Kingfisher trip in around Malang, East Java
Finished accompanied friend from Hong Kong to photograph Kingfisher in around Malang, East Java. During April 26 - 29th 2018 we visited four birding locations.
The main target of this trip is the Indonesian endemic, Cerulean Kingfisher Alcedo coerulescens which can be found in Streams, canals, ponds, swamps, tidal estuaries, mudflats, mangroves, fish ponds, flooded paddyfields; from coast up to 800 m along South Sumatra through Java, Kangean Is and Bali to Lombok and Sumbawa; recorded also on Flores.
At the first day me and Kevin meet in Javan Banded Pitta's site in Tretes, East Java that managed by Heru Cahyono (Malang Birding Tours) at afternoon. Before dark we move to hotel in Batu city, dinner on the way.
Start early morning we visited Batu Apple Farm for taking picture of Javan Kingfisher until 8.00 am. We have to hurry to reach the main target location in south coast of Malang.
After lunch we arrived, then put up camouflage-tent around fish-pond which is favorite perch for.
About 30 minutes later, Cerulean Kingfsiher perch in 8 meter ahead. Along the afternoon the shutter was not stop clicking.
On the last day, we only have time until lunch time for the last target in estuary area of south Malang. Ruddy Kingfisher.
Ruddy Kingfisher Halcyon coromanda has widespread distribution, from NE China through Sulawesi island.
In Java (H.c. minor) this species has a few records, seems like rare to find. In Kondang Merak, south Malang has many records compared to other location in Java island but still challenging. The race minor is very small than the other, much darker, washed with violet, large silvery rump patch.
Quickly we waited in the location which usually this bird encountered. We were disturbed by the passing of other visitors, several of them curios with us. Until really quite at around 10.30 am the Ruddy Kingfisher appeared.
Kevin take many shots, he even had time to change lenses because the birds perch to close about 3 meters away.
2 hours stayed in front of the tent, until Kevin satisfied then we have long drive to his hotel in Surabaya before he take of back to Hong Kong next day.