Lore Lindu National Park Birding

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BIRDWATCHING LORE LINDU NATIONAL PARK 5 DAYS / 4 NIGHTS

BIRD PHOTOGRAPHY LORE LINDU NATIONAL PARK 10  DAYS / 9 NIGHTS

LORE LINDU birding 5 days / 4 nights

Sultan Birding Price
Price starting from US$ 0000/person
(Min. 2 persons)
Includes: Accommodation, full board meals & car, Mineral Water, Bird Guide, Park Entrance fee

There is probably nowhere better to see Sulawesi’s unique avifauna, with 80% of the island’s endemic species, this park has a well-deserved reputation for montane specialties. our main targets here are the magnificent Sulawesi endemic of the Purple-Beared Bee-Eater, Shy Great Shortwing, Malia, Geomalia, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, noisy Caerulean cuckoo shrikes, and the possibility of Sulawesi’s sole endemic bird family – Hylocitrea (yellow flanked whistler); the strange and rare Geomalia; along with Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tails, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Maroon-backed Whistler, White-eared Myza, and Streak-headed Dark-eye.  There is also often the chance to find Diabolical Nightjars roosting during the day on the Anaso track.

 

  • Location: LORE LINDU NATIONAL PARK, CENTRAL SULAWESI OF INDONESIA
  • Availability: Set Departure
  • Tour Type: Multi-Day Tour
  • Tour Focus: Birds
  • Group Size: Maximum 15 Pax
  • Duration: 5 Days / 4 Nights
  • Best Time: Throughout The Year
  • Pace: Challenging
  • Arrival In: Mutiara airport,  Palu, Central Sulawesi of Indonesia 
  • Depart From: Mutiara airport,  Palu, Central Sulawesi of Indonesia 

What is included?

  • English Speaking Bird Guide from Day 1 to Day 5
  • Bottled Water Throughout the Trip
  • Snacks Throughout the Trip
  • Meals From Breakfast on Day 2 to Breakfast on Day 15
  • All Lodging (Double Occupancy)
  • Entrances to Parks and Reserves
  • Local guides at many of the sites visited.
  • Transport From Airport Pickup to Airport Drop-off.

 

What is not included?

  • Insurance
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Airfare to Indonesia ( Jakarta ), Internal Airfare: Jakarta – Palu or Makassar – Palu – Makassar.
  • Laundry
  • Tips
  • Anything that is not included in “What is included

LORE LINDU BIRDING PROGRAM 5 DAYS 4 NIGHTS

Day 01: Palu Arrival – Lore Lindu National Park
Upon your arrival at Palu airport, we will travel to Lore Lindu National Park and late afternoon we will Check-in at the guesthouse in Wuasa for a three-night stay in the area.

Days 02, Day 3, and Day 04: Lore Lindu National Park.
There is probably nowhere better to see Sulawesi’s unique avifauna, with 80% of the island’s endemic species, this park has a well-deserved reputation for montane specialties. Our main targets here are the magnificent Sulawesi endemic of the Purple-Beared Bee-Eater, Shy Great Shortwing, Malia, Geomalia, Chestnut-backed Bush Warbler, noisy Caerulean cuckoo shrikes, Sulawesi Cicadabirds, Black-fronted White-eye, black Sunbird, Black-naped Monarch, and the Citrine Flycatcher, Island Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue Flycatcher, Mountain serin, Sulawesi Myzomela, Ivory-backed wood-swallow, Ornate lorikeet, Small-sparrow hawk, Maroon-backed Whistler, Heinrich nightjar, Speckled boobook, CinabarBoobook, Sulawesi scops owl, Sulawesi pygmy woodpecker, Spot-tailed Goshawk, Spotted Kestrel, lemon-bellied white-eye, Sulawesi Triller, Sulawesi cicada bird, Sulawesi serpent eagle and many more with luck! On at least one of the days we will make the climb up the Anaso Track, which allows access to higher altitudes, and the possibility of Sulawesi’s sole endemic bird family – Hylocitrea (yellow flanked whistler); the strange and rare Geomalia; along with Golden-mantled and Yellow-breasted Racquet-tails, Red-eared Fruit-Dove, Maroon-backed Whistler, White-eared Myza, and Streak-headed Dark-eye. These ascents will also give us a chance at the rare Mountain Serin, Sombre Pigeon, and with luck, we might see the Purple-bearded Bee-eater known as the world’s most interesting bee-eater. There is also often the chance to find Diabolical Nightjars roosting during the day on the Anaso track.
On day 04 in the late afternoon, we will drive back to Palu for an overnight stay.

Day 05: Palu – Next Destination
After breakfast at the hotel and transfer to Palu Airport for your next destination.

Please book your Lore Lindu Birding Trip in advance to ensure availability. Kindly send us your inquiry to info@sultan-birding.com or sultanbirdingtours@gmail.com or using the form below

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Lore Lindu National Park
Day 325: An Endemic Birdfest
Noah looks forward to the plethora of endemic species of birds Sulawesi has to offer.
November 21, 2015: Lore Lindu, Sulawesi — I had a half-night layover in Surabaya last night and continued with a crack-o-dawn flight to Makassar, on the southwest corner of the Indonesian island of Sulawesi, this morning. There, I met a local birder named Monal, who will spend the next week with me, and we headed straight out to see what we could find. On the short hop to Makassar today, I crossed a significant geographical boundary called the Wallace Line, which runs between Borneo and Sulawesi. This line is named after a British naturalist, Alfred Russel Wallace, who explored these islands in the mid-1800s and noticed that the fauna west of this line are mostly Asian while those on the east side are more Australian. This is because Borneo and everything westward was connected to mainland Asia relatively recently, while deeper water here has been a barrier for the past 50 million years. This means that the birds on Sulawesi are very different than those on Borneo, even though the two islands aren’t very far apart. The island of Sulawesi alone has about 100 endemic species of birds!
Monal and I visited a patch of forest where we hoped to find a Black-ringed White-eye, a bird that lives only in this part of Sulawesi. When we found the bird a short while later, we turned around and headed straight back to the airport. The two of us caught an afternoon flight up to Palu, in north-central Sulawesi, and wound into the mountains this evening. Looking forward to an endemic bird fest tomorrow.

Noah Keefer Strycker

American Birdwatcher, USA

Day 326: Noah Finds 36 New Birds
A fantastic day in the Lore Lindu National Park.

November 22, 2015: Lore Lindu, Sulawesi — Wow, where to start? Practically every bird I saw today was a lifer! Monal and I, along with the company of two locals called Herson and Papa Ain, spent the whole day in the highlands of Lore Lindu National Park, racking up endemic birds.

Lore Lindu is a huge park and UNESCO world biosphere reserve protecting more than 2,000 square kilometers in central Sulawesi. It hosts some awesome birds, notably the Hylocitrea, Ivory-backed Woodswallow, and Maroon-backed Whistler, all of which we found this morning. The forest here is lush and cool, and we lucked out with good weather. All in all, a fantastic day in the field.

I just missed one bird I’d hoped for, and it wasn’t in today’s cards. Lore Lindu is home to a bird whose official name is the Diabolical Nightjar (sometimes called the Satanic Nightjar)—one of the best bird names on the planet! Unfortunately, the mountain track where it can be found is currently closed because of an Indonesian military operation against some suspected terrorists hiding in this forest. Not even the locals can go up there right now, so the Diabolical Nightjar is, for the moment, inaccessible. They say the forest should be safely cleared out by January. Next time…

Meanwhile, 36 new birds make the best day I’ve had in quite a while. It’s good to be across Wallace’s Line and into some new territory!

Noah Keefer Strycker

American Birdwatcher, USA

Day 327: Over A Dozen Birds With the Same Name
From the Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle to the Sulawesi Thrush.

November 23, 2015: Palu, Sulawesi — Today was a clean-up day. After yesterday’s gluttonous run of birds at Lore Lindu, we didn’t have much left to look for this morning, and Monal, Papa Ain, Herson and I scraped for a few more birds before heading back down to Palu.

In a day and a half at Lore Lindu, I saw: Sulawesi Serpent-Eagle, Sulawesi Hawk-Eagle, Sulawesi Goshawk, Sulawesi Woodpecker, Sulawesi Hanging-Parrot, Sulawesi Myzomela, Sulawesi Cicadabird, Sulawesi Drongo, Sulawesi Leaf Warbler, Sulawesi White-eye, Sulawesi Babbler, Sulawesi Streaked Flycatcher, Sulawesi Blue-Flycatcher, and Sulawesi Thrush. That’s 14 birds with the same name— sure to be some kind of record! At least it makes them easy to remember.

We ended the day in some rice paddies outside of Palu, where a large, swirling flock of munias were feeding on grass seeds. Most were Pale-headed Munias, with good numbers of Chestnut Munias and Scaly-breasted Munias mixed in. As the afternoon closed out, Monal picked out two Black-faced Munias in the flock. From Knobbed Hornbills this morning to munias this evening… all in a day’s work!

Noah Keefer Strycker

American Birdwatcher, USA

Noah Keefer Strycker (born February 9, 1986) is an American birdwatcher. In 2015, he set a record for a worldwide Big Year of birding, seeing 6,042 of the world’s estimated 10,400 bird species in a continuous journey spanning all seven continents from January 1 to December 31, 2015. ( Monal at Sultan birding Tours proud have been organized Noah’s birding trip in Sulawesi of Indonesia)

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