Friday , 30 June 2017

We offer a limited number of Asian destinations. Indonesia - is a close neighbour of Australia and we have have a number of itineraries visiting there. All itineraries for Indonesian Papua are to be found in the New Guinea section.

Sulawesi and Halmahera are particular favourites. Halmahera has an avifauna more reminiscent of Australia than the Oriental Region, and is in fact in the Australasian zoogeographical region. The only place you can see Birds of Paradise outside New Guinea, Wallace's Standardwing and Paradise Crow are a big drawcard. Combine these with Dusky Scrubfowl, Moluccan Hanging Parrot, Chattering Lory, Purple Dollarbird, Giant Coucal, Ivory-breasted Pitta, Halmahera Cuckoo-shirke, Long-billed Crow and a host of other goodies the attraction is obvious.

The avifauna of Sulawesi shows much more of an Asian influence, with a only a very diluted Australian avian presence. Manado, the main entry point to the province, is a bustling, prosperous town, well equipped with hotels and resorts to service a booming dive industry, and well accustomed to western tourists passing through. Away from Manado accommodation is variable in availability and level of comfort. What was once an island covered in impenetrable jungle has now largely been deforested, with National Parks offering a limited protection to the remaining forests, which offer the best habitat for the Sulawesi specialities. These include Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle, Sulawesi Goshawk, Maleo, Sulawesi Woodcock, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Sulawesi Dwarf Hornbill, Lilac-cheeked and Green-backed Kingfishers, Yellow-billed Malkoha, Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tail, Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot and a total of over a hundred endemics in Sulawesi province it is not surprising that this is a prime destination for many birders.


Trip Reports

Trip Reports

Asia

Sri Lanka – Birds & Wildlife

Sri Lanka is a birdwatcher’s paradise. With an avifauna of over 400 species of which 34 are endemics with many more being shared with the Indian subcontinent. The best time to visit for birdwatching is from December through to March when large numbers of Palaearctic migrants swell the numbers of resident …

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Borneo for Photographers

Male Orangutan

This 14 day tour visits Sabah – Malaysian Borneo. It is designed specifically for photographers who are interested in all areas of natural history. With pitcher plants and rafflesia, orangutans and bats, and a variety of colourful birds and other animals this is a great destination for both beginner and …

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Sulawesi & Halmahera

An exciting 14 day tour which includes some of the more rarely visited parts of Sulawesi including Sangihe for the 4 rare and restricted range endemics found there (including Sangihe Shrike-thrush and perhaps Cerulean Paradise Flycatcher) and Mt Mahawu for the Scaly-breasted Kingfisher and nightbirds. It also includes the island …

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Cambodia

This 15 day tour is a great chance to see some of the rarest birds in the world and visit the cultural masterpieces of Angkor. The tour starts in Siem Reap where we explore the temples and bird the surrounding countryside including the Greater Adjutant colony at Prek Toal and …

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Mongolia

Visit Mongolia, famous as the home of Ghengis (Chinggis) Khan and the epicentre of migrations of people that changed the course of history in Asia and Europe. Mongolia currently has the world’s lowest population density, with much of the country still being dominated by nomadic herders. This nomadic lifestyle leaves …

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