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INDONESIA'S SOUTHERN MOLUCCAS

Friday 7th November - Saturday 29th November 2014

Craig Robson

Buru Pitta (Craig Robson)

Buru Pitta (Craig Robson)

Our latest tour to Buru, Ambon, Haruku, Yamdena (Tanimbar Is), Kai and Seram was another action-packed adventure! There were a couple of special highlights this time. On Buru we were lucky enough to re-discover Blue-fronted Lorikeet. It seems that there have been no confirmed sightings of this tiny endemic parrot since the 1920s or 1930s. Our few record shots are the first pictures ever taken of the species. Another stand-out observation was the Chinese Crested Tern that we found again off the north coast of Seram, following on from our discovery in 2010. The bird was still present in late December, and it is now clear that this is a wintering area – the only one currently documented for this critically endangered species. This tour is packed with a seemingly ever-increasing number of endemics, and there was a constant stream of other highlights: Forsten’s, Tanimbar and Moluccan Megapodes, Pygmy Eagle, Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk, Great Cuckoo-Dove, Wallace’s Fruit Dove, Moluccan (or Lesser) Masked Owl, Salmon-crested (or Seram) Cockatoo, Blue-eared Lory, Moluccan King Parrot, Buru Dwarf Kingfisher, Buru, Seram and Tanimbar Boobooks, Buru and Papuan Pittas, Kai Leaf Warbler, Buru and Seram Bush Warblers, Rufescent Darkeye, Grey-hooded White-eyes, Long-crested Myna, Buru, Fawn-breasted and Slaty-backed Thrushes, and many more. Logistics were pretty seamless and this was a smooth-running and comfortable tour as usual.

Great Cuckoo-Dove (Dave Williamson)

Great Cuckoo-Dove (Dave Williamson)