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Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Papuan Flowerpecker
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Eclectus Parrot
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Waigeo island
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Mountain Owlet Nightjar
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Red-cheeked Parrot
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Black-throated Robin
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Papuan Frogmouth
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Beautiful Fruit Dove
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Western Crowned Pigeon
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Guesthouse, Sioubri
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Lowland Peltops
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Superb Bird-of-paradise
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee



West Papua



8 - 26 October 2019 or
5 - 27 July 2020


The island of New Guinea, north of Australia, is arguably an island-continent, where evolution has gone mad with birds, notably the extraordinary architects, landscape gardeners and collectors known as Bowerbirds, and especially the aptly-named Birds-of-paradise, the males of which are among the most amazing birds on Earth. Not just colorful and special, but unique and several of them with extraordinary courtship or leking behaviors. A dream to experience for any bird watcher with an international interest. They come in all shapes and sizes, from the tiny 'blood and snow' King Bird-of-paradise to the huge heron-sized dark and sinister looking Black Sicklebill, with everything imaginable in between. As many as 400 bird species of New Guinea are endemic.

This trip is an adventure and a challenge with hikes on muddy trails in undulated terrain, basic or even simple accommodation (some nights), biting insects, hot, sticky days and cold nights. The bird watching here is known to be among the most challenging in the world, there may be days when most birds seem to have disappeared but these should be more than compensated for by others with spectacular rewards. We will visit legendary areas like the Arfak mountains, Nimbokrang and the archipelago of Raja Ampat.

Birdwatching in the West Papua (Irian Jaya) is on many people’s dream wish list. It is also some of the best birding in Indonesia. From steamy lowland swamp forest, to lush mountain forests, to remote islands, Papua has a great variety of habitats and a great variety of birds to match. Birding in Papua is also not as hard as you might imagine. If you’d rather not try birding independently, we are offering you a trip to West Papua, to see the Birds-of-Paradise.

For those who want to see all Birds-of-Paradise, it requires journeys to both east (Papua Nya Guinea) and west Papua (Irian Jaya). West is less developed in terms of infrastructure, about half as expensive and the best area for Red Bird-of-paradise & Wilson's Bird-of-paradise (both endemic here). Western Parotia and Magnificent Bird-of-paradise are only likely to see dancing and displaying in West Papua. MacGregor's Honeyeater (a former bird-of-paradise) is usually on the beaten track in West Papua but a long way off it in Papua New Guinea.

Day 1
We will arrive to Jakarta, where we check into a hotel, have lunch and get some rest.


Day 2
We will go out to the sea to look for Frigate birds and the endemic Javan Coucal. Later in the evening after dinner we will take a flight to Jayapura/ Sentani.


Day 3-5
We arrive here at 6:10 am. We will then drive for an hour and a half to the village of Nimbokrang. We stay at our guides home for 4 nights looking for the various gems on offer like Lesser Bird-of-Paradise, King BoP, Twelve-wired BoP, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Eclectus Parrots, Palm Cockatoos, Triton Cockatoos, Manucodes, Butcherbirds, Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds, Papuan Frogmouth and much more. Here we have to start early morning before the birds wake up and reach the lekking areas and wait for the birds to come and display. Some of the walking is on wooden planks and wet soft grounds. And in some places we will be walking uphill for short distances to reach the lekking grounds. If we don't encounter rain, the day heats up by 10 am and birds disappear in the deep forests. We will retire too. We will be birding in the afternoon again till sundown. Our first stop will be hot, sweaty, lowland forest and swamp, crawling with birds and easy to access. Nimbokrang is the name of an old transmigration project site, in which farmers from other parts of Indonesia were encouraged to open up land in more underpopulated parts of the archipelago. The result is an area of open farmland, much of it overtaken by scrub, surrounded by large areas of intact lowland forest and swamp forest. Nearby the land rises and areas of low hill forest can easily be accessed. From a base in Nimbokrang there are lots of options for birding.

Some of the birds that can be seen here are Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise, Lesser Bird-of-Paradise, King Bird-of-Paradise, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Magnificent Riflebird, Fawn breasted bowerbird, Sulphur-crested Cockatoo, Blyth's Hornbill, Rufous-Bellied Kookaboora, Black-capped Lory, Willie Wagtail, Lowland Peltops, Pinon Imperial Pigeon, Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove, Yellow-faced Myna.
Our landlady here is known to be a really good cook so we can look forward to our dinners.

Day 6
We take the late morning flight to Manokwari - the gate to the Arfak mountains, by 11.20. We land in Manokwari 12.45, and go to buy some supplies, and then we jump into the 4x4 vehicles that will take us to the village Sioubri, in a 2 hours drive. Here we will go bird watching with some of Indonesias best, local birdguides. The Arfak mountains offer scenic views and gorgeous birds. There are some really good birding sites uphill as well as downhills the village and the road from Manokwari goes through some nice habitats. To see the best of the local fauna requires some days here and we will carefully consider where to go to get the most. There´s a guesthouse in the village and a camp with pitched tents and basic beds on the higher elevation where we also will go. Here you need your own sleeping bag, a warm fleece-jacket and a mosquito net. The nights will be chilly, but the days balmy.


Day 7-10
These days we will spend some time sitting in hides to be able to see and photograph birds at close range. We will hike up to higher elevation to camp in the best area for species like Black Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigala, Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise, and Arfak Astrapia. We will also look for Western Parotias, Feline Owlet-Nightjar, Mountain Owlet-Nightjar, Masked- and Vogelkop Bowerbirds, several different Cuckoo-doves and Imperial Pigeons.


Day 11
Today - after morning birding - we return to civilisation, Manokwari that is, land in a hotel in town and get some well deserved comfort and rest.


Day 12
After breakfast we fly to Sorong. We land around 10 am and take a speed boat out to the island Waigeo and the village Sapokreng , all situated in the Raja Ampat area - one of the world´s most well preserved marine areas and coral reefs. (The swedish film-maker Mattias Klum depicts the splendor of this area in the nature documentary "Coral Eden”) Here we will stay in bungalows at Raja Ampat Dive Resort (rajaampatdiveresort.co.id).
The circumstance for snorkling are excellent here. Here we will look for Eclectus Parrots, Triton Cockatoos, Manucodes, Butcherbirds and some of the rarest of all Birds of Paradise; Red-, Wilsons- and King Bird-of-Paradise.


Day 13-14
Next three days we will spend looking for the target species King-, and Red Bird-of-Paradise and Wilson Bird-of-Paradise. Other species here are Brown-necked Crow, Western Crowned Pigeons, Glossy-mantled Manucodes, Red-cheeked Parrots, Lesser Frigatebirds, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeons, Black-capped Lories and more.


Day 15
After morning birding we will take the afternoon ferry and return to Sorong.


Day 16
Today after morning birding in the local mangrove areas we will fly to Jakarta and reach at to connect international flights or stay in Jakarta City Hotel.


Birds of paradise-video! (Youtube, opens in new window)


More details about the trip (pdf)


Dates: 8th - 26th October 2019 or
5 - 27 July 2020



Price: 54.200 SEK, (flight excluded, approx 8.500 SEK) We offer to book your tickets. It´s important for us and our ground operator that we arrive together or around the same time.

Max number of participants : 7 persons + tour leader:

Included:
Full board accommodation in double room, camping some of the days in Nimbokrang, English spoken tour leader and local bird guide the whole trip, all transports, all entrance fees to national parks and reserves.

Not included:
Air ticket, transfer to your airport, insurance (Note that EU-insurance card does not apply here), alcohol, souvenirs or other personal expenses, tips, etc.

Vaccinations: Hepatit A&B (Twinrix), Malaria tablets to bring.

Tour leader: Daniel Green + Local guides

Application fee: When you´ve applied we send you an invoice on 3.500 SEK when that is paid you are guaranteed a seat on the tour.

Other: This is a "mixed group" trip where Swedish- and English-speaking travelers are welcome.


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BIRDSAFARISWEDEN Wilson's Bird-of-paradise
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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King Bird-of-paradise

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Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Blyth's Hornbill
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Red Bird-of-paradise
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Black Sicklebill
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Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise
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Raja Ampat Dive Resort
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Palm Cockatoo
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Wilson's Bird-of-paradise
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Masked Bowerbird
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Long-tailed Paradigala
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee

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Red-collared Myzomela
Photo: Sujan Chatterjee