The internal flight to Palu was delayed slightly (as usual) allowing us to find the endemic Javan Munia around the airport complex and we arrived mid-afternoon where we met our guide and good friend Royke Mananta. After loading the luggage onto our three vehicles we set off on the long drive to Lore Lindu, stopping along the way amidst an area of low scrub and rice paddies to take a look at a couple of roosting Savannah Nightjars.
It was really nice to be out birding and we pretty quickly notched up Little Bronze Cuckoo, Lemon-bellied White-eye, Grey-sided Flowerpecker, White-shouldered Triller, Olive-backed Sunbird and both Sulawesi and Uniform Swiftlets. Nearby, we had a look at several Pale-headed Munias, and also picked up Chestnut and Scaly-breasted Munias, White-breasted Woodswallow, Purple Heron and managed to flush a pair of Rufous-backed Buttonquails. All too brief views of Large Sulawesi Hanging-parrot and Slender-billed Cuckoo-dove were rather frustrating, but we’d have to save those for later!
Moving on we slowly wound our way up into the hills and drove the last few hours in the dark, which enabled us to make our first attempt at Cinnabar Boobook. Despite luring one in and hearing its distinctive call we just couldn’t manage to find it in the spotlight so had to drag ourselves away and head to the Sendy Inn at Wuasa Village where we’d be staying for the next four nights.