Tuesday, 9 October 2012

The Last Day

A last spot of birding from the viewpoint resulted in a perched Moluccan Goshawk, Cinnamon-bellied Imperial-pigeon, and nice views of a White-naped Monarch before we had to leave and return to the hotel for breakfast. We then packed our bags and loaded the luggage into the cars and headed down to the small quay from where a speedboat took us back across to the island of Ternate. An afternoon flight took us to Jakarta and our onward international flight home. 

So on reflection it was a pretty successful tour with 260 species recorded, but 109 of which were endemic. I think the birding was harder than last year, possibly due to the weather but you've got to put the effort in to see some of these birds. To get over 100 endemics anywhere is a great result and this tour is so popular, with the next departure in September 2014 already full. Indonesia really is such an exciting area, with so many endemics to find and i'm already looking forward to The Lesser Sundas tour next year. 

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