Palm Cockatoo

Palm Cockatoo
Here are some pictures of Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus). Actually local people call the bird - Kakaktua Raja (meaning: King Cockatoo). The bird lives in tropical rainforest of New Guinea and its surrounding islands. As a tourist guide, I provide birding tours to anybody who is interested in watching King Cockatoo and other tropical birds in lowland forest especially in Manokwari or Raja Ampat.
How to get there?
Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
Continue your trip to Manokwari, I will meet you at the airport and organize your trip to the forest.

Kakatua Raja (meaning: King Cockatoo)
What to bring:
A good pair of binoculars
Clothing that is suitable for tropical region
Blanket
Anti insect lotion
Field guide book: Birds of New Guinea, written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler

Booking:
Please, send message to Charles Roring by email to: leororing@gmail.com or whatsapp: +6281332245180

Large Tailed Nightjar

This is the picture of Large-Tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus). I saw it in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari. The birds are usually active at nights. They like to sit among tall grass near rivers.
In addition to watching the nightjar, we can also watch Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Blyth's Hornbill, Brahminy Kite, and a lot more.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp message to: +6281332245180 if you are interested in exploring tropical rainforest and birding with me.

Lesser Birds of Paradise

Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
This is the picture of male Lesser Birds of Paradise that lives in tropical rainforest of New Guinea. Its natural habitat can be found in Vogelkop (Klasow valley, Tambrauw Mountains and Arfak mountains of Manokwari), Bomberai peninsula, Kaimana regency, Yapen Waropen, Sarmi, Jayapura and northern region of Papua New Guinea.
Susnguakti Forest of Arfak Mountains
In Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains, visitors can watch these birds. To watch male birds of paradise perform mating dance in the branches of trees, we have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00 After that we need to have tea or coffee and make some preparation for long walk through the jungle to reach the birding ground of the paradise birds. They usually dance from 06.00 to 09.00. We need to watch them with binoculars. They are very beautiful. They are also active in the afternoons from 15.00 to 17.00.
Susnguakti forest is located in lower montane area of Arfak mountains, it is also the natural habitat of other birds of paradise such as Magnificent Riflebird, and King Bird of Paradise. - by Charles Roring
Also read:
Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Red Bird of Paradise


Birding in Lowland Forest of Sorong

Variable Goshawk
Klasow valley in Sorong regency is a nice destination for birdwatcher who wants to see such birds as Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus), Variable Goshawk, Golden Myna, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Lowland Peltop, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and a lot of other birds that make the lowland rainforest of West Papua as their natural habitat.
Duration: On the average, the birding trip lasts between 4 to 5 days. Visitors can stay at a simple guesthouse built by local villagers.
How to get there?
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Fly to Sorong city. 
  • I will meet you at the airport and organize your tour to Klasow valley by a 4WD car.
If you are interested in visiting Klasow valley and enjoy birding with me, please, send email to (Charles Roring): peace4wp@gmail.com or text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180

Also read:
Watching the Courtship Dance of the Red Bird of Paradise
Watching Birds and Sea Turtle in Waigeo Island

Birding in Raja Ampat

Red Bird of Paradise
Raja Ampat islands in Indonesia have been considered as the best destination for scuba diving, snorkeling and other activities that are related to marine tourism. However, its hundreds of tropical islands are also very good destination for bird and wildlife watching. I have visited the islands a lot of times to organize marine tours as well as land tours for tourists.

Beautiful Birds

I guide birding visitors to Raja Ampat islands to see such birds as:
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita),
  • Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), 
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
  • Moluccan King Parrot,
  • Rainbow Lorikeet which is now called Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus)
  • Red-cheeked Parrot,
  • Great-billed Parrot
  • Red Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea rubra)
  • Wilson's Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus respublica),
  • Hook-billed Kingfisher, 
  • Rufous Bellied Kookaburra, 
  • Sacred Kingfisher, 
  • Beach Kingfisher
  • Spice Imperial Pigeon, 
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Pied Imperial Pigeon
  • Great cuckoo Dove
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Radjah Shelduck
  • Pacific Swallow
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Sooty Tern
  • Lesser-crested Tern,
  • Striated Heron
  • Eastern Reef Egret
  • Little-pied Cormorant
  • Lesser Frigatebird, 
  • Eastern Osprey, 
  • Brahminy Kite, 
  • White-bellied Sea Eagle,
  • Torresian Crow
  • and a lot more. 
The duration of the birding walk can be as short as 2 days to as long as 1 full week. Most often, the birdwatching tour is combined with sightseeing trip by boat to various tropical islands and snorkeling activities in coral reef sites of Raja Ampat.
Guided birdwatching tour with Charles Roring
American tourists were birdwatching in Waigeo island
Red Bird of Paradise, Wilson B.O.P. and most other paradise birds are polygynous meaning that they are sexually very active and have more than one partners. To attract females, a male Red B.O.P. has to creates beautiful sounds of calls, perform a courtship dance to show his bright color plumage. This mating ritual, if I may call it, is performed early in the mornings (approximately from 06.00 to 09.00) and in the afternoons from around 15.00-17.00. We may consider them as philander or womanizer from the forest but these birds have to do that in order to survive.
Birding tour destination in Raja Ampat
Map Location of Raja Ampat
When you decide to take a birding trip to Raja Ampat islands, there are certain things that you need to bring such as:
  • A good pair of binoculars
  • Birding camera
  • A spotting scope (optional)
  • Watch/ alarm clock to manage your wake-up and birding time.
  • Field guide book Birds of New Guinea
  • Hat that you may need to use when birding during sunny days
  • Anti-insect lotion/ spray
  • Darker color clothing (dark green t-shirt and etc.)
  • Flashlight
Visitors who also want to enjoy snorkeling could bring their snorkeling sets (masks, snorkels, and fins) as well as underwater camera.
If you are interested in visiting Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Also read:
Wilson's Bird of Paradise
Marine Life in Raja Ampat
Snorkeling Tours in Raja Ampat

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua

Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
The mountain range of Tambrauw is located between Manokwari and Sorong. It is one of the best birding site in New Guinea. A lot of species of birds live there including Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-faced Myna, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Mountain Peltops, and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.
As a tour guide, I could organize birding trip to the area especially for visitors who want to spend multiple days birding in the lower montane and upper montane forest of Tambrauw.
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
Because of its remote location, I highly suggest that visitors go in a group of 3 to 4 people or more to share the cost of transportation, food and accommodation. Most of Tambrauw regency is covered by pristine rainforest. For birding sites that are located deep in the forest, we will provide tents, sleeping bags, cooking and eating utensils for our clients.
Most birdwatchers know what they have to bring when going on a birding trip. Usually a pair of binoculars and a camera with telephoto lens will be needed for the purpose. Sometimes, laser pointer is used to show where a bird sits in a high tree. I personally use a Visionking 10×42mm binoculars that are equipped with Bak 4 Prism and multi-coated lens. For watching birds in an open forest area, I bring a Kinglux 20-60×60 mm spotting scope that is mounted on a tripod. It gives me clear view of birds in high trees especially when the weather is good.
If you are interested in taking a birding tour in Tambrauw mountains and want me to be your guide, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: leororing@gmail.com or whatsapp to: +6281332245180

Camping and Birding in Arfak Mountains

Common Paradise Kingfisher
Arfak mountains have been famous as one of the most important destinations among birdwatchers. There are several places in the region that are frequently visited by foreign birdwatchers who want to see paradise birds. One of them is Susnguakti forest. It is located in the south of Manokwari city approximately one hour by car. To watch birds such as Magnificent Riflebird, Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), and Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea) visitors need to stay for at least 2 to 3 days in the mountains. As of today, there is no guesthouse in the jungle of Mount Mabowi. So, birdwatchers need to stay in tents in campsites that have been prepared by local guides.
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. For instance, Lesser Birds of Paradise like to gather and dance at around 06.00. So, visitors need to wake up early at 05.00. After drinking tea or coffee and some biscuits or bread, they have to walk for 20 minutes to the birding ground. They can watch the birds until 09.00. In addition to watching Lesser B.O.P., visitors can watch King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Hooded Butcherbird, Rainbow Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and a lot of other birds that are endemic to New Guinea.
Birders, in general, bring their own binoculars, and spotting scope. Some also bring Swiss Army Knife, GPS tracker, and sound recording device. I highly recommend a field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Than K. Pratt, and Bruce Beehler.
Cuscus Possum in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari.
Night walk is usually carried out by local villagers and guide to find cuscus possum. In certain places, villagers and tourists will stop and sit on the ground. After that, one of the villagers will immitate the sound of female cuscus to attract the male one. When the call is being done, all flash lights have to be off. Glowing mushrooms can also be seen at night especially during rainy season.
Bringing a portable dome tent is a good idea but not a must. There are some campsites in the forest of Mount Susnguakti which I, and local villagers built for visitors. There are also plates, glasses, and cooking pans. With all of the available equipment, I hope that visitors who go to the forest can enjoy their birding trip in the area well.
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