Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birdwatching Tour in the Forest of Sorong regency West Papua

Klasow valley
Sorong regency is the gate for visitors who travel to Raja Ampat. It is also the recommended destination for visitors who want to watch birds particularly for species that live in lowland forest.
Birdwatching in Lowland Forest
There is a birdwatching site located in the east of Sorong town. Its name is Klasow valley. As a tour guide, I have organized tours for visitors who want to go there to watch Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink Spotted Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Golden Myna, Yellow Faced Myna, Lowland Peltops, Eclectus Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Moustached Treeswift, Grey Goshawk, Papuan Hornbill, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, Helmetted Friarbird, Shining Flycatcher, Magnificent Riflebird, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise and a lot more. On the average, visitors spend 3 days/ 2 nights to watch birds in the valley. 
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Other Animals
During the day, they walk around the jungle to find birds and when the day gets dark, they can do night walk to find wallaby which is still in the family of kangaroo but has got smaller bodies. Animals such as deer, wild pigs, soa-soa lizard, fruit bats and various species of colorful butterflies and other insects live in the valley. They are also interesting for visitors.

Itinerary
Day 1
Go by a chartered 4wd car from Sorong city to Klasow valley. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the valley and another 1.5 hours of walk to the jungle village. 
Visitors can begin watching birds in the afternoon or evening before sunset.
Rainforest Tour in Klasow Valley
Day 2
Wake up early in the morning at 4.00. Have tea or coffee. Walk from the jungle hut for around 1.5 hours to reach the display tree od Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). We will watch the birds until 09.00. After that, we can walk back to the village. In the morning, birds are very active. We can watch them while walking along the bank of Klasow river or along the trails that lead us back into the village.
During the day, a lot of butterfly hover on the flowers plants in the village to collect nectar. We can watch them. Some of them include The Silky Owl Butterfly (Taenaris catops), Birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera priamus, The Blue Mountain Swallow Tail butterfly (Papilio ulysses), and The Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe)
At night, we can do night walk to find wallaby or fruit bats
Day 3
We still have time to watch birds along the banks of rivers in the valley.
After lunch, we can walk back to main road where we will be transferred to Sorong city again.

Participants:
To share the cost of the trip, I suggest that the number of visitors should be at least 3 to 4 people. One or two people can also go to the jungle of Klasow valley but the price will be higher.

Booking
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp +6281332245180 for more information.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Watching Paradise Birds and Cuscus Possum in Arfak Mountains

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Arfak mountains
Arfak mountains are very popular among birdwatchers who want to see birds of paradise. There are several places in the region where visitors can go to see birds and other wild animals. One of them is called Mount Mabowi. It is located approximately one hour ride by motorized vehicle and another one hour walk up steep slopes to the base camp that has been used by tourists for watching wild animals. 

Watching Lesser Birds of Paradise
The basecamp is large enough to accommodate 4 to 8 visitors. They usually stay for 2 days/ 1nights to 3 days/ 2 nights. To watch paradise birds, they have to wake up early in the morning around 05.00 to drink tea or coffee and then leave their tents for the lek of Lesser Birds of Paradise that usually gather on a hill in the south of the base camp.

The Glowing Mushroom
The sounds of other birds such as magnificent riflebird, king bird of paradise, helmetted friarbird, fruit dove can also be heard in the forest of Mount Mabowi. To watch them visitors need a good pair of binoculars and spotting scope. 
In the months of November, December, January, February and March, the forest floor is wet. It is the best time to see glowing mushroom that emits greenish light.

Watching Cuscus Possum
Cuscus Possum in Mount Mabowi
The tropical rainforest of Mount Mabowi is also the natural habitat of some norturnal animals such as the marsupial cuscus possum, and Papuan frogmouth owl.  To see cuscus possum, visitors can do night walk with local guide to several sites which he knows the animal occurs.

Butterflies
There are also butterflies in the jungle of Mount Mabowi. They often fly in the open area around the tourist basecamp. Some that I can identify include Blue Mountain Swallowtail Butterfly (Papilio ulysses), The Silky Owl butterfly (Taenaris catops) and the Cruiser Butterfly (Taenaris catops).

Interested in taking the tour with me in to the jungle of Arfak mountains?
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to peace4wp@gmail.com or send message by whatsapp to my number: +6281332245180.


Tuesday, January 3, 2017

Hiking and Watching Birds in Arfak Mountains

Vogelkop Bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata)
Watching Endemic Birds of New Guinea
Arfak range in the south of Manokwari city has been considered as a must see destination for birdwatchers. Every year visitors from Europe, Australia, North America go to Mount Soyti, Mount Indon, Mount Imubri and Mount Mabowi to watch such birds as Western Parotia (Parotia sefilata), Vogelkop bowerbird (Amblyornis inornata), Magnificent Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus), Arfak Astrapia that are endemic to Vogelkop region.

Watching Tree Kangaroo
Tree Kangaroo
As a matter of fact, it is not only birds that birdwatchers will be able to see in the jungle of Arfak mountains but also other animals such as cuscus possum, and tree kangaroo.
Mount Imubri that is located around 9 hours of walk from the main road is the best site for watching grizzled and ursine tree kangaroo. Cuscus possum can be watched in the jungle of Mount Mabowi and Mount Imubri. Visitors who want to go there have to be fit physically. I regularly organize trekking trips to Mount Imubri to watch birds and marsupial animals in the jungle.

How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
Fly to Manokwari city (the capital of West Papua province)
I could meet you at the airport and organize your trip to Arfak mountains for watching birds and other wild animals.

Duration of the trip
Visitors usually spend 3 days/ 2 nights in the lower montane forest and another 3 days/ 2 nights in the upper montane forest. My recommended birding sites will be going to Mount Mabowi for watching Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) and the nocturnal Cuscus Possum; and then going to the jungle of Mount Soyti to watch Vogelkop Bowerbird, Western Parotia and Magnificent Birds of Paradise.

What you need to bring:
  • Bring binoculars
  • Bring camera with telephoto lens + extra batteries
  • Bring torch/ flashlight
  • Bring sleeping bag
  • If possible, please, buy Birds of New Guinea as your main reference for birdwatching in this region. Reading that book, you will have a very good knowledge of avifauna world of New Guinea when where every species will most likely to occur.
As a tourist guide, I have organized numerous trips to Arfak mountains for visitors who want to watch birds and other wild animals as well as see beautiful
For further info of traveling and wildlife watching in Arfak mountains, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com

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