Saturday, August 31, 2013

Birding Tour in Manokwari

Manokwari regency has been famous as a birding tour destination for years. There are several places that I promote on the internet as recommended sites for birdwatchers.
  • Lower Montane Forest of Warmarway - Although this birding site is considered as lower montane forest, the trekking routes to the dancing ground of Lesser Birds of Paradise are very steep. Birdwatchers have to be fit to walk for 1.5 hours if they want to watch paradise birds in this area. It is located on the eastern slopes of Arfak mountains.
  • Upper Montane Forest -  Arfak mountains have been the most popular birding tour destination for visitors who want to watch Western Parotia, Vogelkop Bowerbird, Magnificent Birds of Paradise, Cinnamon Fruit Dove, Hooded Pitohui, Papua Mountain Pigeon, Brown sicklebill, Black sicklebill, Flame bowerbird and a lot more. The birding site that I highly recommend is Mupi Gunung.
  • Aiwatar Hill - This is one of the best birdwatching sites in the world! I am serious about this. It is located between Manokwari and Sorong regency. I highly recommend this site to any avid birders. I will explain about it in a separate article in this blog.
For more information about itinerary and prices, please contact me by email to peace4wp@gmail.com. You could also send text message to my number: +62 813322 451 80

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Watching Pigeons and Doves in the jungle Manokwari

The tropical rainforest in Manokwari are very nice place to watch pigeons and doves. I have guided a lot of birdwatchers on birding trips in both lowland and highland forest in the region. Today I will write a little bit about pigeons. The common name for pigeons in local language is Kumkum. The indigenous Papuan people hunt pigeons for their delicious meat. I introduce trekking and birdwatching trips in such areas as lowland forest of Arfak mountains and north coast of Manokwari to empower the local people in protecting the birds. During my birdwatching trips with international birdwatchers, we saw Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Crowned Pigeon, and Papua mountain pigeon.
Doves have got similar appearances with pigeons. They usually find food near fruit trees or on clear grounds. When I and a local birding guide Hans Mandacan accompanied visitors in the jungle of Kwau village Arfak mountains, we saw Cinnamon Ground Dove in the slope of Mt. Soyti.
Birdwatchers usually bring binoculars and spotting scope to magnify the image of distant birds. For taking pictures, or making videos of the birds, professional birdwatchers use D-SLR camera with telephoto lens. For budget travelers, an affordable but powerful compact camera that is equipped with super zoom lenses will be a perfect choice. I highly recommend Sony HX300, Canon SX50, Nikon Coolpix P520, and Fujifilm Finepix SL1000.
Don't forget to bring extra batteries when traveling in the jungle of Manokwari. For more information about birding and traveling in the rainforest of West Papua, please contact me by email to peace4wp@gmail.com