus on birding in other locations.

Mega! The critically endengared Flores Hawk-eagle from our trips in Sumbawa island©Alkharim Yoshe

At the meeting there were birdwatchers from Jakarta, Bandung, Yogyakarta, Malang, Bali, Lombok and from local birdwatchers of Bima. The Sindikat Fotografer Wildlife Bima-Dompu was the organizer and host of the meeting.

TWA Madapangga is located in the west of Bima city with a distance of about 45 Km or takes about 1 hour drive by car. The area of 232 Hectares is administratively in the village of Ndano, Bolo sub-district, Bima district, West Nusa Tenggara Province.

Forest and houses at Kaowa village, Bima, Sumbawa island.©Waskito K Wibowo

This nature park is a source of water for the dryness surrounding area. Residents around the area are very dependent on the river and its springs. In the morning and evening could be meet with residents who bathe or wash clothes in the river that is located exactly on the road which connecting Bima with Sumbawa city. The topography of this location is generally hilly with a slope of 15 - 40 degrees, only a small part is a relatively flat area with varying heights from 200 to 600 m above sea level.

One of highlight birding in Sumbawa, White-rumped or Glittering Kingfisher.©Swiss Winasis