Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Birdwatching in Sorong Regency's Rainforest

There are a number of birdwatching sites in rainforest areas of Sorong regency. One of them is located in Klatomok village of Klasow valley. It is the habitat a lot of tropical birds including:

Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus) in the forest of Klatomok village
Wompoo Fruit Dove

  • King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
  • Magnificent Riflebird (Ptilinoris magnificus)
  • Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea)
  • Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera nympha)
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro)
  • Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
  • Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii
  • Golden Myna (Mino anais)
  • Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
  • Shining Flycatcher
  • Wompoo Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus)
  • Orange-bellied Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus iozonus)
  • Western-crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon)
  • Boyer's Cuckooshrike (Coracina boyeri)
  • and etc.

Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata) in the forest of Klasow valley - Sorong regency
Pacific Baza

Klatomok village is located in the east of Sorong city of Papua Barat province in the Republic of Indonesia.

There are homestays in the village which visitors can choose to stay for a few days for birdwatching and wildlife watching. Visitors can also join local villagers in extracting sago starch or do night walk for hunting wild boar, deer, and wallaby. Usually visitors stay for 3 to 4 days in the village. Food materials such as noodle, rice, canned fish, frozen chicken, and eggs.

To reach the village, visitors need to go by a 4WD-car from Sorong city for around 2 hours. The village is on the roadside so the pick-up car will stop in front of the villagers' houses.

A visitor in Klatomok village of Sorong regency

Sorong city is the main gate for visitors who plan to enjoy snorkeling or scuba diving in Raja Ampat. The birdwatching and wildlife watching trip in Klatomok village could be carried out prior to visitors' trip to Raja Ampat.

Klatomok Village in Sorong regency of Indonesia

To enhance the birdwatching and wildlife watching experience, visitors can bring binoculars, and if possible a spotting scope.

It is easy to travel to Sorong city. Visitors need to fly from their own country to Jakarta, Denpasar or Manado. These are cities in Indonesia. The flights to Sorong city are available every day and are served by such airlines as Garuda, Lion Air, Batik Air, Sriwijaya. 

To book your birding trip in Klatomok village of Sorong regency, please, contact Nico Nauw by whatsapp to his number: +62 821 9806 0084

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Wednesday, January 12, 2022

Birdwatching in Fef Town of Tambrauw Regency

Fef is the capital of Tambrauw regency. It is located in the middle of bird's head (Vogelkop) region of West Papua province in Indonesia. Fef itself is a valley. Because the town is surrounded by rainforest, visitors who go there can enjoy birdwatching and wildlife watching while walking along its roads.

Sacred Kingfisher in Fef town of Tambrauw
Sacred Kingfisher in Fef town of Tambrauw regency

Birds such as Yellow-faced Myna, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Sacred Kingfisher, Brahminy Kite, Blyth's Hornbill, and even New Guinea Harpy Eagle can be seen flying over the town or perching on the branches of trees there. Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, and Magnificent Riflebird could be seen in Tambrauw too. 

kingfisher bird watching in Indonesia
Yellow-billed Kingfisher

Most visitors who travel to rainforest to see wildlife bring binoculars and camera. Bringing a spotting scope will enhance the birding experience too. Since Tambrauw is located near the equator where rain often occurs, visitors should bring raincoat or rain ponchos which can protect them and their photographic equipment. 

There are guesthouses in Fef town that can accommodate visitors who want to stay for a few days there. One of them has got 8 bedrooms with toilets. 

Fef hotel in Tambrauw regency of West Papua
A guesthouse in Fef town of Tambrauw regency

Fef is a small town, I highly suggest that visitors who want to go there, first, need to by logistical needs such as bread, biscuits, canned food, instant noodles, or batteries, and mineral water in Manokwari city or Sorong city. 

It is easy to travel to Fef town of Tambrauw regency. First, visitors need to fly from their country to Jakarta (the capital) or other big cities of Indonesia such as Manado, Surabaya, or Denpasar. After that, visitors can continue their trip by taking a flight to Sorong city or Manokwari city (capital of Papua Barat province). The trip to Fef town can be carried out by 4WD car. 


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Monday, January 10, 2022

Please, help Hans Mandacan for His Eye Surgery

Dear Friends,

I am writing to ask you for help because I have got very serious eyesight problem.

In August 2021, I was cutting grass in front of the Lorikeet guesthouse in Arfak mountains of Manokwari regency using grass-cutting machine. It hit a small gravel which then flew directly onto and hit my right eye. Because of that my right eye could not see well. 

Hans Mandacan (a local tourist guide in Arfak mountains) 

Hans' injured eye that needs surgery

I have gone to a local public health clinic but the health workers there could not cure it. The local general hospital could not treat it either. The health workers there said that I need eye surgery in Jakarta. 

I am raising fund now to pay for the plane tickets, accommodation and land transportation and eye surgery during a few months treatment in Jakarta. 

The amount that I am raising is Rp. 80,000,000 rupiahs. 

You could send donation in any amounts to my account at the following details:

Hans Mandacan

Bank Rakyat Indonesia (Bank BRI)

Account Number: 4957 0101 5034 530

I hope that you could help me during this difficult time. 

Thank you

Hans Mandacan

Whatsapp: +62821 9946 9312


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