Steve Happ Photography Ramblings and dissertations

December 24, 2019

Tomohon Birding

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Mount Mahawu

I had to go to Manado to buy a new camera. I ended up getting the same model but a newer build. It was easier than I expected to find a camera. There a whole mall with a floor with lots of camera shops. I was lucky to choose a shop with a person who knew what they were talking about unlike a lot of the others. I jumped on a shared taxi this morning to Tomohon and am staying at a homestay to the north of the city. I took an ojek (rental motorbike) to the top of Mount Mahawahu. I was lucky that I got at least one good bird. There was not much around. Afternoons are not my favourite times for looking for birds.

Superb Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove ( Ptilinopus superbus)

The Superb Fruit-Dove is also known as the purple-crowned fruit dove. “Native to Australasia, the superb fruit dove lives in the rainforests of New Guinea, Australia, Solomon Islands, the Philippines and Sulawesi of Indonesia… The superb fruit-dove feeds primarily upon fruits and berries. ” (wikipedia)

Superb Fruit-Dove
Superb Fruit-Dove ( Ptilinopus superbus)

Gray-sided Flowerpecker
Gray-sided Flowerpecker (Dicaeum celebicum)

Yellow-billed Malkoha
Yellow-billed Malkoha ( Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus)

Getting ready to take off. I caught this one at Taman Kota, on the way up the hill to Gunung Mahawu.

Black-crowned White-eye - maybe
Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus montanus)

I am a bit suss of this as it does not have a black crown. Edit: It might be a Warbling White-eye
(Zosterops japonicus). Edit 2: Yes it is. Thanks Manoli for the ID.

Sultan's Cuckoo-Dove
Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya)

Super bad photo but it is the best I could get. I hate it when they hide behind all the leaves and branches.

Slender-billed Crow
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)

I made this into a black and white because it was massively backlit. I have no idea how to process black and white, doh!

Unknown so far.
Sulawesi streaked flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii)

Thanks to Khaleb Yordan for the ID.

Tomohon bird list

Warbling White-eye (Zosterops japonicus montanus)
Sulawesi streaked flycatcher (Muscicapa sodhii)
Superb Fruit-Dove ( Ptilinopus superbus)
Sultan’s Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia doreya)
Yellow-billed Malkoha ( Phaenicophaeus calyorhynchus)
Gray-sided Flowerpecker (Dicaeum celebicum)
olive-backed sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis),
Chestnut Munia (Lonchura atricapilla)
Yellow-vented Bulbul
Collared Kingfisher
Slender-billed Crow (Corvus enca)

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