Thursday, June 4, 2020

Eclectus Parrot

Birdwatching trip to West Papua's forest of Indonesia
Eclectus Parrot
Here is the picture of a female Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus) that I see in Klasow valley of Sorong regency. The male has got green feather. In West Papua, people call them Kakatua Merah (Red Cockatoo) and Kakaktua Hijau (Green Cockatoo). I was walking with two Australian birdwatchers at that time. We had spent three days hiking and birdwatching in the forest and was about to leave for Sorong city. Suddenly there were some calls from a high tree on the left of us. Local villagers led us to walk through the trees and bush to approach the bird. After searching for several minutes, we could see the male and female parrots. I aimed my camera at the female bird and shot her several times using my Fujifilm HS50EXR. Unfortunately, I was late in shooting the male. He flew away. They were around 30 meters above us in a tall tree.
French tourists in Mesirrokow forest
French birdwatchers in Manokwari lowland forest
Actually, it was not the first time I saw the birds. I used to see it in Numfor island when I was guiding some Dutch tourists. Some islanders in Numfor catch Eclectus Parrot birds and sell them in Biak town or Manokwari city. Eclectus parrot and its relatives Sulphur Crested Cockatoo are often considered as pest because they like to food crops planted by villagers in Numfor island. This also happens in Raja Ampat where islanders catch birds and go to Sorong to sell them in the city.
Birding in lowland forest of Indonesia
Willie Wagtail in Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Another good site for watching Eclectus Parrot is in Manokwari. There is a lowland river-forest called Mesirrokow river. Birdwatching in this forest is very easy. We could enjoy walking along the banks of the river to see a lot of species of birds and see the beautiful river-forest environment. I have guided a lot of visitors to the river. They come from France, Switzerland, The United Kingdom, and China.
Well, it is not only birds that we can see in Mesirrokow forest but also butterflies, beetles, flowers, soa-soa lizards and wild tropical flowers of New Guinea. In general, visitors spend 3 days/ 2 nights to explore the high bio-diversity of the lowland forest of Manokwari. written by Charles Roring
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