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BEST OF PAPUA NEW GUINEA

Thursday 24th August - Tuesday 5th September 2017

CHRIS KEHOE

Raggiana Bird of Paradise (photo by tour participant Martin Rutz). If you were only allowed to see one bird of paradise, this one would be a good choice!

Raggiana Bird of Paradise (photo by tour participant Martin Rutz). If you were only allowed to see one bird of paradise, this one would be a good choice!

Our new Best of Papua New Guinea tour proved a great success and produced an excellent collection of outstanding birds. Top billing inevitably went to the birds of paradise of which we saw eighteen different species including such wonders as Black and Brown Sicklebills, dazzling King and King-of-Saxony Birds of Paradise and Short-tailed Paradigalla. A particular highlight though was fantastic performances by both Raggiana and Greater Birds of paradise in full display, a never to be forgotten sight! We divided our time between two different lowland areas, around Port Moresby and Kiunga, and the uplands at Tari where we stayed at the fabled Ambua Lodge for four nights. In addition to all the Birds of paradise, we enjoyed fine views of many other amazing species, including stunning Southern Crowned Pigeons, impressive Moustached Treeswifts, a wealth of spectacular fruit doves and parrots, the latter ranging in size from the immense Palm Cockatoo to the miniscule Pygmy Parrots. We had multiple encounters with the splendid Blue-capped Ifrit along with members of another five of New Guinea’s seven endemic bird families, namely Wattled Ploughbill, Lesser Melampitta, two satinbirds, four berrypeckers and longbills and two Painted Berrypeckers. Raptors included Long-tailed Honey Buzzard and Papuan Harrier and we saw both Marbled and Papuan Frogmouths, Greater Sooty Owl and Papuan Boobook plus a sleepy Barred Owlet Nightjar.