Our Wilson’s Bird-of-paradise extension explores 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.
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
lowland forests, rivers, islands, beaches
mostly hot and humid
8 with 1 Rockjumper leader & local birding leader
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.
variable between rustic and excellent
moderate to challenging at times
good to very good
David Ertrius is above all patient, with the birds, with the participants and the local guides. He very modestly shares his incredible knowledge of the birds.
"This trip was my very first with Rockjumper and I was not disappointed. Birding and logistics were very well organized and everything was done to optimize our time in order to see as many species as possible while naturally giving priority to endemics. Glen Valentine is not only a top guide and a top birder, he is also a nice person excellent in communication, very friendly with a good sense of humor. I really enjoyed doing this trip with him as well as the good state of mind of the group. As a Frenchman I sometimes had difficulties speaking or understanding English and everyone was patient and helpful with me. Great! I got a large number of lifers in this trip and the search for endemics was exciting. A big thank you to Glen, our group members and Rockjumper!"
Glen and Paul did a fantastic job on this tour. Glen is an excellent birder, guide and a wonderful personality. This is the second trip I have done with Glen and hope to join many more in the future.
Stephan Lorenz was excellent in all respects, he went out of his way to try and find a way for me to continue with the tour and then helped with my arrangements in getting home.
David Erterius was a really fantastic guide, like all the Rockjumper guides have been. He certainly maintained the high bar set by all my Rockjumper guides. He was organised and friendly and was onto birds in near-mythical speed. I didn't have any problems on the tour, but if I did, I would be confident that he would be able to assist.
19 Jul 2024 - 25 Jul 2024 (7 days)
USD4,195 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Dušan Brinkhuizen
20 Aug 2025 - 26 Aug 2025 (7 days)
USD5,000 - Spaces Available
Tour Leader: Daniel Danckwerts
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