Thursday, August 2, 2018

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

Palm Cockatoo in Tambrauw mountains
As a tourist guide, I offer tours for tourists who are interested in watching tropical birds and other wild animals that live in the forest of Tambrauw mountains. The duration of the tour is at least 4 days to 1 week. During the tour, visitors can watch such birds as Singing Starling, Pacific Swallow, Sunbird, and Frigatebird in the coastal area to Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, and Mimic Meliphaga in the montane forest of the regency.
Tambrauw mountains are the natural habitat of deer, cuscus possum, cassowary bird, wild pigs, snakes, and a lot of butterflies.
Singing Starling at the beach of Tambrauw
I suggest that visitors bring a good pair of 10×42 mm binoculars, spotting scope, and laser pointer, sound player for bird sounds and field guide book: Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
The trails in Tambrauw are clean and suitable for young as well as elderly tourists. To visit the forest, tourists need to go by 4wd car from Sorong city. The carrying capacity of the car is 4 people.
I have organized numerous trips to Tambrauw for solo travelers and visitors traveling in a group of 3 to 8 participants. We explored both the coastal and the mountaineous region of Tambrauw. Sometimes, we go to remote places where there are no guesthouses for tourists. To handle this type of tours, I have to bring tents, mattrasses, pillows, cooking and eating utensils, and rechargeable lights.
Mimic Meliphaga
This adventure birding trip to Tambrauw can be combined with tours to coastal area of the regency where visitors could enjoy swimming, snorkeling and fishing at the beach. The coral reef of Tambrauw is the natural habitat of humphead wrasse, striped surgeonfish, moorish idol, anemonefish, butterflyfish, boxfish, and a lot of marine creatures. Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling devices, and underwater camera if they want to see the marine life of Tambrauw.
If you are interested in traveling to Tambrauw range, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

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Friday, July 27, 2018

Birding in Lower Montane Forest of Tambrauw

Moluccan King Parrot
in Tambrauw mountains
In my previous post about my trip with a Dutch lady to enjoy snorkeling and birding in Raja Ampat and Tambrauw, I described about how beautiful the karst islets and the rainforest were. However, we spent most of our time in the coastal region of Tambrauw to do hiking, birding and some snorkeling. The lower montane rainforest that we visited was the natural habitat of hundreds of species of birds. Some of them include the Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Glossy Manucode, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Large Fig Parrot, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Moluccan King Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Rusty Pitohui, Hooded Butcherbird, Black Butcherbird, Blyth's Hornbill, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Oriental Dollarbird, and a lot more.
Intermediate Egret in Tambrauw farmland
We brought three pairs of 10×42 binoculars, a 20-60×60 binoculars. I also had a field guide book: Birds of New Guinea in my bag as our main reference for identifying birds.
From my birding trips throughout West Papua, I consider the tropical rainforest of Tambrauw as one of the best destinations for all birdwatchers and anybody who is interested in everything about rainforest.
We saw a lot of animals including birds, butterflies, lizards, deer and snake. The forest is also the habitat of wild flowers, and unique tropical vegetation.
Oriental Dollarbird
We also enjoyed swimming and snorkeling in coral reef area of Tambrauw waters. We saw a lot of fish.
We were having fun and really like the beauty of the surrounding nature. Local people are very friendly too. Visitors need around 5 to 7 days to travel the rainforest and the coastal area of Tambrauw.
How to go birding to Tambrauw Forest
  • Take an international flight from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After arriving in Jakarta, please, continue your trip by taking a domestic flight (served by Garuda, Batik Air, Nam Air or Sriwijaya Air to Sorong city.
  • I will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to Tambrauw.
If you are interested in taking a birding and snorkeling trip to Tambrauw, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send message by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

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Lesser Frigatebird

Birding Trips to Raja Ampat and Tambrauw Mountains with a Dutch Lady

A lady was hiking and birding with me
in Tambrauw mountains
I have just completed a long birding trip to Raja Ampat and Tambrauw Mountains with a Dutch lady for two weeks. We stayed at a simple homestay in Waigeo island that was run by a Papuan family and explored karst islands by a motorized boat to watch birds. Early in the morning, we woke up at 05.00 and did a forty-minute walk to the lek of Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra). July actually was not the best month to visit the Raja Ampat because south wind was strong. The sea was rough and boat could not travel easily to islands in the open sea. So, we decided to explore karst islets in more protected waters. When we visited the King's Karst of Raja Ampat we were amazed by the beauty of its landscape and the wealth of its avifauna. From our trips to the larst, we saw Lesser Frigatebird, Brahminy Kite, Rainbow Bee-eater, Lesser-crested Tern, Great-billed Parrot (Tanygnathus megalorynchos), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot  (Eclectus Roratus), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eastern Reef Egret (Egretta sacra), Striated Heron (Butorides striata), Spice Imperial Pigeon (Ducula myristicivora),  Beach Kingfisher (Todiramphus saurophagus), Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina).
Palm Cockatoo
As a matter of fact I have got quite a long list of birds that we saw in the forest and karst islets of Raja Ampat. I only mention the ones in this post that I remember.
Besides hiking and birding, we also enjoyed snorkeling at the reef in front of the homestay. I used my little action camera Brica B-Pro5 Alpha Edition to capture the marine life of this beautiful archipelago. When I was doing freediving at depths of 2 to 7 meters, I saw several species of fish such as Black-tipped Shark, Convict Surgeonfish, Striped Surgeonfish, Moorish Idol, Parrotfish, and Anemonefish.
We continued our trip to Tambrauw to lower montane forest of the region. We watched several species of birds such as Nankeen Kestrel, Grey-headed Goshawk, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Blyth's hornbill, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, as well as Lesser Birds of Paradise and King Bird of Paradise. I thought that the steep slopes of the mountains were difficult to be explored. In the contrary, it was very easy. The are roads in the mountains which birdwatchers could use to enjoy hiking, birding and wildlife watching.
Snorkeling in Raja Ampat
Because the mountains, the forest and the coastal area were beautiful, we decided to extend our stay in the regency for more than one week.
We really enjoyed the adventure trip both in Raja Ampat and Tambrauw. We saw birds, butterflies, mammals, and reptiles. We also explored the coastal area of Tambrauw and swam over its beautiful coral reef. We really like the trip and enjoyed a lot of fun.
If you are interested in traveling with me as your guide to West Papua to enjoy hiking, birding, snorkeling and island hopping tour, please, contact me by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 or by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com
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Birding in Lower Montane Forest of Tambrauw
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Saturday, July 7, 2018

Birding in Klabolo Forest

Forest Bittern
This is the picture of Forest Bittern (Zonerodius heliosylus) that I took in Klabolo forest two days ago when I guided 3 Dutch birders. It was quite difficult to shoot the bird because he was sitting on the top of a tree. There were a lot of leaves and branches between I and the bird. After patiently looking for a small window among the green leaves, finally, I found one. I immediately turned on my camera and aimed it at the bird. I made some photos of the bird. I was happy because it was the first time I saw the Forest Bittern.
Western-crowned Pigeon
Another interesting bird that I saw was the Western-crowned Pigeon. When I and the Dutch birders were walking in the forest, suddenly we heard a heavy wing beat of a big bird. I recognized that it was the bird that had become our target. We looked for the bird among higher branches of the trees and were able to spot it in less than 2 minutes. Behind the bird was a bright sunlight. Taking picture of the bird in such back light condition was difficult. I tried several times but the result was not very good. At least it was good enough for identification purposes.
During our 3 days of exploring the rainforest of Klabolo, we were also able to see King Bird of Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, White-bellied Cuckooshrike, Northern Cassowary, Golden Myna, Yellow-faced Myna, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Large Fig Parrot, Red-bellied Pita, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Black-capped Lory, Black Lory.
In addition to birds, we saw wallaby, soa-soa monitor lizard, butterflies. The rainforest of Klabolo is a good site for nature lovers who want to see the wealth of biodiversity of West Papua.
Birding is a fascinating activity but one must make adequate preparations before going to West Papua. The lowland rainforest is the natural habitat of insects such as mosquito. There are also the tiny ones that are locally called agas and kutu maleo. When they bite our skin, we may not know about it. We will suddenly feel itchy on our skin and begin to scratch it. The insect bites will leave a lot of very itchy red dots on our skin. To prevent it, we need to wear long pants, spray anti insect lotion all over our body. We also must protect our legs, and arms from leeches that try to suck our blood. If we prepare well, we will enjoy birding easily in this harsh environment.
If you are interested in birding and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 or send email to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested in birding in Klabolo forest of West Papua.

Saturday, June 16, 2018

Festival of Arfak in Manokwari

One thousand leg house of Arfak mountains
One of the tribes in Arfak mountains
The local government of Arfak Mountains regency are going to conduct Festival of Arfak from 8 - 12 October 2018. The tribes who live in the mountains will show their dance performance, songs, traditional costumes, food, kaki seribu houses, and other interesting cultural activities.
Visitors who are interested in seeing the festival can fly to Manokwari city and continue their trip by 4WD cars to the mountains. There are cars that go back and forth between Manokwari city and Anggi lakes every day.
traditional clothing of women from Arfak tribes
Traditional Costumes of Arfak tribes
Visitors can stay in the kaki seribu houses of the villagers who live along the Anggi lakes area. Kaki means legs and seribu means one thousand. So, kaki seribu house means a house that has got one thousand pillars that support it. In reality the pillars are fewer.
Arfak mountains have been famous around the world as a must see destination for birdwatchers. There are a lot of species of tropical birds including such endemic paradise birds as Western Parotia, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Black Sicklebill and Cinnamon Ground Dove. There is also Vogelkop Bowerbird that can build a bower and  decorat it with beautiful flowers and other colorful articles to attract his female counterpart.
Magnificent view of Anggi lakes
Tourists at one of the tops of Arfak range
admiring the beauty of Anggi lakes
Tourists who go to Arfak mountains during this festival can go hiking to the tops of the mountains and see the wonderful view of the lakes and its surrounding area. There are a lot of species of flowers on the slopes of the mountains that surround the lake such as Rhododendron konori, rhododendron laetum and terrestrial orchid. There are also myrmecodia and other unique plants in the mountains.
Your trip to Arfak mountains during this cultural festival will be an unforgetable memory for you who wants to see the natural beauty of West Papua's nature and unique cultre of the indigenous people of Manokwari. Written by Chales Roring

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Snorkeling Vacation Trips in Manokwari

Snorkeling tours with Charles Roring
Marine Life in Manokwari Waters
I offer snorkeling trips for visitors who are interested in spending their vacation in Manokwari. There are several coral reef areas which we can visit to see a lot of species of fish such as Surgeonfish, Spadefish, Angelfish, Butterflyfish, Anemonefish, Rabbitfish, Parrotfish, Coris, Wrasse and Grouper. There are also sea urchin, sea star, sea cucumber, sea grass and sometimes sea turtle which we could see during the snorkeling trips.
Visitors need to bring their own snorkeling mask, snorkel and flippers in order to see the underwater marine life that thrive in the coral reef. Those who want to take pictures of the fish and other marine creatures can bring underwater camera. I provide lifejackets especially for tourists who want to wear them. This will prevent visitors from standing on reef. We all know that coral reef is a beautiful, very rich but fragile marine environment. During the snorkeling trips, participants need practice positive buoyancy. The duration of the snorkeling trips can be as short as one day to as long as three days. The snorkeling trip can be done in other areas such as Tambrauw or Raja Ampat.
Coral Reef Environment in Manokwari
Rainforest Tour
In addition to marine tour, I also offer rainforest tour that usually lasts for 3 days. During the tour, visitors will go hiking in he forest to watch paradise birds, see cuscus possum and butterflies and various tropical plants. I and local villagers have built huts in the forest which tourists use for several days. There are mattrasses and cooking equipment. To watch cuscus possum, we usually do night walk in the jungle usually after dinner.
Accommodation
There are a lot of hotels which visitors can choose to stay for several days during the snorkeling tour. When visitors decide to take rainforest trip, they will stay in the huts for several days to maximize their chance to see more wildlife. I suggest that visitors also bring their camera with telephoto lens and binoculars.
Booking
If you are interested in taking a vacation in Manokwari, or other areas in West Papua and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180

Sunday, June 10, 2018

Affordable Snorkeling Trips in Manokwari

Affordable snorkeling trips in Manokwari
Freediving photo from Manokwari
I offer snorkeling trips for visitors who are interested in watching tropical fish in the coral reef areas that are located along the coastal region of Manokwari. When taking this marine tour, visitors can see a lot of species of fish such as anemonefish, butterflyfish, striped surgeon fish, grouper, moorish idol, boxfish, as well as coral reef. The duration of the snorkeling vacation is one to two days.
To take this tour, I highly recommend that visitors bring their own mask, snorkel and fins. An underwater camera is also good for taking pictures of fish, and other marine creatures.
This can be combined with hiking and camping in the forest where visitors can go hiking to watch birds, cuscus possum, butterflies as well as unique plants of rainforest.
Camping in the forest
Hiking and birding in Arfak mountains with Charles Roring
King Bird of Paradise
I have got binoculars and spotting scope that can be used by visitors to watch birds. I and local villagers have also built huts which visitors can stay for several days to enjoy their vacation in Manokwari.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 or by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com to get info about itinerary, transportation, accommodation and cost.

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