Our fourth stop in our year of travelling after a 5,5 week trip in West Papua. There is quite a lot of overlap with the Western part of Papua, but there remained more than enough to justify a trip and take a first bite of the specialities of PNG. To minimize overlap we mainly focussed on some islands (Normanby, Manus, New Britain) and added a visit in the highlands (Tari) for some additional Birds of Paradise and species we knew were difficult in West Papua.
Since we are still traveling this is a preliminary trip report with our main findings and a rough annotated species list (counts are incomplete and subspecies indication is missing). Please send us an email if you are missing any information.
West Papua was the third stop in our year of travelling. Visiting Papua had been on our wish list for years and since West Papua has become a lot easier in recent years in terms of logistics and is still a lot cheaper than PNG we decided to primarily focus on the BOP’s (and other specialties) on the Indonesian side. (After our trip to West Papua we travel to PNG but there we focus mainly on the surrounding islands.) This report covers the 5,5-week trip to West Papua where we visited Numfor & Biak, Sorong (inc. Klasow Valley), Waigeo, Nimbokrang, Snow Mountains and the Arfaks. We were joined for most of the trip by Sjoerd Radstaak (Sorong until Arfaks), Marten Hornsveld, Vivian Jacobs, Bas Garcia (Waigeo until Arfaks) and Sander Lagerveld (Nimbokrang & Snow Mountains). Sander also visited the surroundings of Merauke (Wasur NP) for some southern specialities.
Since we are still traveling this is a preliminary trip report with our main findings and a rough annotated species list (counts are incomplete and subspecies indication is missing). Sjoerd improved this tripreport enormously with his contribution. Please send us an email if you are missing information.
Helen visited Dunedin University for 5 months and Rob decided to visit New Zealand afterwards. Rob arrived in Christchurch on June 29th for a 3 week trip. We tried for most endemics, dipped on the Rockwren, did not try for Okarito Brown Kiwi, North Island kiwi and Orange-fronted parrot. The timing of the trip made it impossible to try for New Zealand Petrel.
As a part of his studies Rob spent three months in Australia, mainly doing fieldwork on Sleepy Lizards 200 km north of Adelaide.