Ornithological Services Pty Ltd
With over 400 species of endemic New Guinea is a must for any serious birder. On a 3 week mainland trip to Papua New Guinea you may see over 20 species of Bird of Paradise from the diminutive King to the world's largest birds of paradise, the Brown and Black Sicklebills. Particular favourites are the amazing Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, the truly bizarre King of Saxony and the rare and spectacular Blue Bird of Paradise. Other spectacular groups such as kingfishers, pigeons and parrots are also a well represented feature of the trips, with five species of paradise-kingfisher and all the tiger-parrots being seen on some tours, as well as one of the world's largest pigeons, the Southern Crowned. Other great birds can include Salvadori's Teal, the huge New Guinea Harpy-Eagle, Pheasant Pigeon, jewel-babblers and pitohuis, the rare and almost unknown Archbold's and Fire-maned Bowerbirds, the mysterious and almost unknown Greater Melampitta, Lesser Melampitta and Crested Berrypecker.
Still in the New Guinea region we also offer trips to the New Guinea Islands of the Louisiade and Bismarck Archipelagos, Buka, Bougainville and Manus which can add some of the most spectacular and rarely seen species of the region, with such delights as Goldie's Bird of Paradise, Nicobar Pigeon, Woodfords Rail, Sanfords Sea-Eagle, the huge and extremely rare Superb Pitta, Duchess Lorikeet, Song Parrot, plus Manus, New Ireland, New Britain and Solomons Boobooks to name but a few. The Indonesian province of West Papua is also one of our destinations and there we visit the Arfak mountains, the Raja Empat Islands and Sorong, the islands of Geelvink Ba, the Baliem valley and the area around Jayapura. See our web site for details.
The islands of the
Pacific offer a huge avifauna with many islands having their own endemics. A new
addition is our tours to the Solomon Islands where we again have a lot of local
contacts (and the most experienced guide for the region in Guy Dutson) also
Vanuatu, Fiji, New Caledonia, the islands of Polynesia, Micronesia, Taiwan and
We also offer superb Australian destinations, with great tours to the Northern Territory, Cape York and the entire eastern seaboard, the outback regions of southern Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.
We offer a wide variety
of services including scheduled tours which you are welcome to join if space
allows, we will help you set up your own self guided tours and are happy to
customise itineraries and set up private tours with or without our guides, for
groups and individuals.
Fax Intl: 61 7 4093 9855
Papua New Guinea Bird Tour
(14 days) + 4 day extension to New Britain Island
We fly from Tabubil to Mount Hagen where we transfer to Kumul Lodge. The Lodge is located in upper montane forest. Most of the birds found here are not present in the lower elevations visited so far. As a further attraction, some of the birds around the Lodge are very confiding.
Next we will fly to
Tari where we will transfer to the world famous Ambua Lodge, situated
at the edge of cool montane forest at an altitude of 2130 m (7000 ft).
Here we will stay for four nights while we look for birds in the surrounding
forest, ranging up to Tari Gap, and also in the Tari Valley. The many
special birds present in this splendid area include New Guinea Eagle,
Papuan Lorikeet, Whiskered Lorikeet, Brehm's Tiger-parrot, Blue-capped
Ifrita, Spotted Jewel-babbler, Regent Whistler, Wattled Ploughbill, Belford's
Honeyeater, Red-collared Myzomela, Crested Berrypecker, Archbold's Bowerbird,
Macgregor's Bowerbird, Loria's Bird of Paradise, Crested Bird of Paradise,
Short-tailed Paradigalla, Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Stephanie's Astrapia,
Brown Sicklebill, Lawes' Parotia, King of Saxony Bird of Paradise, Superb
Bird of Paradise, Brown Sicklebill and Blue Bird of Paradise.
Walindi Plantation Resort is located on New Britain, the largest island in the Bismarck Archipelago. Here are found a number species that are endemic: (i) to the islands of Northern Melanesia, (ii) to the Bismarck Archipelago, and (iii) to New Britain.
At Walindi we will
look for birds in nearby forested and marine areas. Species to be found
here include Melanesian Scrubfowl, New Britain Buzzard, Red-knobbed Fruit-dove,
Red-knobbed Imperial-pigeon, Blue-eyed Cockatoo, Eastern Black-capped
Lory, Violaceous Coucal, Pied Coucal, Black-headed Paradise-kingfisher,
White-mantled Kingfisher, Bismarck Pied Monarch, Ashy Honeyeater, Bismarck
Flowerpecker, Buff-bellied Mannikin and White-backed Wood-swallow. We
will also visit two or three small islands in Kimbe Bay to look for small-island
specialists, including Nicobar Pigeon, Beach Kingfisher and Island Monarch.
Please take a look at the itinerary of this great Papua New Guinea Tour.
THE ISLANDS OF THE BISMARCK ARCHIPELAGO & NEW GUINEA'S HUON PENINSULA
Our accommodation for this tour will be on the comfortable, air-conditioned MV FeBrina, except for two nights at Walindi Plantation Resort on New Britain and one night in a village guest-house on New Ireland. During the tour we expect to list more than 200 bird species.
The Bismarck Archipelago is a semi-circular chain of islands lying northeast of New Guinea, some large, others tiny. These islands are of volcanic and oceanic crust origin and have never been connected to the New Guinea mainland. The birds that have colonized these islands are typically strong-flying species, mainly of Australo-Papuan ancestry although some are of Oriental origin. Using the islands as stepping-stones, they arrived directly from New Guinea and indirectly via the Solomon Islands, and also directly and indirectly from Asia. Due to their long isolation many of these birds are now well differentiated from their parent stock and many have completed speciation. These include several raptor species, various pigeons and parrots, a cockatoo, two coucals, three boobooks, several kingfishers, Superb Pitta, Mussau Triller, various fantails and monarch flycatchers, New Ireland Drongo, three friarbirds, five Myzomela honeyeaters, a flowerpecker, a white-eye, three mannikins, Atoll Starling and a wood-swallow. While at sea we will be looking out for Heinroth's Shearwater and Beck's Petrel - two rare and little-known seabirds that are endemic to Northern Melanesia.
Set amid pristine tropical waters, the Bismarck islands are fascinating and delightful places to visit. They enjoy a warm and pleasant climate, have prolific and luxuriant vegetation, and are inhabited by friendly people.
The magnificent mountains of the Huon Peninsula are also an island - an ecological island - where certain upland species have evolved in isolation from their nearest relatives on New Guinea's central ranges. These mountains are off the beaten track and are seldom visited by birders. The avifauna here includes three splendid endemic species of birds of paradise, one endemic bowerbird and two endemic montane honeyeaters, plus numerous special New Guinea birds, some of which (e.g. Spotted Berrypecker) are difficult to find elsewhere.
Please take a look at the itinerary of this wonderful Papua New Guinea Island Boat Tour.
Klaus & Brenda Uhlenhut,
Gondwana Guides Based at Beechmont on the edge of Lamington National Park.
offer full day and extended birding tours from the Gold
Coast and Brisbane in South-east Queensland, including Lamington
National Park, to a variety of habitats, including rainforest,
mangroves, mudflats, wetlands, open forests and woodlands.
We also run a 5 day (4 nights) tour to Lamington and Girraween
National Parks during which over 200 species of birds can
be seen. Customised short tours, longer tours and group
tours can be organised anywhere in Australia, New Zealand,
Papua New Guinea and Norfolk Island.
Scheduled birding tours in 2010 in association with Birding Services Brisbane to Western Queensland in June and the Northern Territory, Cairns region and Lamington NP in August. Tours to New Guinea and Namibia are scheduled for 2011.
Specialist bird watching interests e.g. photography, interpretive birding, twitching and focusing on particular bird groups are catered for.
We also sub-contract to other tour operators to lead specialised walking and wildlife tours.
tours are conducted in an air-conditioned 4wd, with meals
and accommodation provided where required. Chartered buses
are used for larger groups. We hold all the required transport
operators permits and licenses and permits to operate in
Gondwana Guides offers a friendly, personalised service and an unforgettable birding experience.
Perth Bird Tours by Zoo Keeper Stuart Andrews
Milne Bay PNG
Stuart designed and lead tours to Milne Bay Papua New Guinea to great success for the participants and the locals. And now after rewriting the itinerary to include extra features they are off again to the beautiful coastal region of Milne Bay. Perfectly safe and tranquil to visit, they will be having a town stay at first followed by a real village stay on an Island before moving up into the mountains of the mainland. They visit villages, natural wonders and well as do birding most days with the aim of seeing the Bird of Paradise and the other local birds. These Melanesian people are warm and friendly and this 12 day all inclusive trip is not to be missed. Departing in September please see web page for more details. Contact Stuart for a Milne Bay bird list, past trip report and more details .
or phone 0421961914
international 61 8 94561713
Wildlife Tours Gondwana
Connection offer fully escorted tours, designed to show
both the diversity and wondrous nature of the fauna/flora
to be found within selected parts of Western Australia and
Papua New Guinea. The
avian fauna tend to be our main area of interest and we
make every attempt to locate those elusive prime target
species. Our set tours have been developed to include the
prime birding spots within the areas visited. Allow us to
show you the way. These
tours are designed for you the customer looking to experience
an adventure holiday, but still have a comfy bed and good
meal at the end of the day. In
addition to our available tours, that can be tailored to
suit the individual group, we can also put together Custom
Tours for those who have more specialized interests. Allow
us to show you the wonder and beauty of the natural environment,
which are part of the ancient Gondwana Land. GONDWANA
CONNECTION has been developed and is run by husband/wife
team, Des and Anita Hume. For
further details check out our web site:
CONNECTION Wildlife Tours
GONDWANA CONNECTION Wildlife Tours
Gondwana Connection offer fully escorted tours, designed to show both the diversity and wondrous nature of the fauna/flora to be found within selected parts of Western Australia and Papua New Guinea.
The avian fauna tend to be our main area of interest and we make every attempt to locate those elusive prime target species. Our set tours have been developed to include the prime birding spots within the areas visited. Allow us to show you the way.
These tours are designed for you the customer looking to experience an adventure holiday, but still have a comfy bed and good meal at the end of the day.
In addition to our available tours, that can be tailored to suit the individual group, we can also put together Custom Tours for those who have more specialized interests.
Allow us to show you the wonder and beauty of the natural environment, which are part of the ancient Gondwana Land.
GONDWANA CONNECTION has been developed and is run by husband/wife team, Des and Anita Hume.
For further details check out our web site: www.gondconnect.com.au
CONNECTION Wildlife Tours
New South Wales * Northern Territory * Queensland * South Australia * Tasmania * Victoria * Western Australia
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