Biak Island Birding

BIRDS PHOTOGRAPHY TRIP”

5 days/4 nights

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Cost: 2.775.00 US$

No less than 17 endemic bird species, including a megaphone, two gorgeous paradise kingfishers and three parrots, plus heaps of morphological highly distinctive yet virtually ‘forgotten’ endemic subspecies await us on this birding adventure covering the islands of Biak and Numfor in West Papua’s famed Geelvink or Cenderawasih Bay. So join us as we sound out specialization in these insular taxa, and later still be in the fortunate opportunity to continually add ‘new species’ to your life list from the comfort of your easy chair.

When?

Rewarding year-round.

Scheduled departures

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Physical effort

Relaxed birding in flat to only slightly undulating terrain.

Tour summary

Day 1 > Kota Biak and Biak Island. Day 2 > Kota Biak and Numfor Island. Day 3 > Numfor Island and Kota Biak. Day 4 > Kota Biak and Biak Island.

Day 5 > Kota Biak.

Tour description

Day 1 > Kota Biak and Biak Island Morning arrival at Kota Biak’s Frans Kaisiepo Airport on overnight domestic flight from Jakarta or alternative gateway. We shall soon set out to an accessible area of secondary forest on the outskirts of town where we could be rewarded with sightings of Pacific Baza, Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Gurney’s Eagle, Variable Goshawk, Sultan’s and Great Cuckoo-Dove, Yellow-bibbed and Claret- breasted Fruit Dove, Geelvink Imperial Pigeon, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Moustached Treeswift, Black-winged Lory, Biak Lorikeet, Red-fronted Lorikeet, Red-cheeked and Eclectus Parrot, Emperor Fairywren, Dusky Myzomela, Hooded Butcherbird, Common Cicadabird, Biak Triller, Biak Black and Shining Flycatcher, Biak White-eye, Metallic and Long-tailed Starling, and Red-capped Flowerpecker. Following lunch in town, we shall set out on the one hour’s drive to eastern Biak. Here we shall spend the entire afternoon along a network of tranquil rural roads and old logging tracks running through a heterogeneous mix of secondary forests, making incursions into the forest as necessary. Delightful Biak Paradise Kingfishers and Hooded Pittas, the latter of the distictive rosenbergii-subspecies here, call everywhere in these dense forests. But to see the wary Biak Megapode, shy and secretive Biak Coucal, diminutive Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, and scarce Biak Gerygone, Biak Monarch and Biak Leaf Warbler, we shall need to persevere. Other noteworthy species we may come across here include Common Emerald Dove, Little Shrikethrush, Northern Fantail, and Golden Monarch, all represented by highly distinctive endemic subspecies. Evening shall see us gathered at a vantage point in anticipation of evening flights of parrots, which may still include a few Black-capped Lory, here of the distinctive yet heavily persecuted cyanauchen-subspecies. A nocturnal foray could produce the rarely seen Biak Scops Owl as well as Papuan Frogmouth and Large-tailed Nightjar. Dinner and overnight in Kota Biak hotel.

Day 2 > Kota Biak and Numfor Island After a hearty dawn breakfast in our Kota Biak hotel, we shall set out early morning on the four hours’ chartered speedboat ride to Numfor Island. The main focus of our attention here shall of course be the delightful Numfor Paradise Kingfisher and the Numfor Leaf Warbler, both of which are usually readily located. Other interesting birds we may see here include Amboyna Cuckoo-Dove, Yellow- bibbed Fruit Dove, Black-winged Lory, Biak Black Flycatcher, and Long-tailed Starling. Lunch, dinner and overnight in village residence.

Day 3 > Numfor Island and Kota Biak Following an early breakfast, we shall bird all morning on Numfor and transfer to Kota Biak again after lunch. Dinner and overnight in Kota Biak hotel.

Day 4 > Kota Biak and Biak Island After a pre-dawn breakfast in our Kota Biak hotel, we have a full day to concentrate on finding those Biak Island endemics likely to elude us for a while, with a packed lunch somewhere in between. Dinner and overnight in Kota Biak hotel.

Day 5 > Kota Biak We shall enjoy breakfast in our Kota Biak hotel and transfer to Frans Kaisiepo Airport for the first morning flight to Jakarta or alternative destination.

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Detail:
Day 01: 05 Aug: Arrival in Jayapura with Garuda GA656, connecting flight to Wamena
Day 02: 06 Aug: The Baliem Valley Festival (opening day)
Day 03: 07 Aug: The Baliem Valley Festival (second day)
Day 04: 08 Aug: Birding, join Festival- closing ceremony
Day 05: 09 Aug: Departure, fly from Wamena to Jayapura.

Based on this program,

  1. I need only 4 pax maximum for two rooms. Because the rest rooms are sold out. Normally, I organize a small group. Hotel room will be in Ranu Jaya hotel or Pilamo (possibly).
  2. Start & endsin Wamena
  3. So far my travel mates marked up the cost. So, No commission. Please mark up by yourself.

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Biak Birding

PAPUA BIRDING TEAM EXPLORE PAPUA WILD LIFE


Biak Island
Birding walk
  0.5 or 1 day
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  Of truly oceanic origin, the twin islands of Biak and Supiori, only separated from one another by a narrow mangrove-lined channel, harbor the most highly endemic avifauna of any singular land area in the entire New Guinea region, with up to 15 endemic taxa variously treated at species level. In addition, more than 20, often morphologically highly distinctive, endemic subspecies exist on the islands. So join us as we sound out speciation in these insular taxa, and later still be in the fortunate opportunity to continually add ‘new species’ to your life list from the comfort of your easy chair.

When?
Rewarding year-round.
Scheduled departures
Please enquire for details on our upcoming departures.
Physical effort
Relaxed birding in flat or only slightly undulating terrain.
Tour description
We shall set out pre-dawn on the one hour’s drive by chartered vehicle to an area of road-side secondary forest in eastern Biak. Here we shall focus the first hour of light or so on a couple of forest clearings, where we could be rewarded with sightings of Pacific Baza, Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Gurney’s Eagle, Variable Goshawk, Sultan’s and Great Cuckoo-Dove, Yellow-bibbed and Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Geelvink Imperial Pigeon, Little Bronze Cuckoo, Brush Cuckoo, Moustached Treeswift, Black-winged Lory, Biak Lorikeet, Red-fronted Lorikeet, Red-cheeked and Eclectus Parrot, Emperor Fairywren, Dusky Myzomela, Hooded Butcherbird, Common Cicadabird, Biak Triller, Biak Black and Shining Flycatcher, Biak White-eye, Metallic and Long-tailed Starling, and Red-capped Flowerpecker. We shall then spend the rest of the morning birding along this tranquil road, making incursions into the forest as necessary. Delightful Biak Paradise Kingfishers and Hooded Pittas, the latter of the distictive rosenbergii-subspecies here, call everywhere in these dense forests. But to see the wary Biak Megapode, shy and secretive Biak Coucal, diminutive Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, and scarce Biak Gerygone, Biak Monarch and Biak Leaf Warbler, we shall need to persevere. Other noteworthy species we may come across here include Common Emerald Dove, Little Shrikethrush, Northern Fantail, and Golden Monarch, all represented by highly distinctive endemic subspecies.
 
If you stick with us for the entire day, we shall enjoy a packed lunch on site so to continue our quest for some of the more elusive species mentioned above throughout the afternoon. Evening shall see us gathered at a vantage point in anticipation of evening flights of parrots, which may still include a few Black-capped Lory, here of the distinctive yet heavily persecuted cyanauchen-subspecies. A nocturnal foray could produce the rarely seen Biak Scops Owl as well as Papuan Frogmouth and Large-tailed Nightjar.
 
Detail:
  Day 1: Jayapura-Fly to Biak Island-birding
We will fly to the coral island of Biak. As soon as we arrive, we will be transferred to Hotel Arumbae for lunch. We will do an introduction to birding in Biak and Supiori Islands. These truly oceanic islands that are only separated by a narrow mangrove-line channel, offers at least 12 accepted species of the area. We expect to see some endemics already by driving an hour out of town through the secondary forest. Biak White-eye, Biak Red Lory and long-tailed Starling are fairly easy to locate.
Day 2: Biak full day birding
During these 2 full days birding, we will be targeting most of the Biak endemics: Biak Megapode, Biak Scoop Owl, Biak Red Lory, Geelvink Pygmy Parrot, Biak Coucal, Biak Paradise-kingfisher, Biak Monarch & Biak Golden Monarch, Biak Flycatcher, Biak Gerygone, Biak Golden Monarch, Biak White-eye. Some other birds we expect are: Crested Hawk, Long-tailed Buzzard, Great Cuckoo-Dove, Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove, Double-eyed Fig Parrot, Red fronted Lorikeet, Beach Kingfisher, Black browed Triller, Little shrike-thrust, Singing Starling, etc.
We will do daily birding with vehicle from the hotel with lunch break.
Day 3: Biak birding-Fly out of Biak-Trip ended
After breakfast, we will bird again to catch up with some of the missing species we miss on last 2 days full birding in Biak. We’ll have lunch at hotel, before transferring to airport for your flight to leave Papua. Trip Birding Ends
 

Birding in New Guinea

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 Papua New Guinea: Birding Attenborough’s Paradise 2019

Hook-billed Kingfisher, Glossy-mantled Manucode, Trumpet Manucode, Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, and Greater Bird-of-paradise. Overnight: Kiunga Guesthouse, Kiunga

Day 9.

Transfer by boat to Kwatu Lodge, birding en route and at Kwatu Lodge In the early morning we will travel by boat up the Elavala River and its tributary, the Ketu River, until we arrive at the locally-owned Kwatu Lodge. We will be birding en route. In the afternoon we will be birding around the lodge. On this enchanting river tour and later around the lodge we might encounter the following: New Guinea Flightless Rail, Orange-bellied Fruit Dove, Pinkspotted Fruit Dove, Palm Cockatoo, Red-cheeked Parrot, Eclectus Parrot, Ivory-billed Coucal, Blyth’s Hornbill, Wallace’s Owlet-nightjar, Starry Owlet-nightjar, Hooded Pitta, MoustachedTreeswift, Shining Flycatcher, Black-sided Robin, Frilled Monarch, Hooded Butcherbird, Lowland Peltops, Black Sunbird, and King Bird-of-paradise. Overnight: Kwatu Lodge, Ketu River

Day 10.

Birding around Kwatu Lodge, transfer by boat back to Kiunga In the morning we will be birding the area around the Ekame and Kwatu lodges. In the afternoon we twill travel downriver by boat back to Kiunga. We arrive in Kiunga and transfer straight to the Kiunga Guesthouse. Overnight Kiunga Guesthouse, Kiunga

Day 11.

Transfer to the Star Mountains Today we will have a full-day road tour from Kiunga to Tabubil in the Star Mountains, birding en route. Overnight: Hotel Cloudlands, Tabubil

Day 12.

Birding the Star Mountains For a full day we will explore this wonderful birding area, the Star Mountains. During this time we might encounter Salvadori’s Teal, Queen Carola’sParotia, Beautiful Fruit Dove, Dusky Lory, Striated Lorikeet, Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot, Orange-breasted Fig Parrot, Bluecollared Parrot, Shovel-billed Kookaburra, Golden Cuckooshrike, Chestnut-backed Jewelbabbler, Wallace’s Fairywren, White-rumped Robin, Obscure Berrypecker, Capped White-eye, Mountain Peltops, Greater Melampitta, Magnificent Riflebird, and Magnificent Bird-of-paradise. Overnight: Hotel Cloudlands, Tabubil

Day 13.

Flight to Port Moresby We will transfer to a flight from Tabubil to Port Moresby. On arrival we will be met and transferred to our hotel. Overnight: Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Day 14.

Flight to Tari, birding the Ambua Gap This morning after breakfast we will be met and transferred to the airport for a flight from Port Moresby to Tari in the Hela Province. On arrival we will be transferred to Makara Bird View Lodge. After check-in we proceed to afternoon birding around the bird-rich Ambua Gap. Overnight: Makara Bird View Lodge, Tari 5

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 Papua New Guinea : Birding Attenborough’s Paradise 2019

Day 15 – 16.

Birding the Ambua Gap and the forests and farmland around Ambua We will have two full days birding in the Ambua area. Maybe we will find Forbes’s Forest Rail, Papuan Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Lorikeet, Orange-billed Lorikeet, Red-breasted Pygmy Parrot, Brehm’s Tiger Parrot, Painted Tiger Parrot, Papuan King Parrot, Sooty Owl, Papuan Boobook, Mountain Kingfisher, Spotted Jewel-babbler, Blue-capped Ifrit, Garnet Robin, Lesser Ground Robin, WattledPloughbill, Yellow-browed Melidectes, Tit Berrypecker, Great Woodswallow, Archbold’s Bowerbird, Lesser Melampitta, Loria’sSatinbird, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia, Lawes’sParotia, King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise, Superb Bird-of-paradise, Black Sicklebill, Brown Sicklebill, and Blue Bird-of-paradise. During these two days we will also visit the delightfully “birdy” farmlands of Wata and Tibiki. Overnight: Makara Bird View Lodge, Tari

Day 17.

Flight to Port Moresby Today we will be birding in the area after breakfast, hopefully finding whatever we might have missed during the last two days. We will later transfer to the Tari airport for our flight to Port Moresby. On arrival we will be met for transfer to the Gateway Hotel. Overnight: Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Day 18.

Birding Varirata National Park Today we will return to Varirata National Park for another full day of birding. Port Moresby and Varirata National Park boast more enticing species to wrap up our trip (if we haven’t found them on day 2), like Spotted Whistling Duck, Black Berrypecker, Grey-headed Mannikin, Papuan Frogmouth, Barred Owlet-nightjar, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Yellowbilled Kingfisher, Yellow-breasted Boatbill, White-bellied Whistler, Hooded Pitohui, Orange-fronted Fruit Dove, Graceful Honeyeater, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, CrinklecollaredManucode, and Raggiana Bird-of-paradise. If time permits, we may also return briefly to the exciting grounds of Pacific Adventist University. Overnight: Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Day 19.

Varirata National Park, departure After an early departure at 5:00 a.m. we will have one last morning’s birding at Varirata National Park. After lunch you will be transferred to Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport for your international departure flight.

Duration: 19 days

Group Size                          : 6 – 10 (We have a higher limit for this than for most tours.)

Valid Date                            : 31 August – 18 September 2019/2025

Start                                      : Port Moresby

Ends                                      : Port Moresby

Price                                      : US$ 0000 per person sharing,

Max assuming                   : 6 – 10 participants

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Papua New Guinea Birding-2019

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Papua New Guinea ( PNG ) is indeed a birder’s paradise. Thirty-four birds-of-paradise live on the island of New Guinea, of which thirty-one can be found in Papua New Guinea, and a large number of these are possible on this tour! The island of New Guinea is home to approximately 400 endemics! Together with awe-inspiring scenery, endless rainforests, and fascinating highland societies that only made contact with the outside world in 1930, this makes Papua New Guinea a definite must-do destination for any avid birder. We start our adventure in the tropical savanna near Port Moresby. This area holds species restricted to northern Australia and PNG, such as the remarkable and huge Papuan Frogmouth, Fawn-breasted Bowerbird, and a couple of gorgeous kingfishers, Yellow-billed Kingfisher and Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher. We then fly to the Mount Hagen Highlands, where we base ourselves at Kumul Lodge, the holy grail of PNG highland birding. At Kumul’s legendary feeding table some of PNG’s most spectacular birds await us in form of Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (surely one of the best-looking of the island’s birds-of-paradise?), Rufous-naped Whistler, Brehm’s Tiger Parrot, Archbold’s Bowerbird, Crested Satinbird, and many more. The area around Mount Hagen also holds a host of other birding gems, Brown Sicklebill, King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise, and Lesser Bird-of-paradise among them. Our next destination is the western lowlands around Kiunga, a port town on the Fly River in the Western Province of Papua New Guinea. In this remote part of the country we will search for a host of breathtaking specialties, including the giant Southern Crowned Pigeon, the bizarre Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise and the gorgeous and rather small King Bird-of-paradise, complete with snail-shell-like tail streamers! Our next stop is the little-visited Star Mountains, where we search for some hard-to-find and highly-sought species such as Queen Carola’sParotia, Greater Melampitta, and Shovelbilled Kookaburra. We then fly back east to PNG’s western highlands around Tari, the capital of the Tari-Pori district. More dazzling birds await us here, like the unique Blue Bird-of-paradise, Lawes’sParotia, Princess Stephanie’s Astrapia, Papuan Eagle (sometimes referred to as Papuan Harpy Eagle!), and many, many more. The Tari region is also home to the legendary HuliWigmen, and our tour includes the opportunity to experience this very unique cultural attraction, which is certain to be a non-avian tour highlight that will live in memory for a very long time. Finally we return to Port Moresby and spend our last day birding the nearby Varirata National Park. Varirata is home to the beautiful Raggiana Bird-of-paradise, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Hooded Pitohui, an array of spectacular fruit doves, and much more.

You may also like to consider our West Papua: Arfak and Waigeo Birding Expedition (3 – 14 August 2019).

This tour visits the northwestern side of the island of New Guinea, being a province of Indonesia, and looks for endemic Wilson’s Birds-of-paradise, Red Bird-ofParadise, ArfakAstrapia, Black Sicklebill, Long-tailed Paradigalla, and more!

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 Itinerary ( 19 Days/18 Nights )

Day 1.

Arrival in Port Moresby, birding around Pacific Adventist University After your morning arrival at Port Moresby’s Jacksons International Airport we will transfer to the nearby Gateway Hotel. After check-in we proceed to an afternoon of birding at the grounds of Pacific Adventist University. Overnight: Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Day 2.

Varirata National Park Today we will have a short drive to Varirata National Park, which provides splendid low- and mid-elevation birding. We will spend the day here and might be able to find, among many others, such exciting birds as Barred Owlet-nightjar, Pheasant Coucal, Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Black Berrypecker, or, if we are lucky, even our first bird-of-paradise and Papua New Guinea’s national bird, the magnificent Raggiana Bird-of-paradise. Overnight: Gateway Hotel, Port Moresby

Day 3.

Flight to Mount Hagen and birding around Kumul Lodge We transfer to the airport for a flight to Mount Hagen. On arrival we will be met and transferred to Kumul Lodge. In the afternoon we will be birding around the lodge, targeting some of the birds listed below. Overnight: Kumul Lodge, Mount Hagen

Days 4 – 5.

Birding Mount Hagen We will have two full days birding this avian wonderland, including looking for Blue Bird-ofparadise. Some other birds that we hope to see on Mount Hagen include Papuan Harrier, Chestnut Forest Rail, Goldie’s Lorikeet, Papuan Lorikeet, Yellow-billed Lorikeet, OrangebilledLorikeet, Mountain Owlet-nightjar, Black-breasted Boatbill, White-winged Robin, Regent Whistler, Rufous-naped Whistler, Black Sittella, Common Smoky Honeyeater, Grey-streaked Honeyeater, Fan-tailed Berrypecker, Crested Berrypecker, Mountain Firetail, Yellow-breasted Bowerbird, Crested Satinbird, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, King of Saxony Bird-of-paradise, Brown Sicklebill, and Lesser Bird-of-paradise. Overnight: Kumul Lodge, Mount Hagen

Day 6.

Flight to Kiunga We transfer back to the airport for a flight from Mount Hagen to Kiunga. We will be met and transferred to Kiunga Guesthouse. In the afternoon we’ll enjoy some birding, if time permits. Overnight: Kiunga Guesthouse, Kiunga

Days 7 – 8.

Birding the Kiunga area We will again have two full days to bird another famous PNG birding area, during which we might encounter more extraordinary species like Long-tailed Honey Buzzard, Southern Crowned Pigeon, Collared Imperial Pigeon, Pesquet’s (New Guinea Vulturine) Parrot, Blue Jewel-babbler, Emperor Fairywren, White-bellied Pitohui, Yellow-eyed Starling, Flame Bowerbird, Large Fig Parrot, Yellow-capped Py

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