Black bill

Great-billed kingfisher is a Sulawesi endemic. Also called Black-billed Kingfisher, or Celebes Stork-billed Kingfisher, this kingfisher is only found on Sulawesi, Banggai, Sula and other nearby islands of Indonesia. There are considered to be three subspecies:  Pelargopsis melanorhyncha melanorhyncha,  P. m. dichrorhyncha and  P. m. eutreptorhynchma. All of these photos are of birds seen in the mangroves near Tangkoko National Park, North…

Pity the poor pitta!

I have searched long and hard for a pitta!  I am not a very good bird-watcher; I tend to get bored too easily if the bird does not appear right in front of me, sanding still for its photograph!  Pittas are usually the least-likely bird to do this, they have to coaxed out of their…

Selamatkan Yaki! (Save the yakis!)

Black Crested Macaques or Sulawesi Black Macaques (Macaca nigra) are only found in northeastern Sulawesi (and on a couple of adjacent islands) in Indonesia, and are critically endangered as a result of both habitat loss and hunting for bush meat.  Unfortunatley for them, they are considered a delicay in this part of Sulawesi (Minahasa) so have…

An endemic egg-fly from Sulawesi

I chased this butterfly for quite a while before it settled down on a leaf and let me take a photograph!  I did not know what it was at the time, but subsequently discovered that it is a species which is endemic to Sulawesi called Hypolimnas diomea Hewitson, 1861.  William C. Hewitson being the gentleman who…

You are so nice, I could eat you!

I came across this huge spider on Bunaken Island, in northern Sulawesi.  The body must have been about 4 cm long and the legs spanned at least 15 cm, maybe more. It is a golden silk orb-weaving spider (genus Nephila) – also called giant wood spiders – which construct large webs to trap their prey. typically flying…