Luckily I was able to make contact with a local birder who acted as my guide, interpreter and identification coach - the local currency does not have a high value on the world markets, but paying over 3 million anythings was a bit of a shock! (That is until I did the back 'translation' into Australian $ and it all made a bit more sense!)
Part of the day involved a very early start to take a boat out to some fish traps in the Bay of Jakarta, to the north of the city. These fish traps are basically just large curtains that trap fish on the fall and rise of the tides. It's no surprise that these places attract birds!
And the birds we were hoping to see were there in abundance - Frigatebirds of three species. As I have mentioned before the light was shocking, the birds flighty and the boat less than stable - under these circumstances I am rather surprised I managed to get any images at all.
As far as I am aware these birds are all Christmas Island Frigatebirds (Fregata andrewsi). These birds are about 100cm from beak to forked tail tip and have a wingspan of over 200cm. In other words they are big. There was constant squabbling going on between the birds and it was a real thrill to be sitting in amongst the best part of 200 of these birds.
(Brief up date to one of the images - its a Juvenile Lesser Frigatebird)
|Frigatebirds on the fish traps|
|Juvenile Lesser Frigatebird|
The birds with the red pouch under the beak are males, the others are females and juveniles. It may not be very scientific - but when they sit with their beaks out to one side they remind me of the vultures from Bugs Bunny!
Now it's over to you - click the blue button and off you go. I have not caught up from last week yet, and I am back on the road in a few days - so, good things will come to those that wait! SM