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BIRDING WITH CAROL AND DETLEF DAVIES TOUR 2 – FLORES, KALIMANTAN, WEST JAVA

4th to 18th May 2017

This tour begins and ends in Bali as this is usually the easiest arrival point for visitors from abroad. For the first night we stay at Udayana Ecolodge which is a short drive from Denpasar Airport. We then fly over to Flores, a long, narrow and diverse island, more sparsely populated than much of Indonesia and with some extensive forest containing some special birds, many endemic to just a few of the Lesser Sunda Islands. First we spend a day on Komodo Island to wonder at the huge Komodo Dragon, but not forgetting the very rare Yellow-crested Cockatoo and a selection of other difficult birds. Then we head off inland to the town of Ruteng, a good central location from which to explore the mountain forest in the vicinity for 2 days. We will be assisted by our knowledgeable local guide, Hery Kusambangara and hope to find most of the endemic bird species.

We then fly to Pangkalan Bun in the far south of Borneo and explore the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park by riverboat along the Sekonyer river. We also travel by boat to the south coast of Kalimantan at Tanjung Kalueng. As well as enjoying wild Orang Utans, Proboscis Monkeys and other mammals, we hope to find a superb variety of birds including the strange and endemic Bornean Bristlehead, perhaps the rare Storm’s Stork and up to 4 species of hornbills.

Our flights back to Bali go via Jakarta so we have added 3 nights in Java and 2 full days birding. First we visit the island of Pulau Rambut and the marshes at Maura Angke which are in easy reach of Jakarta, then 1 full day in the forested region to the south of the capital.

Possible birds you can see:

Bird of Flores

Bird of Kalimantan

Tour Details

4 MAY UDAYANA ECOLODGE, BALI

Arrival at Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, pick-up by Ecolodges driver & transfer to the Lodge. Walk around the gardens of the Lodge where there is a variety of common birds and with luck we may see the beautiful Javan Kingfisher.
o/n Udayana Lodge, Denpasar
Possible birds: Cave (Linchi’s) Swiftlet, Yellow-vented & Sooty-headed Bulbuls, Olive-backed & Brown-throated Sunbirds, Common Iora, Javan Kingfisher, Scarlet-headed Flowerpecker, Large-tailed Nightjar.

5 MAY NUSA DUA; BALI TO FLORES

Pre-breakfast visit to the nearby Nusa Dua Settling Ponds where we should find a good variety of water birds, along with sunbirds, munias, other small passerines and perhaps a water monitor. Then back to the airport for a flight to Labuan Bajo at the western end of Flores for a 3 night stay at Bajo Komodo Ecolodge. Some birding in the Lodge gardens and the nearby beach in the afternoon.
o/n Bajo Komodo Ecolodge
Possible birds: Purple Heron, Great & Little Egrets, Striated, Javan Pond & Black-crowned Night Herons, White-breasted Waterhen, Cerulean (Small Blue) Kingfisher, Blue-tailed Bee-Eater, Fulvous-breasted Woodpecker, sunbirds and flowerpeckers, Golden-bellied Gerygone, Island Collared Dove, Scaly-breasted Munia, shorebirds. Bajo – Black-fronted Flowerpecker, Flame-breasted Sunbird.

6 MAY KOMODO ISLAND

A full day trip to this island, well-known for its Komodo Dragons which are usually conspicuous a short distance from the quay. Leave before dawn in a slow boat which will take about 3 hours to reach the island but there should be a few coastal and seabirds on route. Breakfast and lunch on board, walking trails on the island, beach stop at the ‘Pink Beach’ for swimming and snorkelling if desired, return at dusk.
o/n Bajo Komodo Ecolodge

Possible birds: Crested & Black-naped Terns, Red-footed Booby, Lesser Frigatebird, Eastern Reef Egret, Great-billed Heron, Osprey, White-bellied Sea Eagle. Komodo: Yellow-crested Cockatoo, Helmeted Friarbird, Green Junglefowl, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Black-naped Oriole, Lesser Coucal, Wallacean Drongo, Barred Dove, Green Imperial Pigeon.

7 MAY FOREST & WETLAND SITES NEAR LABUAN BAJO

Spend morning birding local forests at Potawangka and Rareng looking for specialities like Wallace’s Hanging Parrot and Great-billed Parrot, fruit-doves, etc. Afternoon at wetland sites and agricultural coastal areas (including Dolat) for shorebirds and water birds.
o/n Bajo Komodo Ecolodge

Possible birds: Flame-breasted Sunbird, Black-fronted & Blood-breasted Flowerpeckers, Green Junglefowl, Brown-capped Fantail, Wallace’s Hanging Parrot, Great-billed Parrot, Flores Crow, Black-faced Munia, Flores Minivet, Black-naped & Black-backed Fruit-Doves, Elegant Pitta, waders including Javan Plover; Savanna Nightjar.

8 MAY LABUAN BAJO TO PUAR LOLO & RUTENG

Leave Lodge after early breakfast for forest birding on route to Ruteng. Look for speciality species at Puar Lolo during morning then continue eastwards in afternoon. Birding at Danau Ranamese in late afternoon, a forested site by a small montane lake. Stay till dusk, or return at dusk for Flores Scops Owl, Wallace’s Scops Owl & Mees’s Nightjar.
o/n Susteran Monastery at Ruteng

Possible birds: Puarlolo: Crested & Thick-billed Dark-eyes, Lemon-bellied and Yellow-spectacled White-eyes, Asian Paradise Flycatcher, Flores Monarch, Golden Whistler, Black-faced Munia, White-rumped Kingfisher, Flores Hawk-Eagle, Spotted Kestrel. Ranamese: Chestnut-backed Thrush, Russet-backed Tesia, Golden-rumped Flowerpecker, Bare-throated Whistler, Yellow-browed Dark-eye, Elegant Pitta, Flores & Wallace’s Scops Owls, Mees’s Nightjars.

9 MAY RUTENG: GOLO LUSANG PASS, GUNUNG RANAKA, PONG TODA

Birding in the Golo Lusang Pass during the morning, lunch in Ruteng, other forested sites depending on which species still sought.
o/n Susteran Monastery at Ruteng

Possible birds: Many of those mentioned earlier, Russet-capped Tesia, Flores Lorikeet, Bare-throated Whistler, Orange-footed Scrubfowl, Barred Cuckoo-Dove, Yellow-breasted and Timor Leaf-Warblers, Yellow-spectacled White-eye, Thick-billed Dark-eye, Timor Leaf Warbler, Wallacean Drongo, Scaly-crowned Honeyeater, Flores, Black-naped and Black-backed Fruit-Doves, Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove, Pale-shouldered Cicadabird, Rufous-chested Flycatcher, Chestnut-backed and Chestnut-capped Thrushes, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo, Elegant Pitta, White-browed Shortwing, Pygmy Wren-Babbler, Five-coloured Munia, Wallace’s Scops Owl.

10 MAY FLY RUTENG – LABUAN BAJO – BALI – JAVA – KALIMANTAN

A travelling day involving 3 or 4 flights, eventually getting us to Pangkalan Bun, a small airport in south-west Kalimantan. From here it is a 30 minute ride to Kumai by the Sekonyer River. We board our comfortable river boat by late afternoon and cruise up the river to Rimba Lodge at the edge of Tanjung Puting National Park, arriving after dark.
o/n Rimba Orang Utan Lodge

11 MAY RIMBA LODGE, SEKONYER RIVER, TANJUNG PUTING NATIONAL PARK

All day birding along the river from the boat which will go at slow pace for birding and will stop or cruise slowly with the engine off for viewing and photography; visit one or two of the Orang Utan Rehabilitation Centres. Expect to see Orang Utans in the wild and other mammals such as Proboscis Monkeys, Silvered Langurs, Giant and Pygmy Squirrels, as well as birds. Spotlighting is available, both for owls & nightjars and also for mammals such as Lesser Mouse Deer & Colugo. Breakfast and lunch on board.
o/n Rimba Orang Utan Lodge

Possible birds over next 2 days: Long-tailed Parakeet, Little, Pink-necked, Thick-billed & Cinnamon-headed Green Pigeons, Storm’s Stork, Lesser Adjutant, Black, Bushy-crested, Oriental Pied & Rhinoceros Hornbills, Bornean Bristlehead, Stork-billed & Blue-eared Kingfishers, Lesser Fish Eagle, Changeable Hawk-Eagle, Brown, Red-crowned & Blue-eared Barbets, various babblers including Short-tailed, Chestnut-winged & Scaly-crowned; Scarlet-rumped Trogon, Chestnut-breasted & Chestnut-bellied Malkohas, Asian Drongo-Cuckoo, Grey & Buff & Buff-necked Woodpeckers, minivets, and many more.
12 MAY – RIMBA LODGE, SEKONYER RIVER
A second day cruising down the river and exploring the forest at Camp Pasalat.
o/n Rimba Orang Utan Lodge

13 MAY RIMBA LODGE, TANJUNG KELUANG

Day trip to the main river estuary at Tanjung Keluang for shorebirds, perhaps including Beach Stone Curlew. Explore open coastal habitat. Visit the turtle project and a chance to see Green and Hawksbill Turtles coming ashore at night.
o/n Rimba Orang Utan Lodge
Possible birds: many riverside birds as before, wintering shorebirds, Beach Thick-knee.

14 MAY RIMBA LODGE, SEKONYER RIVER, RETURN TO JAKARTA

Morning riverboat birding for any species missed so far. Midday boat from Rimba to Kumai and back to Pangkalan Bun for afternoon flight to Jakarta. Check-in to hotel in Jakarta, close to coast.
o/n Sanno Hotel, Jakarta

15 MAY PULAU RAMBUT ISLAND & MAURA ANGKE, JAVA

Jakarta is a huge capital city and air travel between Indonesian islands invariably passes through its airport. We take a boat to the island of Pulau Rambut, about 45 minutes ride from Jakarta. This island is home to some 20,000 breeding coastal and seabirds, the most famous species being the very range-restricted Milky Stork. Afternoon visit to Maura Angke to look for marsh birds from the boardwalk, including some very skulking species.
o/n Sanno Hotel, Jakarta
Possible birds: various herons and egrets, Glossy Ibis, cormorants, Milky Stork, Pied Imperial Pigeon, Lesser & Christmas Island Frigatebirds, Javan Coucal, Black-winged Myna, Slaty-breasted Rail, White-browed & Ruddy Crakes, Black Bittern, Racket-tailed Treepie, Sunda Woodpecker, Small Blue Kingfisher.

16 MAYGUNUNG GEDE PANGRANGO NATIONAL PARK, JAVA

Leave hotel early for 3 to 4 hour drive south to this forested and volcanic area. All day birding the forests in the region, nocturnal birds at dusk.
o/n TBA
Possible birds: Pale Blue Flycatcher, Chestnut-breasted Malkoha, Spotted Crocias, White-breasted & Crescent-chested Babblers, Javan Whistling Thrush, Sunda Forktail, Trilling and Pied Shrike-Babblers, Blue-winged Leafbird, Blue Nuthatch, Pygmy Cupwing. Javan & Orange-breasted Trogons, Javan Hawk-Eagle, White-bellied Fantail, Chestnut-bellied Partridge.

17 MAY GUNUNG GEDE PANGRANGO – JAKARTA – BALI

Birding in morning till c.10 am. Return north to Jakarta by c.2 pm from where we fly back to Bali arriving late afternoon. We will return in time for some evening flights for departure.
o/n Udayana Lodge, Denpasar

18 MAY Departure

Transfer to the airport for flight home.

Tour Guides

Carol-Detlef-Davies

Carol and Detlef Davies

Carol and Detlef Davies who own and manage a successful birding company out of Keri Keri, New Zealand.   Detlef  was born in UK, is a solicitor with a passion for birds and from the early 1970s became a keen active birder joining local societies and traveling widely birding in more than 90 countries keeping meticulous notes. He also has a keen interest in mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies, dragon flies and has become a prolific photographer. In 2003 he and Carol emigrated to New Zealand and commenced taking bird tours.

Carol was born and brought up in Scotland and is  a biomedical scientist having a BSc Honours in Chemistry and Biology along with other postgraduate qualifications. In Scotland she worked for the Citizen’s Advice Bureau specilising in social policy for the elderly and disabled.  She was awarded a Winston Churchill Fellowship which took her to New Zealand where she met Detlef. She shares his passion for birds.

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