I offer tropical birding and wildlife watching and riverwalk tours to rainforest of Manokwari, Arfak Mountains, Klasow valley and Sorong, and Tambrauw Mountains as well as Raja Ampat islands. I also offer snorkeling trips to see beautiful coral reef and marine life in West Papua.
I often guide tourists to lowland forest area in Manokwari. We spend several days hiking, camping, birding and wildlife watching in tropical rainforest. My favorite destination is Mesirokow river or Susnguakti forest. In the middle of the jungle, there is no guesthouse, so we must stay in tents if we want to spend several days finding rainforest birds. From my previous trips in Mesirokow river, we were able to see Glossy Manucode (Manucodia ater), Blyth's hornbill (Rhyticerosplicatus), Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatuagalerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Duculapinon), Beautiful Fruit Dove (Ptilinopuspulchellus), Variable Goshawk (Accipiterhiogaster), Yellow-faced Myna (Minodumontii), Golden Myna (Minoanais), and Little Egret (Egrettagarzetta), Dollarbird (Eurystomusorientalis), Nightjar (which is usually seen at night) and etc.
Birding in Mesirokow river of Manokwari
To watch these birds, visitors need do morning walks and late afternoon walks. Birds are usually active during that time. But riverwalk tour can also be carried out in the afternoon to increase the chance of seeing such birds as Little-ringed Plover (Charadriusdubius), Willy Wagtail (Rhipiduraleucophrys), and Brahminy Kite (Haliasturindus).
To enhance birding experience, visitors need a good pair of binoculars preferably the ones that are made of ED lenses and Bak4 prism glasses such as Swarovski EL 8.5×42 or Canon 15×50 IS UD 4.5° and Swarovski SLC 10×42 WB.
Papuan Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus)
I personally bring more affordable binoculars such as the Visionking 10×42 mm and a Kinglux 20-60×60 spotting scope. Watching tropical birds with a spotting scope in open space such as the Mesirokow river greatly improves the birdwatching experience of visitors. I used to guide 3 French birdwatcher who brought Swarovski ATX 30-70×95 spotting scope. The images of birds this device produced were clear and sharp even though the birds were sitting on the branches of high trees and were far from us. Unfortunately, this device was very expensive. Only serious birdwatchers who have got money that will buy that device.
For taking pictures, DSLR Camera with 600 mm super telephoto lens is highly recommended but a bridge camera such as Canon SX 60HS, Nikon Coolpix P900 will give good pictures of tropical birds in distant trees or in the other side of the river.
If you are interested in taking a birding tour in lowland forest of Manokwari; Klasow valley of Sorong regency; The forest area near Sorong city and tropical jungle of Waigeo island in Raja Ampat, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org or whatsapp: +6281332245180.