Half-Day Birding in Jakartta

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Half-Day Birding in Jakarta

Half-Day Birding in Jakarta

Desi Ayu T.

20 November 2023

We have a client from Finland who wants to do half-day birding in Jakarta. This tour was created to fill his time when he had just arrived from West Papua while waiting for his international flight schedule.

The main targets for this tour are: Milky Stork, Bar-winged Prinia, Javan Munia and Sunda/Javan Coucal.

We managed to add 38 birds species to the list, with 6 lifers for the client.

Sunda Collared Dove
One of the lifer for Jarmo, Sunda Collared Dove. Photographed by Desi Ayu T.

This tour starts on November 19, 2023. Jarmo arrived at Soekarno Hatta International Airport 10 minutes earlier, so 10 o`clock. But I was at airport at 9.30 AM so got no problem at all.

Directly we went to first birding location in mangrove Taman Wisata Alam Angke Kapuk, arrived at 11 AM.

Shit happened, my speaker didn’t work at all even though it’s full charged. Lucky me, Jarmo lent me his speaker and it worked well along the day.

Group of Milky Stork
Group of Milky Storks. Photographed by Desi Ayu T.

Unpredictable, we saw the first target of the tour Milky Stork flying in the sky above us, 14 individuals! With Cerulean Kingfisher, Indonesian Honey-eater, Freckle-breasted Woodpecker, and the second target Bar-winged Prinia – those 5 species of birds are lifer for Jarmo.

As planned, we move to second location in Muara Angke to started the boat trip at about 2.00 PM.

Jarmo photograped Milky Stork
Jarmo photograped Milky Stork on boat trip. Photographed by Desi Ayu T.

Very high tide, no more mudflat appeared. But Egrets and Milky Stork were on the ground among the bushes.

Javan Munia that we missed from the mangrove, we nailed it from boat.

Sunda Collared Dove also bagged as the sixth lifer for Jarmo! But yeah, we weren’t lucky enough to bag the Sunda/Javan Coucal, even for its call.

Nice record, there was Bar-tailed Godwit among Whimbrel`s flock.

Group of Whimbrel
Group of Whimbrel. Photographed by Desi Ayu T.

We got 38 species in a half-day as additional birding time, Jarmo said he was happy and enjoyed the trip.

He also loves the Dadar Gulung (green rolled pancake with shredded coconut in brown sugar, traditional snacks from Indonesia), Bread with Shredded Coconut filling, and Bread with Mung bean filling.

All good, missed one target but this is wildlife. He understood.

Here are the bird list that we managed to get during half-day birding in Jakarta.

Eci with Jarmo
Happy faces, Eci with Jarmo

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