Monday, February 20, 2017

New Hiking and Birding Destination in Manokwari - Mesirrokow River

I have been promoting a new tourist destination in Manokwari for 2 weeks now. Its name is Mesirrokow river-forest located in the northwest region of the city, approximately 1 hour drive.
Mesirrokow river is a great place for hiking, sightseeing, birdwatching, swimming and camping. In other words it is a paradise for nature lovers. There is a huge forest area that has not been explored by foreign visitors.
Watching Birds
When I guided two Swiss visitors, I saw a lot of Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita), Papuan Blyth's Hornbill (Rhyticeros plicatus) flying in the sky or perching on the branches of green trees. A good pair of binoculars or a spotting scope will be useful when visiting the river-forest of Mesirrokow.
Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Camping
I spent 3 days/ 2 nights exploring the river. I used 3 dome tents and a large plastic tarpauline sheet to cover us from heavy rain and strong wind.
Taking Pictures
To take pictures of birds, the scenery of the river and wild flowers, I used my old Fujifilm HS50EXR. The followings are some of the pictures that I made during the trip.
Camping at the bank of Mesirrokow river
Yellow Love Petal Flower in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Book your river tour in Manokwari
I offer hiking, camping and birdwatching tour for nature lovers who want to enjoy adventure in Mesirrokow river. If you are interested, please, contact me by email: peace4wp@gmail.com

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Bird Pictures from the Forest of Mesirrokow River

Sulphur Crested Cockatoo in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari
Mesirrokow river located in the north-west area of Manokwari regency is a recommended site for watching lowland birds. I spent 3 days hiking and camping with 2 Swiss tourists several days ago. During the riverwalk, we saw a lot of birds including Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Western Black Capped Lory, Little Ringed Plover, Willie Wagtail, Nightjar, Eclectus Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Sulphur Crested Cockatoo, and Papuan Hornbill.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) in Manokwari forest

Photographing Birds
I used my old digital camera Fujifilm HS50EXR. The camera could take some nice pictures of birds that were perching on the branches of trees or flying in the sky. Today there are bridge cameras that have longer reach but most of them are not fast enough to focus on moving subjects. For this reason, I choose this Fujifilm HS50EXR.
Papuan Blyth's hornbill in Mesirrokow forest of Manokwari
The pictures that I created my not be the best pictures for publishing industry but it is good enough for anybody to identify the species of the animals. I mostly use the photographs in my blog and social media page as promotional posts for people who are interested in taking wildlife birding tools.
In addition to birds, I also saw butterflies, bettles, fireflies, flowers, fish, lizards, and wonderful scenery of Mesirrokow river.

Birding Device
I use two binoculars for birdwatching, one for me and another one for my guests. Most often, visitors bring their own binoculars.
If you plan to visit Mesirrokow river for birdwatching, I highly recommend that you also bring a spotting scope + tripod and adapter for smart-phone or camera. It will be a great device for watching birds and other animals.

How to visit Mesirrokow river
  • Fly from your country to Jakarta, the capital of Indonesia.
  • Fly to Manokwari city (there are daily flights provided by such airlines as Garuda, Xpress Air, Sriwijaya.
  • I could meet you at the airport or hotel where you stay and organize your trip to the river.
Hiking Sightseeing and Birdwatching in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari
Booking a Birding Tour
Suppose that you plan to visit West Papua for birdwatching, don't forget to contact me by e-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com for booking a birding tour in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari regency.

After hiking, camping and birding in  Mesirrokow  river, you could continue your holiday by Taking a Snorkeling Holiday in Mansinam Island

Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Flowers in the River-Forest of Manokwari

Flowers in the Mesirrokow river-forest
While I was guiding two Swiss tourists along the banks of Mesirrokow river-forest, I saw some interesting flowers. Some of them were New Guinea tulip (also called spathodea), eichhornia and other species that I don't know their names. In my previous hiking trips in the same region, I saw Faradaya splendida glory vine flowers, Thunbergia grandiflora and Ipomoea morning glory. Flowers like to grow near the river because they need water to survive. Mesirrokow river is located in the northwest of Manokwari, approximately 50 kilometers from the city.
New Guinea Tulip (Spathodea campanulata) at the bank of Mesirrokow river
Glory Vine (Faradaya splendida)
Hiking and Birdwatching
In addition to flowers, the forest edges along the Mesirrokow river of Manokwari was an ideal site for hiking and birdwatching. With 2 good pairs of binoculars, we were able to see a lot of Papuan Blyth's hornbills, and Sulphur Crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita). Mesirrokow river was also a place where I was able to see and take picture of Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus mucrurus). I also took some good pictures of Willie Wagtail and Little Ringed Plover.
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus) 
With my Fujifilm HS50EXR, I could shoot Brahminy Kite (Haliastur indus) that was hovering in the sky above the trees in search of fish and other prey.
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys) at the river forest of Mesirrokow of Manokwari
Camping
I spent 3 days/ 2 nights camping and hiking in the banks of Mesirrokow river to see its beautiful scenery and explore the wealth of its bio-diversity.

Booking a rainforest tour
If you want to take a hiking and camping tour in Mesirrokow river of Manokwari regency, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by e-mail: peace4wp@gmail.com or by text/ whatsapp message to: +6281332245180.
Hiking along the bank of Mesirrokow river of Manokwari

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