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

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.


Please, contact me by email to: and whatsapp: +6281332245180.

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

Wednesday, April 4, 2018

Birding and Wildlife Tour in Tambrauw Mountains

Birding in Tambrauw regency

Birding Tour in Tambrauw Mountains
Yellow-faced Myna
I and my team offer birding tour for tourists who are interested in watching tropical birds that live in Tambrauw mountains. The duration of the tour can be customized to between 4 and 7 days or even more. Most of the land in Tambrauw is still covered by pristine tropical rainforest. They become the natural habitat of a lot of species of birds

Target Birds

Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, King Bird of Paradise, Glossy Manucode, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Yellow-capped Pygmy Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Red-cheeked Parrot, Black-capped Lory, Coconut Lorikeet, Boyer's Cuckooshrike, Lowland Peltop, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Beautiful Fruit-Dove, Great Cuckoo Dove, Wompoo Fruit Dove, Hooded Butcherbird, Helmetted Friarbird, Yellow-faced Myna, Golden Myna, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Azure Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Forest Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Red-necked Phalarope (migrant bird polar region), Nankeen Night Heron (migrant from Asia), Oriental Dollarbird, Moustached Treeswift, Papuan Blyth's Hornbill, Variable Goshawk, Grey-headed Goshawk, Brahminy Kite, Northern Cassowary.

Other Wild Animals in Tambrauw regency: wild boar, Deer, Soa-soa Lizard, snakes, cuscus possum, large ground skink, bandicoot, fruit bat and etc.

How to get there?
  • If you are interested in joining birding tour with us, you can take an international flight from your country to Jakarta (the capital of Indonesia).
  • After that you could continue your trip to Sorong city or Manokwari city by taking domestic flight.
  • I will meet you in Sorong city or Manokwari city and organize your trip to Tambrauw.
Things to bring:
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting scope (if you have)
  • Field guide book: Birds of New Guinea
  • Head Torch for night walk tour in the forest
  • Dark camouflage clothing  for birding 
  • Hiking boots or sportshoes
  • Personal toiletries and towel
  • Rain Poncho
Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: or by whatsapp: +6281332245180.