Our first stop - Manado - meeting up after my Borneo work trip.
I arrived 2 days before Ellen, so went to look for Maleo (a megapode). After a long drive, my home-stay lodging
The place where the Maleo breed - a natural hotspring area
The soils are warm in the hotsprings area, which the Maleo use to incubate its eggs.
The Maleo dig a hole in the soil - lay an egg - which incubates for about 70 days
A different pair of Maleo use the area almost daily
The Maleo hatchery - where some eggs are kept safe from predators (and humans)
Another part of the Maleo breeding program - the enclosure for young birds
Max the local owner, ranger and guide, looking for Maleos and other birds
Birding was great - a Rusty-backed Thrush
And at last - an adult Maleo!!
A pair in the trees
Max - happy (and relieved) we found them!
Max's very nice guest house.
He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or 08-529-855-5234
Max and his wife
- after finding the Maleo
The inside of Max's guest house - very nice.
The area near the Maleo spot - and a long drive back to Manado
Back at the Hotel Novatel - a Java Sparrow in the hotel grounds
And a Chestnut Munia
Then off to our first birding spot - Waigeo Island - the famous Raja Ampat
First to Sorong - flights are cheap and reliable in Indonedia
Then a ferry from Sorong to Waigeo
At last, our gorgeous guest-house, the Papuaarts Alter - Native Stay
Located on a pristine beach
Our room was 20 feet from the ocean.
Inside our room
Pier out to a coral reef
Ellen relaxing in the afternoon
Birding was inland - in some tall forest
Which has been conserved for the birds!
Birding encouraged! Hunting or logging, not.
Ellen riding on the back of a truck!
But birding from the ground