Overview

Our Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise extension explore a completely different biological zone. We spend most of our tour on the Raja Ampat Island of Waigeo, famed for the best snorkelling in the world! Here our primary target of this tropical island paradise include perhaps the most attractive bird on the planet, Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise, as well as Red Bird-of-paradise, the incredible Western Crowned Pigeon, Palm Cockatoo, Lowland Peltops and much besides. We also spend a day on the extreme western tip of New Guinea. Here we bird the famous Vogelkop, a veritable feast of incredible highlights may include up to seven birds-of-paradise including Magnificent, King, Lesser and Twelve-wired as well as numerous pigeons such as Wompoo, Superb and Pink-spotted Fruit Doves to name a few, the localized Black Lory and Moluccan King Parrot as well as the endemic Red-breasted Paradise Kingfisher.

2023 Tour price is an estimate and will change. Tour dates could be adjusted.

Tour Facts Top Birds
Wilson’s, Red, Magnificent, King, Lesser and Twelve-wired Bird-of-paradise, Trumpet & Glossy-mantled Manucodes, Magnificent Riflebird, Western Crowned Pigeon, Dusky Megapode, Lowland Peltops, Spot-winged, Golden & Frilled Monarchs, Black Berrypecker, Emperor Fairywren, Raja Shelduck, Hook-billed, Azure & Papuan Dwarf Kingfishers, Yellow-capped Pygmy, Double-eyed Fig & Moluccan King Parrots, New Guinea Bronzewing, Cinnamon Ground, Wompoo, Superb, Pink-spotted, Orange-fronted, Beautiful, Dwarf, Orange-bellied, Coroneted, Claret-breasted, White-bibbed Fruit, Orange-bellied & Dwarf Fruit Doves, Pheasant, Spice & Bicolored Imperial Pigeons, Grey-headed Goshawk, Papuan Boobook, Marbled Frogmouth, Southern Variable & Rusty Pitohuis, North Moluccan Pitta, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra
Habitats Covered
lowland forests, rivers, islands, beaches
Expected Climate
mostly hot and humid
Max Group Size
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
Tour Pace & Walking
Our Mega tours are very fast-paced birding adventures designed for the dedicated lister and serious birder. The focus of the tour is to see as many of the endemics and area specials as possible in our given time. In order to cover the necessary route to maximise the species list we tend to spend a single night at most sites and travel large distances. There is very little down time aside from that spent driving from one site to the next. These tours are not suitable for dedicated or avid photographers; inexperienced or new birders; as well as anyone with serious mobility or health challenges.
Accommodation
variable between rustic and excellent
Ease of Birding
moderate to challenging at times
Photographic Opportunities
good to very good
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This was a fabulous tour! Living on the Seahorse and going ashore each day to explore, in many cases, remote and under-birded locations was a truly exciting and wonderful experience. In addition, it was a fabulous and memorable experience to have Glen and Keith Valentine as leaders. They teamed seamlessly and ensured that everyone had a wonderful and got on to the birds. Oh, and of course, the sight of at least 4 male Wilson's Birds-of-Paradise displaying to multiple females was the stuff of dreams! Truly spectacular! And the local guides and drivers were all great, not forgetting the Skipper and crew of the Seahorse! The Buru extension for the Madanga and some of the owls was also so memorable, as were the few days in West Papua. All things considered, a truly wonderful and memorable tour!

David was notable in his high level of enthusiasm, how careful he is with identifications and how quick he is at spotting things. Our group was quite mixed in age and skills, and David was patient with members whose eyesight was not so good, and quick to get a spotting scope onto even difficult forest birds. I’d happily travel elsewhere with him and is every bit of what I could hope for in a guide. The overall group felt well run and there was always a plan B if one was needed. David’s knowledge and sense of humor also made him fun to travel with.

Rich Lindie was super; very funny, witty, with a good sense of humour, easygoing, knowledgeable and intellectual, and flexible. 10 stars out of 10!

This was an outstanding trip among many great RJ trips. The guides, Adam and Lev were wondering in their ability to identify and everyone onto the irds and ammals.

My thanks to Keith and Glen Valentine for taking so much time in getting me on the birds. They are so patient and really nice.

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