Indramayu, Indonesia

Birds of Karang Song

This ecological observation is done on 16-18 Nov '18 as final project for ecological project, Bandung Institute of Technology.

this ecological observation is done on 16-18 Nov 2018 as a final project for ecological project course, Bandung Institute of Technology.

Research is done at Karang Song Mangrove forest, Indramayu, Indonesia.

Most of our research is done in this birdwatching tower. Swipe to see birds we identified!

Eurasian tree sparrow (Passer montanus) Sparrows generally eat seeds!

The little egret (Egretta garzetta) Notice its crest with long, white hair-like feather?

Cattle egret (Bubulcus ibis) Usually all white, but turns orange on mating season! This is rare.

Glossy ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) always fly in straight flocks, as if queueing.

An enlarged picture of glossy ibis. Notice their long, unique curved beak? That's how we identify them.

Cave swiftlet (Collocalia linchi) rarely seen perched, always soaring high.

One of those rare occassions where I successfully captured a swiftlet mid-flight. Must be my lucky day!

Spotted dove (Streptopelia chinensis) identified by polka dot pattern on both neck sides.

Eurasian collared dove (Streptopelia decaocto) identified by a black stripe on each neck side.

Javan pond heron (Ardeola speciosa) turns orange on mating season...

but when it's not mating season... it's grey! like this little guy.

Sunda teal (Anas gibberifrons) also spotted one in Meru Betiri National Park.

Grey heron (Ardea cinerea) looking for food by the milkfish pond.

Next are the birds we came across inside the Mangrove wilderness..

hiding between mangrove roots...

Striated heron (Butorides striatus) adults are grey, juveniles are brown. It must be migration season since this is a migratory bird.

Collared kingfisher (Todirhampus chloris) it was easy to notice its vibrant blue feathers, but pretty hard to snap one HD picture!

Black-crowned night heron (Nycticorax nycticorax) also found on forest canopy. their sound is "kowaak!" so locals refer to them as kowak.

I heard some sweet singing while walking inside the mangrove forest.. and I found two singers!

Sunda pied fantail (Rhipidura javanica) identified by white patch on tail tip.

Mangrove whistler (Pachycephala grisola) the second singer I found!

Our next spot is the man-made pine tree forest. Generally home to smaller birds, proven by small nests.

Scaly-breasted munia (Lonchura punctulata)

when they fly together

Scaly-breasted munia nest, found near the birds.

Common tailorbird (Orthotomus sutorius) I found only one here. Very lucky.

Last but not least, birds by the sea.

our final spot

White-breasted waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus) about 30 cm in size.

Common sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos)

Slaty-breasted rail (Gallirallus striatus)

That marks the end of today's birdwatching! I hope you enjoyed it!

going home

HUGE thanks to my team. I couldn't have done this magnificent research without them! Asyifa, Defia, Jannisa, Sheilla, Fahmi and Paksi. Cheers! Team 7, Ecology Project

Bird photos are taken with: Canon EOS Kiss X5 55-250 mm #canon #x5 #telephoto

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