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Wildlife Watching Gear

There are several things that I usually bring when I guide tourists in the forest and along the coastal area on a birdwatching and wildlife watching tour. These birding gear or wildlife watching devices are described below:
Some British tourists were watching birds at a quiet road in West Papua

  • Binoculars - There are 2 types of binoculars. The first one with roof prism and the second one with porro prism. Usually porro prism binoculars are bigger. 
  • Laser Pointer - This is a very important device that is used by a birding guide, for instance, when he wants to show a bird that perches on a twig in a distant tree. The laser pointer will not be aimed directly at the bird but a round 5 feet below or next to the bird or any wild animal in the tree.
  • Spotting scope with tripod
  • Camera - Point and shoot camera such as Nikon Coolpix P900 and P1000 as well as Canon SX70HS or Sony Cybershot H400 are recommended photographic device for birdwatching enthusiasts who do not want to carry D-SLR cameras with telephoto lense that are heavy and expensive.
  • Blue-tooth loud-speaker and cell phone or tablet that contains records of bird sounds.
  • Field guide book
  • A waist bag that contains some first aid kit.
I wear Cardinal's cargo styled long pants that have got pockets
I was guiding some British tourists on a birdwatching tour in Sorong
  • Clothing - I wear dark colour t-shirt and a pair of cargo-styled cotton long pants under the label Cardinal. That pants have got big pockets where I put tablet and bluetooth loudspeaker, as well as laser pointer and a small bottle of mineral water. I often put insect repellent lotion in the pocket of my pants.
  • Raincoat or rain poncho
In the above picture, the activity of watching birds was conducted along a road outside of the city where there was no traffic.
When I organize a wildlife watching tour into a huge forest area for several days, I will prepare more logistical equipment and supplies. For instance, in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari, a basecamp for tourists has been built by villagers. I provide tents, mattrasses, cooking and eating utensils, hose, and water buckets. I bring solar powered lamps too. With all these equipment, we could stay in the forest for 4 days/ 3 nights. As a matter of fact, we could stay longer if more food supply is brought into the basecamp. We need hiking shoes or wellington boots when we walk in such forest whose slopes are slippery and muddy.
For multiple day trip in remote islands or forest, for your own wellness make sure that in your backpack, you have the following items:

  • At least 2 sheets of towels
  • Shave razor, nail clipper
  • Anti insect lotion, insect bite or bug bite oinment
  • Massage oil to sooth your muscles after long trekking in the jungle.
  • Hygiene clear bag that contains: toothbrush, tooth-paste, shampoo, hand sanitizer, liquid soap, dental floss, tissue pack.
  • Anti malaria pills, lozenges to soothe a sore-throats like the ones made by woods; strepsils, vicks and etc. 

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