Saturday, December 15, 2018

Night Walk in Ases River

Frog in Ases river
When I was guiding two American tourists in Tambrauw mountains, I organized several night walk tours along the banks of Ases river to find nocturnal animals. During the trip, we saw some interesting animals such as frogs, deers, gliding squirrel, cuscus possum, and fruit bats.
There was a tree at the corner of Ases village that was bearing a lot of fruit. That night, before leaving for the river, we walked to the tree to see if fruit bats were still gathering on its branches. When we arrived, we could hear the sounds of their wingbeats. It was dark and it would be difficult for us to take pictures of the bats.
Fruit bat in Ases valley
A fruitbat was eating roda fruit
Everyone of us had a torch or flashlight. So, we aimed our torches to the tree and there the fruit bats were hanging on the branches eating fruits. I immediately aimed my camera at the bats and took some pictures. We only stayed for a few minutes under the tree. After that we continued our night walk tour in the jungle to see other animals following a tributary river. As we were walking through it, we saw frogs on the stone, on the buttress and on the fallen trees. We carefully approach them one by one. I did not want to disturb the frog so I used the zoom feature of my Fujifilm XQ2 camera. I made some photographs of them. We continued our exploration of the river forest area that night. We saw a lot of fish.
Deer in Ases valley of Tambrauw mountains
Deer in Ases valley of Tambrauw Mountains
There were two places in the forest where animals come out to drink water. Local people called them Vim. So, we walked to those places. At the first site, we did not see the animals that we were looking for. The other Vim was separated by the first one by a ridge. We climbed the ridge and then slowly walked to it. We saw a young deer. He did not run away. I took out my pocket camera and shot the deer several times. Its zoom was only 4x, not powerful enough to make pictures with greater details. However, I was happy with the results. We also saw cuscus possum and gliding squirrel in high trees. Again, my pocket camera was not able to reach them well.
The two American tourists who participated in the night walk tour was happy with what they saw. We returned to the village at around 01.00.
Booking
If you are interested in taking a rainforest tour in Tambrauw, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Wildlife Tour to Tambrauw Mountains

Riverwalk and wildlife watching tour in Ases river
Adventure in Tambrauw Mountains
The mountain range of Tambrauw is a great destination for wildlife watching tour. It is located in the Vogelkop region of West Papua.  I have organized tours to the region for tourists who want to see tropical birds, butterflies, rainforest flowers, deers, bats, frogs, and fish that live in the rainforest of Tambrauw.
Two weeks ago, I organized a one-week trip to Tambrauw mountains for two American tourists - Naftali and Sarah. We started our trip from Manokwari city by a 4WD car.
Buying logistical supplies
Before leaving the city, we bought food supplies in yhe suprrmarket and traditional market such as rice, eggs, canned fish, fruits, and vegetables as well as coffee, tea, palm sugar, and biscuits. We would need them during the tour. We also loaded mattrasses, and portable dome tents into the pick-up car. When everything was ready, we left for Tambrauw.
Birding along the road
Our first destination was District Miyah. There, we watched tropical birds such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Brahminy Kite, Helmetted Friarbird, Brown Cuckoo Dove, Rainbow Lorikeet, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon. We spent 1 night in that district and then the next afternoon we continued our adventure trip to Mount Sakofsiah.
Most of the mountains are covered by pristine tropical rainforest. Along the way to the mountains, we saw Blyth's hornbill, Black-capped Lory, and a lot of other birds.
The road to Mount Sakofsiah was an unpaved one. There were wooden bridges that were badly damaged. Our cars could not pass on them. So, we had to cross the river. This was part of the adventure. There was also one wooden bridge that was not safe enough for cars. We had to make simple repair to cross it.
We arrived at the foot of Mountain Range of Sakofsiah around 14.00 local time. The next road in front of us was very steep and dangerous. Our driver as an experienced driver. He skillfully drove his car to climb the steep slopes to reach the top of the mountains.
The landscape view on top of Mountain Ridge of Sakofsiah was very beautiful. I decided to wait on top of the mountains. Below us was Ases village. I asked the driver and my friend to continue their trip to the village whereas I and our American guests would wait on top of Mount Sakofsiah. We wanted to see if there were birds from the cloud forest that we could see before during sunset time. Unfortunately, we could only see Grey-streaked Flycatcher. As we walked down the slope to Ases valley, we saw more birds such as Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory and Yellow-faced Myna.
Ases village was so quiet. There were only a few people living in it. My team had set up the dome tents, mattrasses and cooked dinner when we arrived.
Rainbow Lorikeet in Ases forest of Tambrauw regency
Rainbow Lorikeet
Our next adventure in Ases valley consisted of riverwark, swimming, nightwalk and birdwatching. We saw birds, cuscus possum, lizards, lizards, butterflies, rainforest flowers, deers, and frogs. We spent 5 days/ 4 nights exploring the mountain ridge and valleys. The forest was in very good condition. The trails were not clear. Visitors must not walk alone in the huge forest. A local guide must accompany them.
In the last day when we were left the Mount Sakofsiah, we saw big deers and cassowary. It was a nice and unique adventure. I like it very much.
If you are interested in Traveling to Mount Sakofsiah and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Birding and Wildlife Tour in Tambrauw Mountains
Birding and Snorkeling in Tambrauw regency
Palm Cockatoo in Tambrauw Mountains
Birding in Tambrauw Mountains