Sunday, March 26, 2017

Watching Eclectus roratus bird in Sorong Forest of West Papua

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) - female
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) is one of the tropical birds which visitors can watch in the jungle of Klasow valley. The male has got green and red colors whereas the female - red and blue. This parrot, as well as other birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo; Palm Cockatoo; Black capped Lory; Rainbow Lorikeet, lives in the lowland forest of the valley approximately 1.5 hours ride plus 1.5 hours walk from Sorong city.
A lot of birdwatchers from Europe, Australia, North America and Asia have visited the valley to watch tropical birds. They came as solo traveling lady or as a group of nature lovers who want to see not only birds but also the beauty of tropical rainforest.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. They can be watched using a good pair of binoculars and spotting scope. Large fig parrot, (Micropsitta desmarestii) usually fly in groups and sit on the branches of fruiting trees. Pinon Imperial Pigeon is more solitary but sometimes fly as a couple or in a big formation of more than ten birds. There are also red cheek parrot and a lot of lorikeets in Klasow valley.

Butterflies and Flowers
Villagers grow flowers around their houses and along the paths that connect their village and the mainroad or the nearby rivers. These flower plants attract butterflies such as the cruiser, the silky owl, the blue mountain swallowtail and the New Guine clipper butterflies.

Wildlife Watching Devices
I highly recommend that visitors who want to watch birds and other wild animals in Klasow valley of Sorong regency to bring such equipment as:
  • Roof Prism Binoculars 10 x 42
  • Birds of New Guinea fieldguide book written by Thane K Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
  • Digital camera with telephoto lens
In addition to birds, visitors who take birding trip to Klasow valley may also see colorful butterflies and wild flowers, dogs, cassowary bird, soa-soa lizard, wild pigs, deer and snake.

Location of Klasow Valley in the Map
To give an idea of the the Klasow valley is, please, see the following map. Klasow valley is located in the east of Sorong city and can be reached only by 4WD car.

Booking
If you are interested in birding in Klasow valley, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or send text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.

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