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Su stands before me, hand far too close for my comfort to a four-inch St Andrew’s Cross Spider. “Here in Bali, we don’t have dangerous animals—just dangerous traffic” she quips. And so we begin our four-hour birdwatching ramble through the paddy enveloping Bali’s cultural heart of Ubud.

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Sumadi (Su to friends) has been leading birdwatching walks around Ubud along with (now sadly passed) Brit Victor Mason for around two decades. Su has eyes enough for all of us as she leads up Jalan Raya Ubud from our meeting spot at Murni’s Warung.

The birds are out there. Photo taken in or around Ubud bird walk, Ubud, Indonesia by Stuart McDonald.

The birds are out there. Photo: Stuart McDonald

Not ten metres into the walk, Su darts to the left and points up. “There, to the tree, eleven o’clock: white bellied swiftlet!” But before I can even find the tree, never worry about the darned bird, we’re under attack from the right. “Three o’clock!” Some kind of bulbul, from memory. I missed that one, too. We catch bemused looks from passing cyclists as the five of us strike poses with binoculars all cast in different (and invariably wrong) directions; Su of course hasn’t even ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)


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