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Java, Banyaks, Simeulue, & Aceh (July 2019)

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Old Tuesday 22nd October 2019, 02:59   #1
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Java, Banyaks, Simeulue, & Aceh (July 2019)

Hi all,

Been a bit behind on things, but wanted to post a bit about my recent (well somewhat recent) trip to Indonesia this past summer. As usual, Indonesia didn't fail to disappoint (with multiple meanings). The birds were amazing as always, but also it was extremely depressing to see the continued habitat destruction, incessant bird trapping, and piles of plastic. Overall it was a very successful trip that concentrated on some extremely rare species that probably won't be around for much longer.

Over general itinerary was western Java (Halimun, Gede, Jakarta), the Banyak Islands (Bangkaru & Babi), Simeulue, and Aceh. As usual we did the trip independently, but did hire a local in Aceh as you're supposed to have a guide to visit the reserve.

Once we arrived on Java, our first stop was Halimun NP, with the goal of picking up a few targets that are difficult to see elsewhere. The main target was Javan Blue-banded Kingfisher which I managed to see, but unfortunately Melissa missed it. We did quite well with our other targets though and had a few surprises as well!

Check out the blog for the full account of our time at Halimun.

https://budgetbirders.com/2019/09/16...it-to-halimun/

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Old Tuesday 5th November 2019, 23:30   #2
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Gunung Gede

Well after our successful trip to Halimun NP, we made the long trek over to Gunung Gede for a few days. Unlike most people who stay down in the town of Cibodas, we decided to camp on the mountain for a few days to avoid the long walks and be able to dedicate plenty of time for the woodcock. Unfortunately this strategy only worked out so well, we although we got all of the main targets (including Volcano Swiftlet and Javan Serin) we did dip the woodcock. It just wasn't meant to be.

Check out more from our trip to Gede on the blog including some amazing looks at Javan Cocoha and Javan Scops Owl!

https://budgetbirders.com/2019/09/22...up-a-mountain/

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A day around Jakarta

Well after the extremely slow journey to Jakarta, our hopes of getting caught up on sleep faded and I found myself going to bed at midnight with another 0445 wake up coming way too soon. We only had a single day in Jakarta and wanted to pick up a few targets including Sunda Coucal, Christmas Island Frigeratebird, and Milky Stork. Luckily the day worked out although it was a bit rough at times sorting things out. Check out the blog for more info on the day!

https://budgetbirders.com/2019/10/20...round-jakarta/

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Hi Ross, when I lsaw the Coucal, I recall scanning from a lookout tower, I assume that's gone?

I also recall some dirt, football pitches close by where I had Javan Plover.

Medan (as you were on the way) is a better place for Milky Stork, I hired a tuk-tuk to Percut and a short boat ride there, they were fairly easy.

Almost 20 years ago though!
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No tower where we went to. As you can see from the pics in the blog post, the boardwalk we went on was pretty dilapidated and we never made it to the end of it. I think most people get it from a boat nowadays.

Yea, I think there is better options for the Milky Stork (especially once we went to the island and found out the costs), but since we were heading out for the Christmas Island Frigatebird it made sense to try and get it there. Ebird still shows some recent record around Medan so still seems like a good option!

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