We spent some time scanning the flocks of Grosbeak Mynas and soon found lots of Fiery-browed Mynas, but best of all were several groups of Sulawesi Crested Mynas flying by and landing in some tall, dead trees. Although a pair of Knobbed Hornbills slowly flying across the hillside was also very nice and we could hear the sound of the wind rushing through their immense wings.
A fruiting tree held a couple of Black-naped and a Superb Fruit-dove, although our views of a male of the latter species were stunning a little later in the morning. A spot of raptor watching proved worthwhile and yielded Sulawesi Hawk-eagle, Rufous-bellied Eagle, and another Sulawesi Honey-buzzard. A nice cup of coffee was well deserved upon reaching our waiting vehicles and then we birded a short distance along the road in the heat of late morning which seemed like madness. But only until at least three endemic Ivory-backed Woodswallows were scoped on the forested hillside opposite us. Wow! A male Sulawesi Cicadabird was also much appreciated but we had to retreat to the relative comfort of our hotel and lunch, followed by a short siesta.
In the afternoon we drove up higher to Lake Tambing where a walk along the concrete path produced nice views of a pair of superb Blue-fronted Flycatcher, Piping Crow, flocks of Yellow-and-green Lorikeets, Black-billed Koel, Rusty-breasted Cuckoo and a typically skulking Chestnut-backed Bush-warbler.
|Black-billed Koel (female)|
Across the road we made our first attempt at Great Shortwing which only called back from the dense forest, but a showy Snowy-browed Flycatcher came as a little compensation. As the light began to fade we stopped for coffee before beginning our evening owling session which got off to a good start with nice views of Cinnabar Hawk-owl - but my continuing incompetence at photographing nightbirds continues! We then drove down into the lowlands and tried to call in Sulawesi Masked Owl which failed to respond apart from calling back briefly. However a Speckled Boobook began calling and was eventually spotlighted high in the canopy beside the road to round off an excellent day's birding.
I'm including this pic of an Olive-backed Sunbird - just because it's a nice composition but a trashy bird!