Sanda Plantation Hideaway

Although we don’t call ourselves real birders, we are increasingly obsessed in documenting the different birds we see and hear in and around our plantation.

We are also on a mission to protect the birds in and around our plantation and educate the village’s farmers that birds in the wild are worth more than the ones caught for the bird trade. We do this for instance by catering to bird watchers and photographers, who start to discover our place. We are also releasing barn owls in our valley, hoping they will help reducing the rat population and increasing yield from the surrounding rice fields. 

We have a few proper Bird Hides in our plantation, where we also feed the birds regularly. An increasing number of bird species now stay in the area and are relative easy to see from the hides, at least most of the times.

 Below a growing list of the birds identified so far.

Unless mentioned otherwise, all photos taken by us here in our plantation or at walking distance.
You can click the photos for a larger view.
Olive-backed Sunbird (male)
Orange-headed Thrush
Orange-headed Thrush
Javan Banded Pitta (male)
Javan Banded Pitta (male)
Red-legged Crake
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker
Little Spider-hunter
Green Jungle Fowl
White-crowned Forktail
Javan Tailorbird
Asian Glossy Starling
Javan Banded Pitta (female)
Javan Banded Pitta (female)
Common Gallinule
Long-tailed Shrike (male)
Long-tailed Shrike (male)
Spotted Dove
Sangkar White-eye
Lemon-bellied White-eye
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker (male)
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher
Barred Button-quail
Common Emerald Dove
Common Emerald Dove
Horsfield's Babbler
Horsfield's babbler
Collared Kingfisher
Javan Munia
Javan Kingfisher
Black-headed Bulbul
Asian Cattle Egret (breeding plumage)
White-breasted Waterhen
Sunda Pied Fantail
Olive-backed Sunbird (female)
Freckle-breasted Woodpecker (male)
Javan Munia
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Black-winged Kite
Crested Honey Buzzard ? (migratory)
Javan Gray-throated White-eye
Common Iora
Asian Glossy Starling (Adult and Juvenile)
Rufous-backed Kingfisher
Crescent-chested Babbler
Freckle-breasted Woodpecker (female)
Cave Swiftlet
Brown-cheeked Bulbul
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker (female)
Chestnut-breasted Malkoha
Yellow-vented Bulbul (juvenile)
Yellow-vented Bulbul (juvenile)
Striated Heron
Striated Heron
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (juvenile)
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher (juvenile)
Javan Banded Pitta & Orange-headed Thrush
Drongo Cuckoo
Drongo Cuckoo
Long-tailed Shrike (female)
Long-tailed Shrike (juvenile)
Lineated Barbet
Lineated Barbet
Blood-breasted Flowerpecker (male)
Blood-breasted Flowerpecker (male)
Brown-throated Flowerpecker
Brown-throated Flowerpecker
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (female)
Orange-bellied Flowerpecker (female)
Black-naped Fruit Dove (male & female)
Black-naped Fruit Dove (male & female)
Green Jungle Fowl (male & female)
Javan Myna
Javan Myna
Sunda Scops Owl
Sunda Scops Owl
Greater Coucal
Greater Coucal
Seen or heard, but not yet properly photographed ourselves:
(these photos are not taken in our plantation and only for illustration)
Oriental Bay Owl (Thai National Parks)
Blue-eared Kingfisher (JJ Harrison)
Intermediate Egret (Wim Deloddere)
Plaintive Cuckoo (Tony Yon)
Sunda Scops Owl (Adrian Silas Tay)
Javan Myna (JJ Harrison)
Black-naped Fruit Dove (Natthaphat Chotjuckdikul)
Pacific Swift (David Irving)
Scaly-breasted Munia (Mat Gilfedder)
Javan Flameback
Brown-throated Sunbird (©Natthaphat C.)
Oriental Magpie-Robin
if you’re a bird enthusiast and believe we mis-identified a bird please let us know!

West Bali National Park

One of the most popular bird watching places near to us is the West Bali National Park. Here a selection of the most commonly seen birds there. I took all these photos on a single day, just to give you an idea of how rich the area is!

We can help you arrange bird watching or bird photography tours in and around the national park. There are some great bird hides, managed by local farmers and forest rangers.

Javan Kingfisher
Rufous-backed Kingfisher
Cerulean Kingfisher
Sooty-headed Bulbul
Bali Myna (endemic)
Brown Honeyeater
Chestnut-headed Bee-eater
black-winged flycatcher-shrike
Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker
Fulvous-chested Jungle Flycatcher
Collared Kingfisher
Javan Tailorbird
Horsfield's Babbler
Great Egret
Javan Banded Pitta
Javan Plover
Savanna Nightjar
Pied Stilt
Coppersmith Barbet
Bali Myna
White-shouldered Triller (female)

Wani Tent

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Wani Tent

Size: 30 square meter wooden deck and 11 square meter canvas tent.

Bedding: Queen size double bed with quality King Koil mattress and high quality linen and pillows. 

Maximum number of guests: 2 adults.

Facilities: a covered wooden terrace with 2 comfy bean bags and dining table, minibar, water-heater, coffee & tea making facilities, bottled water, universal power plugs and USB chargers, wardrobe, slippers, umbrellas, “sarongs”.

Coffee making facilities include an espresso machine, coffee grinder, French Press coffee maker, filtered coffee drip and other amenities to make sure you can enjoy the famous local Pupuan coffee at your liking!

Bathroom: A unique semi-open air bathroom made from wood and a lot of bamboo, with toilet and spacious walk-in hot shower. The bathroom is accessible via a wooden stair-case from the tent’s deck and offers probably THE best bathroom views in entire Bali, and beyond! We provide 100% natural and biodegradable soaps and shampoo, bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo tissue and toilet paper, and much more…! 

Plantation Villa

Size: 50 square meter.

Bedding: Queen size double bed with quality King Koil mattress and high quality linen and pillows. 

An elevated extension, for kids only due to its height of only 140 cm, provides space for up to 3 extra mattresses.

Maximum number of guests: 2 adults & 3 children maximum 140 cm tall (to avoid bumped heads)!

Facilities: in-room dining table, covered wooden terrace with lounge chairs / bean bags and a private plantation garden, minibar, water-heater, coffee & tea making facilities, bottled water, universal power plugs and USB chargers, wardrobe, slippers, umbrellas, “sarong”.

Coffee making facilities include an espresso machine, coffee grinder, French Press coffee maker, filtered coffee drip and other amenities to make sure you can enjoy the famous local Pupuan coffee at your liking!

Bathroom: Semi-open air, with separate toilet and spacious walk-in hot shower. We provide 100% natural and biodegradable soaps and shampoo, bamboo toothbrushes, bamboo tissue and toilet paper, and much more…!