Other animals

We do come across quite a few animals on our tours.
Mehd was travelling to Waigeo for vacation recently and came across this beautiful Waigeo Cuscus.

Waigeo Cuscus - Spilocuscus papuensis

Waigeo Cuscus – Spilocuscus papuensis

An amazing creature and they were six persons admiring it and taking photos of this magnificent creature:
When Mehd got back to Bali and started going throught the photos of his trip, he was very surprised to realized none of them had noticed this:

Waigeo Cuscus and Amethystine Python in the background

Waigeo Cuscus and Amethystine Python in the background

A huge snake was almost as close to them as the Cuscus.
The snake is an Amethystine Python – Morelia amethystina amethystina in the background. Thanks Des Hume for IDing both species!

This goes to show how much we probably miss seeing when we are out birding or whatever we ae looking for.

Snakes also reminded me of when Mehd was planning for a scouting trip to Merauke and Wasur National Park. The biotop in south Papua is very similar to Australia (as you can see in photos here) and I had only ONE request; “I don’t want a picture of a Taipan”.
And what did I get? Yes, you guessed it 🙂 A picture of a Taipan…

Common Taipan - Oxyuranus scutellatus

Common Taipan – Oxyuranus scutellatus

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.

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 Umbrella Cockatoos at nest

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A beautiful video of a pair of Umbrella Cockatoos (Cacatua alba) at nest.
Mehd is 75 meters away from the nest and is not disturbing their activities. The Umbrella Cockatoo is endemic to the island of Halmahera in eastern Indonesia.

Video of the bower of Vogelkop Bowerbird

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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

Geelvink Pygmy Parrot

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As you all know we really love parrots and we really love Biak. So what could be better than a Biak parrot today?
Geelvink Pygmy Parrot – Micropsitta geelvinkiana misoriensis

When you google this species Mehd’s pictures are always at the top. It took some time to learn their behaviour and to spot them.

Paradise Crows in Halmahera

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Another amazing video from the Christmas tour to Halmahera, Paradise Crows – Lycocorax pyrrhopterus.
ENJOY 🙂

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

Good start in Biak with the rare Biak Gerygone

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Mehd was really happy to start off the 24 day tour with some really good birding in Biak.
Biak Gerygone – Gerygone hypoxantha was a real gem on this amazing little island just north of Papua.
We are not aware of any other pictures of this species anywhere on internet. Please tell us if you have found other pictures.
The taxonomy of this species is still not settled and it is often regarded as a race of G. magnirostris.  Acoording to HBW it seems quite distinct in having yellow in plumage, and confined to a long-isolated island with many other distinct endemic taxa.

The birdlife is really unique there but so is also culture, history and nature.
Biak was an important island during WW2 where dutch and japanese soldiers fought at length.
You can see more of the Biak and Numfor birds in the photo album.

Biak Gerygone - Gerygone hypoxantha

Biak Gerygone – Gerygone hypoxantha