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Camping and Watching Wild Animals in Arfak mountains

Birding in and wildlife watching in Manokwari
Our Camping tent for visitors
Arfak range is a popular place for visitors who want to watch wild animals in their natural habitat. There is a forest in the mountains which is a nice site for camping, hiking and birding. Its name is Susnguakti forest. I have organized tours to this forest for several years for nature lovers who want to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and Magnificent Riflebird.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the evening. They can be watched near the campsite. Visitors who want to watch them have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00. The walk to the birding site is around 10 minutes to the Lesser Birds of Paradise and 30 minutes to the King Bird of Paradise. Visitors need to bring a good pair of binoculars. Camera with telephoto lens such as D-SLR cameras with 400, 500 and even 600 mm lens are useful for taking pictures of birds and other wild animals in the forest.
Night tour in rainforest
Cuscus Possum
From my previous trips that I organized in this forest, I saw most of the birds including Spangled Drongo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Hooded Butcherbird, and Blyth's Hornbill.
I also organize night walks in the forest to allow visitors to watch ground skink, Papuan tree dragon lizard, ikaheka snake (which is a very poisonous snake), and cuscus possum.
Local villagers have got the expertise to immitate the sounds of female cuscus possums. To attract the possums, we have to do night walks. Visitors must turn off their flashlight before the calling can be started.
Sometimes bandicoot also comes to the same site and we wait for the cuscus possum.
If you want to watch cuscus possum, you need to fly to Manokwari city. I can meet you in this city and organize your tour to the forest and stay there for 3 to 4 days to watch the wild animals of Arfak mountains.
Booking
Please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp to +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking the jungle tour.

Durian Fruit Season

Traveling in Manokwari
Durian fruits
A few days ago, I enjoyed a short sightseeing tour around the suburban area of my town. I visited the northern region of Table mountains. It was afternoon time and the weather was quite hot. The road behind this mountain looked almost empty. Very few motorized vehicles passed through. At the roadside, there was a man unloading some durian fruits which he had just taken from the nearby fruit garden and put them onto a table.
We was selling durians. They were tropical fruits. Most people from the Western Countries whom I used to guide do not like durians. They said the fruits have got bad or strong smell. But there are some who like this tropical fruit. However, a lot of people in tropical countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philipines and Thailand like durians very much. 
Traveling in Manokwari city, the capital of Papua Barat province in Indonesia
Road near Table Mountain
Every fruiting season, a lot of people go to the markets or to roadsides where durians are offered by vendors. I asked the man who was arranging his durings how much they were. He said, 100,000 rupiahs per 3 fruits. Well, the fruiting season was in its early stage. For the next two to three months, more durians will fill the markets and roadsides. They will be cheaper, perhaps 15 or 20 thousand rupiahs per fruit.
Durian has got sweet taste. That's why a lot of people like it. Most often the fruits are packaged in watertight and smell proof containers and sent to other towns. 
I remember an Italian lady who used to send me email that she would come to my town if there were durians. Well, I might send her an email with an attached photograph of these newly arrived durings from the jungle. This was written by Charles Roring

Gambar Vektor Cendrawasih Merah

Beberapa waktu lalu saya menggambar burung Cendrawasih Merah jantan (Paradisaea rubra) menggunakan software inkscape. Burung ini saya lihat di daerah selatan Pulau Waigeo. Untuk menonton burung itu, saya harus bangun pagi-pagi sekali sekitar jam 05.00. Seorang pemandu lokal menemani saya mendaki bukit yang agak terjal selama kurang lebih 1 jam. Setelah tiba di lokasi, ternyata ada panggung yang tingginya sekitar 5 meter untuk para pengamat burung. Saya dipersilahkan naik untuk melakukan pengamatan.
Burung Surga Merah di Raja Ampat
Saat matahari mulai bercahaya di Timur, burung-burung jantan mulai berteriak memanggil betina-betina mereka. Ketika cendrawasih betina telah tiba, cendrawasih jantan mulai berdansa menunjukkan keindahan bulu mereka yang berwarna kuning, coklat, hijau dan merah.
Ada hal yang cukup menarik jika kita mencoba mengamati pose burung jantan. Sering posisi kepala berada di bawah dan ekor di atas. Ini tentunya gaya berdansa yang sulit sekali. Namun demikian Cendrawasih Jantan Raja Ampat tersebut tetap memperagakan kepiawaiannya di batang pohon yang tak berdaun.
Gambar Vektor Cendrawasih Merah
Saya membuat gambar vektor Cendrawasih Merah Raja Ampat ini untuk menarik kepedulian pembaca tentang pentingnya melestarikan burung surga tersebut. Populasinya semakin berkurang karena perburuan liar, penebangan hutan, pengalihfungsian hutan menjadi kebun, jalan raya serta kawasan pemukiman masyarakat. Semoga Burung Surga Merah Raja Ampat ini bisa terus bertahan hidup di habitatnya selama-lamanya.
Pembaca bisa memperoleh gambar ini dalam sejumlah produk seperti: T-shirt, Tote Bag dan Case untk Ponsel.

Watching Vulturine Parrot

Birding in Tambrauw regency
Vulturine Parrot
I have just returned from Tambrauw mountains after spending nearly one week exploring the rainforest to watch birds and butterflies. I am happy because I saw several target birds such as Vulturine Parrot, Lesser Birds of Paradise and Magnificent Bird of Paradise. They were very beautiful. It was my first experience watching the Vulturine Parrot for quite long.
I saw three Pesquet's Parrot eating fig fruits for nearly two hours. It was a rare experience. IUCN put the bird into the status of Vulnerable because it is hunted by local tribes who need his red feather for their traditional costumes. Recently the population of the bird has decreased rapidly due to conversion of rainforest into other uses such as road, monoculture palm oil and cocoa plantation. 
I offer tours to Tambrauw for visitors who are interested in watching the Vulturine Parrot and other tropical birds of West Papua. If you are interested, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by text message to my whatsapp number: +6281332245180.

Watching Magnificent Bird of Paradise in Tambrauw Mountains

Magnificent Bird of Paradise in the forest near  Ayapokiar village of Tambrauw Mountains
Magnificent Bird of Paradise in Tambrauw Mountains
I went to Tambrauw regency last week. I spent most of my time exploring its interior region. During my 5-days/ 4-nights trip, I saw a lot of species of birds, butterflies, and colorful wild rainforest flowers.
In Andaer forest, I saw male and female Lesser Birds of Paradise in the mornings and in the afternoons. There were several birding sites for this species of paradise bird along the road-side. Some other species of paradise birds that lived in the same forest were Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird and King Bird of Paradise. There was a spot where the lek of Lesser BOP and Magnificent BOP occured in very close distance - seperated only around 30 meters.
I had the chance to see them both on my final morning walk in the forest. My friend Niko who tried to take pictures of the Magnificent BOP for 2 days was not so successful. So, I asked him to focus on the Lesser BOP. And I would wait for the Magnificent BOP. One day earlier, I had seen and taken picture of the Lesser BOP. A villager named Amo accompanied me. I taught him the technique to attract the bird not by calling or placing fruit but by cleaning the ground from fallen leaves and twigs. When the playing ground of Magnificent BOP was spotlesspy clean, it would attract the female to stay longer. So, I and Amo cleaned the ground of the bird.
Wild flower in Tambrauw rainforest
Nudibranch Flower
After fifteen minutes of removing dirts from the playing ground of the Magnificent BOP, we returned to our hiding place. While waiting for the birds to come, I showed picturee of birds that I made while traveling in various parts of West Papua and other places in Indonesia.
Thirty minutes later, we heard the sounds of the birds of paradise. I raised my head and looked at the playing ground of them. They had not landed. To increase the chance of shooting the birds, Amo moved to the other birding hut which is only 5 meters away from the one that I stayed in.
Several minutes later, the female bird landed. But she flew away again. A male landed and began to jump from one vine or twig to another. He started calling the female Magnificent BOP intensively. When the female came, the show began. And that's the moment when I pressed the shutter button of my camera. I was happy because the birds looked so beautiful in the photographs that I made.
There was a flower in the forest that was similar to nudibranch. Its colors were red, pink and yellow. It looked so beautiful. I walked closer to the flower plant that was at the edge of a cliff. I took out my pocket camera, a Fujifilm XQ2 and shot the flower several times.
If you are interested in taking a hiking and birding tour in Andaer forest of Tambrauw mountains and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Birding in Tambrauw Interior Region

I have just returned from Tambrauw mountains with 2 American birdwatchers. We spent one week exploring the rainforest of the interior region to find tropical birds.
There were several sites that we visited. Some of them were District Miyah and Mount Sakofsiah. The avifauna in this regency was in very good condition.
Long-tailed Honey Buzzard
Long-tailed Buzzard
From our jungle walks, we saw Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Golden Cuckooshrike, Spangled Drongo, Palm Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Azure Kingfisher, Great Cuckoo Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Vulturine Parrot, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Helmeted Friarbird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Oriental Dollarbird, Lowland Peltop, and a lot more.
Little-pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
Little-pied Cormorant
During the tour, we had several night walks in the jungle to see other wild animals such as deer, cuscus possum, fruitbats, frogs, and squirrel.
The scenery of Mount Sakofsiah was very beautiful. We really enjoyed the tour to this forest.
For taking pictures of birds, I used Nikon 200D with Tamron 150-600 mm G2 telephoto lens. For sceneries and macro subjects, the camera that I used was Fujifilm XQ2.
The trip to this forest is expensive due to the remote location of the forest. So, I highly recommend that visitors come in a group of at least three to four people to share the cost. If you are interested in traveling to Tambrauw mountains to do birdwatching and wildlife watching and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wildlife Tour to Tambrauw Mountains

Riverwalk and wildlife watching tour in Ases river
Adventure in Tambrauw Mountains
The mountain range of Tambrauw is a great destination for wildlife watching tour. It is located in the Vogelkop region of West Papua.  I have organized tours to the region for tourists who want to see tropical birds, butterflies, rainforest flowers, deers, bats, frogs, and fish that live in the rainforest of Tambrauw.
Two weeks ago, I organized a one-week trip to Tambrauw mountains for two American tourists - Naftali and Sarah. We started our trip from Manokwari city by a 4WD car.
Buying logistical supplies
Before leaving the city, we bought food supplies in yhe suprrmarket and traditional market such as rice, eggs, canned fish, fruits, and vegetables as well as coffee, tea, palm sugar, and biscuits. We would need them during the tour. We also loaded mattrasses, and portable dome tents into the pick-up car. When everything was ready, we left for Tambrauw.
Birding along the road
Our first destination was District Miyah. There, we watched tropical birds such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Brahminy Kite, Helmetted Friarbird, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon. We spent 1 night in that district and then the next afternoon we continued our adventure trip to Mount Sakofsiah.
Most of the mountains are covered by pristine tropical rainforest. Along the way to the mountains, we saw Blyth's hornbill, Black-capped Lory, and a lot of other birds.
The road to Mount Sakofsiah was an unpaved one. There were wooden bridges that were badly damaged. Our cars could not pass on them. So, we had to cross the river. This was part of the adventure. There was also one wooden bridge that was not safe enough for cars. We had to make simple repair to cross it.
We arrived at the foot of Mountain Range of Sakofsiah around 14.00 local time. The next road in front of us was very steep and dangerous. Our driver as an experienced driver. He skillfully drove his car to climb the steep slopes to reach the top of the mountains.
Palm Cockatoo
Palm Cockatoo in District Senopi of Tambrauw Mountains 
The landscape view on top of Mountain Ridge of Sakofsiah was very beautiful. I decided to wait on top of the mountains. Below us was Ases village. I asked the driver and my friend to continue their trip to the village whereas I and our American guests would wait on top of Mount Sakofsiah. We wanted to see if there were birds from the cloud forest that we could see before during sunset time. Unfortunately, we could only see Grey-streaked Flycatcher. As we walked down the slope to Ases valley, we saw more birds such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory and Yellow-faced Myna.
Ases village was so quiet. There were only a few people living in it. My team had set up the dome tents, mattrasses and cooked dinner when we arrived.
Rainbow Lorikeet in Ases forest of Tambrauw regency
Rainbow Lorikeet
Our next adventure in Ases valley consisted of riverwark, swimming, nightwalk and birdwatching. We saw birds, cuscus possum, lizards, lizards, butterflies, rainforest flowers, deers, and frogs. We spent 5 days/ 4 nights exploring the mountain ridge and valleys. The forest was in very good condition. The trails were not clear. Visitors must not walk alone in the huge forest. A local guide must accompany them.
In the last day when we were left the Mount Sakofsiah, we saw big deers and cassowary. It was a nice and unique adventure. I like it very much.
If you are interested in Traveling to Mount Sakofsiah and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.