Flores Danau Rana Mese Recreation Park

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Danau Rana Mese Recreation Park

Danau Rana Mese Recreation Park, Taman Wisata Alam

Latitude : 8 39 45 S Logitude : 120 41 25 E
Altitude : 0 to 1200 metres
Area : 500 ha Wetlands: 500 ha
Tenure : Government of Indonesia
Site Description
Located at 25km of Ruteng towards Borong city, Ranamese lake has size about 5 ha at 1,200 meters upper sea level. Formerly, this lake was a crater which eventually created deep-slope beach. To date, this lake is visited by locals for picnicking, fishing and water salad harvesting. It is also a good spot for bird watching.

List of Birds (63 species)

Species Red Data Book Cites
Accipiter gularis App II
Aerodramus fuciphagus
Anas superciliosa
Anthus novaeseelandiae
Aplonis minor
Brachypteryx montana
Cacomantis sepulcralis
Caridonax fulgidus
Centropus bengalensis
Collocalia esculenta
Coracina dohertyi Lower Risk
Cuculus saturatus
Culicicapa ceylonensis
Dendrocopos moluccensis
Dicaeum annae
Dicaeum igniferum
Dicaeum sanguinolentum
Dicrurus densus
Ducula lacernulata
Erythrura hyperythra
Falco moluccensis App II
Ficedula westermanni
Gallinula chloropus
Gallus varius
Geoffroyus geoffroyi App II
Gerygone sulphurea
Halcyon chloris
Halcyon sancta
Heleia crassirostris
Ixobrychus cinnamomeus
Lichmera lombokia
Lonchura molucca

Lophozosterops dohertyi Lower Risk
Lophozosterops superciliaris
Macropygia ruficeps
Merops ornatus
Motacilla cinerea
Orthotomus cuculatus
Otus magicus App II
Otus silvicola Lower Risk App II
Pachycephala nudigula
Pachycephala pectoralis
Parus major
Pelargopsis capensis
Pericrocotus lansbergei
Pernis ptilorhynchus App II
Phalacrocorax melanoleucos
Philemon buceroides
Phylloscopus borealis
Phylloscopus presbytes
Pitta elegans
Pnoepyga pusilla
Ptilinopus cinctus
Rallus fasciatus
Rhipidura diluta
Seicercus montis
Tachybaptus ruficollis
Tesia everetti
Trichoglossus haematodus App II
Zoothera dohertyi
Zoothera interpres
Zosterops montanus
Zosterops palpebrosus

Ranamese means big lake-÷ in the local language (in the official language of Indonesia, bahasa Indonesia, that would be danau besar-÷). It is about 22km out of Ruteng, about 40 minutes by bus. Just before you get to the big archway entrance there is a stretch of high concrete wall, apparently built there to block the view down to the lake from the road! I had been imagining it to be a circular crater-lake with a trail running through forest around the circumference, which as it happens is exactly what it
Danau Ranamese
Danau Ranamese
is. I randomly selected left and headed off round the west side of the lake. After an easy start over concrete steps the trail suddenly changed into the work of the devil. Its no exaggeration to say that parts of it were easily the most treacherous trail I have ever been on. In many places it was only the width of my foot, with on one side a ten metre drop straight down to the water below and on the other a near-vertical forested slope. On the downward bits you couldn’t just plonk your foot down as you went because you didn’t know if the ground would hold or even if there was ground underneath the overhanging grasses and ferns. Some lower sections were so close to the water’s surface that they must surely be submerged in the rainy season. At times the trail just petered out altogether and I had to bush-bash to try and find it again, and there were little side-shoots that looked like they might be trails but quickly ended in masses of vines. Where-ever the track came out of the trees into the open there grew head-height tangles of a fern that was similar to bracken but covered in little spines, another thing like blackberry but with even more thorns, and various other prickly triffidy herbiage. I cut my arms and hands up something fierce forcing my way through these patches.

The area is supposed to be brilliant for birdlife but I saw almost nothing in the four hours it took me to make my way halfway round the only-average-sized lake. It may have been just one of the dead periods you get when birding, or it may have been because I was having to watch my feet for the entire time! Ironically the last quarter of the lake’s trail was easy, wide and obvious, exactly how I’d imagined the whole trail would be before getting there. And it was in this section that I saw most of the birds, although the three dark-eyes all eluded me (I couldn’t find the spot-breasted dark-eye in Timor either, so I think dark-eyes must be my new nemesis bird). Apparently bird waves are common at Lake Ranamese but on the western side I’d seen only one and it had been made of just a whole lot of mountain white-eyes, one brown-capped fantail and a male bare-throated whistler, so I was feeling a little put-out. But on the easy eastern side I found three waves, the best of which contained brown-capped fantails, little minivets, leaf warblers, a female bare-throated whistler, scaly-crowned honeyeaters, yellow-breasted warblers, a pigmy woodpecker and various other flitty things that I couldn’t pin down.

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