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Rainforest in West Papua as Tourist Attractions

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Tropical rain forest in West Papua is a very rich environment. It is the natural habitat of thousands of species of insects, birds, mammals, reptiles as well as plants. It attracts the attention of tourists, nature lovers, students, and researchers to visit it and see its wealth of plants and animals. Rainforest has now become an interesting tourist attractions.  Mangrove forest in Wondama regency The kind of tourism that I mean here is an alternative tourism. It is not a mass tourism. For instance, based on my experience, the average number of visitors per group is between 2 and 8. They travel from Europe, North America, Australia, India, China to watch birds. There are other tourists who are interested in insects or only butterflies. Lower Montane Forest in Wondama regency There are also tourists who want to see types of rainforest based on their elevations measured from sea level such as Mangrove forest, lowland forest, lower montane forest and higher montane or cloud forest.  There

Long-tailed Paradigala

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Long-tailed Paradigala is a species of birds of paradise that lives in tropical rainforest of West Papua. It is an endemic bird of Arfak mountains. I saw it when I guided two American birdwatchers on a 2 week birding and snorkeling tour from Raja Ampat to Manokwari. We did not have plan to find the bird because he does not have a fixed display tree.  Long-tailed Paradigala One early morning time in Arfak mountains, I and Paige (one of the tour participants) went hiking to the dancing ground of Western Parotia ( Parotia sefilata ). We started at around 05.00 a.m. when it was still dark. The slopes were steep so we walked slowly and stopped several times on the way. Around forty five minutes later, we arrived. A red pandanus fruit had already been placed just outside the dancing ground of Western Parotia to attract the bird to come.  Shortly after we sat on our "bench" which was actually a fallen log, we saw that some birds began to land on the fruits. There were female Black

Logo Burung Cendrawasih Merah

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Ini adalah logo burung Cendrawasih Merah yang saya buat dengan posisi kepala menghadap ke bawah (lihat ilustrasi dijital ke - 2).  Kalau kita pergi ke Pulau Waigeo di Raja Ampat, untuk menonton burung Cendrawasih Merah berdansa, kita akan mendapati posisi alami saat sang jantan berdansa adalah dengan kepala yang menghadap ke bawah.  Gambar ini saya buat sketsa manualnya menggunakan pensil di kertas, setelah itu saya gambar lagi menggunakan stylus memakai Autodesk Sketchup. Gambar Burung Cendrawasih Jantan sedang berdansa Oleh karena itu, logo yang saya buat ini, posisi kepalanya menghadap ke bawah. Saya membuatnya menggunakan software vektor inkscape.  Logo Burung Cendrawasih Nama ilmiah burung Cendrawasih Merah adalah Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea rubra ). Burung ini spesies endemik Raja Ampat dan bisa dijumpai di Waigeo, Gam, kemungkinan juga Pulau Mansuar, Batanta. 

Foto Burung Cendrawasih

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Saya memiliki banyak sekali foto burung Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil/ Lesser Birds of Paradise ( Paradisaea minor ). Foto-foto tersebut saya buat ketika memandu wisatawan di dalam hutan hujan tropis Papua Barat. Burung ini indah sekali warnanya sehingga menjadi target pengamatan yang utama di kalangan para wisatawan pengamat burung baik di dalam dan luar negeri.  Lesser Birds of Paradise Untuk menontonnya, kami harus bangun pagi sekali dan pergi ke pohon tempat biasanya burung surga ini berkumpul untuk berdansa dan kawin. Cendrawasih Kuning Kecil hidup di dataran rendah dan hutan perbukitan di Tanah Papua. Burung ini suka berdansa di pagi dan sore hari.  Lokasi burung berdansa biasanya terletak lebih ke dalam hutan. Di Manokwari, saya suka mengantar wisatawan ke hutan Susnguakti yang terletak di kawasan pegunungan rendah dari Pegunungan Arfak. Di Kabupaten Tambrauw dan Teluk Wondama serta Sorong, Burung Cendrawasih dapat pula diamati. Wisatawan perlu berjalan kaki ke lokasi pohon tempat b

Manta Postcards

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I have just received emails from Redbubble which says that somebody just bought postcards with my drawing of mantas. I don't know who bought it but I would like to say thank you. I am happy if people appreciate or buy artworks that I create and upload to my Redbubble pages.  Freediving with manta I created the manta drawing a few years ago using Derwent watercolour pencils. I drew the fish and a lady who was freediving to get closer to mantas. Well this was not an imaginary picture. It was an experience of mine when guiding tourists in Raja Ampat islands. I guided some European tourists on 1 week snorkeling trip across the beautiful archipelago. The presence of a lady swimming towards manta is a good comparison for us to see how big the giant fish is.  Vector illustration of Swimming with Manta When we were at Manta Point one early morning time, we saw a group of mantas moving around in the water in circle formations. To get closer to the fish, we freedived to a depth of 5 to 7 met

Gambar Cendrawasih Merah

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Ini adalah gambar burung Cendrawasih Merah jantan ( Paradisaea rubra ) yang hidup di hutan hujan tropis pulau-pulau Waigeo, Gam dan Batanta. Sketsa awalnya saya buat menggunakan pensil biasa. Setelah itu saya warnai dengan pensil warna cat air. Setelah itu gambar tersebut difoto dan diolah lagi secara digital memakai Autodesk Sketchbook.  Cendrawasih Merah Hasilnya adalah gambar yang lebih tajam dan bisa dipakai untuk dicetak di t-shirt, mug, ponsel, tas dan notebook dan lain-lain. Pembaca bisa membeli produk-produk yang bisa dibeli di halaman ini: Red Bird of Paradise . Selain Cendrawasih Merah, ada juga Cendrawasih Wilson atau Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Diphyllodes respublica) di pulau-pulau yang saya sebutkan di atas. 

Wildlife Watching in Raja Ampat

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Raja Ampat islands of Indonesia are mostly visited by scuba divers and snorkelers who want to see marine life. However, its tropical rainforest is also a good destination for wildlife watching.  Red Bird of Paradise ( Paradisaea rubra ) Before the Covid-19 pandemic reached this region, I guided tourists to Waigeo island to watch birds of paradise. Bird watching is a popular activity among visitors who are interested in exploring wildlife in West Papua province of Indonesia. We did birdwatching inside its rainforest to see Wilson's Bird of Paradise, Red Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, Moluccan King Parrot, Red Cheek Parrot, Great-billed Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Hook-billed Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, and Western-crowned Pigeon. In coastal area, a lot of birds can be seen too. Some of them include Whimbrel, Radjah Shelduck, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Violet-necked Lory, Eastern