Wednesday, January 11, 2023

Birding and Wildlife Watching Holiday in Raja Ampat Islands

I have just completed a birding and wildlife watching tour in Waigeo island of Raja Ampat. It was a 3 day/ 2 night-trip. I guided Christine - a lady from the United States of America. In the first day when we walked along the roadside of southern Waigeo, we saw Eclectus Parrot, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Palm Cockatoo, Pacific Swallow and Lesser-crested Tern. At dusk, we also saw cuscus possum, fruitbats and snake. 

palm cockatoo of Waigeo island
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)

The next morning, we went to a forest by car and did hiking to watch Wilson's Bird of Paradise. After that we explored the coastal area to watch Radjah Shelduck, Olive-backed Sunbird, Willie Wagtail, White-bellied Sea Eagle, Beach Kingfisher as well as Olive-crowned Flowerpecker. There were Olive-backed Sunbird, Spice Imperial Pigeon and Brahminy Kite when we did a boat trip to islands at the entrance area of Kabui bay. I brought my spotting scope and put it on a white sandy beach of Urai island when we were watching the pigeons and kingfisher. At the nearby trees, Singing Starlings were eating some tiny fruits. High in the sky Blyth's Hornbill and Lesser Frigatebirds were flying over us. 

Red Bird of Paradise
Female Red Bird of Paradise

While we were enjoying the natural beauty of Raja Ampat's blue sea and islands, we saw some dolphins swimming off the nearby reef. It was a magnificent trip. In the last day of the tour, we watched Red Bird of Paradise, Hooded Butcherbird, Yellow-bellied Longbill and Helmetted Friarbird. 

After enjoying the tour, we returned to Sorong city. This trip in Raja Ampat was an extended trip of my previous tour with a group of British and American birdwatchers in Sorong, Tambrauw, Arfak mountains of Manokwari.

If you are interested, please, contact me by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Thursday, December 22, 2022

Traveling to Sausapor Town

Wave Surfing

A lot of visitors go to Tambrauw regency in Indonesia to do wildlife watching. Actually, this regency has got other attractions. One of them is wave surfing. Between November and April, the coastal area of Sausapor is exposed to big waves. The best time to enjoy  wave surfing is in the mornings and afternoons. 

Sansapor vacation destination
Wave Season in Sausapor town

Cost of Transportation

Sausapor town is the recommended destination for wave surfers. It can be reached from Sorong city by 4WD car. The cost per person is 300,000 rupiahs. Visitors need to go to a place in Sorong city that is called Kilometer Dua Belas Masuk in order to catch a 4wd car that can bring them to Sausapor town. 

Accommodation

There is a nice beach resort in Sausapor town. Its name is Sansapore Pacific Park. Visitors who stay at the beach resort will have access to the beach. The cost of the accommodation, for standard bungalow, for single bed: 500,000 and for twin beds 800,000 rupiahs. Breakfast is provided for free. To book your room in this beach resort, please, contact Vincencia Natalia +6282271103270 (WA).

accommodation in sausapor town
Sansapore Pacific Park
Beach Resort

Flowers

The front and backyard of the beach resorts are filled with coconut trees and various kinds of flower plants including orchid and hibiscus. In the mornings and in the afternoons, butterflies like to visit the plants. 

There are also birds such as Common Plover,  Olive-backed Sunbird, Willie Wagtail that can be seen around the bungalows of the resort. Sometimes eclectus parrots and metalic starling fly over the resort area.

Flowers at Sansapor Pacific Park

Wildlife Watching in the Forest

For visitors who are not wave surfers, they can go hiking along the Old Sausapor - Bikar road (across from the beach resort) to see birds such as Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and Azure Kingfisher, and a lot more. 

There are amphibious, mammals, insects, and reptilian animals in the forest of Tambrauw. Visitors can see various kindals of frogs, lizards, butterflies and beetles as well as birds. 

wildlife watching in Tambrauw mountains
Rainforest Tour in Sausapor

Snorkeling in Sausapor

From May to October, the sea in Sausapor town is calm. It is a great place to enjoy swimming, recreational fishing, and snorkeling. The house reef of the Sansapore Pacific Park Beach resort is very beautiful. A lot of fish live in the coral reef. Some of them include pink anemonefish, surgeonfish, parrotfish, striped-surgeonfish, butterflyfish, moorish idol and etc.

Recreational Sport Fishing

Visitors who like recreational fishing can also enjoy the activity during these months.

coral reef snorkeling
Marine Environment in Sausapor town

If you are interested in traveling to Sausapor town to enjoy surfing, and wildlife watching or just see local people in their daily life, you need to fly to Sorong city and then continue your trip to Sausapor town by 4WD car or passenger ship.

traveling to Tambrauw regency

vacation in West Papua
Tambrauw is located between Sorong and Manokwari


traveling to sansapor town
Land Route between Sorong and Sausapor

For more info, please, contact Charles Roring +6281332245180.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2022

Walking Tour in Arfak mountains

I am now in Arfak mountains. I am accompanying a Dutch couple on a walking and wildlife watching tour for 5 days/ 4 nights. The scenery of the mountains is very beautiful as shown in the picture below.

We saw several species of birds of paradise and also butterflies, frogs, and dogs. The rainforest of higher elevation region of the mountains is unique. Villagers are friendly.

walking tour in Arfak mountains
Walking Tour in Arfak mountains

The duration of walking from Mokwam region to Lake Anggi Giji is around 3 days. Visitors who take the walking tour can stay in the house of the villagers. Actually, if visitors are tired, they could stop cars that go to Anggi or the ones that return to Manokwari city.

After guiding them, I will go to Sorong city where I am going to guide another guest on a 3-day birdwatching tour in Tambrauw regency. 

Saturday, November 19, 2022

Wildlife Watching Holiday in Tambrauw Forest (7 Days/ 6 Nights)

A few weeks ago I guided a tourist from Brazil on a week tour in the forest of Tambrauw regency. It is located in the east of Sorong city and can be reached by a 4wd car in a few hours. We explored the tropical jungle of West Papua in search of birds of paradise, cuscus possum, flying fox, snake, wallaby and bandicoot as well as various kinds of insects.

birding in Sorong and Tambrauw mountains
A male Lesser Birds of Paradise

We woke up early in the morning to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor) from around 06:00 to 09:00. After that we did general birding and wildlife watching to see Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra and a lot more. 

Tropical Birds in the forest of Tambrauw

The tourist whom I guided brought a D-SLR camera with telephoto lens. With that device, he was able to shoot various species of birds in tall trees. Later he shared some of them via whatsapp which I later use for this blog post. 

While we were in Tambrauw regency, it rained a lot especially during the afternoons. After the heavy rain, the activity of birds was high. We were able to watch New Guinea Vulturine Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Large Fig Parrot, Yellow-faced Myna, Lesser Black Coucal, Black-capped Lory, Black Lory, Coconut Lorikeet flying in the air or sit on the branches of trees. 

Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
Palm Cockatoo in the forest of Tambrauw regency

At nights we did some forest explorations in the forest. We saw cuscus possum, snake and fruit bats. A lot of insects could also be seen at nights. 

beautiful fruit dove in the forest of Indonesia
Beautiful Fruit Dove

Accommodation

After guiding the Brazilian tourist, I continued my trip to Sausapor town where I stayed at a beach resort. Its name was Sansapore Pacific Park. I did birdwatching in the ridge forest outside of the town where I found the sites of Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird in the area. There were also other birds as well including Grey Crow, Black Butcherbird, Long-tailed Buzzard, Little Egret, and etc.


Sansapore Pacific Park  beach resort
Sansapore Pacific Park - a recommended accommodation for visitors traveling to Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency - Resort Manager: Natalia: +62 822-7110-3270

The beach resort had beautiful house reef that was also a nice place for visitors who like swimming and snorkeling.


If you are interested in taking a birding and wildlife watching tour in Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency, here is the flight route and roadmap for your trip. 
Flight route to Sorong city

Tambrauw regency is in the bird's head region

Road map from Sorong city to Sausapor town
You could contact me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.

Tuesday, October 11, 2022

Birdwatching in Fef Valley of Tambrauw Regency (5 Days/ 4 Nights)

Fef is the capital of Tambrauw regency in West Papua province of Indonesia. The small town is surrounded by tropical rainforest that is the habitat of Lesser Birds of Paradise, Blyth's Hornbill, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Papua Mountain Pigeon, Shining Flycatcher, Black Thicket-Fantail, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Moustached Treeswift, Sacred Kingfisher, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher, Long-billed Cuckoo, Little-bronze Cuckoo, Frilled Monarch, Black Cicadabird, Great Cuckoo Dove, and etc.

Birdwatching in Fef valley of Tambrauw regency of West Papua
Birdwatching in Tambrauw regency of West Papua

I guided 4 tourists from the United States of America from 6 to 10 October 2022. We stayed in Eden Inn near the Conservation Monument of Tambrauw regency. There was a restaurant next to the inn so we did not have to bring a lot of food materials from Sorong.

Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo

To watch Lesser Birds of Paradise, we went to the forest of Iwin village by 4wd pick-up truck. It took around 20 minutes to reach the destination. We still had to walk into the forest to reach the birding site. 

In the last day of our birding walk in Fef valley, we saw Emperor Fairywren, Grey-headed Goshawk, Variable Goshawk, and Black Thicket-Fantail as well as Long-tailed Buzzard and a large group of Blyth's Hornbill flying in the air. 

Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)
Palm Cockatoo

In general, itinerary of birding in Fef valley of Tambrauw regency was organized as follows:

BIRDING IN TAMBRAUW MOUNTAINS

Day 1 

Going to Fef by 4WD pick-up truck from Sorong. The duration of the trip is approximately 4 hours. Arrive in Fef, take a rest, general birding to find Sacred Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher and etc.

Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
Blyth's Hornbill
Day 2

Go by car to birding site in Iwin village. Watch Lesser Birds of Paradise. Continue with general birding. Back to Fef. General birding in the forest along the road near the waterfall to find Frilled Monarch, Long-billed Cuckoo, and Olive-crowned Flowerpecker.

Day 3

General birding in the forest to find Hooded Pitta and Papuan Pitta (formerly called Red-bellied Pitta) as well as Magnificent Bird of Paradise and etc.

Day 4

General birding to find Emperor Fairywren, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Hooded Butcherbird, Papuan Mountain Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, and etc. In the afternoon, after lunch, we will return to Sorong city. End of Tour.

The birding tour in Tambrauw mountains can be extended to other places such as Arfak mountains and Raja Ampat. 

If you are interested in taking rainforest sightseeing and wildlife watching tour in Tambrauw and wants me to organize your trip and guide you, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180. 

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Sketchbook Drawing of Reef Fish

Sketchbook Drawing of Reef Fish
Moorish Idol Fish (Zanclus cornutus)

Watercolour Sketch of Bird

Watercolour Sketch of Bird
Fruit Dove from Tropical Rainforest

Colored Pencil Drawing

Colored Pencil Drawing
Swimmer and Manta (Art Print on Canvas)

Drawing with watercolour pencils

Drawing with watercolour pencils
A Couple of Dolphins at Sea

Vector Art Drawing in Inkscape

Vector Art Drawing in Inkscape
Swimming with Whaleshark

Vector art illustration in Inkscape

Vector art illustration in Inkscape
Baby leatherback turtle was reaching for the sea

Drawing of Paradise Bird

Drawing of Paradise Bird
Lesser Birds of Paradise art print on classic T-shirt

Digital Drawing in Autodesk Sketchbook

Digital Drawing in Autodesk Sketchbook
A Couple of Red Bird of Paradise