Wonorejo Wetland, Best Site to Birding in Surabaya
Birding in Wonorejo wetland, located at the Surabaya south east-coast, with a total area of approximately 50 hectares and consists of fishpond (locally called tambak), scrub and mangrove areas affected by tidal, provides a broad mudflat for feeding grounds to resident and migratory birds in estuary area. This site is important for migratory seabirds and shorebirds/waders in East Asia-Australia Fly Away, also birdlife listed Wonorejo as Important Bird Area.
Administratively in Wonorejo village, Rungkut sub district, Surabaya City, East Java. The area become the best locations for birding and bird photography in the Metropolitan Surabaya. Easy driving distance for 15 km from city centre (45 minutes). The nearest airport is Juanda International Airport (45 minutes).
Three major paths or spot to explore approximately 150 birds species in the area, read below:
1. Parking Area (Near Canteen "Mbok Rum") Start from around the parking area, walk and observe some birds may you see here are Collared Kingfisher, Cattle Egret, Little Egret, White-browed Crake, Common Moorhen, Plain Prinia, Yellow-bellied Prinia, Brown-throated Sunbirds.
Some endemic birds such as Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Small-blue or Cerulean Kingfisher, Javan Munia and Javan Plover. And when migration season of North Hemisphere, various migratory birds might can be seen such as Red-necked Stint, Curlew Sandpiper, Long-toed Stint, Common Sandpiper, Greater Sand Plover, Lesser Sand Plover and more.
2. Fish Pond From parking area walk to the east towards fishpond area. Along the paths the birds might can be seen are White-headed (pied) Stilt, Lesser Crested Tern, White-winged Tern, Little Tern, Common Tern, Gull-billed Tern, Australian Grebe, Little Cormorant, Spotted Dove, Common Iora, Javan Pond Heron. If lucky some endemic and rare birds such as Javan Coucal and Java Sparrow. There are several fishponds where the specific shorebirds prefer presents such as Bar-tailed Godwit, Great Knot, Whimbrel, Far-eastern Curlew, Eurasian Curlew, Common Redshank, and more.
3. Mangrove track and Estuary Continue walk at east direction to explore the last birding-site, at mangrove track. Hung and walk around the mangrove until 5pm to meet Golden-bellied Gerygone, Racket-tailed Treepie, Malaysian Pied Fantail, Mangrove Whistler, Ruddy-breasted Crake, Cinnamon Bittern, Yellow Bittern, Striated Heron. With some luck the endemic Javan White-eye might able be seen, recently the species is hard to find because of massive poaching.
Access and Accomodation Many good quality hotel around Surabaya city and ask the receptionist for arrange taxi or ojek to get to Wonorejo wetland. If you confuse to determine the birding spot, ask local guides to accompany in the field.
Notes: We advice to write down in Guest Book and add some extra money for conservation donation at Canteen "Mbok Rum". Take a scope, sun tan lotion and hat to get the most out of the site!