|Wilson's Bird of Paradise|
|Male Red Bird of Paradise was trying to attract his female partner for mating in a|
A visit to a small islet in the south of Mansuar island, allowed me to see Arafura Fantail, Lemon-bellied White Eye, and Violet-necked Lory.
|Pied Imperial Pigeon|
Last year, I visited the north east region of Waigeo island. It was a nice trip. I went hiking to Mount Sarembon where I saw some interesting birds including Papuan Black Myzomela, Amboina Cuckoo Dove, Eastern Yellow Wagtail, Radjah Shelduck, Beach Thick Knee, Eastern Yellow Wagtail and Sacred Kingfisher. I visited two small islands in east Waigeo including Waim and Mamiaef. There, I saw Wandering Tattler, Black Sunbird, Lesser-crested Tern.
As a matter of fact, this part of the island is an excellent destination for birdwatchers who want to explore the forest and beaches of Waigeo which are not regularly visited by tourists. Its coast is very good for watching coastal birds. Its rainforest birds can be explored by walking along the banks of rivers.
I used to visit Kofiau islands. The most favorite targets were Kofiau Monarch and Kofiau Paradise Kingfisher. During my trip to the archipelago, I saw Sacred Kingfisher, Moluccan Starling, Black Sunbird, Little Pied Cormmorant, Dollarbird, Eastern Reef Egret, Spotted Whistling Duck,
Well, I don't mention all the birds that I saw in every place that I visit. I only mention the ones that I consider attractive for me.
When I guide tourists on a birding tour in Raja Ampat, I usually bring some equipment. Some of them include:
- 10×42 mm Visionking binoculars
- 20-60×60 mm Spotting scope that is mounted on an aluminum tripod
- Laser pointer
- Field guide book Birds of New Guinea written by Thane K. Pratt and Bruce Beehler.
- Tablet that contains records of bird sounds
- Bluetooth loudspeaker
- I also brought flashlight for night birding.
Google Map of Raja Ampat