Thursday, 3 September 2015

Biak: West Papua


Nimbokrang, Cyclops Mountains: West Papua

We left the Grand Belium Valley & returned to Wamena, where a little surprise awaited me! I was sharing the same hotel as the Yorkshire lads who we out here a similar tour to mine. We had a nice chat catching up on things, but no beer because the bar was totally fake!

 Ornate Melidectes.
 A really great looking bird.

Baliem Whistler

 Superb Bird of Paradise.

In the afternoon we went to a local area near  resort for Ornate Melidectes & Superb Bird of Paradise. We had good views of both species.

Rufous bellied Kookaburra.

The next day we flew to Sentani & then drove to the lowland forests of Nimbokrang. This is a Javan trans-migration site where the lowland forest is being steadily depleted but there are some cracking birds to be found.

 Twelve Wired Bird of Paradise

King Bird of Paradise
Elusive & hard to see high in the canopy.

 Papuan Frogmouth

 Marbled Frogmouth.

 Papuan Hawk Owl.

Yellow-billed Kingfisher

 Buff-faced Pygmy Parrot

 Spotted Whistling Duck

Grand Beliem Valley: West Papua

One of several local flights we took 
within West Papua.

Lake Senteni.

On 18th September we flew to Senteni & birded around the lake area. This is quite a scenic area & it was nice to be out of the forest for a change.

Whistling Kite.

Rob Hutchinson.
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird
Crimson Finch

In the afternoon we birded a nice area of grassland, which was very pleasant.

Locals taking a selfie!
The distant Cyclops Mountains.

View from my hotel bedroom in Wamena.

The fake bar!

On 19th September we flew to Wamena & drove up a winding valley towards the fabled Snow Mountains. It was a very scenic journey & we made a few birding stops along the way.

Friendly Fantail
Greater Ground Robin.

New Guinea Thornbill

Grey-streaked Honeyeater
Orange cheeked Honeyeater

Black Sittela

White-winged Robin
Mountain Firetail

Papuan Harrier
Eurasian Kestrel of an endemic race.
Our home for the next five nights.

Home from home!

Our excellent back up team.

Mountain Swiftlet - looking a bit different from
 the fieldguide!

Western Alpine Mannakin

One of our brilliant porters.

Belford's Melidectes

 Papuan Fly-robin

Wattled Ploughbill
 A totally amazing bird!

 Hooded Cuckooshrike

Fan-tailed Cuckoo

 Chestnut Forest Rail
 Very tricky to see! it was so quick!

One of the highlights of the trip

Lesser Melampitta

 Very secretive.