David Erterius is an excellent birder and a great tour leader. Unfailing enthusiasm while birding, and a great manner during non-birding time. The combination of the birders and the guides made this probably the most enjoyable trip I have been on.
Our Buru Extension explores a beautifully forested island hosting around 20 avian endemics that include a few of the most little-known pecies on our planet such as Black-lored Parrot, Blue-fronted Lorikeet and Madanga. Other high priority species include Buru Green Pigeon, Buru Racket-tail, South Moluccan Pitta, Hantu (Buru) Boobook, Moluccan Masked Owl, Black-tipped and White-naped Monarch, Buru Cuckooshrike, Buru White-eye, Buru Honeyeater, Flame-breasted Flowerpecker and Tawny-backed Fantail among many others.
Endemics: Buru Green Pigeon, Buru Mountain Pigeon, Buru Racket-tail, Black-lored Parrot, Buru Dwarf Kingfisher, Buru Cuckooshrike, Buru Golden Bulbul, Black-eared Oriole, Buru Thrush, Black-faced Friarbird, Buru Honeyeater, Black-tipped Monarch, Streak-breasted Jungle Flycatcher, Flame-breasted Flowerpecker, Buru White-eye, Tawny-backed Fantail, Madanga
Additional targets: Dusky (Forsten’s) Megapode (Scrubfowl), Hantu (Buru) Boobook, Red Lory, Black-lored Parrot, Moluccan Masked Owl, Moluccan Cuckoo, Moluccan Scops Owl, South Moluccan Pitta, Chestnut-backed (Buru) Bush Warbler, Island (Buru) Leaf Warbler, Cinnamon-chested Flycatcher, Spectacled Monarch, Moluccan (Slaty) Flycatcher, Drab Whistler, Black-faced Munia.
tropical lowland evergreen & semi-evergreen rainforest, montane forest, woodland, savanna, scrub, coastline
hot and humid with tropical showers in the lowlands, cooler in the mountains with showers and fog possible
moderate with one uphill walk that is optional (for Madanga)
What our clients say about tours to Indonesia
- BB, Sulawessi & Halmahera
David was notable in his high level of enthusiasm, how careful he is with identifications and how quick he is at spotting things. Our group was quite mixed in age and skills, and David was patient with members whose eyesight was not so good, and quick to get a spotting scope onto even difficult forest birds. I’d happily travel elsewhere with him and is every bit of what I could hope for in a guide. The overall group felt well run and there was always a plan B if one was needed. David’s knowledge and sense of humor also made him fun to travel with.MH, Lesser Sundas
I have been on birding trips for many years, but this is the first time with Rockjumper. The trip was easily the best birding trip I have ever been on. In particular, both David and Glen made life so easy and their birding knowledge was remarkable. Other members of the group were very easy to get on with. The birding was quite remarkable and it is difficult to pick out a highlight from the Birds of Paradise, the Chinese Crested Tern or the Madanga. There is no doubt that I will travel with Rockjumper again.NH, Indonesia – West Papua Cruise 2016
My thanks to Keith and Glen Valentine for taking so much time in getting me on the birds. They are so patient and really nice.MM, Remote Indonesian Islands Cruise 2017
The ultimate birding trip: stunning destinations, endemics galore, cruising through the Raja Ampats and Maluku on a lovely wooden boat with wonderful crew and great food, gorgeous sunsets, awesome snorkelling and two of the best Rockjumper guides – Keith and Glen Valentine. And to top it off, Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise!!!!!!!!!SL, Remote Indonesian Islands Cruise 2017
David Erterius was a really fantastic guide, like all the Rockjumper guides have been. He certainly maintained the high bar set by all my Rockjumper guides. He was organised and friendly and was onto birds in near-mythical speed. I didn’t have any problems on the tour, but if I did, I would be confident that he would be able to assist.SL, Sulawesi & Halmahera 2017
As expected, I had a fabulous time on the Sulawesi and Halmahera trip. It was everything I wanted – amazing birds, fantastic guide, great tour participants, highly organised logistics and wonderful forests. I particularly appreciated that for one morning the group was split into two so some participants had the chance to head part-way back up the Anaso track while the others birded less strenuous areas.SL, Sulawesi & Halmahera 2017
Glen and Keith Valentine worked seamlessly together to make this one of the best Rockjumper trips! The logistics went well, local guides were great, and the boat was quite comfortable and offered good food and variety. Best of all, the birds were plentiful and everyone got lifers galore. The bros Valentine did everything possible to be sure that everyone got onto the birds and they worked tirelessly doing so. I would travel with either or both of them anywhere, thanks guys!RB, Remote West Papuan Islands 2017
David Ertrius is above all patient, with the birds, with the participants and the local guides. He very modestly shares his incredible knowledge of the birds.LG, Sulawessi & Halmehera