Sunday, April 25, 2021

Brahminy Kite

Birdwatching is an interesting activity which I offer to tourists when I organize an adventure tour to regencies such as Raja Ampat, Sorong, Manokwari, Arfak Mountains, Tambrauw and Wondama. To enhance the birding experience, I bring my binoculars - Visionking 10×42 mm and spotting scope - Kinglux 20-60×60. Waigeo, and Gam islands are two important sites for birdwatching. There are a lot of species of coastal birds that visitors can watch. One of them is Brahminy Kite.
Brahminy Kite
Brahminy Kite
From my recent trip to the archipelago, I saw the bird in the southern region of Waigeo island. It was sitting on the branch of a big tree around 40 meters away from me. I was at Warduwer beach at that time. Slowly I walked towards the bird. Because the bird had known my presence, I decided to stop walking.
I turned on my camera and carefully aimed it at the bird. The weather was hot that day. The sun was above my head and its light made the surrounding trees looked brighter. I pressed the shutter button once. Seconds later, the bird flew away. In the previous day, I saw a couple Brahminy Kite in north-east region of Waisai town. I also made a picture of them.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
Brahminy Kite
Actually, there were a lot of birds that I saw during the trip such as White-bellied Sea Eagle, Torresian Crow, Singing Starling, Moluccan Starling, Lesser-crested Tern, Eclectus Parrot, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Spangled Drongo, Red-cheeked Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Puff-backed Meliphaga, Palm Cockatoo, Spice Imperial Pigeon, Stephan's Emerald Dove, Beach Kingfisher, and a lot more.
Raja Ampat is beautiful both above and underwater. I and the visitors whom I guided enjoyed snorkeling in several places of the regency. I brought Nikon W300. It was an underwater camera. So, I had the opportunity of taking pictures of coral reef and tropical fish that I saw during our snorkeling sessions. It was a nice adventure. They wanted to visit Raja Ampat again in the future.
snorkeling picture from Waigeo
Coral Reef and Fish in Raja Ampat
If you are interested in taking an adventure tour to Raja Ampat or other parts of West Papua such as Sorong, Manokwari, Wondama; and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Also read:
  • Raja Ampat Birds
  • Birding and Snorkeling in Raja Ampat Karst

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