Friday, August 4, 2017

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains of West Papua

The mountain range of Tambrauw is located between Manokwari and Sorong. It is one of the best birding sites in West Papua province of Indonesia. A lot of species of birds live there including Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Yellow-faced Myna, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Mountain Peltops, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Red-breasted Kingfisher, and Yellow-billed Kingfisher.

Birding in Tambrauw mountains
French tourists were birdwatching in Tambrauw Mountains
Palm cockatoo in Indonesia
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)  Photo: Wim Boyden
As a tourist 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.
Birding in Tambrauw mountains
Pinon Imperial Pigeon  Photo: Wim Boyden
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: or whatsapp to: +6281332245180

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