Saturday, May 30, 2020

Camping and Watching Wild Animals in Arfak mountains

Birding in and wildlife watching in Manokwari
Our Camping tent for visitors
Arfak range is a popular place for visitors who want to watch wild animals in their natural habitat. There is a forest in the mountains which is a nice site for camping, hiking and birding. Its name is Susnguakti forest. I have organized tours to this forest for several years for nature lovers who want to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and Magnificent Riflebird.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the evening. They can be watched near the campsite. Visitors who want to watch them have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00. The walk to the birding site is around 10 minutes to the Lesser Birds of Paradise and 30 minutes to the King Bird of Paradise. Visitors need to bring a good pair of binoculars. Camera with telephoto lens such as D-SLR cameras with 400, 500 and even 600 mm lens are useful for taking pictures of birds and other wild animals in the forest.
Night tour in rainforest
Cuscus Possum
From my previous trips that I organized in this forest, I saw most of the birds including Spangled Drongo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Hooded Butcherbird, and Blyth's Hornbill.
I also organize night walks in the forest to allow visitors to watch ground skink, Papuan tree dragon lizard, ikaheka snake (which is a very poisonous snake), and cuscus possum.
Local villagers have got the expertise to immitate the sounds of female cuscus possums. To attract the possums, we have to do night walks. Visitors must turn off their flashlight before the calling can be started.
Sometimes bandicoot also comes to the same site and we wait for the cuscus possum.
If you want to watch cuscus possum, you need to fly to Manokwari city. I can meet you in this city and organize your tour to the forest and stay there for 3 to 4 days to watch the wild animals of Arfak mountains.
Please, contact me by email to: or whatsapp to +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking the jungle tour.

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