14-15 March 2013
When in Bali you can get a pretty neat bird list just by staying overnight at Norm and Linda’s place up in the mountains, Sarinbuana Eco Lodge, just over two hours drive from the airport.
I don’t think Bali is considered serene, quiet and clean in most tourists mind, but if you just leave the touristy area you will be amazed. We went for one overnight stay at Sarinbuana Eco lodge, where we stayed at Rumah Manis (the sweet house).
As Norm knows we are keen birders he set us up in the most private of the bungalows overlooking the valley with an amazing variety of trees, shrubs and flowering bushes. We did some birding from the bungalow and Mehd went for an early morning stroll around the area adding to his bird list.
There is some really nice jungle not far from the lodge that would probably increase your bird list even more, but as it was also vacation for us, we stayed on the lodge grounds.
We had a bit of rain in the afternoon as mid-March is still the end of the rainy season. But on the other hand it is a brilliant time for migrating raptors, we got to see a flock of more than 50 Chinese Sparrow hawks (Accipiter soloensis) soaring in the valley.
The lodge gardens are a very good place not only for birds but also some strange and amazing butterflies and insects. Norm has accumulated a good list with photographs of some of them.
This is the place to be, even if you’re not all birders. For the travel companions less entertained by birds, there are several options on activities; mountain biking downhill or walking across the rice paddies to a beautiful temple. Sarinbuana is located almost 700 m above sea level on the slopes of Mount Batukaru so the air is cool and fresh. The nights are cool but you never feel too cold. You can take cooking classes with the staff or go for a nice yoga class or massage before dinner. The food and drink is excellent and it is all organic and locally grown.
We highly recommend a visit to Sarinbuana if you are in Bali!
Chinese Sparrowhawk (50+ soaring)
White-breasted Waterhen (common)
Pink-necked Green pigeon
Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot
Common Koel (heard only)
Collared Kingfisher (common)
Lineated Barbet (very common and breeding at the lodge)
Common Goldenback (fairly common)
Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker (very common)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (very common)
White-throated Bulbul (common)
Long-tailed Shrike (common)
Lesser Forktail (very common)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (very common)
Olive-backed Sunbird (very common)
Little Spiderhunter (very common)
Black-naped Oriole (common)
Asian Glossy Starling