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!
Flores was to be our last stop on our visit to the Lesser Sundas, the name for the group of islands found toward the southern portion of the Indonesian archipelago just above Australia, for those unfamiliar with your Indonesian geography. Up until this point we hadn’t missed a single target bird in the Lesser Sundas … Continue reading Flores – Indonesia – Friendly Little Owls
Java is the most populated of the islands in the Indonesian archipelago, not surprising since the capitol of Jakarta is located there. The original itinerary that Ross designed did not include Java but because we had a few extra days, we were able to add a few extra islands, one of which being Java where … Continue reading East Java – Indonesia – Would You Like Chips With Your Dip?
When people think of Indonesia, surely one of the first islands that come to mind is Bali. Bali is the most popular vacation destination in all of Indonesia where tons of people visit every year to get a glimpse of Indonesian life, seeking out resorts, yoga retreats, beaches and volcanoes. Bali is a dream destination … Continue reading Bali – Indonesia – A Duo of Rare Mynas
This section of the trip never was supposed to happen, so it should be considered a huge win to be able to add an extra week into our trip itinerary and visit the islands of Lombok, Bali, and east Java. These unanticipated additions into the trip would allow us to pick up birds we never … Continue reading Lombok – Indonesia – The Biggest Snake of Our Lives
Alor. Allure. Two words that sound the same and in all honesty, probably don't have all that different meanings. Alor is a pretty alluring place if you want to see some island-endemic subspecies of birds. One might be the name of an island and another describe a feeling of charm or appeal but, island-endemics in … Continue reading Alor – Indonesia – Alluring Alor