Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Flowers in the River-Forest of Manokwari

Flowers in the Mesirrokow river-forest
While I was guiding two Swiss tourists along the banks of Mesirrokow river-forest, I saw some interesting flowers. Some of them were New Guinea tulip (also called spathodea), eichhornia and other species that I don't know their names. In my previous hiking trips in the same region, I saw Faradaya splendida glory vine flowers, Thunbergia grandiflora and Ipomoea morning glory. Flowers like to grow near the river because they need water to survive. Mesirrokow river is located in the northwest of Manokwari, approximately 50 kilometers from the city.
Flowers in lowland of West Papua's rainforest
New Guinea Tulip (Spathodea campanulata) at the bank of Mesirrokow river
Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida)
Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida)
Hiking and Birdwatching
In addition to flowers, the forest edges along the Mesirrokow river of Manokwari was an ideal site for hiking and birdwatching. With 2 good pairs of binoculars, we were able to see a lot of Papuan Blyth's hornbills, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). Mesirrokow river was also a place where I was able to see and take picture of Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus mucrurus). I also took some good pictures of Willie Wagtail and Little Ringed Plover.
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) 
With my Fujifilm HS50EXR, I could shoot Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) that was hovering in the sky above the trees in search of fish and other prey.
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) at the river forest of Mesirrokow of Manokwari
I spent 3 days/ 2 nights camping and hiking in the banks of Mesirrokow river to see its beautiful scenery and explore the wealth of its bio-diversity.

Booking a rainforest tour
If you want to take a hiking and camping tour in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail: or by text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.
Hiking along the bank of Mesirrokow river of Manokwari