What an Amazing World!

The sound is deafening. All of a sudden, we are met with the flapping wings of a bird with striking yellow feathers with black stripes. In less than three seconds it disappears into the lush forest, and everything is quiet again. The Black-naped Oriole (Oriolus chinensis) is a bird that often appears on children story books and songs, but I have never encountered one in the wild, until now. Unfortunately the high demand from the pet trade has lead to a steady decrease of their population in the wild, but not in Nusa Ceningan.

“Let’s do some bird-watching!” I suggest to Alexander, inspired by the beauty of the Black-naped Oriole.

To get to Nusa Ceningan we must cross a narrow yellow bridge which provides the only land access connecting both islands. At one side of the bridge an iron structure fell onto the sea, replaced by woven bamboo…

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