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Riverwalk, Birdwatching and Camping Tour in Rainforest of Manokwari

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I organize riverwalk and camping tour in several rainforest areas of West Papua such as in Waigeo island, Tambrauw regency and in Manokwari. Tourists like the activity because they are able to watch birds, insects, reptiles, and mammals that live along the banks of the river. The duration of the tour is around 3 to 5 days. Before doing the tour, I buy food materials such as rice, smoked fish, eggs, tempe (fermented soybean cake), fruits and some vegetables. I also prepare dome tents, mattrasses, a big sheet of plastic tarp, cooking and eating utensils, binoculars, spotting scope with tripod, camera, and solar powered lights. There are jungle vegetables that we harvest when we stay in the forest. Some of them include ganemo, kangkung, or sayur paku (fern leaves that are edible as vegetables). Riverwalk Tour in Manokwari Watching birds and other animals along the banks of the river is easy because there are a lot of open spaces. Birds such as Blyth's hornbill, and Sulphur-c

Nesting Season of Leatherback Turtle

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We are now at the end of March 2020 - the time where massive spread of Corona-virus disease is reaching all corners of the world. Human is now struggling to survive.  Travel industry is one of the economic sectors that is severly hit by this pandemic. Millions of people become jobless.  We are going to enter April. Soon, on the other side of the globe, the nesting season of Leatherback turtles will come. It is the time where mother turtles swim to the beach to lay eggs. They can now lay their eggs in peace. No flashes of cameras from tourists and researchers will distract them. Unfortunately, there are still soa-soa monitor lizards, dogs, crocodiles, and boars that are waiting for them at these remote beaches. Leatherback turtle of Tambrauw regency In Indonesia, there are several beaches where these giant turtles like to come to lay eggs. They are Warebar beach in Waigeo island of  Raja Ampat archipelago ; Jen Womom and Wermon in the northern coast of Tambrauw regency. It takes

Pigeons and Fruit Doves in West Papua's Forest

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Pigeons and fruit doves are important animals for the ecosystem of tropical rainforest in West Papua. They feed on fruits and drop their seeds throughout the forest. They are seed dispersers. They are the ones that grow the forest. Various species of pigeons and fruit doves live in tropical rainforest of Papua from lowland to higher montane region. Here are some of them: Pinon Imperial Pigeon  - I have seen the bird since I was a child in my parents' clove garden. Years later, when I guided a British lady on an adventure trip to see wild animals, flowers and unique tropical plants in lowland forest of Manokwari, I saw the bird again and took picture of it for the first time. I used Nikon Coolpix P500 with its 30× optical zoom. It was my first point and shoot camera. The bird is often hunted by local people as the source of protein for them. We stayed for several nights in a simple basecamp near a river.  Pinon Imperial Pigeon

Cockatoos and Parrots in West Papua

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There are a lot of parrots and cockatoos in West Papua. I usually see them when I guide birdwatching visitors on tours in Raja Ampat, Sorong, Tambrauw and Manokwari. The most common ones are Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, and Coconut Lorikeet (formerly called Rainbow Lorikeet ). Sulphur-crested Cockatoo The famous and common one is  Sulphur-crested Cockatoo . It has got black beak, white feather and yellow crest on his head. The bird is common in lowland up to hill forest of West Papua. It eats fruits. It is sad to see that Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, together with other birds, are often caught and sold in cities as pets. Palm Cockatoo in tropical rainforest of West Papua There is also  Palm Cockatoo . It is a beautiful black bird with a red patch on each of its cheeks. In Raja Ampat, it can easily be seen in the mornings when it flies to coastal trees to feed on fruits. I saw the bird in Susnguakti forest and Mesirrokow river of Manokwari, as well as Ases valley

Hiking Tour in Sorong

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Early this week, I ran a hiking tour for a British couple, Alan and Jill, who wanted to watch birds, insects, and reptiles and see landscape of Sorong's rainforest. We left Swissbel hotel at 05.30 to a place in the outskirts of the city. In the morning, the streets were not crowded. So, our car could move faster. Arriving at our destination, we continued our trip on foot by hiking up slopes that led us to hills. The morning sunlight began to iluminate trees around us.  Hiking tour in Sorong

Mengapa Wisatawan Ke Raja Ampat?

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Sejak tahun 1990an wisatawan mulai berkunjung ke Raja Ampat. Dari tahun ke tahun, jumlah mereka bertambah banyak. Apa yang menarik di kabupaten kepulauan ini sehingga menyebabkan wisatawan mau ke sana? Jawabannya adalah sebagai berikut: Keindahan Alamnya - Informasi di wikipedia menyebutkan bahwa ada lebih dari 1.500 pulau di Raja Ampat. Pulau yang besar antara lain Waigeo, Salawati, Misool dan Batanta. Ada juga gugusan pulau-pulau karang yang biasa disebut karst. Di internet, ketika kita mengetik Raja Ampat di mesin pencari Google, Bing atau Yandex, kita akan melihat gambar pemandangan alam bahari yang indah sekali. Pulau-pulau kecil yang ditutupi vegetasi hijau, dan dihiasi pantai pasir putih dan lautan biru merupakan salah satu daya tarik alam yang membuat banyak wisatawan domestik maupun manca negara yang ingin ke sana. Beberapa karst yang terkenal adalah Piaynemo, Wayag, Kabui, Insouduwer ( laguna ikan ) sekitar Pulau Waigeo serta Davalen, Dapunlol, dan Motnikalet di Kepulauan

Sulawesi Hanging Parrot

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When I guided a Dutch lady on nature and birding tour in North Sulawesi province of Indonesia, I took a lot of pictures of birds in the forest, farmland, and mountains. One of them was Sulawesi Hanging Parrot ( Loriculus stigmatus) . We saw both male and female in a papaya tree. The birds were eating one of the riped fruits that was still hanging in the tree. A female Sulawesi Hanging Parrot

Butterflyfish and Angelfish in Raja Ampat

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When I go to Raja Ampat to guide tourist(s) on a birdwatching, sightseeing and snorkeling tour, I always, provide time to explore the coral reef of the archipelago and to take pictures of its reef fish. Early this month, I visited Raja Ampat with an American tourist. We stayed in the southern region of Waigeo island and did some tours to its nearby beaches and islands. We enjoyed snorkeling every day. I brought a compact camera Fujifilm XQ2 with its waterproof case. Using this small device, I could take pictures of coral reef, fish, and other interesting marine creatures. There were a lot of species of colorful fish. Angelfish and Butterflyfish

Dendrobium antennatum

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Here is the picture of Dendrobium antennatum that I saw in a homestay in Raja Ampat. This orchid flower is locally called anggrek kelinci ( anggrek means orchid and kelinci means rabbit). Its natural habitat was coastal rainforest. In wikipedia, it says that the flower plant is called the Green Antelope Orchid. Rabbit Orchid ( Dendrobium antennatum ) in Raja Ampat archipelago I used to see the orchids in Manokwari, and Kaimana in Papua Barat province of Indonesia. Here, people usually grow the flower plant by attaching and tying it onto the trunk of a tree. In the above photograph, the owner tied it on the wooden post of the jetty.  The backyard of the homestay where I stayed was a huge rainforest. This orchid, I think, was taken from the forest. The hill forest itself was the natural habitat of a lot of species of tropical plants, insects, reptiles, mammals, and birds.  Christmas Tree Worm in Waigeo island I stayed for nearly a week in that homestay guiding an Americ

Snorkeling and Birdwatching Tour

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Early this month I guided a solo traveler to Raja Ampat islands in West Papua province of Indonesia. We spent nearly 1 week enjoying snorkeling, and birdwatching in some tropical islands and their coral reef areas to see various kinds of fish. To take pictures of marine life, I brought my Fujifilm XQ2 and its waterproof case. The camera is small enough when inserted into my travel bag.  Kabui bay of Raja Ampat