Birding Expedition in papua new guinea
Birding Expedition in papua new guinea
12 days Tour
Sunday 6th to Monday 14th August 2023
Papua New Guinea’s birdlife is as diverse as its culture with it’s proliferation of over 800 languages. Particularly well represented bird groups include Pigeons, Parrots, Owlet Nightjars, Kingfishers, Australasian warblers and Fantails, Monarchs, Australasian Robins, Honeyeaters, and of course the Birds of Paradise for which this wonderful archipelago is justly famous. Bird species total 876 with 400+ endemics and includes seabirds. Some stunning species include the Fire-maned Bowerbird, Brown-headed Paradise Kingfisher, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, and Raggiana, Emperor and Blue Birds of Paradise. This birding tour of PNG will explore the Highlands, the Islands and Port Moresby’s surrounding forests. The richness of the authentic culture and vast expanses of forest, alive with some of the planets most exciting birds makes for great photography.
*This tour includes return international flight departing Brisbane and all the PNG Domestic Flights., all accomodation, meals, land transports, taxes, local guides and Australian Tour Leader
**Price adjustment will apply to packages non including the return flight from Brisbane to Port Moresby
Day By Day Presentation:
Day 1: Port Moresby
Arrive in Port Moresby, PNG. Spend the afternoon bIrdwatching in the Varirata National Park and other key birdwatching sites around the National Capital. Visit the Nature Park for a comprehensive display of birds that you will see on your tour. Stay in boutique hotel accommodation with Birds of Paradise in the garden
Day 2: Sepik River
Travel by plane to Wewak, East Sepik Province. Travel overland to the Middle Sepik River region. Birds to be seen include Ducks, Cormorants, Egrets, Herons, Brahminy Kite, White-Bellied Sea Eagle, Whistling Kite, Eclectus Parrot, Blyth’s Hornbill, Common Kingfisher, Lowland Peltops and Cassowary. Stay in guesthouses in Kangananman village.
Day 3: Sepik Festival
Attend the Middle Sepik Festival in Kanganaman village. Be enthralled at the variety of cultural performances that celebrate these river dwelling village peoples crocodile spirit culture. Fantastic opportunities to photograph costumed performers including portraiture style. Birdwatching in early morning and late afternoon.
Day 4: Chambri Lakes
Early morning birdwatching on Chambri Lakes in a motorised dugout canoe. Visit Aibom, renowned for pottery and Kamanimbit village where villagers artfully produce magnificent wood carvings. Birdwatching in late afternoon. Crocodile spotting and “talk talk” accompanied by customary music in the Kanganaman Spirit Haus at night.
Day 5: Highlands
Early departure to travel upstream on the Sepik River in a motorised dugout canoe to Pagwi, photographing waterbirds along the way. Overland return to Wewak airport. Plane departs for Mt Hagen city to then travel overland up high into the Highlands to your accommodation at PNG’s best birdwatching lodge.
Day 6: Birds of Paradise
Early morning birdwatching at a lower altitude to view the Blue Bird of Paradise, the Superb Bird of Paradise and view Highland farming practices. Photograph exquisite orchids, fungi and mosses at the only bird lodge in PNG where Birds of Paradise are amongst the regulars at the lodge feeders.
Day 7: Mt Hagen Show
Early morning birdwatching at lodge site. Travel to Mt. Hagen for the famous Mt. Hagen Cultural Show including pre-show costume preparation. Tribes perform vibrant displays of 'sing-sings' - traditional songs, dances and rituals. An extraordinary photography experience !
Day 8: Jungle Walk
Attend day two of Mt. Hagen Show for more fabulous photo ops. Visit Rondon Ridge Lodge above the picturesque Whagi Valley for lunch and jungle walk and opportunities to photograph more Birds of Paradise. Return to the boutique hotel accommodation in Mt. Hagen.
Day 9: Island Escape
Plane departs Mt. Hagen for Port Moresby where you will visit the National Museum of Art and Culture and Parliament House before departing by plane for Kimbe in West New Britain. Relax beachside in your resort accommodation.
Day 10: New Britain
Birdwatching at dawn can be rewarding with over 50 bird species recorded in the immediate area. Species include New Britain Friarbird, Blueyed Cockatoo, Many types of Pigeons,Doves, Myzomelas, Shining Flycatchers, Lorikeets, Parrots and Kingfishers. Photograph amongst a great jungle clad volcanic landscape.
Day 11: Marine Birds
Kimbe Bay, one of the world’s most ecological diverse marine environments offer great shots for the underwater photographer. A great range of Marine birds along the coastline and on the nearby islands. Relax beachside in your plantation resort accommodation.
Day 12: Back Home
Plane departs Kimbe for Port Moresby connecting with the flight home. Your camera clicking finger will need a well earned rest after one of the most productive photography adventures you have ever set out on. The less experienced will have benefited greatly from the on tour professional photography teacher.
Did you know?
Bird Watching in Papua New Guinea Papua New Guinea is a bird watchers paradise! There are many locations throughout PNG where you can see the beautiful species of birds in Papua New Guinea, including the different species of the famous Birds of Paradise - found only in PNG.
The variety of locations available in Papua New Guinea provides endless opportunity for birdwatchers. It is understood that PNG is home to such a thriving bird population due to specific habitats and climates favoured by our endemic species and the lack of predatory animals that would otherwise threaten numbers.
Birding is available throughout the country from coastal and island locations right up to the rugged peaks of our highlands with diversity of bird life. PNG is particularly famous for endemic species such as the Raggiana and Blue Birds of paradise and rare find including the Fire maned Bowerbird.