Spaces available for Arfak+Waigeo 2 October

Just a reminder that we still have spaces available for Arfak + Waigeo 2nd October this year.
It is the only open bird tour we have this year and we are already fully booked for 2017.
Next chance you get to travel with us in 2018. Can you really wait that long?

You get the chance to see the amazing Wilson’s Bird of Paradise. Other Birds of Paradise we hope to see Red BOP, Superb BOP, Western Parotia, Arfak Astrapia and hopefully Long-tailed Paradigalla.

Join our next tour to Biak, Nimbokrang, Arfak, Sorong and Waigeo 1 May 2016

Biak, Nimbokrang, Arfak, Sorong and Waigeo 1 May 2016

Male Magnificent bird of paradise - Cicinnurus magnificus

Male Magnificent bird of paradise – Cicinnurus magnificus

Arfak photos updated

There are now some new photos in the Arfak album. These photos are a compilation of our two latest trips to Seth in the Arfaks.
A special thanks to Geert Beckers who provided the amazing photo of a male Dwarf Cassowary and his two chicks. The sighting of this species is quite unique to our knowledge.
Enjoy photos of displaying Black SIcklebills and Magnificent Birds of Paradise here.

Video of the bower of Vogelkop Bowerbird


This is one of the scenes you can expect when you travel in the Arfak Mountains.

And here is the anonymous architect:

The anonymous architect: Arfak Bowerbird

The anonymous architect: Vogelkop Bowerbird

Christmas in Arfak

Mehd is preparing to go for the really cool trip Arfak, Waigeo, Halmahera with a friend for Christmas and New Year. That’s a really good way to spend the holidays, don’t you think.
This trip will be focused on recording, so good tht there aren’t many people joining them 🙂

Papuan Bobook - Ninox theomacha

Papuan Bobook – Ninox theomacha

Back in Arfak again

The Arfak Astrapia has been a real skulker all of 2014 in Arfak.
Mehd was lucky enough to see it, while his guests were at the Parotia spot together with Seth (the guide).
How about that for bad luck! Mehd is going back twice more this year and the guests are probably never visiting Arfak again.

But this is the way birdwatching works and I guess you all have had this experience?

The Papua tour in July – August

Mehd has  just come back from a 20-day version of our 24-day Biak, Nimbokrang, Arfak, Sorong and Waigeo tour.  They’ve had a sucessful tour wit around 250 species of birds.

The group started with only two days in Biak, but managed to see the Biak Coucal (Centropus chalybeus) that can be a real skulker when the weather is good.

Biak Coucal
In Nimbokrang the group was very lucky with finding a bower of the Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris). It’s the first time the guide pak Jamil has found a bower in the forests of Nimbokrang. They also got Shovel-billed Kingfisher (Clytoceyx rex) and Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina).
Lesser Bird of Paradise (Paradisaea minor)

After Nimbokrang they went on to Arfak mountains. There they got some good records with Black SIcklebill (Epimachus fastosus) posing out in the sun, which is not normal behaviour for this species.
They also got 4-5 individuals of Long-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla carunculata) -a real treat – and a flock of Blue-collared Parrots (Geoffroyus simplex) flying over their heads!

Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus)

Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus)

The final leg was Sorong with Batanta and Salawati for Wilson’s and Red Birds of Paradise. There some nice Kinfishers and pigeons and doves as well, topping the list with the endemic Western Crowned Pigeon.

Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)

Western Crowned Pigeon (Goura cristata)

Welcome to Birding Indonesia!

We offer Guided Tours to many different birding destinations in eastern Indonesia.
We start and end our tours in Bali, as it makes a nice and relaxing base.

Please also chek out our photos in the top menu from travels around Indonesia!

While travelling with us you will have the chance to see Lowland Peltops, Pesquet’s Parrot Palm Cockatoo, Western Parotia, Magnificent Bird of Paradise, Pale-billed Sicklebill, Wilson’s Bird of Paradise and many more.
Lesser Bird of Paradise

We have travelled and birdwatched around Indonesia since 2001 and
from August 2007 we live in Yogyakarta on Java.

So far we have experience in birdwatching in the following locations:
Java, Bali, Komodo, Flores, Sulawesi, Halmahera, Buru, Sula, Tanimbar, Sumba, Timor, Flores, West Papua (Baliem Valley, outskirts of Foya mountains, Arfak mountains, lake Sentani), Merauke, Batanta, Salawati, Yapen, Biak and Numfor.

Kind regards
Lena & Mehd Halaouate