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Solar Eclipse, Halmahera, March 9, 2016 - Third Contact Weda Mangrove
Sombre Kingfisher (Todiramphus funebris) Halmahera Flowerpecker (Dicaeum schistaceiceps) Little Egret (Egretta garzetta) Azure Roller (Eurystomus azureus) Glossy Ibis (Plegadis falcinellus) Spectacled Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula perspicillata)
Blue-and-white Kingfisher (Todiramphus diops) Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica) Ivory-breasted Pitta (Pitta maxima) Blyths Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus) Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise (Semioptera wallacii)
White-naped Monarch (Carterornis pileatus) Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi) Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk (Accipiter erythrauchen) Rufous-bellied Triller (Lalage aurea) Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardti) Gray-headed Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus hyogastrus)
Halmahera Golden-Bulbul (Alophoixus chloris) Dusky Scrubfowl (Megapodius freycinet)

Brand new city.



3/7/2016: We took the ferry over to Sofifi where it was so hot that I could not eat. After taking several sink showers at the restaurant, we drove over the hill to Weda. Weda is some kind of brand new town to where they export the extra people from Java, or so it seams.

3/8/2016: I got a ride with the bird guide into the forest to catch the display of the Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise. Very interesting. Also very cool was the sound of hornbills soaring above the trees. I had lunch at the Weda Resort where a lot of people were getting ready for eclipse viewing. In a bit of foreshadowing, I told someone there that I thought the road was not good enough in the case clouds suggested a repositioning. Some scuba divers staying at the resort were joking (probably) about watching the eclipse under water. In addition to the birds listed, we heard the call of the Moluccan Scop-owl.

3/9/2016: As the sun set on the day before the eclipse, the sky was completely overcast. A light rain started late at night while I tried to sleep. I woke up at sunrise, and looking out the window, there were mostly clear skies.

By first contact, it was clear that clouds were forming on the coast, so we got in the car to race the pending cloud cover.

Blue skies were visible to the west, and we drove into the mountains followed by the menacing clouds. After about 30 minutes of driving, we stopped for a bit, but the clouds continued their approach inland. We got into the car again and drove another few miles inland finally stopping next to a radio tower.

At this point we were mostly clear for the skies, and the eclipse was viewed successfully with light clouds at third contact.

We celebrated with a boat ride to a coconut plantation, Indonesian driving lessons, home-brewed palm liquor, football, and photo sessions with the entire city of Weda.

Previous Visit (Ternate: 3/6/2016)
Next Visit (Ternate Highlands: 3/11/2016)

Species Recorded (50)

Birds ( 50 )

Honeyeaters ( Meliphagidae )
White-streaked Friarbird - Melitograis gilolensis

Hawks, Eagles, and Kites ( Accipitridae )
Rufous-necked Sparrowhawk - Accipiter erythrauchen

( Megapodiidae )
Dusky Scrubfowl - Megapodius freycinet

Herons ( Ardeidae )
Eastern Cattle Egret - Bubulcus coromandus
Little Egret - Egretta garzetta

Ibises and Spoonbills ( Threskiornithidae )
Glossy Ibis - Plegadis falcinellus

Kites, Hawks, Eagles, and Allies ( Acciptridae )
Brahminy Kite - Haliastur indus
Osprey - Pandion haliaetus

Falcons and Allies ( Falconidae )
Spotted Kestrel - Falco moluccensis

Rails, Gallinules, and Allies ( Rallidae )
Buff-banded Rail - Gallirallus philippensis
White-browed Crake - Poliolimnas cinereus

Sandpipers and Allies ( Scolopacidae )
Common Sandpiper - Actitis hypoleucos
Whimbrel - Numenius phaeopus
Common Greenshank - Tringa nebularia

Pigeons and Doves ( Columbidae )
Pied Imperial-Pigeon - Ducula bicolor
Spectacled Imperial-Pigeon - Ducula perspicillata
Sultan's Cuckoo-Dove - Macropygia doreya
Gray-headed Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus hyogastrus
Superb Fruit-Dove - Ptilinopus superbus
Great Cuckoo-Dove - Reinwardtoena reinwardti
Spotted Dove - Spilopelia chinensis

New World Parrots ( Psittacidae )
Moluccan Eclectus - Eclectus roratus
Red-cheeked Parrot - Geoffroyus geoffroyi

Coucals ( Centropodidae )
Goliath Coucal - Centropus goliath

Typical Owls ( Strigidae )
Halmahera Boobook - Ninox hypogramma
Moluccan Scops-Owl - Otus magicus

( Dacelonidae )
Common Paradise-Kingfisher - Tanysiptera galatea
Blue-and-white Kingfisher - Todiramphus diops
Sombre Kingfisher - Todiramphus funebris

Swifts ( Apodidae )
Halmahera Swiftlet - Aerodramus infuscatus
Uniform Swiftlet - Aerodramus vanikorensis
Glossy Swiftlet - Collocalia esculenta

Sunbirds ( Nectariniidae )
Sahul Sunbird - Cinnyris frenatus
Halmahera Flowerpecker - Dicaeum schistaceiceps

Rollers ( Coraciidae )
Azure Roller - Eurystomus azureus

Hornbills ( Bucerotidae )
Blyth's Hornbill - Rhyticeros plicatus

Cuckoo-shrike ( Campephagidae )
White-bellied Cuckooshrike - Coracina papuensis
Common Cicadabird - Edolisoma tenuirostre
Rufous-bellied Triller - Lalage aurea

Swallows ( Hirundinidae )
Barn Swallow - Hirundo rustica
Pacific Swallow - Hirundo tahitica

Bulbuls ( Pycnonotidae )
Halmahera Golden-Bulbul - Hypsipetes chloris

Jays and Crows ( Corvidae )
White-naped Monarch - Carterornis pileatus
Standardwing Bird-of-Paradise - Semioptera wallacii

Orioles ( Oriolidae )
Halmahera Oriole - Oriolus phaeochromus

Fantails ( Rhipiduridae )
Willie-wagtail - Rhipidura leucophrys

( Aegothelidae )
Moluccan Owlet-Nightjar - Aegotheles crinifrons

Starlings and Mynas ( Sturnidae )
Metallic Starling - Aplonis metallica

( Pittidae )
Ivory-breasted Pitta - Pitta maxima

Old World Sparrows ( Passeridae )
Eurasian Tree Sparrow - Passer montanus




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