Monday, May 14, 2018

Lesser Birds of Paradise in Sorong Regency

Birding Tour in Sorong regency of West Papua, Indonesia
Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)
I have just returned from Sorong city after taking 1 week trip around the forest to watch Lesser Birds of Paradise and other birds. The name of the forest was Klabolo. It was located in the east of Sorong, approximately one and a half hour ride plus 3 hours walk. It was a difficult trip because the path was muddy and slippery.  I went there with some government officials who wanted to help local people develop their forest and village as tourist destination. One of the main attractions of the forest was the birds of paradise.
Lesser Birds of Paradise like to dance in the mornings and in the afternoons. Usually two, three or even five male compete against one another in order to attract their female birds of paradise.
When we visited the lek in the afternoons, we arrived too early. There were no birds dancing at that time. Later, they began to call one another and gathered in the branches of the tree where they usually chose for their courtship dance. The courtship dance performance started at approximately 16.00 and was still going more intense at 17.00 when we left the birding site.
For visitors who were interested in watching these birds, they need to bring their own binoculars, camera with telephoto lens of approx. 600 to 800 mm. There are no hotels in the forest, only simple huts for tourists. I could organize birding tours for 3 to 4 days or even more.
If you are interested, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: or by whatsapp to: +6281332245180.
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Saturday, May 12, 2018

Blyth's Hornbill in Lowland Forest of Manokwari

Birding tour in manokwari
Blyth's hornbill in rainforest of Manokwari
I often organize tours to lowland forest of Manokwari for visitors who want to watch birds. There are a lot of species of them which we could see including the Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus). Locally, it is called Taun-taun. The birds can be watched if we bring binoculars or spotting scope. I usually choose Dopi river as my birding site. It is also the habitat for Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Black-capped Lory, Coconut Lorikeet, and Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Oriental Dollarbird, Azure Kingfisher, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, and a lot of other species of birds.
Visitors need to fly into Manokwari city if they want to enjoy hiking and birding in this forest. As a tourist guide, I have organized numerous tours to tropical rainforest in West Papua for visitors who are interested.
The duration of this snorkeling trip is approximately 2 to 3 days. It can be combined with snorkeling trip to coral reef areas of around Manokwari to see fish and other marine creatures. Visitors who want to enjoy snorkeling need to bring their own snorkeling devices such as mask, snorkel and fins.
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Tuesday, May 8, 2018

Marine Life in Manokwari

Snorkeling and freediving tour in Manokwari
Marine Life in Manokwari
These are pictures of marine life in Manokwari waters. I made them when I went freediving to a beach in northeast territory of this regency. The coral reef can be seen from depths of 1 to 15 meters with such marine creatures as diagonal sweetlips, convict surgeonfish, anemonefish, damselfish, moorish idol, butterflyfish and a lot more. There are also urchin, blue sea star, and sea cucumber.
Freediving and snorkeling tour in Manokwari
Coralf Reef environment in Manokwari
To take the pictures, I used a Nikon Coolpix AW120. I only did freediving to a depth of around 3 to 7 meters. I had to hold my breath for at least 30 seconds so that I could make several shots of the coral reef and the fish. To prevent high water pressure from harming my ears, I equalized several times in deeper water.
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Saturday, April 28, 2018

Birds of Paradise in Rainforest of Sorong Regency

Hiking and birding in Sorong regency of West Papua
Lesser Birds of Paradise
Sorong city as the gate to Raja Ampat islands has got its own attraction. There is tropical rainforest in the east of the regency that is the natural habitat of several species of birds of paradise such as Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus), and King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius).
To watch those birds, tourists need at least 3 days/ 2 nights to explore the rainforest of Klabolo. There are simple huts in the forest for visitors to stay and to enjoy birdwatching. Villagers work as cooks, local guides, and porters.
Birding tour in Klabolo forest of Sorong regency by Charles Roring
Magnificent Riflebird
As a tourist guide, I have organized tours for hundreds of tourists to Klabolo forest of Sorong regency. During the tours, participants have the opportunities to see birds of paradise and a lot of other birds including palm cockatoo, yellow-faced myna, golden myna, rainbow bee-eater, pinon imperial pigeon, lowland peltop, grey goshawk, variable goshawk, pink spotted fruit dove, orange-bellied fruit dove, beautiful fruit dove, great cuckoo dove, oriental dollarbird, azure kingfisher, yellow-billed kingfisher, red-breasted paradise kingfisher, forest kingfisher, black lory, large fig parrot, red-cheeked parrot, eclectus parrot, sulphur crested cockatoo, palm cockatoo and, blyth's hotnbill, even the northern cassowary.
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Friday, April 20, 2018

Manokwari Wildlife Tour

Dutch tourists were hiking in Susnguakti forest of Manokwari
Hiking tour in Manokwari
I offer a 3-day/ 2-night hiking, birding, wildlife watching and camping in tropical rainforest of Manokwari. During the tour, participants will stay in the jungle to watch paradise birds, cuscus possum, tree dragon lizard, and see gree vegetation of Susnguakti forest of Arfak mountains. Participants of the tour need to bring binoculars and camera. A spotting scope is good too but not a must. There are basecamps in the forest, mattrasses, pillows, as well as cooking and eating utensils.
During the tour we will do morning, and afternoon walks in the forest to find Lesser Birds of Paradise, King Bird of Paradise, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, and Coconut Lorikeet as well as Great Cuckoo Dove, Common Paradise Kingfisher and Hooded Butcherbird. We will also do night walks to find cuscus possum, bandicoot, ground brown skink, and even the glowing mushrooms.
Visitors from French, Switzerland, the Philipines, German, the USA, the Netherlands, Poland, Spain, Czech, China, South Korea, Sweden and Australia used to visit Susnguakti forest.
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Sunday, April 15, 2018

Birding Adventure in Sorong Forest

Birding Tour in rainforest of Sorong city - Oriental Dollarbird
Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis)

Birding in Sorong Ridge Forest

Sorong is a city in West Papua province of Indonesia. It is the gate to Raja Ampat which is a famous destination for snorkeling and scuba diving. Most visitors who want to visit Raja Ampat will need to fly to Sorong city. They may have one or two days in the city before continuing their trip to the island. Taking a tour to a forest will increase the adventure experience of tourists about West Papua's nature. There is a forest area in the regency that is the natural habitat of various species of birds such as: Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus), Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster), Olive-crowned Sunbird (Dicaeum pectorale), Yellow-bellied Sunbird (Cinnyris jugularis), Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus), Helmetted Friarbird (Philemon buceroides), Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus), Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii), Oriental Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis), Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus), Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus), Black Lory (Chalcopsitta atra), Coconut Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus), Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon), Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud), Lesser Birds of Paradise (Paradisaea minor), King Bird of Paradise (Cicinnurus regius), Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus), and a lot more.
Rainbow Bee-eater in Sorong forest
Visitors who want to do land tour in Sorong city before or after their trip can take this rainforest hiking and birding tour. To do birding in this forest, visitors need to bring their own binoculars such as the Swarovski EL 8.5×42, Swarovski SLC 10×42, Nikon Monarch 5 10×42 or the more affordable Visionking 10×42 mm.
Since our birding tour is carried out along a mountain ridge, bringing a spotting scope will greatly enhance the birding experience.

Duration of The Birding Tour

The birding adventure in Sorong forest can be as short as 1 day to as long as 3 or 4 days. For day birding tour, participants can start by leaving their hotels at 05.00 and return to the hotel again at approximately 18.00. Birding in the forest for the whole day and going back to the hotel in the evening is one of the most convenient way to see tropical birds of West Papua in Sorong city.

What to bring for Birding in Sorong forest

  • Birding gear: binoculars and spotting scope
  • Wear hiking boots or sportshoes
  • Insect repellent lotion or spray
  • Some biscuits and a bottle of water
  • Field guide-book: Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler
If you are interested in taking this birding adventure tour, please, contact me by e-mail to: or by text message to my whatsapp: +6281332245180.

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Pinon Imperial Pigeon

Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon) lives in tropical rainforest of West Papua - photo by Charles Roring
Pinon Imperial Pigeon
Pinon Imperial Pigeon (Ducula pinon) lives in tropical rainforest of West Papua. They are important seed dispersers that maintain the forest. April is the mating season of the bird. When I guided a Canadian tourist a few days ago, I saw some Pinon Imperial Pigeon mating in trees. Because they were bigger than the average birds, I could take several good pictures of them. In addition to pigeons, I also saw Pink-spotted Fruit Dove, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Rainbow Bee-eater and Oriental Dollarbird in the forest.Walking deeper into the jungle, I could see Lesser Birds of Paradise performing courtship dance to attract their female birds.
If you are interested in Birding in West Papua, please, contact me by whatsapp to: +6281332245180 or by email to:



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