Lesser Sundas Tour Report 2017

2nd July - 19th July 2017

Either for rarity value, excellent views or simply a group favourite.

  • Orange-footed Scrubfowl
  • Flores Hawk-Eagle
  • Spotted Harrier
  • Sumba Buttonquail
  • Javan Plover
  • Black-fronted Dotterel
  • Australian Pratincole
  • Wedge-tailed Shearwater
  • Sumba Green-Pigeon
  • Black-backed Fruit Dove
  • Red-naped Fruit Dove
  • Pink-headed Imperial Pigeon
  • Eastern Barn Owl
  • Flores Scops Owl
  • Rote Boobook
  • Little Sumba Boobook
  • Mees’s Nightjar
  • Glittering Kingfisher
  • Cinnamon-banded Kingfisher
  • Sumba Hornbill
  • Citron-crested Cockatoo
  • Jonquil Parrot
  • Iris Lorikeet
  • Marigold Lorikeet
  • Elegant Pitta
  • Sumba Myzomela
  • Rote Myzomela
  • Timor Friarbird
  • Flores Minivet
  • Bare-throated Whistler
  • Trumpeting Fantail
  • Flores Monarch
  • Russet-capped Tesia
  • Timor Stubtail
  • Rote Leaf Warbler
  • Timor Heleia
  • Chestnut-capped Thrush
  • Chestnut-backed Thrush
  • Orange-banded Thrush
  • Timor Warbling-Flycatcher 
  • Black-banded Flycatcher
  • White-bellied Bushchat
  • Timor Flowerpecker
  • Flame-breasted Sunbird
  • Timor Sparrow
  • Komodo Dragon



Rote Boobook - Rote Island, Lesser Sundas 2017 by Nick Bray_00011Once again our Lesser Sundas tour provided a fantastic opportunity to see over 90 Indonesian endemics, including some of the most localized and range-restricted species on the planet. Our tour commenced on Sumba where we pretty much cleaned up on all of the endemics including great looks at Little Sumba Boobook, Mees’s Nightjar, Sumba Hornbill, Sumba Myzomela and others. Next up was Rote Island where we saw Rote Boobook, Rote Myzomela and the distinctive Rote Leaf-Warbler, plus a number of other ‘Timor’ endemics as well.  Back on Timor we nailed Timor Boobook, Black-banded Flycatcher and Orange-banded Thrush before setting off to the beautiful island of Flores. Our attempts at Flores Scops-Owl proved rather fruitful with point-blank views that none of us will ever forget, and there was also Flores Hawk-Eagle, more Elegant Pittas, and the dawn chorus of Bare-throated Whistlers just has to be experienced. We finished off with a speedboat visit to Komodo Island where we enjoyed some close dragons and Yellow-crested Cockatoos to round off a spectacular tour.