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.
Those of you who know us, know that we are passionate about parrots. So much that Mehd is working for World Parrot Trust as their Indonesia Program Manager.
We also work closely with Tasikoki Wildlife and Rescue Centre in north Sulawesi, both as a part of World Parrot Trust’s Indoensia Programme and as private persons.
Our plan was to meet up in Tasikoki after Mehd finished his latest tour, to do another follow up on the Red and Blue Lories that were rescued in November 2014 from a Phillipino smuggler.
Plans changed as we recieved an SMS from Simon at Tasikoki just days before Mehd Was leaving for Biak. A new batch of smuggled birds (this time from Papua) was on their doorstep – including 4 parrot chicks that still needed to be fed and loads of other birds.
Lena decided to fly up to Manado from Bali to give them some support and help out with the young ones for a few days.
This time the shipment came from Merauke in south Papua. It was 55 Black-capped Lories, 4 Sulphur-crested Cockatoos, one juvinile Eclectus male and three Cassowary chicks. The smugglers were the Indonesian military!
Birding Indoensia sent some emergency funds the same day we got the news. We also helped documenting all the Black-capped Lories while we were medicating and examining them. Most of the bird seemed at least half tame and have probably been kept as pet birds before the journey from Papua.
It seems like there are several different sub species – not only from the Merauke region.
Mehd is on his way to Manado and Talaud Islands to check on the Red and Blue Lories that were confiscated in November 2013.
This project is through World Parrot Trust where Mehd is the Indonesia Project Manager.
Back in November 111 birds were confiscated on their way to Phillippines. Our hero Simon and his team at Tasikoki Wildlife Rescue Centre were able to take them all in and Mehd and I arrived at the centre just hours after the lories had arrived.
We were able within a day or so to ensure Tasikoki that World Parrot Trust would supply funds for the birds. Lories have an expensive taste in diet and adding that to an already strained budget is no ones dream senario.
Anyway, plans are to eventually realease fit birds (their flight feathers had been pulled and there has been some permanent damage) back to the island of Krakelang in the Talauds, which is the only island they still inhabit!