Monday, September 23, 2019

Sulawesi/Halmahera 25th September - 13th October 2021!!!

Red-knobbed Hornbill

Green-backed Kingfisher

Chattering Lory
      I am arranging another tour to this wonderful part of Indonesia.
Sulawesi and Halmahera a fantastic array of stunning birds and most of them are endemic to the area.

It is an area where the independent birder struggle to get around. The best is to join a small group led by experienced guides and tour leader.

I have led tours to Sulawesi/Halmahera 6 times and hope to do so again in 2020.

I will co lead the trip with my good friend Theo Henoch who also is the choice of other large birdtour companies.

The tour will include the same sites as in this one from 2014 but not in the same order and some of the lodging will be different.

The price will be a little over 4000US$ depending on how many participants.
At the time of writing there are 3 spots taken and open to 3 more!

Write me at for more info.

Grosbeak Starling

Ochre-bellied Boobook

Red-bellied Pitta

Red-backed Thrush

Satanic Nightjar

Sulawesi Hawk Eagle

Ashy Woodpecker

Yellow-billed Malkoha

Lilac Kingfisher
Purple-bearded Bee-eater
Blue-breasted Quail
Wallace's Standardwing
Common Paradise Kingfisher

Halmahera Flowerpecker

Monday, September 9, 2019

Kingfishers from Waigeo, Raja Ampat, West Papua

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
 The forest dwelling kingfishers of Papua are very challenging to see, let alone photograph.

But the kingfishers of open areas make up for it. I just love seeing Beach Kingfishers as they are so clean looking, large sized and rather active birds.

The Sacred Kingfisher is a more widespread bird that even showed up in Thailand this year for the first time. It still is a nice bird and rather common on Waigeo.

Rufous-bellied Kookaburra is encountered all over WP but patience is required for good views.

Beach Kingfishers

Sacred Kingfisher

Saturday, September 7, 2019

Magnificent Bird of Paradise

Back view of male

Front view of male

 I was blessed with long views of this Magnificent Bird of Paradise at Arkfak, West Papua. A short walk downhill from our Homestay there was a hide one could sit in. The bird came at 6 am to clean up the display site. It was dark and very difficult to get good shots and I was forced to use very high ISO.
Nevertheless the whole encounter and to be able to sit with the bird for so long was just amazing.The bird had what looked like a pocket on its bag. A few times it would unfold to display a round fan like collar. Under the pocket was some deep moron colored feathers with white stripes as well.
The bird appeared quite different in different light with the tail streamers looking bluish in better light.