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Java, Downwards (Days 3 and 4)

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Our night spent camping on Gunung Gede after hiking up the previous day was an extremely cold one- far colder than one would think is really necessary for being just a few degrees south of the equator. We woke up before dawn to climb even further up to the second campsite, where we would look for Horsfield's Thrush, a ground-dwelling denizen of the high mountains. The morning was clear and cold, and initially there wasn't much bird activity besides a few Javan Heleias and a heard-only Javan Shortwing. Soon, however, we saw a distant Horsfield's Thrush scratching on the ground on the other side of the campsite, and I was able to get a couple of bad record shots before it disappeared into the forest. 





With the thrush seen, we hiked down the mountain towards the first campsite. On the way down we ran into a trio of squabbling male Javan Trogons, and heard a Pink-headed Fruit Dove that once again remained resolutely out of site. I heard a faint in the distance and realized it…