I caught a taxi to the airport & met up with the rest of the group. We had an overnight flight from Jakarta to Sorong on the Vogelkop Peninsula arriving early morning on 7th September. We had a few hours birding along a newly opened forest road just outside the town. It was hot & humid & quite hard work, but welcome to birding on West Papua!
Logging is a way of life here.
Notice the sweat towel!
We then hot footed it back to town & caught the fast ferry to Waigeo Island. This was not a great experience!
Ferry to Waigeo Island.
The next three days were basically the same format: up at 4 am & into the bird hides or birding along a narrow forest road. Birding was quite slow & tough but everything we did see was usually a new bird!
Birding is tough here, very closed dense forest.
One of our local guides at the Wilson's BOP lek.
immature male came to play!
The male came down & put on a great display.
inside the forest!
removing them from the display arena.
Me, birding along the forest road.
Caught the ferry back to Serong on 10th September where we spent the night before flying to Manokwari early on the 11th.