When you're out walking the roads all day with binoculars around your neck, a camera hanging on your shoulder, and a scope in your hand, it's no surprise that people notice you. Indonesians are very friendly and yell "hello mister" to us as they zoom by on their motorbikes. Occasionally people will stop to talk and … Continue reading Tanimbar – Indonesia – An Unlikely Encounter
Indonesia only allows visitors a maximum of a 60 day visa and our time was running up. After 60 amazing days in Indonesia, we packed up our things, boarded a plane and headed to the neighboring city-state-country of Singapore where we could apply for another 60-day visa to get us back into Indonesia! We allotted … Continue reading Singapore – Singapore – Wait, Are We Still in SE Asia?
So much happened during our 11-day trip to the island of Sulawesi, that it’s nearly impossible to describe it exactly. We had a lot of long days and sleepless nights, a few high highs and a few low lows searching for one of Asia’s rarest owls. A lack of sleep is likely contributing to why … Continue reading Sulawesi – Indonesia – Ross Gallardy Does NOT Dip Owls
The outlook for endemic wildlife found on the small island of Sangihe appears to be quite grim. Several species have gone extinct and several others are teetering on the brink of extinction. Stop. Think about this for a second – there are unique living creatures that currently call our blue planet home that will soon … Continue reading Sangihe – Indonesia – Mega, Mega, and Another Mega
Before we visit an island Ross usually gives me the rundown of what to expect and I’ve come to appreciate that he doesn’t sugar coat things. But when his exact words were “you’re going to hate birding Talaud” I was more than skeptical and questioned why we would be going in the first place. He … Continue reading Talaud – Indonesia – Better Than Expected
One might think I wouldn’t have a single nice thing to say about the island of Obi, with one of the worst events happening to me there and all, but to be honest, that isn’t true. I do have nice things to say about Obi, a lot in fact. But if I have to be … Continue reading Obi – Indonesia – The Best of Times, the Worst of Times
Morotai is a forested island located to the north of Halmahera. It is one of the northernmost islands in the Indonesia archipelago and it has all but been untouched by birders until recent years. In fact, we know of only a handful of birders who have visited before us. With only a few birders coming … Continue reading Morotai – Indonesia – More Than We Bargained For
And so begins the second segment of our Indonesian trip “The North Moluccas” starting with the island of Halmahera. But let’s talk Indonesian geography for a second, because, let’s be honest, it’s probably been awhile since you’ve ever looked closely at this super fascinating country on the other side of the world (unless of course … Continue reading Halmahera – Indonesia – Everybody Gets Their Picture Taken
Indonesia is known for a lot of things, but perhaps it is most famous for its gigantic lizards, the largest living reptiles in the world, Komodo Dragons. Perhaps you’ve heard of them? Naturally we planned to visit Komodo National Park and see these notorious creatures, but our schedule only allotted one day in the area … Continue reading Komodo – Indonesia – Cockatoos, Dragons and Diving, Oh My!