Wednesday, 28 February 2018

28th February 2018 Keresik Tua to Kuala Lumpur

We left Pak Subandi's homestay at 6am with two of his sons driving us 6 hours to Padang seeing a Collared Kingfisher enroute. It was sad to see caged songbirds in tiny cages outside so many houses  that included a couple of species we'd not seen in the wild in Sumatra being Common Hill Myna and Sumatran Leafbird. Whilst we boarded our Air Asia flight on time it developed a fault on the runway requiring us to return to the terminal for an engineer to be called. We finally arrived in Kuala Lumpur a couple of hours late where we walked to the Tune Hotel.

Eastern Spotted Dove 2
House Swift 8
Plume-toed Swiftlet 20
Collared Kingfisher 1
Asian Glossy Starling 6
(Common Hill Myna 2)
Tree Sparrow 6

farewell to Gunung Kerinci and its surrounding tea plantations
it last erupted in 2004

much of the journey runs alongside the Barisan mountain chain

some decent-looking habitat between Keresik Tua and Padang

many rural landscapes

some property with traditional roofs and less traditional satellite dishes!

more satellite dishes but also a caged bird living its life alongside a washing line

 a lot of colourful traffic on the roads

and some Formula One style buses!

street vendors making the most of the traffic jams

Arriving in Padang

Departing Padang International Airport

Farewell Sumatra