Sunday, May 31, 2020

Birding in Tambrauw Mountains

French tourists were in the jungle of West Papua
Camping in Tambrauw forest
Tambrauw is a beautiful tourist destination in West Papua province of Indonesia. Most of its land is covered by tropical rainforest. Local Government of Tambrauw regency declared its territory as the regency of conservation, that's why ecotourism is seen as a sustainable income generation scheme for the indigenous people so that they could preserve their rainforest. To support this policy, I offer rainforest birding tours to anybody who wants to watch tropical birds of New Guinea. Tropical rainforest of Tambrauw and its rivers are a great sites for hiking and birdwatching as well as wildlife watching. Visitors who go there can enjoy riverwalk and rainforest tour to find:
Birding in West Papua of Indonesia
Rainforest of Tambrauw Mountains
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise, 
  • King Bird of Paradise, 
  • Magnificent Riflebird, 
  • Palm Cockatoo, 
  • Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, 
  • Eclectus Parrot
  • Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • New Guinea Harpy Eagle, 
  • Variable Goshawk
  • Brahminy Kite
  • and a lot of other tropical birds that live in the mountains. There are two sites in Tambrauw which visitors can go to enjoy hiking and birding. The first one is the lowland forest and the second one is the mountain forest.
Birdwatching in Tambrauw of West Papua
Moustached Treeswift
The duration of the trip is between 4 to 5 days. Visitors can enjoy birding along the road or enjoy camping and river walk to watch such birds as Grey Crow, Little Egret, Blyth's Hornbill and Kingfishers.
The entry point to Tambrauw is through Manokwari city and Sorong city. Because the cost of transportation is quite expensive, visitors need to go in a group of 3 to 4 people to share the price. We usually charter 4wd cars to reach the river where we will enjoy camping, riverwalk and birding.
Things to bring:
Two French tourists were hiking with local villager in Tambrauw mountains
French tourists in Tambrauw mountains
Besides bringing birding optics such as binoculars, spotting scope, laser pointer and telephoto camera, visitors need to wear water shoes, t-shirt, short pants and long pants for walking in the forest. A field guide book: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler can be ordered from Amazon online bookstore. 
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