lørdag 12. november 2011

Andaman Islands, Day 12, October 23rd, 2011

Jungle Resort, Havelock Island

This has been a good, but exhausting day! The day started off very well on my morning walk. At first I did not find any other birds than the usual, but when I started to look up through the tall canopy to look for swifts and swiftlets a big predator came into view. I immediately thought of the Changeable Hawk Eagle (Vekselskogørn) from yesterday, but the pictures that I got of it showed a much “cleaner” bird of prey, with a very distinct trailing edge to the wings. It was the endemic Andaman subspecies of the Crested Serpent Eagle (Orientsnokørn). While I was looking for it to come out again, the unmistakable “Café au lait”-brown color of a Brown/Andaman Coucal (Andamansporegjøk) got me to just see it as it ran across the forest floor and into the next thicket. Even though I waited for a while hoping to get to photograph it, it did not show again. Now it was time to wake up my girlfriend and to get some breakfast, so I figured that I would have to try again later.

After breakfast I decided to take a jungle-trek on one of the paths that they bring tourists. Being me, stubborn as any, I went off alone in the jungle. The start of the trip went up a well-made path which led me to the Yoga-building. Close to that one I got my three next new species of the day. A Green Imperial Pigeon (Bronsekeiserdue) flew out of one tree and sat down twenty meters away, allowing me to photograph it before it took off again. Then a Olive-backed Sunbird (Olivenryggsolfugl) male showed and started feeding in one of the trees, before a mixed flock of small passerines showed up. In amongst the Scarlet Minivets (Skarlagenmønjefugl) were at least two Oriental White-eyes (Lundbrillefugl). I thought of this as a good sign, and after having spoken to the man who usually guides treks over Japanese Hill, as it is called, I started my trek. I was already warm when I started, and became even warmer inside “the green hell”. After having to back-track 7-8 times due to having lost the path, an unknown number of ant-bites and encounters with skinks and lizards every thirty-or-so meters I came out into the open forest along the seafront again. It took me two hours to get done with the trek, and when I was done I was tired, covered in cob-web and soaked in my own sweat. But it was a very nice trip. But for everybody who is thinking of trekking in the jungle, one liter of water is not enough!

At lunch I sat down with my girlfriend, and when we had just finished I became aware of that same light-brown color again. So I left her with a Sprite in the bar, and went off to finally get some half-decent pictures of the Andaman Coucal (Andamansporegjøk).  

Species list of the day

·         Crested Serpent Eagle (Orientsnokørn)

·         Emerald Pigeon (Smaragddue)

·         Pompadour Green Pigeon (Gulstrupegrønndue)

·         Green Imperial Pigeon (Bronsekeiserdue)

·         Andaman Coucal (Andamansporegjøk)

·         Collared Kingfisher (Jadeisfugl)

·         Andaman Woodpecker (Andamansvartspett)

·         Asian Fairy Bluebird (Blåalvefugl)

·         Black-naped Oriole (Svartnakkepirol)

·         Brown Shrike (Brunvarsler)

·         Scarlet Minivet (Skarlagenmønjefugl)

·         Red-whiskered Bulbul (Rødørebylbyl)

·         Asian Brown Flycatcher (Brunfluesnapper)

·         Oriental Magpie Robin (Orientskjæreskvett)

·         Forest Wagtail (Skogerle)

·         Grey Wagtail (Vintererle)

·         Oriental White-eye (Lundbrillefugl)

·         Olive-backed Sunbird (Olivenryggsolfugl)

New species today: 5
Total number of species until now: 50

Brown/Andaman Coucal

Brown/Andaman Coucal

Green Imperial Pigeon

Brown Shrike

Oriental White-eye

Olive-backed Sunbird, male

Olive-backed Sunbird, male

Crested Srpent Eagle, ssp. davisoni endemic to the Andaman Island

Scarlet Minivet, male


Neils Cove

Beach number 7, also known as Radhanagar Beach

Our home for twelve days

The road to the resort

The reception/bar

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