Monday, April 24, 2017

Riverwalk Camping and Birding Tour in Manokwari

river in West Papua
Lowland Forest of Manokwari
Most birdwatchers who go to Manokwari choose Arfak mountains as their destination. But Manokwari also has got lowland forest that is good for visitors who want to relax and swim in the river and also do birwatching. The name of the forest is Mesirrokow. It is located in northwest region and can be reached by car or motorcycle. Visitors still need to walk into the jungle for approximately 2 hours to reach Mesirrokow forest. The river forest area is the natural habitat of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous bellied Kookaburra, Large-tailed Nightjar, Willie Wagtail, Little-ringed Plover, Yellow Faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Golden Myna (Mino anais), and a lot more
In addition to birds, other animals that live in this lowland forest area is soa-soa lizard, deer, wild pig, and snakes, and colorful butterflies.

Large-tailed Nightjar
Large-tailed nightjar
Riverwalk and Birding Tour
The best way to see the beautiful scenery of the river is by walking along its sides and its water. High green trees grow on both sides of the river providing homes to various kinds of animals. There are trees that provide fruits for the birds and marsupial animals and there are shrub plants that provide sweet nectar for butterflies, and birds from their flowers.
Because the river is wide, visitors will be able to watch birds that fly over or sit on the branches. To enhance birding experience, we will bring a pair of binoculars 10x42, 20-60x60 spotting scope and laser pointer during the trip.
Birds are usually active in the mornings and in the afternoons. At night, we could do night walk to find Large-tailed Nightjar.
Birds such as Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, Papuan Hornbill, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon can easily be seen while they fly or sit on the branches of trees.

Fishing and Swimming
Visitors are allowed to do fishing. There are fresh water fish and also seawater fish that enters the river.  Freshly caught fish is delicious if we fried it. The river in Mesirrokow forest is also a nice place for swimming. Visitors can enjoy swimming or sunbathing. Don't forget to apply insect repellent lotion on your skin and also sunblock lotion.

camping by the river
Our tents at the bank of the river
On the average, the duration of the birding tour is 3 days/ 2nights to 4 days/ 3 nights. We will build tents at the side of the river to see the beautiful scenery and then dismantle them as we move deeper into the jungle. Visitors can swim or enjoy fishing.

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