To reduce operational cost, I decided to close this website.
Readers could continue to follow the latest updates of my ecotourism activities in another website : Naturelife Watch.
Thank you,

Charles Roring

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.
If you are interested in taking a rainforest tour in Tambrauw, please, contact me by email to: 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: 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

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Birding in Tambrauw Interior Region

I have just returned from Tambrauw mountains with 2 American birdwatchers. We spent one week exploring the rainforest of the interior region to find tropical birds.
There were several sites that we visited. Some of them were District Miyah and Mount Sakofsiah. The avifauna in this regency was in very good condition.
Long-tailed Honey Buzzard
Long-tailed Buzzard
From our jungle walks, we saw Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Golden Cuckooshrike, Spangled Drongo, Palm Cockatoo, Rainbow Lorikeet, Red-flanked Lorikeet, Azure Kingfisher, Great Cuckoo Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Grey-streaked Flycatcher, Vulturine Parrot, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Helmeted Friarbird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Oriental Dollarbird, Lowland Peltop, and a lot more.
Little-pied Cormorant (Microcarbo melanoleucos)
Little-pied Cormorant
During the tour, we had several night walks in the jungle to see other wild animals such as deer, cuscus possum, fruitbats, frogs, and squirrel.
The scenery of Mount Sakofsiah was very beautiful. We really enjoyed the tour to this forest.
For taking pictures of birds, I used Nikon 200D with Tamron 150-600 mm G2 telephoto lens. For sceneries and macro subjects, the camera that I used was Fujifilm XQ2.
The trip to this forest is expensive due to the remote location of the forest. So, I highly recommend that visitors come in a group of at least three to four people to share the cost. If you are interested in traveling to Tambrauw mountains to do birdwatching and wildlife watching and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Watching Magnificent Bird of Paradise in Tambrauw Mountains

Magnificent Bird of Paradise in Tambrauw Mountains
I went to Tambrauw regency last week. I spent most of my time exploring its interior region. During my 5-days/ 4-nights trip, I saw a lot of species of birds, butterflies, and colorful wild rainforest flowers.
In Andaer forest, I saw male and female Lesser Birds of Paradise in the mornings and in the afternoons. There were several birding sites for this species of paradise bird along the road-side. Some other species of paradise birds that lived in the same forest were Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird and King Bird of Paradise. There was a spot where the lek of Lesser BOP and Magnificent BOP occured in very close distance - seperated only around 30 meters.
I had the chance to see them both on my final morning walk in the forest. My friend Niko who tried to take pictures of the Magnificent BOP for 2 days was not so successful. So, I asked him to focus on the Lesser BOP. And I would wait for the Magnificent BOP. One day earlier, I had seen and taken picture of the Lesser BOP. A villager named Amo accompanied me. I taught him the technique to attract the bird not by calling or placing fruit but by cleaning the ground from fallen leaves and twigs. When the playing ground of Magnificent BOP was spotlesspy clean, it would attract the female to stay longer. So, I and Amo cleaned the ground of the bird.
Nudibranch Flower
After fifteen minutes of removing dirts from the playing ground of the Magnificent BOP, we returned to our hiding place. While waiting for the birds to come, I showed picturee of birds that I made while traveling in various parts of West Papua and other places in Indonesia.
Thirty minutes later, we heard the sounds of the birds of paradise. I raised my head and looked at the playing ground of them. They had not landed. To increase the chance of shooting the birds, Amo moved to the other birding hut which is only 5 meters away from the one that I stayed in.
Several minutes later, the female bird landed. But she flew away again. A male landed and began to jump from one vine or twig to another. He started calling the female Magnificent BOP intensively. When the female came, the show began. And that's the moment when I pressed the shutter button of my camera. I was happy because the birds looked so beautiful in the photographs that I made.
There was a flower in the forest that was similar to nudibranch. Its colors were red, pink and yellow. It looked so beautiful. I walked closer to the flower plant that was at the edge of a cliff. I took out my pocket camera, a Fujifilm XQ2 and shot the flower several times.
If you are interested in taking a hiking and birding tour in Andaer forest of Tambrauw mountains and want me to organize your trip, please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Related Posts:
Adventure Trip to Tambrauw
Birding Tour to Aibogiar village of Tambrauw
Snorkeling and Birding in Tambrauw
Snorkeling and Freediving in Tambrauw regency

Saturday, November 10, 2018

Watching New Guinea Vulturine Parrot

Vulturine Parrot
This is the picture of New Guinea Vulturine Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus) that I saw in Sakofsiah mountain range of West Papua. There were three of them that stayed in the fig tree for quite long. They ate the fruits and took a rest for several hours there. Because of continuous hunting, road construction and conversion of rainforest into monoculture palm oil and cacao plantations, the population of the bird decreases rapidly. IUCN has put the bird into the Status of Vulnerable. A different approach has to be done to preserve the natural habitat of this parrot, other tropical birds and wild animals.
Andaer ridge forest in Vogelkop region of West Papua
Ecotourism is one of the solutions to protect them. Local villagers could work as guides, cooks, and porters when tourists come to their village to watch Vulturine Parrot and other birds.
To watch tropical birds in the forest, visitors need to make some preparation and bring suitable birding devices. A good pair of 10×42 or 12×50 binoculars is needed to see birds and animals. For taking pictures, I highly recommend a bridge camera such as the Nikon P900 or Nikon P1000. Users of D-SLR camera can buy telephoto lens Sigma 150-600 mm or Tamron 150-600mm G2.
Visitors need to fly to Manokwari or Sorong city if they want to go hiking and birdwatching in the forest of Mount Sakofsiah. I suggest that visitors travel in a group of 4 people so that they can share the cost. Birds that can also be seen in the region are Wompoo Fruit Dove, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Mountain Peltop, Long-tailed Buzzard, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-faced Myna, Oriental Dollarbird, Blyth's hornbill, and at lot more.
The duration of the tour to Andaer ridge forest should be at least 4 days. If the trip to Mount Sakofsiah is included, we need at least 6 days in total to accomplish the tour.
Bringing raincoat, sleeping bag, and plastic bags to cover camera and other electronic devices in case of raining is highly recommended. When visitors participate in this tour, they have to be physically fit because the trip may involve long walk along mountain ridge and camping in the forest to see more wildlife and birds.
If you are interested in watching Vulturine Parrot, please, contact me by email to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Saturday, November 3, 2018

Durian Fruit Season

Durian fruits
A few days ago, I enjoyed a short sightseeing tour around the suburban area of my town. I visited the northern region of Table mountains. It was afternoon time and the weather was quite hot. The road behind this mountain looked almost empty. Very few motorized vehicles passed through. At the roadside, there was a man unloading some durian fruits which he had just taken from the nearby fruit garden and put them onto a table.
We was selling durians. They were tropical fruits. Most people from the Western Countries whom I used to guide do not like durians. They said the fruits have got bad or strong smell. But there are some who like this tropical fruit. However, a lot of people in tropical countries like Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philipines and Thailand like durians very much. 
Road near Table Mountain
Every fruiting season, a lot of people go to the markets or to roadsides where durians are offered by vendors. I asked the man who was arranging his durings how much they were. He said, 100,000 rupiahs per 3 fruits. Well, the fruiting season was in its early stage. For the next two to three months, more durians will fill the markets and roadsides. They will be cheaper, perhaps 15 or 20 thousand rupiahs per fruit.
Durian has got sweet taste. That's why a lot of people like it. Most often the fruits are packaged in watertight and smell proof containers and sent to othwr towns. 
I remember an Italian lady who used to send me email that she would come to my town if there were durians. Well, I might send her an email with an attached photograph of these newly arrived durings from the jungle.

Friday, November 2, 2018

Camping and Watching Wild Animals in Arfak mountains

Our Camping tent for visitors
Arfak range is a popular place for visitors who want to watch wild animals in their natural habitat. There is a forest in the mountains which is a nice site for camping, hiking and birding. Its name is Susnguakti forest. I have organized tours to this forest for several years for nature lovers who want to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Common Paradise Kingfisher, and Magnificent Riflebird.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the evening. They can be watched near the campsite. Visitors who want to watch them have to wake up early in the morning at 05.00. The walk to the birding site is around 10 minutes to the Lesser Birds of Paradise and 30 minutes to the King Bird of Paradise. Visitors need to bring a good pair of binoculars. Camera with telephoto lens such as D-SLR cameras with 400, 500 and even 600 mm lens are useful for taking pictures of birds and other wild animals in the forest.
Cuscus Possum
From my previous trips that I organized in this forest, I saw most of the birds including Spangled Drongo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Rainbow Lorikeet, Hooded Butcherbird, and Blyth's Hornbill.
I also organize night walks in the forest to allow visitors to watch ground skink, Papuan tree dragon lizard, ikaheka snake (which is a very poisonous snake), and cuscus possum.
Local villagers have got the expertise to immitate the sounds of female cuscus possums. To attract the possums, we have to do night walks. Visitors must turn off their flashlight before the calling can be started.
Sometimes bandicoot also comes to the same site and we wait for the cuscus possum.
If you want to watch cuscus possum, you need to fly to Manokwari city. I can meet you in this city and organize your tour to the forest and stay there for 3 to 4 days to watch the wild animals of Arfak mountains.
Please, contact me by email to: or whatsapp to +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking the jungle tour.

Friday, August 24, 2018

Snorkeling and Birding in Tambrauw

Coral Reef in Tambrauw waters
I often go to Tambrauw regency in West Papua province of Indonesia. I go there to guide tourists on a snorkeling and birding tour in its coastal and lower montane forest areas. Tambrauw is located between Manokwari and Sorong. Its capital is Fef. The duration of the tour is usually 3 to 4 days. I always ask my visitors to bring snorkeling mask, snorkel and fins if they want to enjoy snorkeling in the area. A good underwater camera is also needed for taking pictures and marine life in the coral reef of Tambrauw. There are a lot of snorkeling spots in the area which tourist could choose to explore. The coral reef is located at depths of 1 to 10 meters. My last snorkeling trip to Tambrauw was in July. At that time I was guiding a Dutch lady. We enjoyed snorkeling for a few hours. We saw a lot of fish including butterflyfish, spadefish, surgeonfish, rabbitfish, anemonefish, snapper, anthias, grouper, parrotfish, sweeper, triggerfish. There also sea cucumber, blue sea star, and a baby giant clamp. It was a wonderful experience. I will go there again at the end of this month to explore both its coral reef and rainforest.
Blue Sea Star
In addition to snorkeling, we also did some tours in the jungle to watch birds and other wild animals. We explored the forest for 3 days to find Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Palm Cockatoo, and Yellow-billed Kingfisher. Birding in Tambrauw forest was easy. We saw Nankeen Kestrel, Mimic Meliphaga, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Moluccan King Parrot, Olive-crowned Sunbird, Double-eyed Fig Parrot. I brought 2 pairs of 10×42mm binoculars.
Marine Life in Tambrauw
How to get to Tambrauw
  • First, you need to fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • After that you can continue your trip to Sorong city. Airlines such as Batik Air, Garuda, Sriwijaya Air, or Nam Air.
  • I could meet you at the airport or at the hotel where you stay in Sorong city and then organize your trip to Tambrauw.
If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw regency for snorkeling or birding and wildlife watching, please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
Also read:
Snorkeling and Freediving in Tambrauw regency
Birding Tour to Aibogiar village of Tambrauw mountains
Birding and Snorkeling in Tambrauw regency
Adventure Tour to Tambrauw

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Snorkeling and Freediving in Tambrauw Regency

A tropical beach in Tambrauw regency
I went to Tambrauw regency with a Dutch lady last month. We stayed in a small coastal town to enjoy swimming, snorkeling and freediving. Because I like taking picture underwater, I brought a small action camera - Brica Pro5 Alpha Edition. It was not a professional photographic device but it was good enough to show how beautiful the coral reef was. I wore a set of fins, and snorkeling mask to go to deeper water and descend to a depth of around 3 to 7 meters below the surface of the sea.
The sea was quite calm and the visibility was around 10 meters. With this small camera in hand, I shot a lot of pictures of the underwater world of Tambrauw. There were blue sea-star, sea cucumber, baby giant clam, anemone, and hundreds of species of fish. I saw a giant humphead wrasse too. I tried to chase him but he swam into deeper water. So, I missed the chance to shoot him.
Seaweed bed and fish in Tambrauw
Although this tiny camera could not produce professional pictures, I did my best to get very good underwater images of Tambrauw's coral reef. It gave me more freedom of movement in the water. The coastal region of Tambrauw has got huge area of seaweed beds. They become the natural habital of fish, urchin, sea cucumber. Dugong and sea turtles frequently visit them. Before pressing the shutter button, I did my best to keep calm and still underwater.
I did not wear a weight belt. To keep my body in the water, I often had to hold hard corals with one hand and took pictures of the marine life with the other hand. The coastal area of Tambrauw was very beautiful.
For years, marine scientists have been visiting Tambrauw coast to study turtles. Jen Womom beach that is located in remote area of the regency is a popular site for watching Leatherback turtles, green turtles, olive ridley and some hawksbill turtles that land on the beach to lay eggs.
Bluefish among hard corals
Tambrauw is a regency that is located in the middle of Sorong and Manokwari. I often visit it to guide tourists. Most of our activities are related to rainforest. We go hiking, camping and birdwatching in the mountains for approximately 4 days to find various tropical birds and other wild animals. We also go to the beach at the end of our tour to enjoy beach walk, swimming and snorkeling, freediving and sunset watching.
For visitors who want to go to Tambrauw for birding, wildlife watching and snorkeling, I suggest that they spend at least 4 to 5 days traveling in this regency. Four days could be spent in the forest and one day could be used to enjoy snorkeling at its beach.
Most photographers use D-SLR camera with telephoto lens. I recommend Sigma or Tamron 150-600 mm. A cheaper alternatives for birders that I recommend are compact bridge camera Nikon Coolpix P900 and P1000.
To take photographs of the marine life, I recommend a  Sealife DC 2000 or Canon G7X with waterproof housing.
If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw, and want me to be your guide in organizing your trip, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Kamperen en Dieren Kijken in de Arfak-bergen

Guest post by: Eline from the Netherlands
Camping in Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains
Wij zijn in de zomer van 2018 met Charles één nacht de jungle-bergen bij Manokwari ingeweest. Het was al met al een geweldige ervaring die ik iedere natuurliefhebber zou aanraden. Eind van de middag vertrokken we vanuit Manokwari. Charles, die vloeiend is in Engels en Indonesisch, nam ons mee naar een markt om inkopen te doen voor de tocht. Vervolgens rij je met de auto een uurtje langs de kust, en word je in de middle of nowhere gedropt. Verwacht geen onderhouden pad, borden of andere toeristen. Vanaf de weg op een klif aan zee klim je in een uur steil omhoog de jungle in, wat veelvoudig met handen en voeten moet. Een beetje (in)spannend is het wel, maar de locals die meegaan doen het moeiteloos op blote voeten. Toen we boven aankwamen was het al donker en wachtte ons een paar tenten op houten platforms, midden in de jungle. Geen douche, wc, bedden. Wel een kabbelend beekje, enkele vogelspinnen en een onvoorstelbaar mooi geluid van honderden diersoorten die zich laten horen. Samen met de locals maakt Charles een heerlijk maaltje boven een kampvuur, waarna een nachtwandeling kan beginnen. Na drie keer 20 minuten met ingehouden adem in het donker te zitten wachten hadden we eindelijk succes: één van de Papoea-gidsen had met zijn lokroep een Koeskoes Oppossum (Australisch buideldier) tot vlakbij ons weten te lokken. Verder zagen we hagedissen, mooie vogels, kikkers en vele andere dieren. Verwacht heel vies te worden en door vele spinnenwebben te lopen. Hoort bij de experience natuurlijk! 's Ochtends vroeg erop uit om de birds of paradise te zien, geweldig! De gidsen weten precies hoe je ze het best kunt zien en hebben arendsogen tijdens het spotten. Na een stevige lunch hebben we het kamp afgebouwd en zijn we weer naar beneden geklauterd. Prachtig om de zonnestralen door de jungle te zien, de trip heeft ons vele mooie foto's opgeleverd en onvergetelijke herinneringen. Een must voor iedereen die niet bang is om back to basic te gaan en Charles is één van de beste vrienden geworden die ik in West-Papoea heb gemaakt.

Birding Tour to Aibogiar village of Tambrauw Mountains

Mountain Swiftlet
I have just completed a-3 day hiking and birding tour in Aibogiar village of Tambrauw mountains. I went there with Ashley, an American travel writer who wanted to see the rainforest, and wildlife of West Papua. When we went birding in the region, we saw several species of birds including Mountain Swiftlet, New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Magnificent Birds of Paradise, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, a green pigeon which I could not identify (because it does not exist in field guidebook Birds of New Guinea), Helmetted Friarbird, Blyth's hornbill, Palm Cockatoo, Papuan Cicadabird, Variable Goshawk, Lesser Birds of Paradise, Mountain Peltop, Mountain Swiftlet. Because I am a birder, I could hear and identify the sounds of birds that I heard during the trip. Some of them were Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Magnificent Riflebird, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.
Mountain Swiftlet in the hands of American tourist, Ashley
In addition to birds, we also saw butterflies, dragonflies, and heard the sounds of a lot of frogs. Aibogiar village was located in a very remote area of Tambrauw mountains. To reach that village, we needed to fly by a small plane from Manokwari to Kebar and then continued our trip by a 4wd car to high elevation mountainous area. We bought biscuits, coffee, tea, sugar as contact materials with the villagers. For our food, villagers provided vegetables, cassava, peanuts, and sweet potatoes. When we were there, we saw that the birding and wildlife tourism innitiatives were in their very beginning stage of development. Villagers were doing their best to serve tourists. They had built a guesthouse. It was quite a luxurious building if I compare it to guesthouses in Arfak mountains and homestays that are operated by villagers in Raja Ampat. Unfortunately, there were only a few pandanus mats that were on the floor. We used them for sleeping.
Ashley - an American tourist -
was watching birds in Tambrauw mountains
Birding in this forest was easy because visitors could walk along the road to watch birds especially in the mornings. For watching more wild animals, we need to walk deeper into the jungle for approximately 3 hours to a river area. There, deers, wild pigs, wallaby, tree kangaroo, and birds of paradise could be found living in more pristine forest.
There is a salt pond which these animals like to visit to drink its water. It is a very nice spot for watching wild animals that live in the rainforest of West Papua.
If you are interested in traveling to Aibogiar village of Tambrauw mountains to watch birds and see the landscape of the forest, please, contact me by e-mail to: or send whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180.

Thursday, August 2, 2018

Birding and Snorkeling in Tambrauw Regency

Tambrauw mountains
Tambrauw mountains always attract my attentions. I have visited them since eight years ago to watch birds and other wild animals. A few weeks ago, I went there with a Dutch lady to watch various species of tropical birds.
Our birding gear was quite simple, 10x42 binoculars, a 20-60×60 spotting scope,  a point and shoot camera Canon SX 430 IS, field guide book: Birds of New Guinea. To support our stay in the forest, we brought food, cooking and eating utensils, mattrasses and pillows, and torches. We went to the mountains by a 4WD car and stayed in the jungle for several days.
Hooded Butcherbird
During our stay and exploration of the forest, we watched Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's hornbill, Moluccan King Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rusty Pitohui, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-faced Myna, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Rainbow Bee-Eater, Brahminy Kite, Nankeen Kestrel, Grey Headed Goshawk, Helmetted Friarbird, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and Intermediate Egret. In total, there were 55 species that we saw. If we stay longer, we could reach hundreds of species.
In addition to birds, we also saw deer, snake, and a lot of butterflies. The rainforest of Tambrauw was a great place to see a lot of kinds of tropical vegetation from fern, pandanus and palm trees to giant ficus and iron-wood merbau trees. Terrestrial and arboreal orchids can be seen in this mountain range.
A Dutch Lady enjoying
the beautiful scenery of Tambrauw mountains
Tambrauw Mountains are located between Manokwari and Sorong and could be reached by car, by plane and by boat. The coastal region of Tambrauw has been famous as tourist destination for turtle watching. We visited one of its many beaches and enjoyed snorkeling for several hours. I brought my action camera Brica B-Pro5 at that time and was able to take pictures of the marine life. I saw damselfish, surgeonfish, butterflyfish, snappers, groupers, and anthias. I even saw a huge Humphead Wrasse at a depth of approximately 5 metes below. I tried to take pictures of the fish but it went into deeper waters.
I like traveling in Tambrauw because I could enjoy hiking and birding in its forest as well as snorkeling and freediving in its coral reef areas. Visitors need at least 5 to 7 days if they want to explore both the jungle and the sea of Tambrauw. I highly suggest that visitors go in a group of 4 according to the inside cabin capacity of the 4WD car.
Coral Reef in Tambrauw waters
As a tourist guide, I offer wildlife watching adventure tour to this region for anybody who is interested in exploring tropical rainforest and coral reef of Tambrauw regency.
Tambrauw is a highly recommended site for tourists who like hiking, birding, wildlife watching, swimming, snorkeling, freediving and fishing.
Because it is located in remote area, please, read the following explanation of how to get there:
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • Take a flight to Sorong city (airlines such as Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Sriwijaya and Nam Air provide regular flights to this city)
  • I can meet you at the airport or at a hotel in Sorong and organize your trip to Tambrauw.
For more info about Traveling in Tambrauw, please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Sunday, July 29, 2018

Adventure Trip to Tambrauw

Guest Post by Astrid de Wilde

Deer in Tambrauw mountains
If you want a holiday with a high wow factor, a visit to the Tambrauw region is worthwhile. I have been in this region for a week. Together with my guide Charles Roring, we stayed in Sausapor - a small quiet coastal town. From Sorong, it is a 3-hour boat trip. During this trip you can already enjoy the view.
Sausapor actually has everything. The village has many eateries. Especially the nasi koening near the guesthouse is advisable. You can also walk along the coast and relax along the water. You can enjoy a beautiful sunset. Do you like snorkeling or diving you will also enjoy yourself here. I learned to snorkel during this holiday. I did not expect to like it that much. The underwater world is beautiful here. Several coral reefs and fish can be seen.
Are you tired of the "urban" life you can go into the jungle. The paths are very good. A novice hiker can easily walk here.
Baby Pyton in Tambrauw forest
Nature is breathtakingly beautiful. The views are beautiful. Beautiful untouched nature. Furthermore you see and hear many birds. Charles enthusiastically tells which birds they are. I have learned a lot in a short time. In addition to birds, we have seen deer, butterflies, dragonflies and a baby python. I thought it was a special experience. The area is too beautiful to describe. It is best to see for yourself with your own eyes. Then you can also enjoy this untouched nature. It was nice to have some fun while  hiking and birding in the forest.
How to go there:
You need to fly from your country to Jakarta - the capital of Indonesia.
After that, you can take a domestic flight (served by Garuda Indonesia, Batik Air, Sriwijaya Air or Nam Air) to Sorong city.
Charles Roring could meet you at the airport and organize your trip to Tambrauw
If you want more information, please contact Charles Roring by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Snorkeling and sightseeing tour in Manokwari

Sightseeing, swimming and snorkeling tour in Manokwari with Charles Roring
Sunbathing, Swimming and Snorkeling in Manokwari
I have just completed a snorkeling and sightseeing tour for a Dutch family in Manokwari. I guided them to see several parts of the city in the first day and then a tour to Mansinam island in the second day.
The view of the coral reef could be seen easily. I brought my underwater action camera Brica B-Pro5 and some snorkeling gears that I ordered from an online store in China. Their brands were Whale. I was very surprised with the qualities of the products. The masks, snorkels and fins were very good. They were very comfortable on my face, mouth and feet. Whale is a very good brand for snorkeling and diving gear.
When I was doing freediving, I could see a lot species of fish such as the Regal Angelfish (Pigoplites diacanthus), Latticed Butterflyfish (Chaetodon rafflesi), Backlip Butterflyfish (Chaetodon kleinii), Yellowtail Damsel (Neoglyphidodon nigroris), Dash-Dot Goatfish (Parupeneus barberinus). There were also grouper, moorish idol, surgeonfish, parrotfish, and anemonefish. I felt as if I was diving in a giant aquarium with thousands of marine creatures around me. My experience of snorkeling and freediving was amazing.
Snorkeling and freediving tour with Charles Roring in Manokwari
Coral Reef life in Manokwari waters
As a tourist guide, I often organize tours for foreign visitors who come from countries as far as the Netherlands, the United States, Japan, China, Korea, Germany, Switzerland, and India.
I sometimes combine the marine tour with hiking, camping and wildlife watching tour in the rainforest. Visitors who are interested in taking a tour with me should bring their own snorkeling gear, and underwater camera as well as binoculars.
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
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Friday, May 25, 2018

An exciting journey to the Tambrauw Region (West Papua)

Guest Post by Susan Neureuter
It was one of those special times in life - a “pinch me” one that you always remember vividly and can count on fewer than ten fingers. I sat, quietly inhaling tropical hothouse smells in the high mountains of an untouched, unexplored, equatorial rainforest. I was waiting. Something spectacular was going to happen and it would have to be special indeed to dwarf the magic of the moment. 
Freediving in Raja Ampat and Tambrauw by Susan Neureuter
Adventure in Raja Ampat and Tambrauw
I was in West Papua, in the Tambrauw region of the Birds Head Peninsular before dawn, and the jungle was waking with waves of haunting song, punctured by harsh screeches and cries from high up in the forest canopy, the helicopter wing-beats of hornbills flying overhead. Unfamiliar cries morphed into new calls as the later risers took their turn. Dark shapes of trees gradually gained detail, the changing light transforming them to every shade of green. Alien forms of ferns, palms, forest giants, vines, and ground dwellers, occupied every space in the rich scramble for life. Waves of unseen insects added their bizarre calls to the extraordinary abundance. We craned our necks upward trying to identify fleeting splashes of brilliant colour and as dawn really arrived, so did the Lesser Birds Of Paradise.
Bursting out of the forest canopy in a spectacular halo of orange and gold with trailing feathers of pure white, backlit by shafts of light. They announced themselves with insistent “look at me” calls as they impatiently and rowdily took turns on the favoured branch with their acrobatic prancing, dancing, and shaking! Oh they definitely had our attention though the “girls” seemed somewhat less impressed. As my goose bumps subsided and I finally closed my mouth, it was impossible not to anthropomorphize as we watched the much less flamboyant but apparently “hot” chicks in their comical scrutiny of the boys.
Our local guides were from the highland region of Fef and I watched them fade in and out of the trees with enviable stealth and silence, so much a part of the forest which we so obviously weren't. They added to a sense of the surreal, sitting there surrounded by alien song in an ancient forest with ancient people, watching a bird that elicited thoughts of anything but “lesser”.
This wonderful experience was one of many and part of the second half of our two very different adventures. The first part, a snorkelling/diving trip to Raja Ampat was followed by a road trip into The Birds Head Peninsular, both of which commenced on the mainland of West Papua. Getting to this area isn't easy though! It requires a couple of flights from either Bali or Jakarta to the town of Sorong which is the largest port on the north western tip of the peninsular. This can't be done in a day but it's both the kick off point for boats venturing out to The Raja Ampat archipelago and the mainland excursions into the Birds Head Peninsular. The experiences I had in these places made the effort of getting there well worthwhile.
My friend Sally and I had long wanted to visit the islands of Raja Ampat on a snorkelling and diving expedition. Our journey started with a boat trip from Sorong which took us out to Raja Ampat where we spent 10 days based on Kri Island at Sorido Eco Resort. It's an extraordinary archipelago, made up of four main island groups and located outside the “beak” on the Birds Head Peninsular of West Papua. In the clear unpolluted waters around Kri and the many uninhabited islands, the snorkelling or diving surpasses anything I have ever seen in my many years in the tropics. It's an increasingly rare privilege nowadays to put your head under the water and consistently see sights that are spectacular enough that make you momentarily forget you're not a fish! The rainbow colours and variety of corals - especially the soft corals, are rivalled by the fish, the diversity, and the sheer abundance. I've heard descriptions of fish soup but this was like snorkelling in seafood chowder!
This abundance is due largely to the establishment of a network of huge marine protected areas and the uncompromising stance taken by the local population toward illegal commercial fishing, dynamiting, and cyanide poisoning. That goes hand in hand with educational programmes, employment opportunities for the local communities, and does not prevent the inhabitants from traditional fishing. Our time there filled me with optimism, hope, and joy to see how well it's working for them. Our little resort had a big social conscience. The owner and staff are actively involved in teaching skills to the locals, initiating sustainable projects, and establishing strong guidelines for its stakeholders. They make a huge effort to preserve the natural character of the area, are well organised and have a long history there.
The underwater wonderland is rivalled by the abundance on land. One incredible snorkelling trip found us in a swift and narrow channel between islands with the rainforest canopy towering over us. By keeping our ears above water, we were treated to an avian symphony to accompany our effortless drift past a parade of aquatic treasures. That certainly challenged the senses! Above water included endemic birds, like the Red and Wilsons Bird Of Paradise and a huge variety of habitats which house such rich flora and fauna. No wonder Sir Alfred Wallace upon his visit in 1860, found the area so fascinating. Raja Ampat by no stretch of the imagination could be considered “touristy” though it has experienced an ever-increasing interest in the past few years, in spite of its remoteness and difficult access.
While Raja Ampat was top of our list and provided the greatest motivation to make the journey to this remote area, we also had a quest to explore some part of the mainland with our remaining time. It was with great enthusiasm that we accepted an invitation to be part of an exploratory trip to the very north western tip of West Papua (formally known as Irian Jaya). This area, still virtually unexplored and untouched by tourism is known as The Tambrouw Regency and encompasses much of the northern coastline and hinterland into the high mountains of the Birds Head Peninsular. Strange coincidence perhaps that in addition to the strong resemblance the area has to a birds head, it also houses most of Papua's magnificent Birds Of Paradise, amongst a myriad exotic and beautiful rainforest birds, gob smacking butterflies, arrays of orchids, untouched rainforest, four species of nesting turtles, and so much more.
The invitation for this second part of our adventure came after our email enquiry about trekking in the area. We got a response from Charles Roring, a West Papuan based tourist guide who not only said “yes” but by shear coincidence, the Tambrauw Regency was offering an assisted trip into their region in the hope of promoting eco tourism and raising awareness of the fabulous natural beauty and abundance.
Seven of us set off with Charles and two Papuan guides. Apart from Sally and I, the other five comprised of two Bali based adventure travel operators, an American criminal lawyer, and a German couple whose IT business funded “off the beaten track” travel.
Our journey began in Sorong, and almost immediately upon our return by boat from Raja Ampat we were met by Charles and three heavy duty 4 x 4's containing our fellow travellers. The trucks gave us our first clue as to the nature of our impending adventure. The roads here are not for the faint of heart or brittle of bone! After driving over some fairly challenging terrain which didn't include anything flat, straight, or smooth for about four hours, we mercifully arrived at the little coastal township of Sausapor, and the end of the road. The scenery was beautiful, hilly, dense lowland forest which ran down to palm fringed beaches and until the recent construction of the road, would have been devoid of human impact. Here we boarded a basic but surprisingly comfortable launch and spent a couple more hours cruising along the pristine coastline, its lush and hilly backdrop reminiscent of an equatorial version of West Coast South Island.
On the way we saw dolphins, flying fish, sea eagles, and had a very close encounter with a large inter island ferry. Apparently it was necessary to slow down right beside us so the Indonesian passengers could get photos of this spectacle. Western tourists sitting on the foredeck of a flash launch was obviously not an everyday occurrence. Our Papuan crew acutely aware of this, enthusiastically joined in with this unique opportunity to have photos taken with the tourists. It left us with no choice but to smile which came pretty easily given the irony of the situation!
Later that afternoon, having successfully negotiated a tricky shore landing further along the coast at Pasir Panjang, we were honoured to attend the local annual “Turtle Ceremony”. It was held in our hosts' village and was quite the occasion with traditional dancing, costumes, and guests from the region. After the ceremony and once it was fully dark, we were guided along the coast where some time later we stood on an incredibly remote and beautiful beach, with sugar white sand bathed in moonlight watching the Leatherback, Green, Hawkesbill, and Olive Ridley Turtles hauling themselves ashore to lay their eggs. Babies seethed out of the sand and made their mad dash to the ocean. We knew we were in one of those special places in the world where, because ocean currents, geographic location, and temperature have all lined up exactly, it has provided the perfect environment for the turtles to have bred for millennia on this equatorial coastline. Sadly, we also knew that their ability to continue to do so is incredibly threatened, in part by the devastating plastic borne here on the very same currents as the critical nutrients. We'd seen plastic bottles and polystyrene strewn along the coast, a violation of this untouched environment and a danger to its inhabitants.Conservation International is already there and doing its utmost to protect the turtles and educate the locals. We instigated a plastic clean up on the beach in front of the village where we were staying, and tried to reinforce just how very special their turtles and their corner of the world is. I was impressed by the far sightedness of local government and by the ability of many villagers to see the big picture and the importance of preserving their flora and fauna. They also realised the adverse consequences of allowing logging, and most importantly, understood that by promoting low- key eco tourism, much needed money could be injected into the local economies rather than money from logging or fishing. We were their guests of honour and they were gracious and welcoming. We felt honoured even if, on returning to the village exhausted from our night of turtle watching, we were to discover that they were completely enamoured of our air mattresses! Turned out that the beach, with it's little campfires, laughter, singing, and soft sand, was really the place to be anyway. I so hope our presence as the first of the Western tourists to visit this place will be remembered as positively by them as it is by me.
From there we retraced our steps for part of the way, timing our departure in the wooden dugouts through the surf and back to the launch. We headed back to Sausapor and our waiting vehicles and after an hour or so, turned sharply inland and upward, quickly realising it was good to have had some pre- training in Papuan road travel. We traversed plank bridges over river gorges and assaulted slope gradients which I never thought possible! As we made our way upward the forest changed from dense to impenetrable, epiphytes and mists hanging around the protruding heads of the forest giants. Standing on the back of the truck clinging to the roll bars, we discovered a much better vantage point. It offered tantalising views from the ridge tops, green mountains and steamy valleys, wafts of perfume, brilliant parrots, and bird-wing butterflies.  These images I'll have to keep in my mind - the idea of letting go with even one hand to take a photo, much less get it in focus, was quite out of the question! We were headed to Fef, the new capital of the Tambrauw regency and much like the road, just being developed. It's located on an area of flat highland plateau - the only one we saw in six hours of travel. It's also where we trekked into the rainforest to see the Lesser Birds of Paradise, swam in pristine rivers, listened to the stories of the old people and the laughter of the children, and were welcomed.
Throughout this trip I was often left wondering how we westerners have managed to depart so far from our connection with our natural surroundings. Not so for the indigenous Papuans who have much to teach us in this regard. Their initial shy smiles quickly developed into real warmth and a genuine joy at our presence which was as special as it was unexpected, given the unrest this area has experienced.
The Tambrauw Regency still has a chance and if we are at all concerned by the plight of the rain forests and marine ecosystems in an area which is considered to have the worlds richest biodiversity - both above and below water, we can do something We can choose to visit, support their economy, and support their efforts to retain the natural riches that until recently haven't been under threat. Ideally it will attract people for whom the experience is more important than the level of comfort. If you enjoy tramping in remote areas of New Zealand, possess a sense of humour, will happily embrace an evolving itinerary, and wish to make a difference - go to this area and find out for yourself.
My time there has left me with an admiration for these people. They made me wonder how communities that have so little by our standards, can realise so fully that what they have got is precious beyond words, when with our benefit of science and education, we all too often don't even seem to rate such things.
We haven't yet seen the Whale Sharks of Nabire or visited the highland bird-watching retreat in the Arfak mountains but I'm sure we will return.

Contact information:
If you're planning to visit this magical place, I recommend you contact Charles Roring at He is a great guide with formidable abilities to deal respectfully, positively, and humorously with the many and varied demands of this region.
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Monday, May 14, 2018

Lesser Paradise Birds

Birds of Paradise watching tour in West Papua
Lesser Paradise Birds (Paradise birds)
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) is an important bird species in West Papua. Its feather is used as head-dress in most traditional costumes of the indigenous Papuan people. Hunters kill the birds and sell them to wealthy city dwellers who put them as decoration in the living rooms of their houses. Although the population of paradise birds in the forest is still high, the number is shrinking rapidly because of logging, and conversion of forest into roads, as well as human settlements and farmlands.
To support indigenous Papuan people in preserving their tropical rainforest, birds and wildlife, I introduce ecotourism in West Papua particularly in such regions as Tambrauw Mountains, Arfak mountains, Sorong regency and Raja Ampat. Although the title of the post is Lesser Paradise Birds, actually, visitors who take the birding and wildlife watching tour with me will see more. The duration of the tour is 3 days to 2 weeks depending on the number of places that visitors plan to visit.
Other birds that visitors can watch include Twelve-wired Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Eclectus Parrot, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Azure Kingfisher, and a lot more.
Visitors who want to take birding tour with me need to bring their own binoculars, and a D-SLR camera with telephoto lens.
Please, contact me by email to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.
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Saturday, May 5, 2018

Papua Dragon Lizard

by Charles Roring
Wildlife watching tour in Manokwari with Charles Roring
Papua Dragon Lizard
These are the photograph of Tree Dragon Lizard that I saw in Susnguakti forest when I guided 2 Dutch tourists on a 4-day/ 3-night hiking and birding tour in Manokwari. The forest is located in the eastern region of Arfak mountains approximately one and a half hour ride from Manokwari.
I have organized numerous tours to the forest for visitors who come from Poland, the United States, Australia, Germany, The Philipines, South Korea, France, Spain, and Indonesia.
Susnguakti forest is the natural habitat of birds such as Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, Spot-winged Monarch, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Hooded Butcherbird, Great Cuckoo Dove and a lot of other species of birds that are endemic to Arfak mountains.
In addition to birds, tourists who go there could also see cuscus possum, and bandicoot, ground brown skink, and snakes when doing night walk in the jungle. Fireflies and glowing mushrooms exist in the jungle.
There are no hotels or guesthouses in the jungle. I and local villagers built basecamps in the forest for tourists who want to spend a few days exploring the wealth of biodiversity of the forest.
If you are interested in visiting Susnguakti forest, please, fly from your country to Jakarta city - the capital of Indonesia. After that, you can take a domestic flight to Manokwari by Garuda, Sriwijaya Air or Batik Air. Don't forget to bring binoculars, spotting scope, head torch, field guide book: Birds of New Guinea.
This is my email: and whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Birding in Sorong Ridge Forest with 2 Australian Tourists

Birding in Sorong city Ridge forest with Charles Roring
Double-eyed Fig Parrot
I went birding with 2 Australian visitors (David and Jane) today. We visited Sorong ridge forest. We left Swiss-belhotel at 05.30 for the Sunbird Ridge Forest. I carried a Kinglux 20-60×60 spotting scope to watch birds that sit on the branches of distant trees. During the tour we saw Yellow-faced Myna, Oriental Dollarbird, Brahminy Kite, Grey-headed Goshawk, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Rainbow Bee-eater, Blyth's Hornbill, Red-cheeked Parrot, Black Sunbird, Olive-backed Sunbird, Black-browed Triller, Fairy Lorikeet, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Eclectus Parrot.
Although in the first one hours it rained a lot, we could enjoy the hiking and birdwing tour in the forest. We also saw Eupholus schoenherri beetle and various kinds of butterfly during the tour. 
Birding tour in Sorong ridge forest of West Papua with Charles Roring
Female Black Sunbird
Sorong city is the gate to Raja Ampat. A lot of people fly to this city every day. Most of the tourists spend one or two days in Sorong before and after their trip in Raja Ampat. They could take advantage of their stay in this city by enjoying hiking and birding.
I highly recommend that visitors travel in a group of tourists to share the cost. Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or send whatsapp message to my number: +6281332245180 if you are interested in taking the birding tour with me as your guide in Sorong city of West Papua province of Indonesia.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

8 Americans Hiking and Birding in Sorong Forest

Hiking and Birding in Sorong forest
I have just completed a hiking and birding tour in Sunbird Ridge forest of Sorong regency with 8 American tourists. We left Swissbelhotel of Sorong city at 05.30 by car and began hiking at 06.00. During the tour, we were able to see various species of birds including Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Olive-crowned Sunbird, Black-Sunbird, Rainbow bee-eater, Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Singing Starling, Coconut Lorikeet. Morning time was good for birding a long the ridge because tropical birds were usually active during that period.
In the afternoon, we arrived at a river in the jungle. When all the tourists enjoyed swimming, I and some local people boil water for them to make coffee and tea. Under the canopy of the trees, the temperature was quite cool. As we continued our trip to another big river, we became more exposed to sunlight.

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Watching Paradise Birds in Tambrauw

Birding tour in Tambrauw mountains
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) in Ayapokiar forest of Tambrauw mountains

I offer tours for visitors who want to watch paradise birds in their natural habitat. The destination that I recommend is Tambrauw regency. It is approximately 2 hours ride by a 4wd car from Sorong city. To share the cost of the tour and accommodation,  visitors need to go in a group of several people. Birding tour will be done along a path in the forest and along an open space such as rivers, coastal area, and at the beach. Good physical condition is needed for exploring the avifauna of Tambrauw, especially in the mountains. Every visitor needs to bring a good pair of binoculars. A spotting scope will also be good too but is not a must.
The duration of the bird and wildlife tour is around 3 to 7 days where camping near a river can also be organized to increase the chance for bird watchers to see more birds and other wild animals. There are hundreds of species of birds which birders can see when they go hiking in the tropical rainforest of Tambrauw mountains.  Some of them are listed below:
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  • Palm Cockatoo
  • Moluccan King Parrot
  • Eclectus Parrot
  • Red-cheeked Parrot
  • Large Fig Parrot
  • Black-capped Lory
  • Black Lory
  • Yelllw-capped Pygmy Parrot
  • Josephine Lorikeet
  • Coconut Lorikeet
  • Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  • Olive-backed Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Yellow-faced Myna
  • Golden Myna
  • Sacred Kingfisher
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher
  • Common Paradise Kingfisher
  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  • Hooked-bill Kingfisher
  • Azure Kingfisher
  • Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher
  • Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher
  • Hooded Butcherbird
  • Northern Variable Pitohui
  • Hooded Pitohui
  • Mountain Peltop
  • Lowland Peltop
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Papuan Blyth's Hornbill
  • White-eared Catbird
  • Masked Bowerbird
  • Vogelkop Bowerbird
  • Little Egret
  • Little-ringed Plover
  • Grey-wagtail
  • Spangled Drongo
  • Magnificent Bird of Paradise
  • Lesser Bird of Paradise
  • Magnificent Riflebird
  • King Bird of Paradise
  • Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise
  • Glossy Manucode
  • Grey Crow
  • Torresian Crow
  • Black-sided Robin
  • Torrent Flycatcher
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon
  • Papua Mountain Pigeon
  • Pink-spotted Fruit Dove
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove
  • Long-tailed Buzzard
  • Grey-headed Goshawk
  • Variable Goshawk
  • Brahminy Kite
  • New Guinea Harpy Eagle
  • Large-tailed Nightjar
  • Papuan Frogmouth
  • Marbled Frogmouth
  • Northern Fantail
  • And etc.

Field Guide Books
There are two field guide books. The first one is Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt, Bruce Beehler and their friends; and the second one is Birds of New Guinea: including Bismarck Archipelago and Bougainville written by Phil Gregory. There are also a lot of resources about tropical birds of New Guinea scattered throughout the internet which tourists can read from trip reports made by leaders of bird tour companies who used to visit West Papua.

Birding Sites
There are a lot of birdwatching sites in Tambrauw mountains. As a matter of fact, birding activities can be done in most places of the regency. However there are several vocal points which tourists could visit to enjoy birding. Ases Valley, Ayapokiar and Fef are some of the important birding sites which tourists can explore.

How to get there?
There are several ways to get to Tambrauw Mountains. You could either fly to Manokwari city which is the capital of West Papua province or fly to Sorong city. We can meet you at the airport and then organize your trip to Tambrauw Mountains. 

Please, contact Nico Nauw by whatsapp to: +6282198060084

Written by Charles Roring

Monday, April 9, 2018

Birding Tour in Fulgidus Forest of Tambrauw Regency

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Forest

There is a nice birding site in Tambrauw regency that we promote to bird watchers. Its name is Fulgidus forest. We call it: Fulgidus because it is the natural habitat of New Guinea Vulturine Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus). We offer hiking, camping and birding tour to this forest to support local people in preserving their rainforest and at the same time generating alternative income for them. When the indigenous people feel that they can get positive benefits from their forest, they will stop hunting paradise birds and other important wild animals. They will also stop logging activities that are very destructive to the environment.
The duration of the birding tour can be 3 days to 1 week depending on how long visitors want to stay. During the birding tour, visitors can stay in the houses that belong to local people. However, for hiking and birding tours to the mountain and coastal area, we will build tents in the forest near a river and at the beach. We will provide tents, mattrasses, cooking and eating utensils so that visitors do not have to bring heavy equipment to this forest.

Things to Bring for Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

Birding tour in Tambrauw mountains with Charles Roring
Palm Cockatoo
  • All birdwatchers know that they need a good pair of binoculars. I recommend Swarovski EL 8,5×42, Swarovski SLC 10×42, Nikon Monarch 5 10×42, Canon 15×50 Image Stabilizer.
  • If you have got a spotting scope, please, bring it too.
  • For taking pictures, a camera with telephoto lens will be needed.
  • You need to bring hiking boots or sport shoes with socks.
  • Dark clothing such as dark grey or dark green or camouflage t-shirts and trousers will be very useful.
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Rain poncho

Birdlist from Lowland and lower montane forest of Tambrauw regency

There are a lot of species of birds in this forest including:
  • Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), 
  • King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), 
  • Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), 
  • Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata), 
  • Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), 
  • Pink-spotted Fruit- Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus), 
  • Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus)
  • Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger atterimus), 
  • Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita)
  • Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus), 
  • Northern Cassowary (Casuarius unappendiculatus)
  • Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii)
  • Golden Myna (Mino anais)
  • Variable Goshawk
  • Gray-headed Goshawk
  • Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus)
  • Lowland Peltop (Peltops blainvilii)
  • Boyer's Cuckooshrike
  • Grey Crow (Corvius tristis)
  • Torresian Crow (Corvus orru)
  • Oriental Dollarbird
  • Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma toro toro)
  • Forest Kingfisher
  • Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud)
  • Rainbow Bee-eater
  • and a lot more

How to get to Fulgidus Forest in Tambrauw Mountains

  • You need to take an international flight to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia)
  • After that, you could take a domestic flight that will bring you to Sorong city.
  • I could meet you at the airport and organize your trip to Fulgidus forest of Tambrauw regency. 


Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Friday, April 6, 2018

Magnificent Riflebird

Ptiloris magnificus is a paradise bird in West Papua whose local name is Toowa Cemerlang or Cendrawasih Dada biru
Magnificent Riflebird
I often hear the calling sound of Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus) when I guide tourists in lowland and lower montane forest of West Papua. The male feather is mostly dark with blue breast that looks like a triangle. We cannot easily find him. I saw the birds several times in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari and in Klasow valley of Sorong regency. I also heard his sounds in Syuan forest in Tambrauw mountains. Some tourists whom I guided saw the bird through a blind which we built especially for viewing the bird in Susnguakti forest.

Animals in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari

Blue-breasted Paradise Bird or Burung Cendrawasih Dada Biru Papua
Magnificent Riflebird
Magnificent Riflebird is not the only paradise bird that we could watch in lower montane forest of Manokwari. There are Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius). In addition to those paradise birds, visitors who explore tropical rainforest of Susnguakti could find Common Paradise Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwarti), Beautiful Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus pulchellus), Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus), Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory), Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), cassowary, and etc.
Susnguakti forest is the natural habitat of insects such as: Cruiser butterfly, Silky Owl butterfly (Taenaris catops), birdwing butterfly Ornitopthera priamus, Blue Emperor butterfly (Papilio ulysses); beetles such as tiger beetle, and green jewel beetle. For marsupial animals, I have seen cuscus possum and bandicoot. There are also various kinds of reptiles including snakes, brown grown skink, Papua dragon tree lizard, small forest lizards.

Birding and Wildlife Watching Tour

I offer a 3- day/ 2-night birding and wildlife watching tour in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari. This can be combined with tour lowland forest of Manokwari. Similar birding tours to Sorong and Raja Ampat can also be organized.


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Also read:
Lesser Paradise Birds in Arfak Mountains
Birdwatching Tours in Manokwari Forest