Friday, May 7, 2021

Bali Birding and Birdwatching - Bali and East Java

Island of Bali is part of the chain of tropical islands in the Indonesian archipelago, although most famous as beach tourism, Bali has a lot of offer the birder and naturalist. Situated at the eastern end of the Greater Sunda, our tour provides superb one of Indonesia birding. The island's most iconic bird, the beautiful and very rare Bali Starling, will be top of list.

Maybe there are a lot of them in captivity, but getting the opportunity to observe their behavior in their natural habitat is something extraordinary. In addition, there are about 30 other endemic species out of around 374 total species recorded and scattered in forests and forest edge habitats, coastal mud plains, mangroves, rice fields and grasslands.

Birding Tours in Bali established since 2012 is specialises in top-quality small-group birding trips throughout island of  Bali and and Eastern Java (Baluran National Park, Ijen plateau). Fully customizable privately guided tours of any duration, tailor-made travel and birding photography trip are led by Made Surya, our passionate and experienced professional local guide who is also the founder. Bali makes for a splendid week-long birding safari adventure, offering exceptional island birding with sensational scenery.

On all trips the pace is set according to your needs and we cater for birder of all levels including for people with disabilities, designing a personalised tour around your target species, taking out the concern, hassle and uncertainty associated with arranging your tour, and reducing your cost burden at the same time!

The ability of a qualified guide, dedication, knowledge of all bird habitats in Bali and East Java are our assets that we can offer you as a more effective and productive bird trip that you need.

We as a local bird tour operator to the islands of Bali and East Java, warmly welcome and open cooperation opportunities for world bird tour companies who are interested in bringing their clients to our magic island.

So, contact us if you plan to go birding, bird photography in Bali and beyond, we will be happy to guide you, stay health and safe!

Warm regards,
Birding Tours in bali

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Sunday, May 19, 2019

Birding West Bali National Park and surrounds - Trip Report

West Bali National Park
2019 May 8th
by Russel from Australia 

When my lovely wife, Sue, informed me that she wanted to travel to Bali to take part in a ceramics workshop in Ubud I was delighted as we had never visited Bali before and I knew that it would be a fantastic opportunity for me to do some tropical birding whilst Sue was potting.

I started searching the internet to find a guide or tour that would suit my itinerary, skill level and budget. I came across a blog site called Birding Tours in Bali by Made Surya based in West Bali. I read the reports and comments and sent Made an email letting him know my schedule, interest and budget. Within a day Made responded with a terrific plan and itinerary that would achieve my goal of seeing and photographing as many Bali bird species as possible, with some key species targeted, namely the Javan Banded Pitta and the Bali Starling. Needless to say, I booked the tour immediately.

 After arriving in Bali and settling into our villa in Ubud, Made arranged for his driver to pick me up and drive to Blimbingsari Village located on the very edge of the Barat Bali National Park and also the location of Made’s home and guesthouse. I was fortunate to meet both Made’s mum and dad, and his mum cooked us some beautiful meals. We had a great chat in the evening I arrived about the itinerary, Bali, birds, cameras, and life before an early night.

Up at 5:00 am for a cooked breakfast and then headed off into cool morning air to start a busy day of excellent birding. We started the day trying to spot Pittas, but without success, so onto the next site. On the way, near Sumberkelampok, Made spotted Javan and Common Mynas on the roadside and a White Bellied Fish Eagle perched high on an electricity tower, and the species list for the day was started!

White-bellied Sea Eagle, by Russ

From this roadside stop, we  on to the monsoon forest at Gerokgak. We entered this drier forest ecosystem where the tree height was a lot lower and less dense that the wet rainforest.

Chesnut-headed Bee-eater, by Made Surya

Small Minivet, by Russ

Within a minute or two we stopped the car and the bird life was prolific with us adding Chestnut-headed Bee-eater, White-shouldered Triller, Collared Kingfisher, Green Jungle Fowl, Scaly-breasted Munia, Small Minivet, Greater Coucal, Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker and Olive-backed Sunbird within minutes!

Bali Myna,  by Made Surya

Black-winged Flycatcher Strike, by Made Surya

At this location I was amazed to see the diversity of species in one location. Made has the ability to be able see and hear bird species with an amazing accuracy and resulted in us seeing, and photographing many more species than I had expected. His excellent local knowledge and birding skills guaranteed to get fantastic results. At this location Made was able to spot and call to one of our main target species - the Bali Starling. Within a few minutes the bird came into view. It was a real privilege to see this bird in its natural environment after teetering on the brink of extinction. We were luck enough to get some great photos of this magnificent bird.
Changable Hawk Eagle,  by Russ
Further down the track in the same location we spotted Black-winged Starling, Black-winged Flycatcher Shrike, Black Drongo, Long-tailed Shrike, Coppersmith Barbet, Zebra Dove, Spotted Dove, Yellow-vented Bulbul and Common Iora.  Just before heading back to the main road and then to the guesthouse for lunch, we spotted a beautiful Changeable Hawk Eagle perched close by the road - another highlight!

Javan Banded Pitta,  by Russ

Lemmon-bellied White-eye, by Made Surya

After lunch we ventured into the teak woodlands behind Shalom Homestay (Blimbingsari Village). After an hour or so of stealth, creeping and whispering in the forest we spotted the Javan Banded Pitta - this was a great thrill, such a beautiful little shy bird and my first pitta!
Sunda Scops Owl, by Russ
High fives with Made for the Pitta and then walking back to the guesthouse Made spotted another beautiful bird, the Sunda Scops Owl! This bird has been a regular around the homestay for sometime, but hadn’t been seen in its usual roosting location, but Made found it, more high fives!

After lunch we visited a number of different ecosystems, including Palasari dam, rice fields, tidal ponds and the coastal area at Tuwed. Once again Made’s skill as a guide and photographer were excellent and it was a pleasure to spend the afternoon spotting birds, chatting about Bali and enjoying the wide variety of ecosystems and species associated with them. During the afternoon we spotted Stork-billed Kingfisher, Javan Kingfisher, Small Blue / Cerrulean Kingfisher, Blue-eared Kingfisher, Savannah Nightjar, Sooty-headed Bulbul, Japanese Sparrowhawk, Javan Pond Heron, Lemon-bellied White-eye, Yellow Bittern, Striated Grassbird, Cattle Egret, White-breasted Wood Swallow, Common Sandpiper, Greater Sandplover, Great Egret, Lesser Sandplover, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Striated Heron

Yellow-vented Bulbul, by Made Surya

Golden-bellied Gerygone, by Made Surya

By 5:00 pm is was time to stop for the day and for me to head back to Ubud feeling very tired, but equally thrilled and pleased with one of my best days of birding ever. This was possible due to Made’s wonderful birding skills and local knowledge, his gentle and thoughtful style and happy nature. He was able to design the tour exactly to suit my objectives and skill level and managed to squeeze in so many birds and locations into one day of birding fun.  I would totally recommend Made and his guiding services to anyone visiting Bali and wants to see “real” Bali, and some its birds. I plan to come back again to pick up some of those species we didn’t find in our hectic day in west Bali. Look forward to coming back again.

Thanks Made, I had the best birding day ever.

Best regards


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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Birding in Bali Barat National Park - Trip Report-Review-Testimony

  • Birdwatching in West Bali National Park Testimony
(Sept 2018)

After several trips to Bali, without visiting Bali Barat (West Bali) National Park, I thought it was time to give it a try. I did some internet searching and finally decided on booking a day’s outing with Made Surya (Birding Tours in Bali). By the end of the day, I had confirmed that my choice of guide was an excellent one.

Made arrived punctually at my hotel in Pemuteran at 6am, and off we went, reaching the national park in time to catch the early bird activity, and while it was still very cool.

I had not made a list of target species, though like other birders visiting the park I was keen to see Javan Banded Pitta, and of course the endemic Bali Starling

It was not long before Made pointed out two of the starlings, perched in the open in good light. As he did throughout the day, Made showed his sharp eyes and experience in picking out these birds, and was amazingly quick at setting up his spotting scope to provide great views. Not long after the starlings we had wonderful views of two (twice, or four) pittas at close quarters.

After spending the morning in various parts of the park exploring differing habitats - and finding lots of birds, we broke for lunch. Lunch is included in Made’s itineraries, and so we drove to his home in a nearby village to enjoy a tasty home cooked meal. The food tasted great, but the highlight of the lunch break was the great views of the Sunda Scops Owl roosting in a tree at the back of Made’s house.

The afternoon saw us spend a few hours looking in nearby areas outside of the national park, and even though it had warmed up, and bird activity had slowed, we still found enough to make it an excellent afternoon. Made had located a Savanna Nightjar roosting on bare ground out in the open at the edge of a mangrove area. It was still there when we got to the site, and we had stunning, close views, unlike those typical for the species, when it is seen flying around at dusk, largely silhouetted.

The day’s bird list was just under 50 species, which included all of the species I most wanted to see. Possibly the most striking bird of the day, for me, was the Rufous-backed Dwarf Kingfisher, a tiny, stunningly coloured species that I doubt I would ever have found on my own. 

It was a great day out. Terima kasih Made.
Niven McCrie
Brisbane, Australia

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7 days Birding Photograpy arround Bali (Aug 28 -Sept 6 2018)


Made proved to be not only an outstanding birder in finding many species but positioning us so that we were able to not only identify the birds but also to obtain excellent photographs. He was also very kind and considerate in assisting one of us (P) who has walking and balance difficulties.

Professor Peter Mayes and Nicola Mayes

Javan Banded Pitta (by Made Surya)


4 days Birding Tours in Bali 
(August 2018)

I (Dr. Jimmy)  met you,  Made Surya through social media, and your interest in birds, knowledge of locations in Bali where we could find them, your capability to transport us to those places, and to a group consensus by our  travelling party [the Pantanal 3 comprised of Brother Ian Powell, UK; Jim The Elder aka JTE from New York and Tokyo, & finally Dr. Jimmy aka Jim the Younger JTY]  to get in contact with Birding Tours Bali, and eventually led to our meeting up in August , 2018.  I volunteered to write up a letter to describe our experiences with your bird guiding service, and so here it is. 

You picked us up early from The Puri Mango [Mango Mansion] to take us where there were very good birds but also some very bad smells. This was the major water treatment plant for the city.  The water was enriched with nutrients, which fed the plants, which in turn fed small animals like shrimp, tadpoles & tiny fish, which fed the herons, bitterns, terns, gulls and kingfishers which we were interested in observing. 
The 20+ hectares of settling ponds in the Nusa Dua Water Treatment facility proved to be good habitat for these aquatic species-groups, but also a good producer of vociferous gases - a small price to pay for avian beauty and cleaner water.  It certainly didn't decrease our appreciation of the tasty snacks Made' provided when we returned to our transport, including tiny bananas from his own backyard.

Indonesia Honeyeater (by Made Surya)

You continued to provide us with good birding experiences the next three days.  Your commitment to providing us with bird observations that went beyond getting ticks on a list was evident through-out our stay.  We appreciated the Oriental Pied Hornbills, Black-thighed Falconets and the Flame-fronted Barbets immensely, and the sense of mutual accomplishment that followed

Oriental Pied Hornbill (by James)
We could tell that you enjoyed being successful from the smile on your face when you were sure we had all got a good look - usually through your telescope as well as our own binoculars.  You managed to give us a good cultural experience as well; I never expected to be bird watching in a sarong at a Hindu Temple; nor did I imagine I would get to try coffee harvested by civets [Wild Kopi Lewak Coffee] - let alone pat the civet that had done the harvesting & processing of the coffee beans.

Our accommodation, and particularly the our food, was an enjoyable and variable experience...The explanation of what we were eating and how it was prepared & presented made it easy to order and appreciate.  I really and truly liked the chicken livers and gizzards in spicy yellow sauce - but then I am a country fellow!

You have provided excellent follow-up - particularly the photos of the birds and places we visited.  With your permission, I would like to use them in a longer paper on our visit to Wallacia, as well as illustrations for talks to local bird groups here in New South Wales and in the Australian Capital Territory [Canberra].

I see on the social media that Brother Ian Powell is now back in the UK, so you can feel satisfied that stories about your bird trips will be told from New York City, in the USA, to Bristol in eastern England, through to Tura Beach on the far south coast of New South Wales.

Thanks again Made' - you are definitely on the Christmas Wish List.
Dr. Jimmy 

Monday, November 14, 2016

Birding in Bali with Made Surya

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Birding West Bali National Park and anywhere in Bali and Eastern Java

Hi birders,
Warm greeting from Bali!

I'm Made Surya, professional  bird guide in Bali and Eastern Java. I was born in Bali Barat where the National Park existed. Study Economic science as the accountant on Undiknas University of Denpasar until 1998. I was an accountant and hotel supplier ( for kitchen and laundry equipment ). In 2005 back to West Bali and have a chance to be trained by Bali Barat National Park as a professional birdwatching guide. Birdwatching, birding photography and wildlife is my passion.

Is proud to offer the opportunity to explore the endemic birds of Bali and Java by establishing a birding tour since 2012 under the name Birding Tours in Bali.

Birding Tours in Bali offering custom, private guided birdwatching, tailor-made travel and birding photography trip to anywhere in Bali  (West Bali NP, Denpasar arround, Bedugul, Pulau Serangan, Ubud, etc) and Eastern Java (Baluran National Park, Ijen plateau).

We can help you to designing a package that suites you best and happy birding. We believe it is important to give a personal touch to your trip and that goes way beyond just making your reservation. Our purpose is to make all your trip arrangement uncomplicated.

Do not hesitate to contact us for further information.

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I will be happy to guide you!

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Warm regards,
Made Surya

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