Thursday, 3 September 2015
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!
A really great looking bird.
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.
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 Hawk Owl.
One of several local flights we took
within West Papua.
In the afternoon we birded a nice area of grassland, which was very pleasant.
The distant Cyclops Mountains.
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.
Our home for the next five nights.
Home from home!
Our excellent back up team.
One of our brilliant porters.