Friday, February 10, 2017

Birdwatching in Manokwari Forest

Manokwari as a famous destination for birdwatchers
Manokwari regency has been a famous destination for birdwatchers. Birding activities can be done in lowland and montane forests. A lot of species of birds can be seen if we walk a wide and long clearing area in the jungle such as the banks of a river. Tropical birds such as Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Western Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory), Moluccan King-Parrot (Alisterus amboinensis), Papuan Flowerpecker (Dicaeum pectorale) and Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea) can be seen in the lowland forest.

Birding Device
I highly suggest that birdwatchers bring a good pair of binoculars, a spotting scope + universal stand mount for cell phone (this is important for taking pictures of birds using spotting scope and cell phone) and a tripod. I often see birdwatchers who carry a big D-SLR camera with super telephoto lens.
I used to carry Nikon Coolpix P500, and then P600. Now I use Fujifilm HS50EXR.

Level of Difficulties
For birdwatching in the lowland area of Manokwari is considered very easy because most of the land is flat as you could see in the picture.
For birdwatching in Arfak mountains where the slopes are steep, the level of difficulties is moderate to tough.

Guided Birding Tours
As a tour guide, I can organize birding tour for visitors who are interested in watching tropical birds in lowland and in mountainous region. The cost depends on the duration of the tours and places that we plan to visit. Please, contact me Charles Roring by email: peace4wp@gmail.com to get customized itinerary and price.

SNORKELING and BIRDING in Mansinam Island
Elegant Imperial Pigeon (Ducula concinna)
from Mansinam island
After birding tour in the jungle, visitors could spend several days snorkeling and birding in Mansinam island. There is a comfortable accommodation in Mansinam island. Its name is DORERI GUESTHOUSE. It is located in the southwest of the island. To reach the guesthouse, visitors can take water taxi from Pelabuhan Ketapang. It only takes 15 to 20 minutes to arrive at the guesthouse. The beach front of the guesthouse is a nice place for snorkeling where visitors could see butterflyfish, surgeonfish, moorish idol, parrotfish, anemonefish.
Birding and butterfly watching can be done in Mansinam island too. Visitors could walk along the concrete road that circles the island to see the such birds as kingfisher, willie wagtail, starlings, frigate, shearwater, pacific swallow.



DORERI GUESTHOUSE
Rates:
500,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (including breakfast)
700,000 rupiahs per room per night for 2 people (including breakfast, lunch, dinner).

Extra bed with breakfast only : 250,000 rupiahs per night
Extra bed with breakfast, lunch, dinner: 350,000 rupiahs per night.

Booking
Just contact me again by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp/ text message to: +6281332245180.





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