Birding Waingapu, Sumba, Indonesia
When: August 2018 Weather : Warm 24C
SonyRX10mk4 and Nikon P900
Due to unforeseen circumstances, I had to cut short my planned birding trip to Lewa and Billa with my friends after arrival in Waingapu, Sumba. Managed to get out to the mangrove swamps
the quaint little airport in Waingapu, Sumba
Picture taken from my plane of the mangroves at top of picture where I did all my birding one afternoon and morning. The Padadita hotel which is the 3-4 storey building just in the foreground of the mangroves at the top is a useful landmark for your car’s driver….stay there if you can….it was full when I tried so had to stay at Elvin Hotel about 10 min away by car….
Waingapu is known for its little horses called Sandpaper horses….and you will see many of them being walked by their syces…the Padadita Hotel can be seen in the background
the peaceful surrounds of the hotel Padadita
The hotel Padadita is the red dot and the birding area was the beach and mangroves to the left of it
First bird of the afternoon was this Arafura Fantail,…very hard to shoot as it barely stopped
Making my way down to the beach and the river…..
a common Kingfisher zipped up and down the river estuary
and then I spotted another KF skulking amongst the branches….A collared KF or Sacred KF??
another view of the same KF with a buff belly
and then in a flurry of activity this appeared in the late afternoon light
the lovely Broad Billed or Melanesian Flycatcher…habitat stretches from northern Australia to the lesser Sundas
Indonesian Honey Eater in the fading light
Indonesian Honey eater with olive green back
Indonesian Honey Eater
Setting sun over the mangroves at low tide
630am the next day saw sunrise over the hotel
The Lesueur’s or white shouldered Triller, common in Sulawesi and the Sundas…in the early dawn light
Common Sandpiper in mangroves
The Broad Bill Flycatcher was active and vocal in the morning
the colours of the Broad Billed FC picked up by the morning light
Lesueur’s Triller with breakfast
Broad Bill FC
Black morph Pacific reef egret
and just before i left, I spotted two interestingly coloured swallows on the wire
A most beautifully coloured Striated Swallow!
So it was farewell to the mangroves by the sea at Waingapu
So though I missed out on the birding at Lewa and Billa, my short stay at Waingapu allowed me a bit of birding. I would stay at the Hotel Panadita though as it makes the mangroves more accessible….