Friday, 14 September 2012

Lore Lindu 11th September

We spent the day birding along the road and around Lake Tambing and found the birding a little slow today as we made numerous attempts either side of lunch for Great Shortwing. Our first attempt gave some of the group a decent view as it appeared behind some ferns and onto an area of mossy forest floor. A Chestnut-backed Bush-warbler was almost constantly on view and produced numerous close views which were quite misleading at times! Then a group of Malias appeared and showed well, followed by a superb Ashy Woodpecker as well. As some of the group kept on trying various site for the shortwing the rest of us birded from the road and had a Black Eagle, David spotted a Small Sparrowhawk, and we also had Slender-billed Cuckoo-dove, Superb Fruit-dove and Rusty-breasted Cuckoo amongst others. A nice roadside flock also held Sulawesi Leaf-warbler, Cerulean Cuckooshrike and our first Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker

Spotted Kestrel

As we returned to the lake area after lunch at the hotel, we had a Spotted Kestrel perched on a dead tree giving really nice views. There was also Black-billed Koel, Snowy-browed and Little Pied Flycatchers amongst others. But most of the afternoon session was again spent on finding Great Shortwing and when a random bit of tape playing got a response we were lucky to find a trail leading inside the forest. After quite some time and a huge dose of patience we enjoyed repeated views of an individual that circled us as if by magic but would cross the path in front of us a few times allowing everyone to get onto it. As we waited for the light to drop we enjoyed a nice cup of coffee and then spent ages trying to find at least two calling Sulawesi Scops-owls that never came in quite far enough to be seen in the dense roadside forest.

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