Thursday, February 9, 2017

Birdwatching in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Hiking and Birding in Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari
I visited lowland forest of northwest region of Manokwari yesterday. I went hiking a long the banks of a river to see its beautiful scenery and to watch birds and butterflies. I brought a pair of binoculars and an old camera of mine - the Fujifilm HS50EXR.

Riverwalk and Birding
During the riverwalk, I was able to see Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrots (Eclectus roratus), Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Papuan hornbills (Rhyticeros plicatus). There are some other birds that flew in the sky or perched on branches of trees which I could not identify.

Eclectus Parrots in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Birds such as hornbill, cokcatoo and hawk choose big trees such as ironwood tree, strangler ficus tree, nutmeg tree and kayu perahu tree as their nests. For dwarf kingfisher, and yellow-billed kingfisher, they prefer smaller trees near the river. I used to see kingfisher that perched on a vine that was hanging over a small river. The bird chose a vine or a twig near or above a river as its waiting platform to watch and catch fish.
The lowland forest the place for visitors who want to see a lot of species of plants including giant trees with big buttresses, or small mushrooms that glow at night.


Camping, Swimming and Fishing
The best way to explore the natural habitat of the forest is by installing tents near the river. I have done this with tourists fro Switzerland, the United Kingdom, China and France. These tourists enjoyed the tour very much because they could see Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and Little ringed Plover, Willie Wagtail, Brahminy Kite, and Kingfisher.
Tourists could enjoy swimming as much as they like or fishing. Local hunters gave us some fish which they caught in the river and we fried them for our lunch.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo
As a tourist guide, I provide tents, cooking and eating equipment for visitors who want enjoy hiking, camping and wildlife watching in this lowland river forest of Manokwari. Tourists do not need to brig heavy tents and cooking gear.
However, if possible, tourists bring a good pair binoculars, flashlight, camera, and clothings that are suitable for rainforest tour and swimming in the river. Insect repellent lotion and sunblock lotion will be useful during the birding tour along the banks of the river.
Rainforest Birding Tour
As a tourist guide, I could organize a tour for visitors who want to enjoy birdwatching in the lowland rainforest of Manokwari. The usual duration of the tour is 3 days/ 2 nights or 4 days/ 3 nights. Avid birdwatchers prefer 3 days in lowland forest and 3 days in higher montane forest.

Booking:
If you are interested in taking hiking and birding tour in lowland rainforest of Manokwari, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com if you are interested in rainforest tour in Manokwari.


SNORKELING IN MANSINAM ISLAND OF MANOKWARI
Doreri Guesthouse in Mansinam Island
In addition to taking the jungle tour, visitors can also enjoy snorkeling and easy walking tour in Mansinam island. They can do it before or after the birding tour in lowland rainforest of Manokwari.
Accommodation
It takes only 15 minutes by water taxi to reach Mansinam island. Visitors can stay at Doreri Guesthouse that is located in the southeast of the island. Coral reef environment at the beach front of the guesthouse is the natural habitat of parrotfish, anemonefish, butterflyfish, moorish idol, boxfish, damselfish, grouper and a lot more.
Bedroom in the Doreri Guesthouse

Rates
500,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (with breakfast)
700,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (with breakfast, lunch and dinner)

Snorkeling
Don't forget to bring your own snorkeling gear (mask, snorkel, and fins) if you want to enjoy snorkeling in Mansinam. Make sure you don't step on coral reef or sea urchin.

Booking
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by sending text message (whatsapp is ok) to my number: +6281332245180.





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