After a rough 6 day trek up Mount Binaiya we planned to finish up our time on the island of Seram by visiting a very tiny island off of the northern coast where Olive Honeyeater has been known to occur, a bird only found on very, very tiny islands. You see, Olive Honeyeater is a … Continue reading Seram Part 2 – Indonesia – Well That Ended On a Happy Note
Six days and 70+ kilometers later, we ended a trek planned entirely on a whim. A trek we were not prepared to go on and one that would proceed to be a bit further than we ever anticipated. When we started, we had no idea what we had gotten ourselves into. What exactly happened on … Continue reading Seram – Indonesia – The Perfect Storm (And People Live Out Here?!)
Typically an island so small hardly warrants its own blog post, but the events that unfolded on our visit to the island of Boano became so complicated that nothing seemed to work out like we had wanted and is enough of a story to warrant individual treatment. Boano Island is very small, only 20 kilometers … Continue reading Boano – Indonesia – The Successful Shit Show
We have learned that there is always a look of enlightenment that occurs after we say the words buru hantu, Indonesian for owl. When people see us in very rural and remote areas of Indonesia, they often come up to us and ask what we are doing. Heck, even when we aren’t in super remote … Continue reading Buru – Indonesia – Ohhhhhhhhhhhh Buru Hantu
Our visit to the Kai Islands was certainly one for the books. When Google Maps and Maps.me both showed the small town of Fako in the wrong location, our little ‘overnight trip to Kai Besar’ turned into a fiasco. Buttttttt we initially started our trip on the island of Kai Kecil so let me start … Continue reading Kai Islands (Kecil & Besar) – Indonesia – What the Fako?
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