Monday, July 24, 2017

Birding in Sorong Regency

Male Lesser Birds of Paradise
Sorong regency has got a nice birding site that is located in Klasow valley. The tropical rainforest that exists in the region is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds such as Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Golden Myna, Large Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Moustached Treeswift, Helmetted Friarbird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Northern Cassowary and a lot more.
Visitors usually spend between 3 to 5 days in the jungle of Sorong regency to see these unique New Guinea birds that live in lowland forest of the island. Tourists who go to the valley can stay in a wooden house that was constructed by local people.
As a tourist guide, I organize birding tours for visitors who come from various countries including the United Kingdom, Germany, France, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Sweden, Switzerland, Australia and other countries from North America.
Birding Gear
To go birding in Klasow valley, visitors need to bring binoculars and if possible, a good spotting scope with at least 20-60×60 magnification. Birds of New Guinea by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler is a highly recommended field guide book for tourists who want to watch birds in the valley and other places in this region.
Two Different Administrations
New Guinea as the largest tropical island in the world, administratively is devided into 2 territories. The first one is Papua New Guinea - which is an independent state and second one is West Papua - which as the territory of the Republic of Indonesia. There are two provinces in West Papua, i.e. Papua Province with Jayapura as its capital and Papua Barat with Manokwari as its capital.
How to reach Klasow valley in Sorong regency

  • First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia), Bali (tourist hub in Indonesia)
  • After that you could choose a domestic airline such as Sriwijaya Air, Garuda, Xpress Air, Lion Air, Nam Air or Batik Air to fly to Sorong city
  • I could meet you at Domine Eduard Osok (DEO) airport of Sorong city and organize your trip to Klasow valley.
Alternative flight route:
You could fly from your country to Singapore. After that you could use Silk Air to fly to Manado city in the North Sulawesi province of Indonesia and then continue your trip by Wings Air to Sorong city.
Day 1 Arriving in Sorong city, buying food supply from local market, transfer by 4wd car to Klasow valley in Sorong regency, birding and wildlife watching
Day 2 Birding and wildlife watching
Day 3 Birding and Wildlife watching
Day 4 Birding and Wildlife Watching, return to Sorong city

If you still want to continue your birding trip in other areas of West Papua, I could organize your tours to Raja Ampat and Manokwari or even to Numfor island

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Saturday, July 8, 2017

Birding and Wildlife Watching Tour in Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari

Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Lowland Rainforest of Manokwari
There is a beautiful birding site in northwest area of Manokwari regency. The lowland tropical rainforest that covers the region is the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds including Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Little Egret, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Dollarbird, Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Blyth's Hornbill, Moluccan King Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Great Cuckoo Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Brahminy Kite, Rainbow Bee-eater and a lot more.
I have organized numerous birding and wildlife watching tours to this forest for visitors who come from Europe, Australia, North America and China.
Birding Along the River
Birding in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
The easiest way to enjoy birding in this lowland area is by walking along the banks of the river. The ground is mostly flat and suitable for women or birdwatchers who want an easy birding walk.
On the average, the birding tour lasts between 3 to 5 days.
The longer the number of days we stay in the jungle, the deeper will be our walk into the forest.
It is not only birds that visitors can see in the lowland forest of Manokwari but also other animals such as butterflies, beetles, cicada, freshwater fish. Fruitbats like to eat breadfruits whose trees grow along both sides of the river.
Birding Gear
Blyth's hornbill
Visitors are highly recommended to bring their own binoculars 10x42 or 12x50 mm and spotting scope 20-60x60. A field guide book such as "Birds of New Guinea" written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler will needed to identify birds that we see in trees.  Taking pictures of birds are highly encouraged. A bridge camera Canon SX60 HS or Nikon Coolpix P900 is an affordable choice for taking pictures of birds in distant trees.
Campsite 1 Manokwari lowland forest
As a tourist guide, I provide camping gear, cooking and eating utensils for visitors who are interested in taking this birding tour. So, they don't need to carry these heavy things in their luggage. We may stay in only one campsite during the whole time of the tour but mostly we move our tents deeper into the jungle every day and return to main road in the last day of the tour. Local villagers will work as porters and cooks. Because, this tour is conducted in the jungle, the food that we eat will be the simple ones.