Sunday, 22 December 2013

Maura Angke

A relatively small area of marsh and ponds situated on the outskirts of Jakarta is the home of Sunda Coucal and we pretty quickly found a couple of birds sat on some distant bushes which looked quite good through the scope. The meandering boardwalk here provided a good view across the marshes where Black-crowned Night-herons, both Grey and Purple Heron and lots of Oriental Darters were sat on the surrounding trees and bushes. A Chestnut-winged Cuckoo showed surprisingly well in the scope and several flocks of flyby Daurian Starlings were also something of a surprise. But it took a while before we got to grips with the sites other speciality, Black-winged Myna. However it was worth waiting for as we enjoyed several great looks through the scope. A few Olive-backed Tailorbirds were present, and a Bar-winged Prinia eventually gave itself up before we set off by 8am on another tedious drive of some 4 hours to Carita.

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