Thursday, 3 September 2015

Waigeo Island: West Papua

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!
Blyth's Hornbill

 Long-tailed Honey Buzzard

Golden Monarch
Frilled Monarch
Lowland Peltops.

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.

 Papuan Boobook.

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.

The endemic Red Bird of Paradise.
Very hard to photograph as it displays
 high in the canopy.
One of our local guides at the Wilson's BOP lek.

Immature male Wilson's Bird of Paradise.
I spent four hours in the hide, but only this
 immature male came to play!

 It was an interesting morning though!

 The next day I tried a different hide & it worked!

The male came down & put on a great display.
 The only problem was the very low light 
inside the forest!
It was always busy, picking at leaves &
 removing them from the display arena.

Me, birding along the forest road.

Dwarf Koel
 Bizarre bird!

Red cheeked Parrot

One of the highlights of the entire trip.

 Western Crowned Pigeon.
 Hard to spot!

Caught the ferry back to Serong on 10th September where we spent the night before flying to Manokwari early on the 11th.

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