5 Days/4 Nights Bird watching In Raja Ampat + Sorong (West Papua)
Dates Valid for: Oct 30-Nov 03. 2019- Valid until 2025
Day 1. Sorong – Waisai – Waigeo (Raja Ampat)
Arrival in Sorong, onwards by a fast boat departs at 09:00 AM across Waisai. Then drive to Waigeo. Afternoon birding along roadside. Overnight in Waigeo
Day 2. Waigeo
Watch Wilson’s Bird of Paradise at Waigeo forest. Overnight.
Day 3. Waigeo
Watch Red-Bird of Paradise and other species. Overnight.
Day 4. Waigeo – Waisai – Sorong
Extra morning birding in Raja Ampat, after lunch travel by a fast boat returning Sorong. Afternoon birding at Sorong forest. Overnight at Kyriad hotel.
Day 5. Sorong – Fly To Manado/Jakarta
Early morning birding at Sorong nature forest, afterward transfer-out airport
Recorded Birds from Raja ampat & Sorong
1. Dusky Scrub fowl – Common throughout the islands and seen most days.
2. Radjah Shelduck – A few pairs seen on Gam and especially Kri, where the birds are very tame.
3. Wedge-tailed Shearwater – One pale morph seen on the Sorong-Waisai ferry crossing had the heart racing for a moment!
4. Red-footed Booby – A pair seen between Arborek and Painemu islands. A large flock on the Waisai-Sorong ferry crossing.
5. Lesser Frigatebird – Common to abundant.
6. Bridled Tern – One seen near Painemu Island.
7. Little Tern – A few seen en-route to Painemu Island.
8. Black-naped Tern – Fairly common near shore in the islands.
9. Greater Crested Tern – The commonest tern. Seen most days in the islands.
10. Black Bittern – One seen in flight at dusk in the mangroves at Nudibranch.
11. Little Egret – One near the Sorong ferry wharf.
12. Great-billed Heron – At least half a dozen singles seen from Waigeo and Gam.
13. Eastern Great Egret – One seen on boat trip to western crowned pigeon site on Waigeo.
14. Eastern Reef-Egret – Fairly common on the shoreline in the islands.
15. Pacific Baza – A couple on the BOP Trail, Waigeo, and a few at Macbon, near Sorong.
16. Brahminy Kite – Reasonably common in the lowlands and along the seashore in the islands.
17. Eastern Osprey – Seen on all islands except Kri.
18. Gurney’s Eagle – Two seen on Waigeo; one in flight and one on a nest. Apparently they are fond of cuscuses…
19. White-bellied Sea-Eagle – Several seen on Waigeo, Gam and Friwen.
20. Pomerine Jaeger – One seen on the Waisai – Sorong ferry crossing.
21. Gray-headed Goshawk – One or two seen on Waigeo and Gam.
22. Collared Sparrowhawk – Two seen on Waigeo and one ate the two willie-wagtail chicks on their nest at Nudibranch. Bastard.
23. Whimbrel – One seen at Yenkangkanes and a couple on Kri.
24. Common Sandpiper – Small numbers scattered around the islands.
25. Gray-tailed Tattler – One bird seen on Kri.
26. Red-necked Stint – ~15 seen in flight on the Sorong – Waisai ferry crossing.
27. Red-necked Phalarope – Small flocks en route to Painemu Island and on the Waisai – Sorong ferry crossing.
28. Brown Cuckoo-Dove – Widespread. More often heard than seen.
29. Great Cuckoo-Dove – Fairly common on Waigeo near the homestay and doing their peculiar display flights at Taman Wisata.
30. Stephan’s Emerald Dove – Fairly common on Waigeo on the roadside. Also common in the overgrown gardens behind Sawinggrai Village, Gam.
31. Thick-billed Ground-Pigeon – One seen at 0700 flushing from the edge of the road ~800m from the main drag in Taman Wisata. It then perched low in undergrowth and started preening. Lucky!
32. Western Crowned-Pigeon – Seen on Waigeo and Gam. Yenkangkanes and Nudibranch homestays will arrange visits to the sites on request. You can return to the Gam site yourself after being shown where it is. Don’t tell anyone (or get lost, I guess).
33. Wompoo Fruit-Dove – One seen feeding near the roadside near Yenkangkanes.
34. Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove – A pair seen feeding on figs on the Waigeo BOP Trail. Singles seen on Gam and at Taman Wisata.
35. Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove – A couple of pairs at Taman Wisata.
36. Claret-breasted Fruit-Dove – The commonest and most widespread fruit-dove on Waigeo and Gam.
37. Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove – At Macbon and much more commonly at Taman Wisata.
38. Dwarf Fruit-Dove – A large flock (~25+) seen feeding with other fruit doves, hornbills etc, on a fruiting fig on Waigeo BOP Trail. A few seen at Macbon near Sorong.
39. Spice Imperial-Pigeon – Common on Waigeo and Friwen; less so on the other islands.
40. Pied Imperial-Pigeon – Very common along the coast on Waigeo, less so on Gam and Friwen.
41. Zoe’s Imperial-Pigeon – Several seen at Taman Wisata, some in small flocks. One bird thankfully perched in the open.
42. Pinon’s Imperial-Pigeon – Very common on Waigeo; common on Gam and at Taman Wisata.
43. Palm Cockatoo – Common on Waigeo, especially at the homestay. Also seen at Nudibranch, Friwen and Taman Wisata.
44. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo – Common on Waigeo; less so on Gam.
45. Eclectus Parrot – Very common on Waigeo, in flocks of up to 25 strong. Common on Gam; less so elsewhere.
46. Red-flanked Lorikeet – Seen well at Taman Wisata on a fairly small flowering tree. Commonly seen in flight there.
47. Red-fronted Lorikeet – Seen well at Taman Wisata on the same fairly small flowering tree as redflanked (above) and feeding with them in a mixed flock of 25-30 birds.
48. Black-capped Lory – Seen well at Waigeo western crowned pigeon site and flying at Taman Wisata.
49. Violet-necked Lory – Common at Nudibranch; less so on Kri.
50. Coconut Lorikeet – Seen daily in noisy flight on Waigeo; less common on Gam and at Taman Wisata.
51. Red-cheeked Parrot – Common throughout. The most widespread parrot seen.
52. Great-billed Parrot – Seen in flight once in the regrowth gardens behind Sawinggrai Village on Gam. Good.
53. Moluccan King-Parrot – Seen in flight several times on Waigeo, Gam and Taman Wisata. Difficult to approach when perched.
54. Large Fig-Parrot – Often seen in flight at Taman Wisata.
55. Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot – Singles seen in flight several times at Taman Wisata. One small flock seen feeding in the canopy of an emergent tree.
56. Double-eyed Fig-Parrot – Seen in flight and one perched at Taman Wisata.
57. Orange-fronted Hanging-Parrot – Two birds perched high in a dead tree (with many nest holes) at Taman Wisata.
58. Blyth’s Hornbill – Common and OBVIOUS throughout.
59. Channel-billed Cuckoo – Seen and heard at all sites except Kri in small numbers.
60. Brush Cuckoo – Heard at all forested sites and seen at Taman Wisata, where common.
61. Papuan Frogmouth – A pair flushed near Nudibranch during the day.
62. Papuan Boobook – Seen well at the Wilson’s BOP turnoff on Waigeo. Heard elsewhere on the BOP Trail just before dawn.
63. Large-tailed Nightjar – Flushed on Kri and heard on Waigeo and Gam.
64. Glossy Swiftlet – Common.
65. Uniform Swiftlet – Seen on Waigeo and Painemu. Under-recorded.
66. Moustached Treeswift – Fairly common on Waigeo and Gam; less so elsewhere.
67. Pacific Swallow – Common throughout.
68. Common Paradise-Kingfisher – Common in all forests but seen well only a few times.
69. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra – Common and obvious throughout; fairly tame.
70. Dollarbird – A few seen from Yenkangkanes and on Gam.
71. Beach Kingfisher – Fairly common, noisy and obvious in the islands.
72. Yellow-billed Kingfisher – Widespread and fairly common but difficult to see. Only seen well at Yenkangkanes.
73. Rusty Mouse-Warbler – Seen well at dawn opposite Yenkangkanes, at the red BOP site, and less well on Gam.
74. Wallace’s Fairy-Wren – One bird seen at Taman Wisata in the road cutting as it starts steeply downhill. Another calling. Bizarre fairy-wren. Doesn’t sound like one and doesn’t behave like one.
75. Red-throated Myzomela – One bird seen feeding on coconut blossom at Nudibranch; several at Taman Wisata.
76. Papuan Black Myzomela – Seen a few times on the BOP Trail on Waigeo and at Taman Wisata.
77. Helmeted Friarbird – Common, noisy and obvious at all sites except Kri.
78. Long-billed Honeyeater – Seen at the Waigeo western crowned pigeon site and at Nudibranch in coconut palms.
79. Brown-backed Honeyeater – One bird at the red BOP site on Waigeo.
80. Olive Honeyeater – One bird at Yenkangkanes.
81. Tawny-breasted Honeyeater – At the Waigeo western crowned pigeon site and behind SawinggraiVillage.
82. Varied Honeyeater – Common in mangroves and other seaside vegetation in the islands.
83. Spotted Honeyeater – Seen well once at the red BOP site on Waigeo and again at Taman Wisata.
84. Puff-backed Honeyeater – Recorded once at the BOP Trail – ignored thereafter.
85. Mimic Honeyeater – Very common everywhere. Can be a bit of a nuisance…. Oh, it’s you again.
86. Pale-billed Scrubwren – A few seen once near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
87. Fairy Gerygone – A couple seen once near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
88. Yellow-bellied Gerygone – The most common gerygone in the islands but by no means easy.
89. Large-billed Gerygone – Low numbers on Waigeo and Gam.
90. Olive-crowned Flowerpecker – Very common and approachable at Taman Wisata.
91. Yellow-bellied Longbill – Fairly common on Waigeo and at Taman Wisata.
92. Spectacled Longbill – Fairly common on Waigeo, Gam and at Taman Wisata.
93. Pygmy Longbill – Seen a few times on the Waigeo BOP Trail and inside the forest there.
94. Black Sunbird – Fairly common on Waigeo, Gam and at Taman Wisata.
95. Olive-backed Sunbird – The most common and widespread small passerine.
96. White-breasted Woodswallow – Fairly common and obvious in the islands.
97. Lowland Peltops – A few seen at Macbon and more commonly at Taman Wisata.
98. Hooded Butcherbird – Fairly common, noisy and tame in the islands.
99. Black Butcherbird – Shyer than hooded and seen well only at the Waigeo BOP Trial and at Taman Wisata.
100. White-bellied Cuckooshrike – A pair seen in Sawinggrai Village, Gam and at Painemu Island.
101. Black-browed Triller – Common in forests near Sorong.
102. Barred Cuckooshrike – Several sightings on Waigeo and one on Gam.
103. Boyer’s Cuckooshrike – A large flock feeding on figs at Macbon; also at Taman Wisata.
104. Gray-headed Cicadabird – Seen a few times at Taman Wisata.
105. Rusty Pitohui – Fairly common inside forests on Waigeo and Gam and seen briefly at Taman Wisata.
106. Little Shrike-Thrush – A small flock behind Sawinggrai Village, Gam.
107. Island Whistler – One bird seen in a mixed flock on Kri on the only walk I did there.
108. Gray Whistler – A pair inside the forest in a mixed flock near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
109. Shining Flycatcher – Fairly common, tame and obvious in the islands, often near water.
110. Spot-winged Monarch – The most common monarch seen; on Waigeo, Gam and Kri.
111. Frilled Monarch – A pair inside the forest in a mixed flock near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
112. Golden Monarch – A pair inside the forest in a mixed flock near the western crowned pigeon site on Gam.
113. Islet Monarch – A pair seen close and well on Kri on the only walk I did there. Probably fairly easy.
114. Yellow-breasted Boatbill – A pair inside the forest in a mixed flock near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
115. Northern Fantail – Fairly common within and at the edge of forests on Waigeo, Gam and Kri.
116. Willie-wagtail – Common in disturbed habitats in the islands.
117. Glossy-mantled Manucode – Common throughout. Seen daily.
118. Brown-headed Crow – Seen a few times on Waigeo. Suspected calling on Gam. Seen well at the Waigeo western crowned pigeon site and less well on the BOP Trail. Call gives it away. Apparently not seen near habitation. Beware that Torresian crow was also seen well into the forest contrary to what you might read…
119. Torresian Crow – Fairly common in the islands, generally in disturbed habitats.
120. Wilson’s Bird-of-Paradise – one male was seen well at the display site. Others were calling nearby. Barry-Sean visited on a different day and reports the same experience. The birds are very timid.
121. Red Bird-of-Paradise – Common on Waigeo and Gam. Females often seen in mixed flocks or feeding in canopy well away from display sites. The display site behind Sawinggrai Village on Gam was better and more accessible than the one on Waigeo if you go to both sites.
122. Black-sided Robin – One shy bird seen well near the red BOP site on Waigeo.
123. House Sparrow – Yeah; there’s them.
124. Eurasian Tree Sparrow – As above.
125. Gray’s Grasshopper-Warbler – A couple seen and others heard on the BOP Trail on Waigeo.
126. Spangled Drongo – Uncommon on Waigeo; more so on Gam and at Taman Wisata.
127. Metallic Starling – Small flocks at Taman Wisata.
128. Singing Starling – On all islands, particularly near villages, where common.
129. Brown Oriole – Seen well behind Sawinggrai Village and at Taman Wisata.
130. Golden Myna – One bird seen well and calling (strange call) at Taman Wisata.
131. Yellow-faced Myna – Small flocks at Yenkangkanes and at Macbon; also Taman Wisata where fairly common.
132. Streak-headed Mannikin – A small flock seen twice (same birds, probably) in roadside vegetation at Taman Wisata.