28 September 2009

30 hours in Jakarta

On September 28-29th 2009 I spent thirty hours near Jakarta Airport, our layover hotel being the Sheraton Airport Hotel.
Luckily I had remembered to bring my camera before the 04:15 am departure (who needs to sleep anyway – highly overrated). The first day I only had time to photograph the numerous swiftlets outside the hotel before the sun set. The abundant swiftlet here is the Cave Swiftlet, but another larger species with a brown belly and greyish rump has me confused; after researching the various Swiftlets on Java, I am fairly certain they are Edible-nest Swiftlets, of the nominate subspecies, often called Thunberg’s Swiftlet.
Comments from birders familiar with West Java are warmly welcomed, please comment directly on the post.


September 28th 2009, late afternoon;




Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Note all dark rump



Edible-nest (Thunberg's) Swiftlet, Aerodramus fusciphagus fusciphagus
Edible-nest (Thunberg's) Swiftlet, Aerodramus fusciphagus fusciphagus
Edible-nest (Thunberg's) Swiftlet, Aerodramus fusciphagus fusciphagus

Edible-nest (Thunberg's) Swiftlet, Aerodramus fusciphagus fusciphagus


Spotted Dove, Streptopelia chinensis tigrina
Spotted Doves are everywhere and the commonest dove here. Insanely shy though



September 29th 2009, early morning;
I got up at dawn and spent three hours around the hotel area, walking as far as the DHL cargo building near the airport. It is a very busy environment with lots of people around from first light.
The birds are incredibly shy, probably because of the immense hunting & trapping pressure on Java, so getting close with my lens was not easy.


Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa speciosa
Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa speciosa
Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa speciosa
Javan Pond Heron, Ardeola speciosa speciosa
Javan Pond Heron; still a common bird here

Sunda Woodpecker, Dendrocopos moluccensis moluccensis



Sunda Woodpeckers were busily pecking away in the surrounding trees, another common species here




Small Blue Kingfisher, Alcedo coerulescens



A Small Blue Kingfisher at the hotel pond was a pleasant surprise



Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach bentet
Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach bentet
Long-tailed Shrike, Lanius schach bentet



One of my favourite birds on Java, the local subspecies of the Long-tailed Shrike. Common, beautiful and with an attitude (like most shrikes)



Red-breasted Parakeet, Psittacula alexandri alexandri



Red-breasted Parakeets are not easy to see on Western Java, so imagine my surprise when three bird landed right over my head



Sooty-headed Bulbul, Pycnonotus aurigaster aurigaster



Sooty-headed Bulbuls could be heard and seen all around, but also so shy it was almost impossible to get close. The above shot is a result of some really small steps over a long period of time!


Island Collared Dove, Streptopelia bitorquata bitorquata



Island Collared Doves are fairly common in the lowlands



Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis coromandus
Eastern Cattle Egret, Bubulcus ibis coromandus



The Eastern Cattle Egrets showing off their black legs in their non-breeding plumage



Then it was time to head back to the hotel again, for some more shots of the Cave Swiftlets around the little pond there


Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi

Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi
Cave Swiftlet, Collocalia linchi linchi


And as usual, a list of todays birds:


Eastern Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis coromandus) – 3
Javan Pond Heron (Ardeola speciosa speciosa) – 15
White-breasted Waterhen (Amaurornis phoenicurus phoenicurus) – 3
Common Sandpiper (Actitis hypoleucos) – 1
Feral Pigeon (Columba livia ‘feral’) – 1
Island Collared Dove (Streptopelia bitorquata bitorquata) – 3
Spotted Dove (Streptopelia chinensis tigrina) – 20
Red-breasted Parakeet (Psittacula alexandri alexandri) – 3
Thunberg’s Swiftlet (Aerodramus fusciphagus fusciphagus) – 20
Cave Swiftlet (Collocalia linchi linchi) – 400
Small Blue Kingfisher (Alcedo coerulescens) – 2
Sunda Woodpecker (Dendrocopos moluccensis moluccensis) – 6
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach bentet) – 12
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica javanica) – 50
Sooty-headed Bulbul (Pycnonotus aurigaster aurigaster) – 25
Bar-winged Prinia (Prinia familiaris prinia) – 1
Brown-throated Sunbird (Anthreptes malacensis malacensis) – 3
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker (Dicaeum trochileum trochileum) – 4
Eurasian Tree Sparrow (Passer montanus malaccensis) – 5
Javan Munia (Lonchura leucogastroides) – 10