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Tuesday 3rd July - Thursday 26th July 2012
Mark Van Beirs
A cracking bowerbird, several unusual birds of paradise, a smattering of pigeons and parrots, some unique kingfishers and fair numbers of cuckoo-shrikes, flyrobins, monarchs, gerygones, whistlers, fantails, honeyeaters and mannikins, that is what this unusual tour is all about. The Bird of the Trip was the exquisite Fire-maned Bowerbird, which we saw very well in the foothills of the Adelbert Mountains. Huon Astrapia, Wahnes’s Parotia, Goldie’s Bird of Paradise and Magnificent Bird of Paradise were other firm favourites, mainly because we had such very good views of the unusual plumage or display of these birds of paradise, probably the best bird family in the world. The inimitable Nicobar Pigeons of Tench made an indelible impression and Marbled Frogmouth and Barred Owlet-Nightjar were the most beloved of the nightbirds. On our fourth visit to these out-of-the-way islands and mountains of Papua New Guinea we assembled a list of 285 species. We visited some remote corners of Papua New Guinea, as we explored the fabled Huon peninsula and the secluded Adelbert range, Manus and Tong in the Admiralties, New Ireland, New Hanover and Tench in the Bismarcks and Fergusson Island in the D’Entrecasteaux Archipelago. The logistics worked incredibly well on this trip, Air Niugini did a good job, the seas were smooth and we only experienced a few minor hiccups.