Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Red-necked Phalarope in Tambrauw Mountains

Birding trip in Tambrauw mountains of West Papua
Red-necked Phalarope in winter plumage
Last year when I made an exploratory trip to Tambrauw Mountains, I saw a small bird in Fef valley right in front of the new office building of Tambrauw's regent. At that time I did not know its species name. I only know that it was a shore bird. I made some pictures of the bird and then did the identification works at home several days later.
To my surprise, from the field guide book the Birds of New Guinea (written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler), I found that the bird's name was Red-necked Phalarope (Phalaropus lobatus). The bird lives in Artic region of North America and Eurasia during the breeding period.  In winter time, this small bird fly for thousands of kilometers and land in the interior region of Tambrauw mountains.
The regency of Tambrauw is located in the vogelkop region of New Guinea. Most of its land is still covered by tropical rainforest. It is the natural habitat of hundreds of species of birds including birds of paradise such as Lesser Birds of Paradise, Magnificent Riflebird, King Bird of Paradise, Twelve-wired Bird of Paradise, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Glossy Manucode, Western Parotia, Black Sicklebill and etc.
If you are interested in visiting Tambrauw regency for birding and wildlife watching, please, contact me (Charles Roring) by email to: peace4wp@gmail.com or whatsapp to: +6381332245180.