Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Birdwatching Tour in the Forest of Sorong regency West Papua

Sorong regency is the gate for visitors who travel to Raja Ampat. It is also the most recommended destination for visitors who want to watch birds particularly for species that live in lowland forest.
Birdwatching in Lowland Forest
There is a birdwatching site located in the east of Sorong town. Its name is Klasow valley. As a tour guide, I have organized tours for visitors who want to go there to watch Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Pink Spotted Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Golden Myna, Yellow Faced Myna, Lowland Peltops, Eclectus Parrot, Large Fig Parrot, Moustached Trees-wift, Grey Goshawk, Papuan Hornbill, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Dwarf Kingfisher, Helmetted Friarbird, Shining Flycatcher, Magnificent Riflebird, King Bird of Paradise, Lesser Birds of Paradise and a lot more. On the average, visitors spend 4 days to watch birds in the valley. 
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Other Animals
During the day, they walk around the jungle to find birds and when the day gets dark, they can do night walk to find wallaby which is still in the family of kangaroo but has got smaller bodies. Animals such as deer, wild pigs, soa-soa lizard, fruit bats and various species of colorful butterflies and other insects live in the valley. They are also interesting for visitors.

Day 1
Go by a chartered 4wd car from Sorong city to Klasow valley. It takes 1.5 hours to reach the valley and another 1.5 hours of walk to the jungle village. 
Visitors can begin watching birds in the afternoon or evening before sunset.
Rainforest Tour in Klasow Valley
Day 2
Wake up early in the morning at 4.00. Have tea or coffee. Walk from the jungle hut for around 1.5 hours to reach the display tree od Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor). We will watch the birds until 09.00. After that, we can walk back to the village. In the morning, birds are very active. We can watch them while walking along the bank of Klasow river or along the trails that lead us back into the village.
During the day, a lot of butterfly hover on the flowers plants in the village to collect nectar. We can watch them. Some of them include The Silky Owl Butterfly (Taenaris catops), Birdwing butterfly Ornithoptera priamus, The Blue Mountain Swallow Tail butterfly (Papilio ulysses), and The Cruiser Butterfly (Vindula arsinoe)
At night, we can do night walk to find wallaby or fruit bats
Day 3
We will explore the forest in the west area of the valley to find Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Western crowned Pigeon, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra.
Golden Myna (Mino anais)
Day 4
We still have time to watch birds along the banks of rivers in the valley.
After lunch, we can walk back to main road where we will be transferred to Sorong city again.

What you need to bring?
  • Binoculars
  • Spotting scope (optional)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Mosquito net
  • Flash light or torch
To share the cost of the trip, I suggest that the number of visitors should be at least 3 to 4 people. One or two people can also go to the jungle of Klasow valley but the price will be higher.

Please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp +6281332245180 for more information.


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Watercolour Sketch of Bird

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