Sunday, February 26, 2017

Watching Nightjar in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

I have just returned from lowland forest of Manokwari. I guided two British tourists for 3 days/ 2 nights on a hiking and camping trip to watch cockatoo, hornbill, nightjar, plover, eclectus parrot and brahminy kite. We also saw beautiful scenery of the jungle and enjoyed swimming in the river.
Here is a picture of some Sulphur Crested Cockatoes (Cacatua galerita) which we saw near our camping site. Local people called the birds: kakatua putih (white cockatoo) or burung yakop. Birds were active in the mornings and in early evening. To watch them, we used binoculars, and spotting scope. I used my old Fujifilm HS50EXR to make some photographs of these cockatoo and some other birds.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita) in lowland forest of Manokwari
At night, we had a short walk to find nightjar. We found some of them. I took several pictures of one of the nightjars. Christina, a British girl who was one of the participants of the rainforest tour, also took some pictures of the bird. We used Birds of New Guinea field guide book to try to determine the species of the nightjar. Unfortunately, we could not confirm its species name.
The eyes of this nightjar bird were glowing red when they reflected light from our torches.
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus)
Nightjar in lowland forest of Manokwari
While walking along the banks of the river, we saw some wild flowers such as these blue-yellow terrestrial flowers (which I guessed as a kind of orchid) and yellow eichornia.
Terrestrial blue-yellow flowers
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