After that I guided Mr. Jan Houthijzen from 3 to 5 January. We went birding in the same forest. He said that the number of bird species that he could see was higher than expectation.
Some of the New Guinea birds that we saw were moustached tree-swift, sulphur crested cockatoo, large fig-parrot, red-cheeked parrot, rainbow lorikeet, noisy friarbird, scrub wren, golden myna, lesser birds of paradise, westerned crowned pigeon, black lory, and pink spotted fruit dove, pinon imperial pigeon, beautiful fruit dove, grey crow, yellow-billed kingfisher. We also heard Papuan frogmouth night.
As a birdwatcher, I highly rely on a book entitled Birds of New Guinea: Second edition (Princeton Field Guides) for identifying names in English and Latin, and getting more info about its certain characteristics and natural habitat. Don't forget to buy the book if you plan to go birding in West Papua. I organized the birding tour in Klasow valley approximately 1.5 hours by car from Sorong city and 2 hours walk through dense rainforest to the base camp.
To take pictures of the bird, I used Fujifilm HS 50EXR. It is a bridge camera with a moderate telephoto lens that sports 42x optical zoom. I was quite lucky during the last part of the birdwatching tour because I was able to shoot dwarf kingfisher that was sitting on a branch above a small river. Today, Nikon has launched a powerful camera that is affordable for serious birdwatchers, it is called Nikon COOLPIX P900 Digital Camera with 83x Optical Zoom and Built-In Wi-Fi(Black).
The camera has got pre-defined setting for shooting birds.
Sorong city is the entrance gate to Raja Ampat islands - the most popular destination in the world for scuba divers. However, its regency is not famous as tourist destination. To promote eco-tourism and preservation of tropical rainforest in Sorong, I introduced birding trips to Klasow valley. I hope that in the coming years, the number of tourists who visit Sorong's forest will increase. If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: firstname.lastname@example.org.