Tuesday, May 14, 2024

General Birdwatching Tour in Klabili village of Tambrauw Regency

I have just returned from a 4 day-3 night birdwatching and sightseeing tour covering two beautiful places in Papua Barat Daya Province of Indonesa. They were Sausapor town and Klabili village of Tambrauw regency. We started from Sorong city on Day 1. I guided a couple from the Netherlands. 

Eastern Hooded Pitta
Eastern Hooded Pitta in Tambrauw regency
We went there by a chartered 4WD car. It took around 4 hours to reach Sausapor town. After checking into our rooms, we continued our activity by doing general birding at the outskirt of Sausapor town. There are several interesting birdwatching sites in Sausapor that we visited. We stayed at Sansapore Pacific Park. It is a beach resort. At the outskirt of Sausapor town, we saw a lot of species of birds including Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Palm Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Brown Oriole, Red-cheeked Parrot, Helmetted Friarbird, Sacred Kingfisher, Hooded Butcherbird, Coconut Lorikeet, Black-capped Lory, Frilled Monarch, Rainbow Bee-eater, Yellow-faced Myna, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Willy Wagtail, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, and a lot more.
Dendrobium orchid, zinnia, red hibiscus, passion flower
Some flowers at the frontyard of Sansapore Pacific Park Resort

Because the resort had its own beach with coral reef, visitors could enjoy snorkeling. There are colorful flowers that grow in the resort including Red Hibiscus, Zinnia, Beach Hibiscus, Passion Flower, and Dendrobium Orchid. The flowers attracted various species of butterflies including Ulysses, Cruiser, Great Eggfly and Taenaris butterflies. Sansapore Pacific Park Beach Resort is a recommended base for butterfly watching trips in Sausapor town of Tambrauw regency.

White-bellied Sea Eagle at the outskirt of Sausapor town
On the third day, we continued our trip to Klabili village. There, they watched more interesting birds including: Hooded Pitta, Papuan Pitta, Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Torresian Crow, Palm Cockatoo, Hooded Pitta, Western-crowned Pigeon, Oriental Dollarbird, and etc. 

While sitting at the verandah of Klabili homestay, we saw a female cassowary entered the frontyard.

a young cassowary bird in West Papua
An immature Cassowary in Klabili village
Nightwalk was also organized during the tour. The forest in Sausapor and Klabili is the natural habitat of monitor lizard, snakes, bandicoot, cuscus, and nocturnal birds. 

When we arrived in Sorong city, we had a short visit to Mangrove forest to find Orange-breasted Fig Parrot, Orange-fronted Fig Parrot and other birds. 

After the tour, they continued their trip to Raja Ampat. 

If you are interested in taking a sightseeing and birdwatching tour in Tambrauw regency of West Papua and want me to organize your tour, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 or by e-mail to: peace4wp@gmail.com.

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Thursday, May 9, 2024

Paradise Bird Watching Tour from Sorong City

The interest of international visitors in watching paradise birds is increasing. There are places in Sorong city where visitors can enjoy birdwatching during day tours. Lesser Birds of Paradise birds are the main target of observation. However, visitors can watch a lot of other birds too such as Red-cheeked Parrot, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Shining Flycatcher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Common Paradise Kingfisher and etc.

Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
Lesser Birds of Paradise

Usually the time to watch the paradise birds is early in the morning. Participants need to start very early in the morning at around 04:00. 

I usually organize the tour by car. Arriving at the foot of the hill, tour participants still need to go hiking to the site of the paradise birds for around 1 hour. 

Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus)
Eclectus Parrot

Bringing binoculars and camera will enhance the birding experience. This tour can be combined with snorkeling or fishing if the sea weather is calm. 

The day tour to watch paradise bird at the outskirt of Sorong city can also be combined with trips to see unique buildings whose architectural designs were inspired by nature, and culture. 

For multiple day trips, the places that are good for birding include Sausapor town, Klasow valley, and Raja Ampat. 

Traveling further to North Sulawesi for Birding

For birding site that can be visited from Sorong city, the Minahasa highland in the Province of North Sulawesi should also be considered. It is only around 1 hour, 25 minutes flight. Sonder forest, Mount Mahawu are good places for watching birds such as:

  • Black-crowned White-eye
  • Mountain (warbling) White-eye
  • Crimson Sunbird
  • Sahul Sunbird
  • Chestnut Munia
  • Black-faced Munia
  • Scaly-breasted Munia
  • Black-naped Oriole
  • Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove
  • White-faced Cuckoo Dove
  • Gray-cheeked Green Pigeon
  • Pale Blue Monarch
  • Sulawesi Hanging Parrot
  • Sulawesi Drongo
  • Hair-crested (White-eye) Drongo
  • Grey-sided Flowerpecker
  • Yellow-sided Flowerpecker
  • Cattle Egret
  • Little Egret
  • White-browed Crake
  • White-breasted Woodswallow
  • Collared Kingfisher
  • Eastern Yellow Wagtail
  • Sulawesi Pygmy Woodpecker
  • Sahul Sunbird
  • Black Sunbird
  • Sooty-headed Bulbul
  • Brush Cuckoo
  • Barn Swallow
  • White-nest Swiftlet
  • Sunda Teal
  • and a lot more. 

Black-naped Oriole, Sulawesi Cuckoo Dove, Sulawesi Pygmy WoodpeckerPale Blue Monarch
Some birds in Minahasa highland of North Sulawesi

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