On our flight over to Nimbokrang after the Arfak Mountains, Stephan and Ross prepped Claudia and myself by basically saying how miserable Nimbokrang would be. Apparently the birding is done while walking along muddy, swampy trails that are infested with an abundance of malaria-carrying mosquitoes and weather consisting of extreme heat and 100% humidity. Hell … Continue reading Nimbokrang – West Papua – Chasing Dinosaurs
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?
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?
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
Ross and I skipped over to the island of Timor a little ahead of schedule. (Because as you may have heard, everything went right on Sumba!) A few birds are endemic to the island of Timor and we hoped we could pick up all of them in an expeditious manner. From the airport we hired … Continue reading Timor – Indonesia – Lots of Birds, Not a lot of Pictures