|Traditional Welcome Dance|
I spent around five days exploring the coastal forest in the east of Yenbekaki village, the hill forest in Mount Sarembon and the lowland rainforest at Warebar beach and its main river.
The north-east coast of Raja Ampat has been famous as the place for watching turtles. There is a turtle conservation project that is run by local people. Because most of the land is still covered by densed tropical rainforest, this region is also good for birdwatching.
|Yenbekaki bay as seen from Mount Sarembon|
|Beach Stone Curlew|
|Amboyna Cuckoo Dove|
|Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus)|
|Olive Ridley Turtle|
Villagers brought me to Warebar river and told me that the rainforest along this river was the natural habitat of Bruijn's Brushturkey or Waigeo Brushturkey. I also heard the call of Red Bird of Paradise. I had seen it and the Wilson's Bird of Paradise in southern region of Waigeo. So, they were not in the target list of birds to see this time. At the rivermouth, I saw Black capped lory, Bridled Tern, and Sacred Kingfisher. An Eastern Yellow Wagtail was walking among wood debris that had just landed from the sea. I also made several photos of this bird.
Coming out of the Warebar river, we continued our exploration by walking along the beach. Striated Heron was flying low away from us. The sand of the beach of fine black and very beautiful.
|Warebar Beach in North-east region of Waigeo island|
|Eastern Yellow Wagtail|