|Male Red Bird of Paradise|
Last week, I guided 2 American birdwatchers on a few days hiking and birding trip in Waigeo island. We went hiking in southern region of Waigeo island on the second day of our stay in Raja Ampat. We started at 05.00. It was still dark. We had to use flashlight. Slowly we walked up the steep slopes through a narrow footpath. It took around one hour to reach our birding ground.
Local villagers have built wooden platform some 6 feet above the ground for visitors who want to watch the paradise birds. Our watch indicated 06.10 when we reached it. As soon as we arrived at the birding site, rain began to fall. We were determined to see the paradise birds, so, we decided to wait.
|A Male Red Bird of Paradise was performing courtship dance|
The other male Red Birds of Paradise continued to call other female birds. Unfortunately, none came closer to them.
The whole performance lasted for a few hours until approximately 09.30. During that watching session, I was able to make some descent quality photographs of the beautiful birds. I used Canon 200D + Tamron 150-600mm lens.
It was a nice trip that morning even though the weather was not supportive in the beginning. The tour participants, Bruce and Paige Harvey, also enjoyed the morning bird session. They used 10×42mm ED lens birding binoculars to watch the paradise birds.
In addition to Red BOP, we also saw other tropical birds that landed on the surrounding tree. Some of them were Blyth's Hornbill, Hooded Butcherbird, and Helmetted Friarbird.
We walked back slowly along the path down to the beach and had another opportunity to watch various species of other birds as well. I was able to take pictures of Beautiful Fruit Dove, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, and Hornbill. We also saw some Moluccan King Parrot. Unfortunately, they were too far from the place where we stood. I could only watch them using my binoculars and not able to shoot them with my camera.
If you are interested in visiting in watching the courtship dance of Red Bird of Paradise as well as other tropical birds un Raja Ampat and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.