Indonesia's unwilling easternmost region, Papua occupies the western half of New Guinea, the World's second largest island. Along with its independent eastern neighbour Papua New Guinea, Papua is home to an incredible diversity of flora, fauna and cultures. The rugged terrain and the relatively late coming of the outside world to the island has helped to preserve the unique biological and cultural diversity here better than probably anywhere else in the tropics. It is also home to the largest tracts of remaining rainforest outside the Amazon basin, and much of the varied fauna found here is unique to the island. Mammals include several species of tree kangaroos and cuscuses, but the birdlife is even more fascinating: colourful cockatoos and parrots share the forests with such unique species as cassowaries, crowned pigeons and the most famous and spectacular of all feathered beings: birds of paradise. High above the jungle-clad lowlands, the central highlands are home to alpine landscapes and even snow-capped peaks, plus the closest glaciers to the equator. More accessibly, the coastal areas, especially around the off-shore islands, boost some of the finest coral reefs in the world.Hence, without any doubt birdwatching in Papua (Irian Jaya) is on many people’s dream wish list.
IT Nature Club will be organizing a birding trail led by India's well known birder and naturalist Mr. Sujan Chatterjee from 2nd July 2017 to 11th July 2017.
Check out the photos from his previous trip here
Day 1 / 2nd July 2017
We arrive at Jakarta at 1100 hrs.Check into hotel.Fly out to Jayapura after the dinner.
Day 2 – 5 / 3rd July 2017 - 6th July 2017
We arrive by 8:25 am. Drive for an hour and a half to the village of Nimbokrang. Our stay will be at a simple homestay for 4 nights looking for the various gems on offer like Lesser Bird‐of‐ Paradise, King Bid of Paradise , 12 Wired Bird of Paradise, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Eclectus Parrots, Palm Cockatoos,Triton Cockatoos, Manucodes, Butcherbirds, Fawn-breasted Bowerbirds, Papuan Frogmouth and much more. We need to wake up early morning before the birds wake up and reach the lekking areas and wait for the birds to come and display. Some of the walking is on wooden planks and wet soft grounds.And in some places we will be walking uphill for short distances to reach the lekking grounds. We will be birding in the afternoon again till sundown.
Day 6 / 7th July 2017
After breakfast we fly to Sorong and arrive by 10:10am. Sail across to Sapokreng by a speead boat. . Here we will stay in huts and share common Toilet and use very basic cold bucket and shower facilities. This emerald island also provides some great snorkelling opportunities. So do bring your snorkelling gear if you are interested.
Day 7-8 / 8th July 2017 - 9th July 2017
These two days we shall spend time looking for the target species Red Bird of Paradise and Wilson Bird of Paradise.The other birds that we hope to see are Brown-necked Crow, Western Crowned Pigeons, Glossy-mantled manucodes, Red-cheeked Parrots, Lesser Frigatebirds, Claret-breasted Fruit Dove, Pinon Imperial Pigeons, Black-capped Lories
Day 9 / 10th July 2017
After morning birding we shall sail back to Sorong. Overnight at Sorong after a listing out the birds seen so far.
Day 10 / 11th July 2017
Fly out to Jakarta to connect to our onward flight.Tour ends.
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