My owling plans for the next few years.
Sulawesi and Java
Gunung Gede: Bartell's wood, Javan scops and Javan owlet
Tangkoko: Minhassa masked, ochre bellied and spectacled
Sangihe: Sangihe scops
Gunung Ambang: Minhassa masked, cinnabar boobook and spectacled boobook
Peleng: Banggihi scops and ochre bellied
Togian: Togian boobook, ochre-bellied boobook and possible scops
Lore Lindu: Minhassa masked, ochre-bellied, Speckled and white spotted/cinnabar
19 Thu work day Portland 930pm-1020pm on Horizon Seattle
20 Fri d130 Eva to Tapei
21 Sat a510am Tapei, d900am-a120pm Jakarta, drive to Gunung Gede
22 Sun Gunung Gede
23 Mon Gunung Gede.
24 Tue early AM bus to Jakarta Garuda d11.00am a330pm Manado Tangkoko
25 Wed AM Tangkoko PM drive 5 hour to Gunung Ambang
26 Thu Gunung Ambang
27 Fri AM Gunung Ambang PM drive 5 hour to Tangkoko
28 Sat Tangkoko to Manado Lion Air 0700-0750 Sangihe w Wesley
29 Sun Sangihe Lion Air 0815-0905 MDC to Makasser d1110am w Lion Air a1250pm Makasser d1605pm w Lion Air a1735pm Luwuk, then ferry to Salakan or (less than daily) to Tataba Peleng w Pak Maleso
30 Mon Peleng
1 Tue Peleng ferry (?) to Luwuk, then 5 hour drive to Ampana full moon
2 Wed Ampana to Togian Is by speedboat around 9am takes 90 min see http://infotogian.weebly.com/ try and prebook
3 Thu Togian Is speedboat 9am takes 90 min Ampana 10 hour drive to Palu (there is a plane, but it departs around 1035am)
4 Fri Palu to Lore Lindu with Nurlin
5 Sat Lore Lindu w Nurlin
6 Sun Lore Lindu
7 Mon Lore Lindu drive to Palu Garuda d715am a845am d220pm a845pm Taipei, d 1140pm a730pm Seattle d930pm-a1016pm Portland
(Can fly from Manado)
Sangihe scops owl (recording)
For Sangihe there are several basic hotels in Tahuna, but a better base is in the village of Lelipang at the Rainbow Losmen. This is also the place to hook up with the best local guide, Wesley Pangimangen (+6281523847827; Wesley_rainbow@yahoo.co.id), who can show you around and show you all the birds.
(Boat From Luwuk)
Togian hawk owl (recording)
(Boat From Luwuk)
Banggai Scops (Under Sula scops on Xeno-canto)
(also Siau scops (chocolate boobook occurs on Siau). Siau is about 8 hour ferry from Manado) and Kalidupa scops-doubt recordings exist)
Measho Legesse email@example.com
Abiy works as a free-lance guide for a number of different companies, and can also be contacted directly (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Merid Gabremichael of Birding Abyssinia
Elias Bayou email@example.com (David's guide)
Melka Ghuba (Dawa River)
This site is on the way from Negele to Yabello and often visited shortly by visiting birders. We arrived somewhat late and had difficulties finding all targets. Hence we decided to spend an extra half day here. We camped in a backyard of one the shops in this small village. Again, the local people asked for entrance fee / tourist tax. Once arranged, people were most friendly and not obtrusive.
The stretch between Bulbul and Hudat offers some good acacia birding, but we concentrated on the area near Melka Ghuba. Next to a communication tower there is a dirt track (4.87067916617, 39.3172396084) that leads to the river (where people get their water). This area was very rewarding.
We also explored the classic site, being on the other side of the bridge. Just past the bridge there is a dirt track to the right (4.864287, 39.317107). We followed this to the end and wandered around in that area. Later on we tried our luck on the other side of the main road (left at the bridge) which worked out fine with a Pel's Fishing Owl as the surprise of the trip!
Highlights: Juba Weaver (2 birds near the river - 4.8698026, 39.307501), White-winged Collared Dove (easily heard and seen in the morning and evening, rather quiet during the heat of the day; later on we also found one bird in the next village), Yellow-vented Eremomela (after some searching we found up to 5 birds in the acacia scrub), Black-bellied Sunbird (on both days a few seen, 6 in total), Pel's Fishing Owl (a nice surprise! a single bird flushed from its day roost near the river - 4.8640351, 39.320298), Black-faced Sandgrouse (50+ flying overhead near the river), Magpie Starling (on both days, 7 birds in total),Shelley's Starling (daily good numbers), Somali Crombec (a single bird), Acacia Tit (a few).
2017 Oman and Ethiopia
Jan Omani owl, (Pharaoh Eagle owl), Cape Eagle owl, African wood owl, African scops owl, Abyssinian owl (and Ethiopian little owl)
Sep-Oct Sulawesi golden owl, (Talibu masked owl), (Sula scops owl), Sangihe scops owl, (Togian hawk owl), Cinnabar hawk-owl, Orche-bellied hawk-owl and Speckled hawk-owl
2018 Palau and Philippines
Apr Palau owl, Mindoro Scops and Mindanao boobook
Japan and Palau for the endangered Blakiston's (while they have a regular location) and Palau owls. Philippines and either Taiwan or Malaysia/Thailand to pursue the missed Philippine owls.
1. PDX-Addis (approx $1800 return)
2. Addis to Bale Mountains (8hr) (Abyssinian owl, African scops, Mackinder's, African wood)
3. Bale Mountains
4. Bale Mountains*
5. Bale Mountains to Addis (8hr). Addis to Awash** NP (3hr) (Ethiopian Little owl, African scops owl)
6. Awash NP
7. Awash NP
8. Awash to Addis (3hr). Addis to Mombasa (c250 via Nairobi), taxi to Sokoke (Sokoke scops, African wood owl, African barred owlet)
10. Malindi-Mombasa (2 hours by bus), Mombasa-Tanga 4 hours by bus
11. Tanga-Pemba fly $95 (daily afternoon) (Pemba scops owl)
12. Pemba-Tanga-Amani NR 4 hours by bus (Usumbara eagle owl, Sokoke scops and African wood owl)
13. Amani-Nairobi, 698km
14. rtn home
African scops, Spotted eagle and southern white-faced owl are also possible. (All occur at Tsavo East for example)
*Public Transportation (8 hours):
Buses leave from the Mercato bus station where you are advised to purchase your tickets the day before you plan to travel. Tickets can be purchased from the ticket windows located behind the bus parking lot. To locate the specific ticket window, listen for people calling for either Goba or Robe. Buses are divided into three levels, with Level 1 being the most comfortable, and Level 3 the least. Ticket prices reflect the level, but average around 150 Birr each way.
Buses are scheduled to leave at 6am although they don’t always leave on time. You are advised to arrive around an hour before departure. Buses stop for a brief lunch break. If your destination is Dinsho, you must call werage (rhymes with garage) once you have reached town, and the bus driver will stop to let you off. Dinsho is the first substantial town after passing through the mountains. The entrance to the park is at the top of the hill on the outer reaches of town.
Minibuses leave Dinsho from the center of the main road in town (unless it is a market day when larger buses pass through). There may be a wait, and a “broker” may put you on a list for when the minibus arrives to guarantee you a seat. They may ask for payment in return; 5 Birr is sufficient. Buses go to the Robe bus station, and from there other buses leave for Goba, Shashemene, Adaba, Agarfa, Dodola and further afield. Bus destinations are identified by attendants who call out names of towns and cities. Travel time between Robe and Dinsho is about 40 minutes, and between Robe and Goba only about 15 minutes.
If you are travelling with a lot of bags or large bags, they may be tied to the top of the vehicle and you may be charged a fee of 2-5 Birr per bag. When taking public transportation, it is strongly advised to start early in the day as schedules are highly unpredictable. Travel on large market days is usually much smoother as more buses are traveling between towns. Hitchhiking is not recommended.** Little owl occurs between the campsite and the lodge
Madagascar and East Africa
2. Nairobi-Thompson Falls, 185km, (Mackinder's Eagle owl)
3. Thompson Falls-Lake Baringo, 157km, (African scops owl and Spotted eagle owl)
4. Lake Baringo-Kakamega, 231km, (African wood owl, red-chested owlet and African grass owl)
6. Kakamega-Nairobi, 348km, Midday flight to Malindi, taxi to Sokoke (Sokoke scops, African wood owl, African barred owlet)
8. Malindi-Mombasa (2 hours by bus)
9. Mombasa-Tanga 4 hours by bus
10. Tanga-Pemba fly $95 (daily afternoon) (Pemba scops owl)
11. Pemba-Tanga-Amani NR 4 hours by bus (Usumbara eagle owl, Sokoke scops and African wood owl)
12. Amani-Nairobi, 698km
Blakinson's fish owl
Japanese scops owl
Rykuyu Scops owl
Rykuyu hawk owl
Togakushi has Oriental and Japanese scops and northern boobook. To get there take a shinkasen (1 1/2 hr) from Tokoyo to Nagano, and then a frequent hourly bus to Togakushi.
Okinawa has Rykuyu scops, Pryer's scops and Rykuyu hawk owl. the two scops occur at Kin reservoir in the center of the island and the hawk owl and Pryer's scops occur at Kijoka in the north of the island. A rental car would be the best way to get around. Good info on Okinawa http://www.japanbirdwatching.com/regions/overview/Amami_and_Okinawa
Mt Halcon is the location for Mindoro scops.
PICOP is the location for Mindanao hawk owl.
Possibly could add Taiwan for Lanyu scops, himalayan wood owl, collared scops and Oriental scops (Dasyueshan Forest)
2 MNL-Mt H
3 Mt H
4 Mt H-MNL-DAV
11 OK-TOK-JAP ALP
12 JAP ALP
13 JAP ALP
14 JAP ALP-TOK-HOK
2 Tawny fish-owl
3 Mountain scops and Himalayan Tawny
4 Collared scops
5 Lanyu Scops
6 Lanyu Scops
10 OK-TOK-JAP ALP
11 JAP ALP
12 JAP ALP
13 JAP ALP-TOK-HOK
Highway 18 runs past Alishan up to the visitors centre (with increasing km markers). At the visitorscentre the road changes to Highway 21 (with decreasing km markers thereafter) as it winds its waydown into the Toroko Gorge. We had Mikado Pheasant (male) at km 94 on Highway 18 on twoconsecutive days (at 1600hrs) and we had two Chinese (Taiwan) Tawny Owls between km 91.5 and93.5 also on Highway 18 (bathing in puddles). We also had Chinese (Taiwan) Tawny Owls around thevisitors centre.o and Mainland SE Asia in Jan or Feb 2015
Japanese scops owl
Oriental bay owl
Brown fish owl
Tawny fish owl
Rausu in NE Hokkaido has reliable Blakinson's fish owl. Best to fly from Tokyo to Kushiro, then rent a car and drive 4 hours to Rausu. (Or take a bus).
Sime Forest, Bukit Timah, Alexandra Hill, Bukit Brown, Palau Ubin, Sungei Buloh, Bukit Batok and Pasir Ris in Singapore is a good location for Singapore Scops.
Panti forest reserve Oriental bay owl and reddish scops owl, near southern Malaysia. 21KM N of Kota Tinggni, which is 41 km north of Johor Bahru-about 2 hours from Singapore. From Johor Bahru it's possible to fly affordably via KL to BKK.
Or Taman Negara (Oriental scops Nov-Mar) or Negeri Sembilan (Malaysia) for Reddish scops owl. Taman Negara-4 hour from JB to KL, 4 hour from KL to Jerantut.
Krabi occasionally has brown fish owl
Kaeng Krachan (West Thailand) has bay owl, white-fronted scops, oriental scops, collared scops. Also has brown fish owl-but probably not easy. Hourly buses to Phetchaburi (2hours), from Bangkok then 52km to park, takes about 2 hours.
Khao Yai has brown fish owl and collared scops
Nam Nao national park (Central Thailand) brown fish owl. Three daily flights from Bankok to Khon Kaen, or 6-7 hour by bus or 8 hours by train. Hours buses to the park (2 1/2 hours).
Preng Veng, Cambodia has brown fish owl and collared scops owl
Nam Bai Cat Tien national park, just north of Saigon has brown fish owl. Best to reserve accomodation and avoid weekends and holidays. Take a Dalat bound bus and get off at Park entrance, then 24km by bike. Total time from HCMC c 4hours. A visa is required to enter Vietnam.
Note fly into Tokyo. Fly from Tokyo return to Hokkaido. Then fly Tokyo to Singapore, travel overland to Saigon, then fly from Saigon to Tokyo. This trip works best if can purchase discount tickets between Tokyo and SE Asia.
Mindo for cloud forest pygmy
Near Quito for Andean pygmy
Amazon for Northern tawny bellied
fly Quito to Galapagos for $450, plus $100 permit for Galapagos barn and short-eared owl
Fly Quito to Guatemala for Guatemalan pygmy $720