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Birdwatching and Jungle Treks

/Birdwatching and Jungle Treks
Birdwatching and Jungle Treks 2017-09-22T13:41:24+00:00

Although Raja Ampat boasts the world’s most diverse marine habitat, the area around Gam Island is covered in floral communities including Mangrove Forests, Beach Forest, Lowland Forest and Sub Mountain Forest. This broad variety of habitat offers respite for a wide ranging array of animals such as birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, butterflies and plants. Many of these species are very rare or endemic to this area.

BEST BIRDWATCHING ACTIVITIES AND JUNGLE TREKS IN RAJA AMPAT

In order to improve the local economy we source these walks out to local guides from neighbouring Yenbeser Village. They have walked the jungle trails many times, and their local depth of knowledge of the plants, trees and animals that inhabit these forests will astound you. They will also spot insects, wildlife and plants that our foreign eye never can.

We list here the most common species of birds that you will discover with us in Raja Ampat:

  • A) TREK RED BIRD OF PARADISE
  • B) TREK WILSON BIRD OF PARADISE
  • C) OTHER SPECIES OF BIRDS

A) TREK RED BIRD OF PARADISE 

Although animals such as Spotted Cuscus, an array of colourful Butterflies and many forest birds can be seen, the main attraction is by far the Red Bird of Paradise as this is one of the only places in the world we can get to witness these truly amazing birds. We advise you to read up on some literature about them before doing this walk so as to maximize the enjoyment and magnitude of your walk.

These extremely colourful and beautiful birds have their own special tree about 45 minutes from right at the back of our property. Upon reaching “base camp” you will soon be awarded by one of the most elegant and exotic displays in nature as there have been sightings of 4 male birds dancing and displaying to 1 or 2 females, vying for the chance to mate. These females are so choosy that it might take many visits by many males before anything happens. After week upon week, day after day and countless hours some males still never get the chance to mate!

Now we have two option for the lover of nature that want to enjoy these extremely colourful and beautiful birds

  • The first option is right behind of our property, a nice and easy path through the jungle will take you to a base camp where you will be able to enjoy the courtship dance of the Red Bird of Paradise, which is endemic of Batanta, Waigeo, and Gam island. The guide, Yehuda, keept the path and base camp for guest.
  • For the ones which want to enjoy a little bit more trekking and dance we can offer a bit longer trip. Our guide Simon will pick you up at the Resort to take an amazing boat drive through the  bay, and after 20 min we will get to the starting point for the trek. This time a little bit more challenging but not too difficult, just half an hour trekk. Upon reaching “base camp” you will soon be awarded by one of the most elegant and exotic displays in nature as there have been sightings of 4 male birds dancing and displaying to 1 or 2 females, vying for the chance to mate. These females are so choosy that it might take many visits by many males before anything happens. After week upon week, day after day and countless hours some males still never get the chance to mate!

We strongly urge you to witness this once in a lifetime opprtunity. The walk is easy going but in lush forest and you will inevitably get wet. Wear a short and T-Shirt, some good sturdy sandals or shoes and take along binoculars and your camera (please switch off all sound). Put on some insect repellant and let the local guide go show you a true spectacle of nature.

Other information:

  • Price: Irp150 000 – Payable directly to guide
  • Times: 05:00 and 15:00
  • Duration: 3-4 Hours
  • Departure Point: Biodiversity

Recommended; torch, long trousers, mosquito repelent and trekking shoes

B) TREK WILSON BIRD OF PARADISE

We can also organize treks to see the Wilson Bird of Paradise, one of the most beatiful birds of the world.

We will organize transportaton to  the neighbout island of Waigeo (10-15min boat drive). We will drop you off at Sapokren where you will meet the local guide. Most of the trek is done though the main road, and takes around one hour to get to the base camp.

Wilson’s bird of paradise is rather small. Males can reach a length of 16 centimetres. The male is a red and black bird-of-paradise, with a yellow mantle on its neck, light green mouth, rich blue feet and two curved violet tail feathers. The head is naked blue, with a black double cross pattern on it. The female is a brownish bird with bare blue crown.

The rituals of seduction of males of these birds clear an area in the floor to create a ‘display court’. Then they perform an elaborate mating dance to impress a potential mate. The male usually exhibits the attractive breast shield and accompanies the mating dance with song and calls.

Raja Ampat tour bird watching

In the footsteps of great naturalist Alfred Russel Wallace

Alfred Russel Wallace (8 January 1823 – 7 November 1913) was a  British naturalist regarded as the pre-eminent 19th-century collector and field biologist of tropical regions of the world.  It was nearly 150 years ago that Wallace arrived on an island called Waigeo, after an 18-day ocean voyage on a small sailing canoe. He stayed for three months in the village of Yenbeser, or Besir (as it was called then), studying the extraordinary nature and birds of the islands, including the birds of paradise. He commented:

“Every islet was covered with strange-looking shrubs and trees, and was generally crowned by lofty and elegant palms, which also studded the ridges of the mountainous shores, forming one of the most singular and picturesque landscapes I have ever seen.” – Malay Archipelago

Even today we often find ourselves gazing at exactly what Russell Wallace described; it is as though we are the ones on the brink of discovering a new species, enveloped in such amazing biodiversity.

You can visit the exact same hut, seen in the photo below, where Sir Wallace stayed while studying the bird of paradise.

Look at the Birds of Paradise in Action

C) OTHER SPECIES OF BIRDS

This is the list of other species than have been found in the area.

Note:

  • Italic Birds=seen in the Sorong area or on the pelagic trip to Gam
  • Bold birds=highlights of the trip
  1. Dusky Scrubfowl
  2. Matsudaira’s Stormpetrel
  3. Pomarine Skua
  4. Wedge-tailed Shearwater (pale morph/dark morph)
  5. Lesser Frigatebird
  6. Sooty Tern
  7. Bridled Tern
  8. Brown Noddy
  9. Little Tern
  10. Black-naped Tern
  11. Lesser Crested Tern
  12. Beach Stonecurlew
  13. Striated Heron
  14. Little Egret
  15. Intermediate Egret
  16. Eastern Great Egret
  17. Eastern Reef Egret
  18. Great-billed Heron
  19. Brahmany Kite
  20. Eastern Osprey
  21. White-bellied Sea-eagle
  22. Gurney’s Eagle
  23. Collared Sparrowhawk
  24. Long-tailed Buzzard
  25. Brown Cuckoo-dove
  26. Great Cuckoo-dove
  27. Stephen’s Emerald Dove
  28. Wompoo Fruit-dove
  29. Pink-spotted Fruitdove
  30. Superb Fruitdove
  31. Beautiful Fruit-dove
  32. Dwarf Fruit-dove
  33. Claret-breasted Fruit-dove
  34. Moluccan Fruit-dove
  35. Spice Imperial Pigeon
  36. Nicobar Pigeon
  37. White-throated Pigeon
  38. Pinon’s Imperial Pigeon
  39. Eclectus Parrot
  40. Palm Cockatoo
  41. Sulphur-crested Cockatoo
  42. Red-flanked Lorikeet
  43. Black-capped Lory
  44. Violet-necked Lory
  45. Red-cheeked Parrot
  46. Rainbow Lorikeet
  47. Great-billed Parrot
  48. Orange-fronted Hanging Parrot
  49. Blyth’s Hornbill
  50. Brush Cuckoo
  51. Papuan Frogmouth
  52. Large-tailed Nightjar
  53. Glossy Swiftlet
  54. Moustached Treeswift
  55. Uniform Swiftlet
  1. Tree Martin
  2. Pacific Swallow
  3. Common Paradise-kingfisher
  4. Oriental Dollarbird
  5. Rainbow Bee-eater
  6. Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
  7. Beach Kingfisher
  8. Collared Kingfisher
  9. Sacred Kingfisher
  10. Papuan Dwarf Kingfisher
  11. Rusty Mouse-warbler
  12. Ruby-throated Myzomela
  13. Papuan black Myzomela
  14. Long-billed Honey-eater
  15. Varied Honeyeater
  16. Helmeted Friarbird
  17. Mimic Meliphaga
  18. Puff-backed Meliphaga
  19. Mountain Meliphaga
  20. Tropical Scrubwren
  21. Fairy Gerygone
  22. Black Sunbird
  23. Olive-backed Sunbird
  24. Pygmy Longbill
  25. Olive-crowned Flowerpecker
  26. White-breasted Woodswallow
  27. Hooded Butcherbird
  28. Black-browed Triller
  29. Golden Cuckooshrike
  30. White-bellied Cuckooshrike
  31. Black Cicadabird
  32. Little Shrikethrush
  33. Raja Ampat Pitohui
  34. Rusty Pitohui
  35. Papuan Babbler
  36. Shining Flycatcher
  37. Frilled Monarch
  38. Golden Monarch
  39. Spot-winged Monarch
  40. Northern Fantail
  41. Willie Wagtail
  42. White-bellied Thicket-fantail
  43. Sooty Thicket-fantail
  44. Glossy Manucode (mature/immature)
  45. Brown-headed Crow
  46. Torresian Crow
  47. Wilson’s bird of paradise (male)
  48. Red Bird of Paradise (female)
  49. Black-sided Robin
  50. Olive Flycatcher
  51. Spangled Drongo
  52. Moluccan Starling
  53. Metallic Starling
  54. Brown Oriole
  55. Eurasian Tree Sparrow
  56. House Sparrow