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BIRDING WITH CAROL AND DETLEF DAVIES TOUR 1 – SUMATRA

15th to 28th April 2017

This tour features the island of Sumatra which is the 6th largest island in the world. It begins and ends in Bali as this is usually the easiest arrival point for visitors from abroad. After one night at our lodge near Denpasar we take a morning flight to Jakarta and a connection to Bandar Lampung in southern Sumatra. We spend the first 4 days in the extensive lowland forest of Way Kambas National Park. Our resident guide Haryono will lead us and expect to show us a great variety of the lowland forest birds. We then return to the airport and fly on to Padang in the higher altitude area in central Sumatra for the rest of the tour.

Possible birds you can see:

Tour Details

15 APRILUDAYANA 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.

16 APRILBALI TO SATWA ECOLODGE

Fly Bali to Jakarta this morning and then a half hour flight to Bandar Lampung. Transfer (c.2.5 hours) to Satwa Ecolodge for 4 nights from where daily excursions will be made to Way Kambas National Park of which the entrance is just a few hundred metres from the Lodge. Afternoon birding today in the Park with Haryono and spotlighting in the first half-kilometre of the Park.

 o/n Satwa Ecolodge

Possible birds over next 3 days: Black-thighed Falconet, Crested Fireback, Little & Pink-necked Green Pigeons, Jambu Fruit Dove, White-winged Duck, Blue-rumped Parrot, Black-bellied & Raffle’s Malkohas, Red-naped, Diard’s & Scarlet-rumped Trogons, Rufous-backed & Rufous-collared Kingfishers, Wreathed Hornbill, Rufous, Checker-throated, Maroon, & Buff-necked Woodpeckers, Hooded & Banded Pittas, Banded Broadbill, Malaysian Honeyguide, Cream-vented & Hairy-backed Bulbuls, Blue-winged Leafbird, Fluffy-backed Tit-Babbler, Tiger Shrike, Black Magpie; and spotlighting at night: Reddish Scops & Brown Hawk Owls, Large, Gould’s & Sunda Frogmouths, Large-tailed, Malaysian Eared and Bonaparte’s Nightjars.

17 to 19 APRILWAY KAMBAS NATIONAL PARK

We spend 3 full days in Way Kambas. Most species we hope to see are generally visible from the main track but we may deviate into the forest at times. At the eastern end of the forest we will board a river boat and paddle in both directions to parts of the forest otherwise not accessible, hopefully to find the rare White-winged Duck. There will be a chance to see the captive breeding programme for Asian Elephants and the endangered Sumatran Rhinoceros.

o/n 3 more nights Satwa Lodge

20 APRILWAY KAMBAS TO KERINCI

Today, after some early morning birding, we drive back to the airport at Bandar Lampung and take a flight to Padang via Jakarta. From Padang we drive up into Kerinci Sablat National Park, arriving at our guesthouse at Keresuk Tua in time for dinner. Mainly a travelling day but time for some birding on route.

o/n Guesthouse, Keresuk Tua

21 to 24 APRILKERINCI SABLAT NATIONAL PARK

We will be birding the forest around Mount Kerinci for 4 days, generally between 1800 and 2500 metres, although the summit is over 3800 metres.

o/n 4 more nights Keresuk Tua

Possible birds in this area: Red-billed Partridge, Javan & Dusky Woodcocks, Pink-headed Fruit Dove, Sumatran Trogon, Schneider’s Pitta, Sumatran & Rusty-breasted Wren-Babblers, Sunda Forktail, Brown-winged & Shiny Whistling Thrushes, Montane & Black-capped White-eyes, Blyth’s Shrike-Babbler, Grey-throated, Golden & Spot-necked Babblers, Blue Nuthatch, Sunda Cuckoo, Black-browed & Fire-tufted Barbets, White-throated Fantail, Rufous-vented Niltava; and spotlighting might produce Salvadori’s Nightjar, Sumatran Frogmouth, Mountain & perhaps Rajah Scops Owls.

25 APRILKERINCI TO TAPAN ROAD

Last chance for high altitude birding this morning before heading west down the mountain to bird along the 44 km stretch of the Tapan Road between Sungai Penuh Mauro Sako for a new set of specialities at lower altitude. We spend 3 nights in the area and there is a possibility of finding tigers here.

o/n Sungai Penuh

26 to 27 APRILTAPAN ROAD

2 full days birding in this area.

o/n 2 more nights Sungai Penuh

Possible birds along the Tapan Road: Graceful Pitta, Blue-masked & Sumatran Leafbirds, Cream-striped and Spot-necked Bulbuls, Sumatran Treepie, Sumatran Green Pigeon, Marbled Wren Babbler, Crested Jay, Black Laughing Thrush, Banded Kingfisher, Helmeted Hornbill, Bronze-tailed Peacock-Pheasant.

28 APRILSANGAI PENUH – PADANG – JAKARTA – DENPASAR

Early morning birding before transferring back to Padang for a series of flights taking us back to Denpasar. Final night there for those on Bali extension, and for those departing unless there are suitable flights home this evening.

o/n Udayana Ecolodge, Denpasar


EXTENSION ON BALI 29 to 3 May APRIL

Although heavily populated, Bali is an excellent birding locality with a wide variety of special Indonesian birds. The Bali Myna is endemic to the island and there are very few wild birds left. In addition many species are endemic to Bali and Java combined.

This is an optional 5 day tour of Bali, concentrating on Bali Barat National Park, home of the last few Bali Mynas, and then a day in the highlands near the inland town of Bedugul.

29 APRILDENPASAR TO BALI BARAT NATIONAL PARK

Meet any new arrivals this morning and the local guide. Travel by minibus heading north-west to the most well-known birding area in Bali, the extensive National Park at Bali Barat. This is the last refuge for some of Indonesia’s rarest birds including the amazing endemic Bali Myna. Overnight at a quality lodge for 3 nights; bird the area for the rest of today and 2 more full days.

o/n Taman Sari, Pemuteran, Bali Barat

Possible birds over next 3 days: Crescent-chested & Horsfield’s Babblers, Yellow-throated Hanging Parrot, Scarlet Minivet, Javan Banded Pitta, Mangrove Whistler, Rufous-backed Kingfisher, Fulvous-chested Jungle-Flycatcher, Savanna Nightjar, Chestnut-headed Bee-Eater, Orange-breasted & Grey-cheeked Green Pigeons, Bali Myna, Lineated & Coppersmith Barbets, Sunda Scops Owl, Bar-winged Prinia, Green Junglefowl. Menjangan Island: Black-naped Tern, Javan Plover, Lemon-bellied White-eye, Black-naped Oriole.

30 APRIL / 1 MAYBALI BARAT NATIONAL PARK

Two full days birding the area, both forest and savanna, including a trip by boat to Menjangan Island.

o/n Taman Sari, Pemuteran, Bali Barat

2 / 3 MAYBALI BARAT TO BEDUGUL

Travel by road eastwards along the coast and then inland to the Central Highlands and to the small town of Bedugul which is in the crater of a long extinct volcano. Another selection of speciality birds occurs here, one good site we will visit is Bali’s only Botanical Gardens. Stay at quality resort for 2 nights.

o/n Handara Kosaido, Bedugul

Possible birds: Blood-breasted Flowerpecker, Mountain Leaf Warbler, Orange-fronted Barbet, Short-tailed Starling, Sunda Warbler, Lesser Shortwing, Sunda Whistling-Thrush, Fulvous-tinted Whistler, Ashy Drongo, Mountain Tailorbird, Lesser Cuckoo-Shrike, Ruddy Cuckoo-Dove, Dark-backed Imperial Pigeon, Grey-cheeked Bulbul, Black-winged Flycatcher-Shrike, Little Pied Flycatcher.

>4 MAYBEDUGUL TO DENPASAR

Early morning birding, then drive back to Denpasar. Transfer to the airport for the flight home, or overnight at Udayana Ecolodge for those on the Flores, Kalimantan & Java tour.

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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