I knew it should be many migrant birds in Baluran. Three raptors, passerines and water birds. They should be here in each migratory season. Since we agreed to include preliminary records from 1948 until before 2005, Baluran has 225 species. Hoogerwerf contributed his record in 1948 and 1972, McKinnon in 1993, B. van Ballen But who we don’t exactly what year the records came from then official record of Baluran NP in 2005-2011.
But the fact is Baluran, with all of its kinds of habitat, has a lack migrant species diversity. I don’t know what the matters really are. There are only five species of raptors, and ‘only’ 19 species of water birds. It seems like that very long of shore line of the park doesn’t give any guarantee to provoke water bird to visit, even stop by. Though if they came by, it’s always in small numbers.
Then we got the newest visitor here, Oriental Pratincole Glareola maldivarum. This latter species has been added to the Baluran’s list last two week ago. As a migrant shorebirds, this species should come in a large flock. But we got an anomaly here, again! The bird has always been seen in a single individual for two week observation! On Bekol savanna, in the afternoon, along Bekol-Bama path. Can anyone give a simple explanation, why it’s happen?
However, the bird completes the checklist of Baluran to 226. And of course we got a good pictures, just like -almost- always hehehe…