Papua

This is my professional job for connecting with “wild life in the New Guinea wild rain forest. Additionally, I used organize birding trip since 2008, and now, I am still focus on birding in West-New Guinea (Called Papua & west-Papua). I like this job. This job makes me feel free like birds are flying free on/in the wild nature. So many new birds in spots in Papua, that needs to be discovered. So far, we arrange well known BoP spots, other low land & upper land birds in Papua & west-Papua. Thanks for the longest chat ever in my life for “20 days Papua Birding Trip’. Here is brief detail;

No Birding Spot Day Description
 

1.

 

Sorong

 

Day 1

Arrivals into Sorong, West Papua where the tour begins. Overnight stay in Sorong.
 

2.

 

Raja ampat

 

Day 2:

We will spend any available time birding in forests outside of Sorong which makes a nice introduction to commoner West Papuan species before taking the “Fast Ferry to Waisai,Waigeo for a three-night stay.
 

3.

 

Raja ampat

 

Days 3-4:

The island of Waigeo holds several species absent from the mainland and these will form our focus here. Our primary target is to find
the quite astounding Wilson’s Bird-of- paradise, a bird frequently cited as one of the most beautiful in the world. Using specially constructed hides we will be able to observe the birds as they visit their display grounds completely oblivious to our admiring eyes. With good fortune we will see the male in full action – calling and displaying vigorously to any females which enter his display arena. Other birds present include Red Bird-of- paradise, found only on Waigeo (Gam Island) in Sawing Ray, Raja Ampat Pitohui, and the shy Western Crowned Pigeon. Nights at Waisai.
 

4.

 

Sorong

 

Day 5:

After a final morning on Waigeo we return by boat to Sorong for an overnight stay in Sorong.
 

5.

 

Arfak Foot hill

 

Day 6:

 This morning we fly from Sorong to Manokwari on the west shore of Geelvink Bay, and from here we drive up into the Arfak Mountains, to Mokwam village, situated at 1600m. Over the coming days we will split our time between the lower levels of the forest and the higher reaches of the Montane forest (Mandacan Forest), each area with its own distinct avifauna and special birds. Most of our
six nights here will be spent in the basic guesthouses in Kwau/Mokwam or Mingre Villages but one or two nights will be spent at a basic camp higher up the mountains tosearch for higher altitude specialties.
 

6.

 

Arfak foot hill

 

Days  7-10

In these remote mountains we will be searching for many special montane birds which include some of New Guinea’s most desirable yet little-known birds. Perhaps the highlight of our stay here will be the chance to visit the dancing ground of the Western Parotia. Hides have been built overlooking some of these display areas and the chance to watch the extravagant ‘ballerina dance’ of these extraordinary birds at point-blank range is truly a mind-blowing experience. Magnificent Birds-of-paradise can likewise be enjoyed on their display areas and other highly desirable birds here include the elusive Black-billed Sicklebill, the virtually unknown Long-tailed Paradigalla and the fascinating Vogelkop Bowerbird which not only builds an impressive bower but is also a skilled mimic, imitating the songs of many other species. Our local Papuan guides are incredibly skilled at finding these birds and often treat us to daytime views of bizarre-looking Feline and
Mountain Owlet-nightjars. As we reach higher altitudes the plethora of birds seen will include additions such as Black Sicklebills, Orange- crowned Fairy-wren, Western Smoky Honeyeaters, Vogelkop Melidectes and Arfak Astrapia.
 

7.

 

Day 11

 After a final day of birding in the Arfaks wereturn to Manokwari for an overnight stay and a welcome hot shower.
 

8.

 

Jayapura- Nimbokrang

 

Day 12-14

Manokwari-Jayapura-Nimbokrang village  This morning we fly from Manokwari to Sentani (Jayapura) Same day to Nimbokrang. We expect to see Grey Goshawk, Yellow- bellied & Sacred Kingfisher, Eclectus & Red Cheeked Parrot, Golden Cuckoo-shrike, shinning flycatcher. During these 3 full days, You will see: The flat alluvial rainforests of Nimbokrang have suffered from logging but large tracts of good secondary and selectively logged forest remain. The birding in these mosquito infested swamp forests is by no means easy but the rewards are great. Several species of Bird-of- paradise can be found here and we will behoping to find Pale-billed Sicklebill and to
witness the amazing displays of Twelve-wired and King Birds-of-paradise. The seemingly endless list of possible species here includes some true specialties of the area and thus we will target Salvadori’s Fig-Parrot, Brown and Western Black-capped Lories, Lowland Peltops, Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot, Blue Jewel Babbler, White-eared Catbird, Brown-headed Crow and Jobi Manucode. Victoria Crowned Pigeon and Brown-collared Brush-turkeys are present but extremely difficult to observe, and there’s always the chance of Shovel-billed Kingfisher. Nights at basic home stay in Nimbokrang.
 

9.

 

Jayapura-Biak

 

Day 16

Drive back to Sentani-birding After a final day of birding in these tropical lowland forests we will return to Sentani for an overnight stay.This morning we will fly to Biak and spend the remainder of this day and the next day birding on Biak. Much of the island has been cleared of native forest but most of the island’s specialties can still be found in areas of good secondary or selectively logged forest. This rarely-visited island holds several special species, some of which are widespread across
the islands in Geelvink Bay but others are restricted to Biak and neighboring Supiori and it is these endemics on which we will concentrate, including the endemic Biak Paradise Kingfisher which is still pleasingly common and conspicuous. In more open areas we will look for Yellow-bibbed Fruit Dove, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove and Geelvink Imperial Pigeon which are vocal and often perch conspicuously. Secondary growth is also the favored habitat of the endemic Biak White-eye, while overhead Biak Red Lories frequently flash past. Most other endemics and specialties are best searched for in the forest and include the common Long-tailed Starling, shy Biak Megapode, skulking Biak Coucal and the inconspicuous Biak Gerygone and Biak Leaf Warbler. Feeding flocks in the forest provide much excitement and are often joined by some of our targets; Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Golden Monarch, Biak Black Flycatcher and if we are extremely fortunate, the rare orange-and-black Biak Monarch. In the evening we will try to spotlight the endemic Biak Scops Owl which is usually difficult to see, and the rather more conspicuous Papuan Frogmouth. Night on Biak.
 

10.

 

Biak islands

 

Day 17-18:

We travel by boat to the island of Numfor, southwest of Biak in Geelvink Bay, for an overnight in a basic guesthouse on Numfor. Here we will look for Numfor Paradise- kingfisher which is quite common on the island, and the scarce Numfor Leaf warbler, before returning to Biak.
11. Biak islands Day 19 A final full day on Biak searching for anymissing endemics. Night on Biak.
12. Biak Islands Day 20 Tour ends this morning and we depart from Biak.

BiBrief Info-Papua Birding

West Papua (formally Irian Jaya) is the little-visited western half of the huge island of New Guinea. It is host to an astonishing degree of biological and ecological richness with habitats ranging from steamy lowland swamp forests to the alpine grassland of the mighty Snow Mountains, the highest peaks between the Himalaya and the Andes. In addition, it is still covered by some of the largest areas of original, intact, forest on earth and yet very few birders have so far had the opportunity to appreciate its diversity.

We begin our adventure in Sorong at the western tip of the Vogelkop Peninsula from where we head out to the island of Waigeo in search of Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise, surely one of the most stunning of the family. Red Bird-of-paradise is also found only here and a few neighboring islands and we should also see Raja Ampat Pitohui, and have a chance to spot the shy Western Crowned Pigeon. Our next destination is the montane forests of the little-known Arfak Mountains foothill where wonders such as displaying Western Parotia, Magnificent Bird-of-paradise, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Black- billed Sicklebill, Arfak Astrapia and Long-tailed Paradigalla are just a few of a mouth-watering list of targets.

Heading into the heart of the island, amid the stunning scenery of the Snow Mountains we will search a variety of habitats from moss-laden montane forest to alpine grasslands in search of some amazing birds; the spectacular MacGregor’s Honeyeater, Snow Mountain Quail, Snow Mountain Mannikin, Mountain Firetail, Short-bearded Melidectes, Lorentz’s Whistler, Lesser Melampitta, Salvadori’s Teal, New Guinea Woodcock, Archbold’s Nightjar, Greater Ground Robin and Splendid Astrapia. Next stop is the hot and steamy lowland rainforest in the shadow of the Cyclops Mountains where delights such as Salvadori’s Fig Parrot and Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot await, and our Bird-of- paradise tally is boosted by Pale-billed Sicklebill, Twelve-wired, Lesser and King Birds-of-paradise.

We finish our adventure in Geelvink Bay; On Biak all of the endemic species can still be found in the secondary and selectively logged forest, including Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Biak Red Lory, Biak Scops Owl and the stunning Biak Paradise-kingfisher. We also take a boat across to Numfor island for the seldom-seem Numfor Paradise-kingfisher.

West Papua is tougher than most of our tours but conditions are much more comfortable than previously and it does offer some of the most exciting birding, fascinating travel and incredible experiences for the adventurous birder.birder.

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