Friday, 4 August 2017
Indonesia Trip 2017 Day 12
Indonesia Trip Day 12 - Wednesday 2nd August 2017
Sulawesi with Mike Nelson from Bird Tour Asia.
The first part of our 6 week Indonesian trip was birding the island of Sulawesi. Today we were in northern Sulawesi.
On the morning of Wednesday 2nd August 2017 we left the Patra Jasa Hotel in Kotamobagu at 4.00 am driving an hour and a half to bird at Tarout from 5.30 am to 10.30 am. Here we had to get a raft over the the river to the birding site. Here the habitat has been reduced so much that if it continues within a year or two nothing will be left. There was a large research station here.
We then drove half an hour for lunch and a rest in a local hotel, where we had rooms.
In the afternoon we birded Tower Marsh 4.00 pm to 5.30 pm. The habitat here has been destroyed so there won't be any decent birding here within a year or two.
The best birds of the day were Pink-necked Green Pigeon, White-browed Crake, Dusky Moorhen, White-bellied Sea Eagle,
Sulewesi Dwarf Kingfisher, Minahasa Racquet-tail, Blue-backed Parrot, Pied Cuckoo-shrike and Great-billed Kingfisher which Mum and Dad both missed.