Bali and the surrounding islands are a haven for twitchers. With the successful reintroduction of what was once the world's most endangered species, the eponymous Bali starling, now back and flying free, the island can hold its head up high.
The most well known and idiosyncratic tours are with Victor Mason who runs Bali Bird Walks (tel. 0361/975009; www.balibirdwalk.com), along with his partner Su and her brother Pink. They have been the best birding guides for the past 15 years. Depending on conditions and demand they will take you on a tour of the rice fields around Ubud (for US$33 per person including lunch). They also do walks around Batukaru or if you want they will head for the sea and wetlands.
Friends of the National Park Foundation (FNPF; tel. 0361/977978; www.fnpf.org), is a nonprofit organization that works with local communities to assist with the preservation of wildlife in Indonesia. They own over 20,000 hectares (49,421 acres) on Nusa Penida where they have set up a bird sanctuary. They are currently working on two recovery programs for the Bali starling and the lesser sulphur-crested cockatoo with some success. Either come for a day of bird-watching with a dedicated guide or stay the night on the island.
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