Friday, January 28, 2022

Cendrawasih Raja dari Hutan Tambrauw

Cendrawasih Raja atau yang dalam bahasa Inggris disebut King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius) adalah salah satu spesies burung surga yang hidup di hutan dataran rendah dan daerah perbukitan di Tanah Papua. Ukuran badannya kecil saja. Yang jantan sekitar 16 cm sedangkan yang betina 19 cm. Di pepohonan yang banyak ranting, tanaman tali hutan dan rotan yang bergelantungan, burung Cendrawasih Raja suka hidup di sana. 

King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius)
Foto burung Surga Raja dari Tambrauw

Cendrawasih Raja bisa ditemukan di hampir semua kawasan hutan dataran rendah dan perbukitan. Lokasi yang mudah dijangkau untuk melakukan pengamatan burung ini adalah di Kabupaten Tambrauw. Di sini, warga melestarikan hutan dan membiarkan berbagai satwa hidup dan berkembang. Foto berikut ini adalah Cendrawasih Raja yang hidup di hutan Tambrauw. Foto tersebut dibuat oleh Nico Nauw, seorang pemandu turis di daerah tersebut. 

Wisatawan yang ingin berkunjung ke Tambrauw untuk mengamati burung Cendrawasih Raja dan burung-burung tropis Papua bisa menghubungi Nico Nauw lewat WA: 082198060084.

Tidak mudah bagi siapapun untuk mencari burung Surga Raja tersebut di dalam hutan karena ukuran tubuhnya yang kecil. Oleh sebab itu, wisatawan membutuhkan jasa seorang pemandu (guide). 

Untuk mencapai Tambrauw, wisatawan perlu terbang ke kota Sorong. Ada beberapa penerbangan reguler yang menghubungkan kota Sorong dengan kota-kota besar lainnya di Indonesia. Beberapa maskapai penerbangan yang pesawatnya terbang ke kota Sorong adalah Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, Batik Air, Lion Air, Wings Air, dan Nam Air.

Tiba di kota Sorong, wisatawan perlu melanjutkan perjalanan ke Tambrauw dengan naik kendaraan 4WD. Jangan lupa membeli bahan makanan sesuai dengan jumlah hari yang akan dihabiskan oleh wisatawan selama di Tambrauw. 

Untuk akomodasi di kampung-kampung, wisatawan bisa tinggal di rumah penduduk. Kalau lokasi yang dituju adalah Fef (ibukota Kabupaten Tambrauw), ada guesthouse atau penginapan yang bisa dijadikan sebagai tempat menginap. Informasi lebih lanjut silahkan hubungi kawan saya: Nico Nauw lewat nomor WA tersebut di atas. 

Pastikan bahwa wisatawan membawa kamera yang memadai seperti D-SLR dengan lensa 600 mm atau bridge camera seperti Canon SX70HS, Nikon P900 dan Nikon P1000.  

Ini ditulis oleh Charles Roring

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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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