Participants: Jon Hornbuckle, Marc Brew, Michael Chinn, Lillian Fujii, Dana Gardner, Steven Hayashi
I organised and led my 12th tour to PNG, this time with 4 Americans and one Brit. The tour went very well, with only one major hitch – an aborted flight that cost us a day at Tabubil. We accumulated an impressive list, although some of the skulkers such as Spotted Jewel-babbler were only seen by one or two people. The main highlight was the fine selection of birds-of-paradise, some in full display, including Brown, Black and Buff-tailed Sicklebills, King, Blue, King-of-Saxony and 12-wired BoPs, and Stephanie’s and Ribbon-tailed Astrapias. Add to that New Guinea Flightless Rail, Wallace’s Owlet-Nightjar, 11 species of kingfisher and good selection of raptors including Doria’s Hawk and Meyer’s Goshawk, and other spectacular birds like Southern Crowned-Pigeon and Crested Satinbird, and you can see that this tour was a great success.
Th July 15 arrive Port Moresby, transfer to Hotel, pm birding at Pacific Adventist University.
Fri-Sa Jul 16-17 Varirata National Park.
Su Jul 18 fly to Tari, transfer to Warili Lodge, birding below Tari Gap. 6 nights at Warili Lodge.
Mon Jul 19 - Fr 23 birding Tari Valley to Tari Gap, with colourful sing-sing experience on 21st.
Sa Jul 24 transfer by road to Kumul Lodge, near Mt Hagen (2 nights).
Su Jul 25 birding around Kumul.
Mon Jul 26 Kumul till 8, transfer to Mt Hagen airport, board flight to Tabubil, flight aborted., rest of day at Airport Resort.
Tu Jul 27 Fly airport area till flight to Tabubil left at 3pm, transfer to Cloudlands Hotel at 5.30pm. (2 nights).
Wed Jul 28 most of day at Dablin Creek, 5pm to Ok Menga.
Th Jul 29 morning at Ok Menga then Dablin Creek, pm transfer by road to Kiunga, 5-6.30pm birding Km 17. Overnight Kiunga Guest House.
Fri Jul 30 6.15 am travel by boat up the Fly and Elevala Rivers to Kwatu Lodge (3 nights) then local birding.
Sat – Sun Jul 31 – Aug 1 Ekame and Elevala River area.
Mon Aug 2 early morning birding, 10-12.15 return by boat to Kiunga, 2.15-6 pm at Km 17. Overnight Kiunga Guest House.
Tues Aug 3 Boystown Road but rained off by 10, fly fly to Port Moresby 3.15-5.10 pm, transfer to Granville Motel (1 or 2 nights).
Wed Aug 4 morning at Varirata, brief stop at PAU on way back to Moresby. Dana and party leave for Australia pm, Marc and JH return to PAU 4-5.45pm.
We assembled early afternoon at the Granville Motel, Port Moresby, and proceeded to Pacific Adventist’s University (PAU). We saw a good selection of lowland birds including roosting Spotted Whistling-Ducks and a Papuan Frogmouth, Pied Herons, Rufous Night-Herons, Comb-crested Jacanas, numerous Figbirds, Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove and Black-backed Butcherbird. The group returned to PAU early the next morning while I collected Marc at the airport, then we all proceeded to Varirata National Park where the birds were surprisingly active despite the late start. Highlights were roosting Barred Owlet-Nightjar and Marbled Forgmouth, Black-capped Lory, Yellow-billed Kingfisher, Rufous-bellied Kookaburra, Chestnut-bellied Fantail, Frilled Monarch, Black, Black-shouldered and Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrikes, Yellow-breasted Boatbill and Mimic Meliphaga. On the way out of the Park we stopped for a flying raptor which turned out to be a Weiskei’s (Little) Eagle with prey.
The next day we returned to Varirata, starting at the Raggiana BoP lek where a few magnificent males were displaying. On the Boundary Trail some tricky skulkers tested perseverence but we did see the rare Doria’s Hawk, White-faced Robin hanging from tree trunks, Olive Flycatcher, Boyer’s Cuckooshrike and Black Berrypecker, with Northern Scrub-Robin and Eastern Riflebird for Marc and Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler for Dana. The Circuit and nearby trails gave Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher, an elusive Mountain Drongo, a Black-winged Monarch for Dana, but calling Dwarf Whistler and Black-billed Turkey were not seen clearly. Later we returned to the Raggi lek to watch more activity including 3 males and a female very close together at one point. Walking down from there, a male Eastern Riflebird was vociferous but only seen flying out of the forest by 2 of us when the others were trying to find it inside.
The next morning saw us on the flight to Tari where we were welcomed by a vast crowd of colourful Huli’s, seemingly more interested in the occupants of the 3 coffins we had transported rather than us. Steven Wari, the owner of Warili Lodge, took us to a Korean restaurant, which would have been a welcome tick for me had it been open! We transferred to the Lodge in a Landcruiser on a newly surfaced wide road, and after dropping off our baggage, we soon continued upwards to the Bailey Bridge area. We had a great start here, seeing Black Pitohui, Orange-crowned Fairy-Wren, Blue-capped Ifrita, Brown-backed and Regent Whistlers, McGregor’s Bowerbird and a calling male King-of-Saxony BoP. After lunch at the lodge, we drove back up towards Tari Gap. Birding was quiet but we did manage Ribbon-tailed Astrapia and Mid-mountain Berrypecker. An excellent meal of thick soup, chicken and apple? tart was most enjoyable.
We took an early breakfast and drove back up the hill, stopping at the quarry for Archbold’s Nightjar, without success, then on to beyond Tari Gap to look for New Guinea Eagle. Unfortunately, it was not to be seen or heard, so we walked down the road and soon saw a rare Meyer’s Goshawk flying by directly in front of us. The other star bird of the morning was a Papuan Logrunner while Painted Tiger-parrot, Fan-tailed and Crested Berrypeckers, Garnet and White-winged Robins and Black-throated Honeyeater were also seen. Lower down the only Wattled Ploughbill of the trip was observed, a female unfortunately, with a McGregor’s Bowerbird feeding messily. After lunch at the lodge we returned to Tari Gap, which was rather quiet except for a gun shot noise late on. We did have good views of male Ribbon-tailed Astrapias and Crested Berrypeckers.
There was drama in the night when we were woken by the sound of many locals passing noisily downhill. It was only when we got up for breakfast that we discovered Steven had been up all night because there had been a major incident. The full story was pieced together eventually as follows. A band of “rascals” from the outskirts of Tari, who had been robbing people travelling past Tari Gap intermittently for 2 to 3 months, had held up a minibus not far from where we had been birding. Another vehicle arrived and a passenger got out and tried to stop the robbery whereupon he was shot dead by the gang leader – the shot we had heard! The vehicle returned to where it had come from and roused all the clan members (a different clan from the rascals) including police. They then drove, or walked, through the night to the rascals’ village – we had been woken by them coming noisily past Warili Lodge. They set fire to houses and soon the whole village was alight and 300-400 houses burnt down, displacing 1600 people. This included Steven Wari’s main house so that nearly all his prize possessions were destroyed. They were able to catch the murderer and shot him dead with their bows and arrows, then hacked him to pieces. Two of the other rascals were caught, stripped naked, a stake driven through their thighs, tied up to the bumper of the police vehicle and dragged around the market place. One died and the other was jailed. The remaining gang members went into hiding. Such is justice in the PNG highlands. Another major clan dispute had recently been settled by payment of 93,000Kina (nearly $40,000), 80 pigs, 2 horses and a 3m python!
We visited Ambua lodge, with permission, and watched activity at the fruiting trees. First bird was a rare Buff-tailed Sicklebill! It was followed by a fine selection of BoPs including Blue, Superb, Stephanie’s Astrapia, Short-tailed Paradigalla, Lawes’ Parotia and Black Sicklebill, plus a big flock of Tit Berrypeckers and smaller numbers of Yellow-billed Lorikeets and Great Wood-Swallows. Then we tried the trail opposite Warili Lodge but were disappointed as although good birds like Papuan Treecreeper and Spotted Jewel-babbler were heard, they wouldn’t show, the only new sighting being Marbled Honeyeater. In the afternoon we drove down to the Tari Valley and after a hazardous river crossing on a log bridge, found a roosting Sooty Owl. After a long discussion with the locals we returned to the Ambua area, seeing our only Black-shouldered Kite of the tour on the way. Blue-gray Robin and White-winged Fairy-Wren were new, with Hooded Munia for Marc.
During the next 4 days we birded the trails and roadside from below the lodge up to Tari Gap. Highlights included a responsive pair of Chestnut Forest-Rail, Plum-faced and Papuan Lorikeets, Papuan King Parrot, Hooded and Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrikes, Red-collared Myzomela, Canary Flycatcher, Mountain Mouse-Warbler, Dimorphic Fantail, Black-breasted Boatbill, Mid-mountain Berrypecker, Loria's Bird-of-paradise and best of all, brilliant views of male Ribbon-tailed Astrapias displaying their long streamers.
We also spent a morning at the gardens and forested valley below the lodge. A male Blue BoP was calling and a pair of Papuan Treecreeper gave great views. We visited a McGregor’s Bowerbird’s bower and heard him making a variety of weird calls but only had brief views of the bird itself. Also saw a nice male Superb BoP, Black Monarch, Sclater’s Whistler, Yellow-browed Melidectes and a flock of Capped White-eyes but we could not see the calling Mountain Kingfisher. On another day we spent a few hours at a small sing-sing, watching the Huli participants painting their faces and donning their wigs before dancing to the drums.
Then came the travel day overland to Kumul Lodge near Mt Hagen in the Land-cruiser. We first started with scope views of a male Black Sicklebill in a distant tree on the ridge opposite Warili Lodge. Then we drove to beyond Tari Gap to look for New Guinea Eagle but had to be content with a beautiful male Harrier. After an 8 hour journey with a few more stops, we checked in at Kumul Lodge and were soon eagerly scanning the giant feeder-table. Brehm’s Tiger-Parrot, Brown Sicklebill, Island Thrush, Belford’s Melidectes and Sanford’s Bowerbird gave a good showing. After dinner we tried for Mountain Owlet-Nightjar without success. A pleasant surprise for me was to find Holly Faithfull www.wildlifequest.org staying at the lodge – I had met her before on Palawan some 6 years earlier.
After a 4.30 breakfast, we headed for the much lower village of Kama; the road was so bad in places that it took us till 06 30 to reach the Lesser BoP lek site. Here we had good views of a splendid male Lesser BoP displaying to a drab female. The colourful Ornate Melidectes was also present and flocks of Rainbow Bee-eaters flew past. On the journey back to Kumul Lodge we stopped for Mountain Honeyeater, Mountain Myzomela, Yellow-breasted Bowerbird, New Guinea White-eye and Hooded Munia. In the afternoon a walk on the trails gave a gaudy male Crested Satinbird feeding in a fruiting tree and a female at the nest, and a Lesser Melampitta was taped in. Back at the lodge, Mountain Firetails and Rusty-naped Whistlers were feeding on the ground and White-winged Robins and Ribbon-tailed Astrapias were at the feeding-table. At dusk Papuan and Goldie’s Lorikeets were in trees near the generator and Black-tailed Antechinus and Speckled Dasyure spotted nearby.
The next morning, after prolonged views of a Chestnut Forest-Rail at the feeding table, we left Kumul the for Mount Hagen airport where check-in with Airlines PNG was rather protracted as it involved a lot of hand-writing, including the boarding passes – the computer age has yet to reach much of PNG. We took off on time but soon turned back as the radio wasn’t working! After waiting for a while we were told it could not be repaired and no other aircraft was available, so we would have to wait for tomorrow’s flight at 2 pm. We then spent the rest of the day at the pleasant Airport Resort, with an outing into town for shopping and internet, and a bit of birding near the airport. Any thoughts of a birding trip in the morning were banished by the news that there would be a flight at 8 am. Unfortunately, this never materialised because the plane was stuck at Tabubil due to low cloud and when it finally arrived, it continued on to Lae. A local walk gave Little Shrike-thrush, Black-headed Whistler and Singing Starling. We finally left in good weather at 3.30, loaded with vegetables and 1000s of cheeping chicks, and reached a rainy Tabubil, via Kiunga, at 5.30. Here we were met the famous Samuel Kepuknai who was to be our guide here, and transferred to Cloudlands Hotel.
In the morning we drove to Dablin Creek in the rain, which eventually died down, so we spent most of the day there, seeing Weiskei’s Eagle, a pair of Long-tailed Buzzard, Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot, high-flying Blue-collared Parrots, White-eared Cuckoo, Stout-billed, Hooded, Golden and Grey-headed Cuckoo-shrikes, Spotted, Scrub and Long-billed Honeyeaters, Lemon-bellied Flycatcher, Obscure Berrypecker, Crinkle-collared Manucode and Carola’s Parotia. We ended the day at Ok Menga, looking for Salvadori's Teal without success but did see a pair of Pesquet’s Parrots and Black Butcherbird.
The following morning we drove back to the Ok Menga tunnel to be in position for Shovel-billed Kingfisher at dawn. It immediately called and soon perched on an open branch in dim light. After a few minutes it flew off, never to be seen again. Continuing to the dam, we did not see Salvadori's Teal at first but then Lillian spotted a male in the river, close to a large rock. After good scope views, we returned to Dablin Creek for the rest of the morning. Birding was slow but rewarding with Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo, Lesser Black Coucal, Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot, Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler, White-rumped Robin, Long-billed Honeyeater and a female Magnificent BoP, although not seen by everyone. After checking out of Cloudlands and having meat pie and chips in town, we drove to Kiunga, stopping at Km 17 for 90 mins. We watched displaying Greater and Raggiana BoPs and saw a few new birds such as Variable Pitohui. The evening at Kiunga Guest House was spent preparing for our 4 day adventure up the Fly and Elevala Rivers. We set off at 6.15 with Jimmy in charge, a rather wet journey but we did see Twelve-wired BoP and 4 magnificent Southern Crowned-Pigeons before we reached Kwatu Lodge on the Ketu River. After an early sandwich lunch, we mainly birded in the nearby forest seeing Hooded Pitta, White-bellied Pitohui, Hooded and Golden Monarchs, White-bellied Thicket-Fantail, Yellow-bellied Longbill and Hook-billed Kingfisher, well spotted by Jimmy after considerable effort. Later we boated along a shallow tributary to a sago swamp where a blind had been erected to enable observation of New Guinea Flightless Rails. It was not long before we saw between 1 and 3 of these huge rails actively feeding, a much wanted experience for all including me. We spent the last 2 hours of daylight floating down the Ketu river – not many birds but very pleasant.
In the next two days we birded along the Elevala River and its tributaries, some of the time from the boat, other times inside the forest. It was quite wet in the mornings, not helpful, but we accumulated a good list with fine birds such as Great-billed Heron, Large Fig-Parrot, Palm Cockatoo, Channel-billed Cuckoo, Greater Black Coucal, Papuan Needletail, Common and Little Paradise-Kingfishers, Blyth’s Hornbill, Blue Jewel-babbler, Black-sided Robin, Spot-winged Monarch, Golden Myna, Glossy-mantled and Trumpet Manucodes and the jewel-like King BoP. At night we looked for Owlet-Nightjars and achieved good views of Marbled Frogmouth and two Wallace’s Owlet-Nightjar but only heard Starry.
After a wet night the rain stopped at 5am and we searched for night birds, only hearing a Starry Owlet-Nightjar briefly and Papuan Frogmouth. We cruised the rivers from 7.30-9.00 and were rewarded with a male Flame Bowerbird, along with Palm Cockatoo and Lowland Peltops. Then we packed up and returned to Kiunga, very satisfied with what we had seen up river. On the journey we saw displaying Variable Goshawk and a Gray-headed Goshawk in flight, along with a few pigeons and doves, most notably a Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon. After lunch at the guest-house, we were soon back on the road to Km 17. Here we walked to the BoP lek area where a Painted Quail-thrush nest had been discovered by Samuel. It was difficult to spot on the ground but Edmond eventually found it and we were able to experience the rare sight of this Quail-thrush on the nest. We left it undisturbed and returned to the road to see what would fly by. The best bird was a Long-billed Cuckoo but we also saw Pink-spotted and Dwarf Fruit-Doves and a variety of Imperial-Pigeons and parrots. Returning to the hotel, cold beer and a good dinner were very welcome!
Another rainy morning saw us on the Boystown Road. The wait at Manucode mound was frustrating as there was very little activity due to the rain. We only saw rapid fly-overs, such as Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrots, Double-eyed Fig-Parrots and Yellow-streaked Lory, although Marc was able to spot a Brush-Turkey just inside the forest. We returned to the hotel to dry out and relax before going to the airport for the afternoon flight to Moresby. Dana and Mike walked to the end of the runway and saw a Pauan Harrier, unusual here. We reached Moresby at 5.10 and checked in at the Granville Motel. The final morning of the tour saw us at Varirata NP where we spent most time on the Circuit Trail. Here we saw Chestnut-backed Jewel-Babbler, Black-winged Monarch, Dwarf Whistler and Black-billed Turkey but failed to lure out a calling Northern Scrub-Robin and Pheasant Pigeon. A brief stop at PAU for Marc to see Spotted Whistling-Duck and Fawn-breasted Bowerbird also gave a good sighting of a Papuan Frogmouth with a downy youngster in a tree near the entrance gate. After lunch, most of the group went to PNG Arts while I returned to PAU with Marc, the most notable sighting being a White-headed Shelduck. So ended a remarkable tour with a host of great birds and experiences to remember.
Species ListsSouthern Cassowary (Casuarius casuarius) and Dwarf Cassowary (Casuarius bennetti): single young habituated birds were present at Kwatu Lodge.
Australasian Grebe (Tachybaptus novaehollandiae): a few at Pacific Adventist’s University (PAU).
Little Black Cormorant (Phalacrocorax sulcirostris): common at PAU.
Little Pied Cormorant (Phalacrocorax melanoleucos): small numbers at PAU and 5+ on the Elevala River .
Great-billed Heron (Ardea sumatrana): one on the Elevala River on two dates.
Great Egret (Ardea alba): a few along the Elevala River.
Intermediate Egret (Egretta intermedia): a few at PAU and on the Fly River 1 on the Elevala River.
Little Egret (Egretta garzetta): a few at PAU.
Pied Heron (Egretta picata): 10-15 at PAU and a few on the Elevala River.
Cattle Egret (Bubulcus ibis): several around Port Moresby and Kiunga.
Striated Heron (Butorides striata): one near to Ekame Lodge.
Rufous Night-Heron (Nycticorax caledonicus): a few roosting in the trees at PAU.
Australian Ibis (Threskiornis molucca): one at PAU.
Spotted Whistling-Duck: 8-10 at PAU.
Wandering Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata): only a few at PAU.
Salvadori's Teal (Salvadorina waigiuensis): a male loafing near the dam at Ok Menga.
White-headed Shelduck (Tadorna radjah): one at PAU on Aug 4.
Pacific Black Duck (Anas superciliosa): common at PAU.
Pacific Baza (Aviceda subcristata): one near Ambua Lodge and up to 3 in the Kiunga area.
Long-tailed Honey-Buzzard (Henicopernis longicauda): 1 or 2 at Dablin Creek and 3 singles in the Kiunga area.
Black-shouldered Kite (Elanus caeruleus): 1 in the Tari Valley.
Black Kite (Milvus migrans): fairly common in the Mount Hagen/ Kumul Lodge area and 1 at PAU.
Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus): singles at PAU and Varirata.
Brahminy Kite (Haliastur Indus): singles throughout the tour.
Papuan Harrier (Circus spilothorax): singles in the Tari Valley and at Mount Hagen and Kiunga airports. A split from Eastern Marsh Harrier (Circus spilonotus).
Variable Goshawk (Accipiter hiogaster): singles at PAU and on 4 dates in the Kiunga/Tabubil areas including 1 displaying above the Elevala River.
Brown Goshawk (Accipiter fasciatus): one below Kumul Lodge.
Gray-headed Goshawk (Accipiter poliocephalus): one on the Elevala River.
Meyer's Goshawk (Accipiter meyerianus): one in flight on two consecutive days at Tari Gap.
Doria's Hawk (Megatriorchis doriae): 2 near the old nest at Varirata.
Weiskei’s Eagle (Aquila weiskei): two sightings at Varirata on July 16 including 1 with prey on the approach road, and singles at Dablin Creek and on the Elevala River. A split from Little Eagle (Aquila morphnoides).
Australian Kestrel (Falco cenchroides): one below Varirata.
Black-billed Brush-Turkey (Talegalla fuscirostris): singles seen briefly at Varirata, and at Boystown Road by MB; heard at Varirata and in the Elevala and Kwatu Rivers area.
Chestnut Forest-Rail (Rallina rubra): a pair was taped in at Tari Gap and one was at the feeder at Kumul Lodge on the last morning.
Red-necked Crake (Rallina tricolor): heard at Kwatu Lodge.
Bare-eyed Rail (Gymnocrex plumbeiventris): one near Kwatu Lodge was only seen by Marc and Jimmy.
Common Scrubfowl (Megapodius freycinet): 1 heard at Dablin Creek.
New Guinea Flightless Rail (Megacrex inepta): 3 of these huge rails were observed from a hide/blind feeding in a sago swamp near the Elevala River, one of the trip highlights. We were only the third group to have this experience.
Black-backed (Purple) Swamphen (Porphyrio (porphyrio) melanotus): common at PAU.
Dusky Moorhen (Gallinula tenebrosa): a few at PAU.
Comb-crested Jacana (Irediparra gallinacea): 6 at PAU.
Masked Lapwing (Vanellus miles): several at PAU and Moresby airport.
Slender-billed/Brown Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia amboinensis): small numbers throughout.
Black-billed Cuckoo-Dove (Macropygia nigrirostris): several sightings at Tari.
Great Cuckoo-Dove (Reinwardtoena reinwardtii): a few singles at Varirata, Tari and along the Elevala River.
Stephan's Dove (Chalcophaps stephani): 2 flight views on the way to Kwatu Lodge.
Peaceful Dove (Geopelia placida): a few at PAU.
Bar-shouldered Dove (Geopelia humeralis): 2 at PAU on Aug 4.
Bronze Ground-Dove (Gallicolumba beccarii): one in flight at Dablin Creek.
Pheasant Pigeon (Otidiphaps nobilis): heard on two days at Varirata.
Southern Crowned-Pigeon (Goura scheepmakeri): 4 perched by the Elevala River.
Wompoo Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus magnificus): one at Varirata and a few seen in the Kiunga area.
Pink-spotted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus perlatus): a few at Varirata and in the Kiunga area.
Orange-fronted Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus aurantiifrons): 3 at PAU in a fruiting tree.
Superb Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus superbus): 2 singles at Dablin Creek and 1 at Varirata.
Orange-bellied Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus iozonus): a few in the Kiunga area.
Dwarf Fruit-Dove (Ptilinopus nanus): at least 1 seen along the Elevala River with others heard.
Purple-tailed Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula rufigaster): 2 singles along the Elevala River.
Pinon Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula pinon): a few in the Kiunga area and 1 at Varirata.
Collared Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula mullerii): common along the Fly and Elevala Rivers.
Zoe Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula zoeae): a few in the Kiunga area.
Torresian Imperial-Pigeon (Ducula spilorrhoa): 3 or 4 at PAU.
Papuan Mountain-Pigeon (Gymnophaps albertisii): fairly common at Tari, Kiunga area and Dablin Creek with 1 small flock over PAU.
Palm Cockatoo (Probosciger aterrimus): scarce this year with only 3 sightings of 1 or 2 along the Elevala River.
Sulphur-crested Cockatoo (Cacatua galerita): fairly common in the Kiunga area.
Yellow-/Greater Streaked Lory (Chalcopsitta sintillata): 10 at Ok Menga and a few on the way to and from Kwatu Lodge and at Boystown Road.
Dusky Lory (Pseudeos fuscata): a few at Dablin Creek and along the Elevala River.
Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus haematodus): fairly common at PAU and Tabubil.
Goldie's Lorikeet (Psitteuteles goldiei): only 2 seen at Kumul lodge on July 24.
Black-capped Lory (Lorius lory): 2 at PAU on 15th and singles in the Kiunga area.
Papuan Lorikeet (Charmosyna papou): several at Tari and Kumul.
Plum-faced Lorikeet (Oreopsittacus arfaki): a good fly past at Tari Gap on 23rd.
Orange-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus pullicauda): only 1 identified, at Kumul.
Yellow-billed Lorikeet (Neopsittacus musschenbroekii): common at Tari.
Pesquet's Parrot (Psittrichas fulgidus): a pair in flight at Ok Menga.
Red-breasted Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta bruijnii): one at Dablin Creek for Mike.
Yellow-capped Pygmy-Parrot (Micropsitta keiensis): a few shot quickly over Ok Ma Road.
Orange-breasted Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta gulielmitertii): 4 feeding at Ok Ma Road and 6-10 daily around Kwatu Lodge.
Double-eyed Fig-Parrot (Cyclopsitta diophthalma): a few flew quickly over the Elevala River.
Large Fig-Parrot (Psittaculirostris desmarestii): 2 at Kwatu Lodge on 2 dates.
Painted Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella picta): 2 at Tari Gap on 19th with probably another one the next day.
Brehm's Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella brehmii): 4-6 almost permanently around the feeding-table at Kumul Lodge.
Madarasz’s Tiger-Parrot (Psittacella madaraszi): one feeding for a long time at the Treecreeper site below Warili Lodge, Tari.
Red-cheeked Parrot (Geoffroyus geoffroyi): a few at PAU, Varirata and in the Kiunga area.
Blue-collared Parrot (Geoffroyus simplex): 8 in flight over Dablin Creek
Eclectus Parrot (Eclectus roratus): common in the Kiunga area.
Papuan King-Parrot (Alisterus chloropterus): 4 in the Tari Valley on 22nd and 1 the next day.
Brush Cuckoo (Cacomantis variolosus): widely heard except at Tari with 2 seen in the Tabubil area 1 at Kwatu Lodge.
Chestnut-breasted Cuckoo (Cacomantis castaneiventris): singles at Waterfall trail, Tari (Marc) and Ok Menga.
Rufous-throated Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx ruficollis): heard several times at Tari but the only 1 seen was a juv being fed by an unidentified “warbler” type bird on the Waterfall Trail.
White-eared Bronze-Cuckoo (Chrysococcyx meyeri): 1 seen at Dablin Creek.
Long-billed Cuckoo (Rhamphomantis megarhynchus): one seen at Km 17 on Aug 2 and 1 heard at Kwatu Lodge.
Australian Koel (Eudynamys cyanocephalus): up to 3 seen daily in the Kiunga area.
White-crowned Koel (Caliechthrus leucolophus): heard at Varirata, Dablin Creek and Kwatu Lodge.
Dwarf Koel (Microdynamis parva): heard at Dablin Creek and Kwatu Lodge.
Channel-billed Cuckoo (Scythrops novaehollandiae): up to 4 on 3 days along the Elevala River.
Greater Black Coucal (Centropus menbeki): heard at Varirata and near Kwatu Lodge but only seen once by Lillian.
Pheasant Coucal (Centropus phasianinus): singles at PAU and on the Varirata approach road.
Lesser Black Coucal (Centropus bernsteini): singles seen at Km17, and Dablin Creek by Dana.
Greater Sooty-Owl (Tyto tenebricosa): one roosting in a protected tree in a Tari Valley garden.
Papuan Boobook (Ninox theomacha): only heard at Warili Lodge at night.
Starry Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles tatei): 2 heard at Kwatu Lodge on 31st and 1 heard briefly on Aug 2 but we could not locate it.
Barred Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles bennettii): one at its day-roost at Varirata on July 16.
Wallace’s Owlet-Nightjar (Aegotheles wallacii): one seen well at Kwatu Lodge on 2 consecutive nights.
Marbled Frogmouth (Podargus ocellatus): 2 roosting near the picnic site at Varirata and 1 spotlit at Kwatu Lodge.
Papuan Frogmouth (Podargus papuensis): one or 2 roosting at PAU, heard at Kwatu.
Large-tailed Nightjar (Caprimulgus macrurus): heard at Warili Lodge.
Glossy Swiftlet (Collocalia esculenta): common at Tari and Kumul, with a few at Varirata and Dablin Creek.
Mountain Swiftlet (Aerodramus hirundinaceus): several at Tari Gap.
Uniform Swiftlet (Aerodramus vanikorensis): common in the Kiunga/Tabubil area.
Papuan Needletail (Mearnsia novaeguineae): up to 20 daily in the Kiunga area.
Moustached Treeswift (Hemiprocne mystacea): a few singles in the Tabubil and Kiunga areas.
Azure Kingfisher (Alcedo azurea): only 1 seen on the Elevala River.
Common Kingfisher (Alcedo atthis): one at PAU.
Variable Kingfisher (Ceyx lepidus): one inside the forest near Kwatu Lodge for Lillian and heard at Varirata.
Blue-winged Kookaburra (Dacelo leachii): singles at PAU and on the Varirata approach road.
Rufous-bellied Kookaburra (Dacelo gaudichaud): one at Varirata and 1 or 2 daily in the Kiunga area.
Shovel-billed Kookaburra (Clytoceyx rex): one seen at dawn at the Ok Menga tunnel.
Sacred Kingfisher (Todiramphus sanctus): singles at PAU and daily along the Elevala river.
Hook-billed Kingfisher (Melidora macrorrhina): commonly heard around Kiunga but only one seen near Kwatu Lodge after considerable effort.
Yellow-billed Kingfisher (Syma torotoro): one or 2 singles at Varirata with a few heard around Kwatu Lodge.
Mountain Kingfisher (Syma megarhyncha): sadly, only heard at 2 sites at Tari.
Little Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera hydrocharis): one seen near Kwatu Lodge after some effort.
Common Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera galatea): one near Kwatu Lodge and a few heard.
Brown-headed Paradise-Kingfisher (Tanysiptera danae): singles seen on 3 dates at Varirata.
Rainbow Bee-eater (Merops ornatus) a few at PAU and Varirata and at least 20 below Kumul Lodge.
Dollarbird (Eurystomus orientalis): fairly common around along the Elevala River, and
a few at Varirata.
Blyth's Hornbill (Aceros plicatus): fairly common around Kiunga.
Hooded Pitta (Pitta sordida): singles seen near Kwatu Lodge on 2 dates, with others heard near there.
Pacific Swallow (Hirundo tahitica): common in the lowlands up to 1600m.
Stout-billed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina caeruleogrisea): 3 at Dablin Creek in the morning and afternoon of 28th.
Yellow-eyed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina lineata): an unprecedented flock of 8 at Varirata on 16th.
Boyer's Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina boyeri): a few at Varirata and in the Kiunga area.
White-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina papuensis): only 1 below Varirata and 2 at PAU on 4th.
Hooded Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina longicauda): 3 at Tari on 22nd and 2 on 23rd.
Gray-headed Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina schisticeps): a few at Dablin Creek.
New Guinea (Black) Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina melas): a pair at Varirata.
Black-bellied Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina montana): 4 at the Bailey Bridge, Tari.
Black-shouldered (Papuan) Cuckoo-shrike (Coracina morio): one at Varirata and 2 at Dablin Creek.
Golden Cuckoo-shrike (Campochaera sloetii): 4 at Dablin Creek and heard a few times near Kwatu Lodge but only 1 seen.
Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela): one or 2 at Varirata.
Island Thrush (Turdus poliocephalus): one at Tari Gap and several at Kumul Lodge.
Island Leaf-Warbler (Phylloscopus poliocephalus): a few at Tari.
Papuan (Tawny) Grassbird (Megalurus (timoriensis) macrurus: a few at Tari Gap.
Pied Bushchat (Saxicola caprata): daily at Tari and near Kumul and Tabubil.
Willie Wagtail (Rhipidura leucophrys): common throughout.
Friendly Fantail (Rhipidura albolimbata): common at Tari and Kumul.
Chestnut-bellied Fantail (Rhipidura hyperythra): a few at Varirata.
White-bellied Thicket-Fantail (Rhipidura leucothorax): this skulker was seen near Kwatu Lodge and heard at Dablin Creek.
Black Fantail (Rhipidura atra): up to 4 most days at Tari and 3 at Kumul.
Dimorphic Fantail (Rhipidura brachyrhyncha): one or 2 at Tari, Kumul and Dablin Creek.
Rufous-backed Fantail (Rhipidura rufidorsa): 2 singles near Kwatu Lodge.
Black Monarch (Monarcha axillaries): only 1 near Ambua, Tari.
Black-winged Monarch (Monarcha frater): 2 singles at Varirata.
Spot-winged Monarch (Monarcha guttulus): one near Kwatu Lodge on 31st.
Hooded Monarch (Monarcha manadensis): one near Kwatu Lodge on 30th.
Golden Monarch (Monarcha chrysomela): 2 near Kwatu Lodge on 30th and heard at Km 17.
Frilled Monarch (Arses telescophthalmus): up to 6 daily at Varirata and a few in the Kiunga area.
Leaden Flycatcher (Myiagra rubecula): one below Varirata on 17th.
Shining Flycatcher (Myiagra alecto): a common river edge bird on the Elevala.
Black-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus nigripectus): one or 2 most days at Tari and Kumul.
Yellow-breasted Boatbill (Machaerirhynchus flaviventer): one at Varirata.
Lesser Ground-Robin (Amalocichla incerta): a pair responding at Tari were very nearly seen but just would not come out.
Torrent Flycatcher (Monachella muelleriana): 4 at Ok Menga.
Lemon-bellied Flycatcher (Microeca flavigaster): one on the Varirata approach road and 2 at Dablin Creek.
Olive Flycatcher (Microeca flavovirescens): one at Varirata.
Canary Flycatcher (Microeca papuana): up to 5 on 4 days at Tari and 1 at Kumul.
Garnet Robin (Eugerygone rubra): at least 1 at Tari Gap with 2 more heard singing.
White-faced Robin (Tregellasia leucops): a pair at Varirata.
Black-sided Robin (Poecilodryas hypoleuca): it was a surprising struggle to see this sp. this year but eventually 1 was observed near Kwatu Lodge.
Black-throated Robin (Poecilodryas albonotata): only 2 singles at Tari on 2 days.
White-winged Robin (Peneothello sigillata): a few at Tari Gap and Kumul Lodge.
White-rumped Robin (Peneothello bimaculata): one at Dablin Creek.
Blue-gray Robin (Peneothello cyanus): up to 4 most days at Tari.
Ashy Robin (Heteromyias albispecularis): commonly heard at Tari but only briefly seen by Dana.
Northern Scrub-Robin (Drymodes superciliaris): one seen at Varirata by Marc, others heard.
Dwarf Whistler (Pachycare flavogriseum): heard several times at Varirata but unusually unresponsive with only 1 seen, by Mike.
Rufous-naped Whistler (Aleadryas rufinucha): one or 2 most days at Tari and Kumul Lodge.
Brown-backed Whistler (Pachycephala modesta): small numbers at Tari.
Sclater's Whistler (Pachycephala soror): only 2 singles at Tari.
Regent Whistler (Pachycephala schlegelii): a few at Tari and Kumul.
Black-headed Whistler (Pachycephala monacha): one below Kumul, 2 at Mount Hagen airport and 1 at Dablin Creek.
Rufous/Little Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla megarhyncha): a few scattered records.
Gray Shrike-Thrush (Colluricincla harmonica): one at PAU on 16th.
Hooded Pitohui (Pitohui dichrous): a few at Varirata and 2 at Dablin Creek.
White-bellied Pitohui (Pitohui incertus): commonly heard along the Elevala River with 2 or 3 parties seen.
Rusty Pitohui (Pitohui ferrugineus): heard only at Varirata.
Crested Pitohui (Pitohui cristatus): an arch-skulker heard at Varirata.
Variable Pitohui (Pitohui kirhocephalus): 2 at Dablin Creek and heard a few times near Kwatu Lodge.
Black Pitohui (Pitohui nigrescens): one male above Ambua.
Wattled Ploughbill (Eulacestoma nigropectus): a female observed feeding at Tari.
New Guinea Babbler (Pomatostomus isidorei): heard along the Elevala River.
Northern Logrunner (Orthonyx temminckii): at male lured in on Bensons Trail, Tari.
Painted Quail-Thrush (Cinclosoma ajax): one on a nest at Km 17 and heard near Ekame Lodge.
Blue Jewel-Babbler (Ptilorrhoa caerulescens): 2 sightings near Kwatu Lodge.
Chestnut-backed Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa castanonota): one for Dana on 17th at Varirata and 2 seen there on Aug 4, with 1 at Dablin Creek.
Spotted Jewel-babbler (Ptilorrhoa leucosticta): heard at Tari but only seen, well, by Dana and Marc – it was so annoyed by the play-back that it jumped on to a tree-fern and tore pieces out of it!
Blue-capped Ifrita (Ifrita kowaldi): several at Tari.
White-shouldered Fairywren (Malurus alboscapulatus): a few Tari Valley, and below Kumul and Varirata.
Orange-crowned Fairywren (Clytomyias insignis): 3 parties at Tari but good views were difficult with this elusive species.
Emperor Fairywren (Malurus cyanocephalus): one near Kwatu was only seen by Lillian.
Rusty Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis murina): commonly heard singing but only seen at Varirata on Aug 4.
Mountain Mouse-Warbler (Crateroscelis robusta): a few at Tari and Kumul Lodge.
Buff-faced Scrubwren (Sericornis perspicillatus): a few at Tari.
Papuan Scrubwren (Sericornis papuensis): fairly common at Tari and Kumul but only a few seen.
Large Scrubwren (Sericornis nouhuysi): common at Tari and Kumul Lodge.
Green-backed Gerygone (Gerygone chloronota): only 1 seen, at Kwatu Lodge, but commonly heard near here and at Varirata.
Fairy Gerygone (Gerygone palpebrosa): one at Varirata.
Yellow-bellied Gerygone (Gerygone chrysogaster): singles at Varirata and near Kwatu.
Large-billed Gerygone (Gerygone magnirostris): singles Kwatu Lodge.
Brown-breasted Gerygone (Gerygone): fairly common at Tari and Kumul.
Papuan Treecreeper (Cormobates placens): a pair of this elusive species seen well below Warili Lodge, Tari.
Black Sunbird (Leptocoma sericea): 2 at Varirata and 1 at Kwatu.
Obscure Berrypecker (Melanocharis arfakiana): one at Dablin Creek.
Black Berrypecker (Melanocharis nigra): 4 at Varirata on 16 and 17th including 1 feeding a juv.
Mid-mountain (Lemon-breasted) Berrypecker (Melanocharis longicauda): singles on 4 days at Tari.
Fan-tailed Berrypecker (Melanocharis versteri): a few at Tari and 1 Kumul Lodge.
Streaked Berrypecker (Melanocharis striativentris): one below Kumul for Marc and JH.
Slaty-chinned Longbill (Toxorhamphus poliopterus): 2 at Dablin Creek.
Yellow-bellied Longbill (Toxorhamphus novaeguineae): singles at Dablin Creek and near Kwatu.
Dwarf Honeyeater (Toxorhamphus iliolophus): heard at Varirata.
Tit Berrypecker (Oreocharis arfaki): numerous at Ambua Lodge.
Crested Berrypecker (Paramythia montium): 5 at Tari Gap on 19th and 23rd, with 2 on 24th, and 2 at Kumul Lodge.
Red-capped (Olive-crowned) Flowerpecker (Dicaeum (pectorale) geelvinkianum): a few throughout.
Black-fronted White-eye (Zosterops minor): a flock of at least 20 at Dablin Creek.
Capped (Western Mountain) White-eye (Zosterops fuscicapillus): 8 at Warili Lodge.
New Guinea White-eye (Zosterops novaeguineae): common below Kumul.
Long-billed Honeyeater (Melilestes megarhynchus): 2 singles at Dablin Creek.
Mountain Myzomela (Myzomela adolphinae): 5 below Kumul and 2 at Mount Hagen airport.
Red-collared Myzomela (Myzomela rosenbergii): a few at Tari.
Scrub Honeyeater (Meliphaga albonotata): 2 at Ok Menga and Kwatu.
Mountain Meliphaga (Meliphaga orientalis): a few below Kumul and at Dablin Creek.
Puff-backed Honeyeater (Meliphaga aruensis): one near Kwatu Lodge.
Mimic Honeyeater (Meliphaga analoga): a few at Varirata.
Elegant (Graceful) Honeyeater (Meliphaga (gracilis) cinereifrons): heard near Kwatu Lodge.
Black-throated Honeyeater (Lichenostomus subfrenatus): commonly heard at Tari Gap but only 1 seen well.
Tawny-breasted Honeyeater (Xanthotis flaviventer): 2 at Dablin Creek and along the Elevala River.
Spotted Honeyeater (Xanthotis polygrammu): 2 at Dablin Creek.
Marbled Honeyeater (Pycnopygius cinereus): a few in the Tari Valley and 1 below Kumul.
Streak-headed Honeyeater (Pycnopygius sticocephalus): one at Varirata and heard along the Elevala River.
New Guinea (Helmeted) Friarbird (Philemon (buceroides) novaeguineae): common in the lowlands including Varirata.
Gray-sided Honeyeater (Ptilorora perstriata): common around Tari and Kumul.
Rufous-backed Honeyeater (Ptiloprora guisei): only 2 noted below Ambua, Tari.
Sooty Melidectes (Melidectes fuscus): a mist-netted bird was seen at Kumul Lodge.
Belford's Melidectes (Melidectes belfordi): abundant at Tari and Kumul.
Yellow-browed Melidectes (Melidectes rufocrissalis): a few below Ambua, Tari.
Ornate Melidectes (Melidectes torquatus): one at Kama below Kumul.
Smoky Honeyeater (Melipotes fumigatus): common at Tari and Kumul.
Rufous-banded Honeyeater (Conopophila albogularis): common at PAU.
Brown Oriole (Oriolus szalayi): fairly common in the lowlands including Varirata.
Green Figbird (Sphecotheres viridis): common at PAU. The identity of this species is under review, some calling it Papuan Figbird, Sphecotheres salvadorii, a split off Australasian Figbird S. vieilloti.
Long-tailed Shrike (Lanius schach): singles most days at Tari and near Kumul Lodge.
Papuan/ Mountain Drongo (Chaetorhynchus papuensis): one at Varirata for Marc.
(Papuan) Spangled Drongo (Dicrurus bracteatus carbonarius): fairly common in the lowlands including Varirata – a possible future split.
Great Woodswallow (Artamus maximus): small numbers at Tari and Tabubil.
White-breasted Woodswallow (Artamus leucorhynchus): several at Port Moresby and PAU.
Mountain Peltops (Peltops montanus): only 1 at Tari and 2 at Dablin Creek.
Lowland Peltops (Peltops blainvillii): 2 on the Elevala River and 1 at Km 17.
Black-backed Butcherbird (Cracticus mentalis): one or 2 seen at PAU.
Hooded Butcherbird (Cracticus cassicus): a few at Varirata and the Kiunga/Tabubil area.
Black Butcherbird (Cracticus quoyi): one from the Ambua airstrip, Tari, 2 at Ok Menga and 2 near Kwatu.
Loria's Satinbird/Bird-of-Paradise (Cnemophilus loriae): at least 3 at Ambua, with a male above the bailey bridge.
Crested Satinbird/Bird-of-paradise (Cnemophilus macgregorii): a superb male feeding in a fruiting tree at Kumul and a female at the nest.
Glossy-mantled Manucode (Manucodia ater): a few near Kwatu Lodge and heard at Km 17.
Trumpet Manucode (Manucodia keraudrenii): only 2 singles seen near Kwatu Lodge with others heard.
Crinkle-collared Manucode (Manucodia chalybatus): at least 1 at Varirata, Dablin Creek, and along the Elevala River on 30th.
Short-tailed Paradigalla (Paradigalla brevicauda): one or 2+ around Ambua on 4 days.
Ribbon-tailed Astrapia (Astrapia mayeri): daily in the Tari Gap area including stunning males, and a few females with a sub-adult male on the bird table at Kumul Lodge.
Princess Stephanie's Astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae): a few daily, mainly around Ambua, including an apparent hybrid on 18th.
Carola's Parotia (Parotia carolae): 2 single female-types at Dablin Creek.
Lawes' Parotia (Parotia lawesii): common at the fruiting trees at Ambua with as many as 8 female-types and 1 male, and a few below Warili Lodge.
King-of-Saxony Bird-of-paradise (Pteridophora alberti): up to 3 seen well at Tari on 4 days.
Magnificent Riflebird (Ptiloris magnificus): a single male near Kwatu Lodge, with others heard.
Eastern/ Growling Riflebird (Ptiloris [magnificus] intercedens): a male seen in flight by Marc at the Boundary Trail, Varirata and another seen by Lillian and JH near the Raggiana BoP lek.
Superb Bird-of-Paradise (Lophorina superba): up to 6 female-types and a male at the fruiting trees at Ambua, a displaying male in the Tari Valley and 2 below Kumul.
Black Sicklebill (Epimachus fastuosus): 2 imm. males at the fruiting trees at Ambua and a displaying male visible from Warili Lodge, with others heard calling.
Brown Sicklebill (Epimachus meyeri): only 1 at Tari with others heard, and 3+ at the bird table
at Kumul Lodge.
Buff-tailed/Black-billed Sicklebill (Epimachus albertisi): at least 2 of this rarely seen bird at the fruiting trees at Ambua.
Magnificent Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus magnificus): only 1 female-type at Dablin Creek; also heard at Varirata.
King Bird-of-Paradise (Cicinnurus regius): a male near Kwatu Lodge – what a beauty!.
Twelve-wired Bird-of-Paradise (Seleucidis melanoleucus): single adult male seen perched on poles at different sites on 4 days along the rivers.
Lesser Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea minor): a displaying male seen well at Kama below Kumul Lodge.
Greater Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea apoda): a few displaying at Kiunga, Km 17 and a couple of fly-bys along the Elevala.
Raggiana Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea raggiana): several displaying at Varirata and Km 17, and a few sightings around Kiunga.
Blue Bird-of-Paradise (Paradisaea rudolphi): 2 feeding in a fruiting tree at Ambua, with another feeding below Warili Lodge.
Lesser Melampitta (Melampitta lugubris): one at Tari Gap did not show well, with others heard, but a pair at Kumul Lodge did eventually show.
Sanford's Bowerbird (Archboldia sanfordi): 2 put in a few appearances at the feeder at Kumul Lodge.
Macgregor's Bowerbird (Amblyornis macgregoriae): singles on 3 days at Tari.
Flame Bowerbird (Sericulus aureus): a male in flight near Ekame Lodge was the only sighting.
Yellow-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera lauterbachi): 2 perched up below Kumul.
Fawn-breasted Bowerbird (Chlamydera cerviniventris): common at PAU and a few along the Varirata approach road.
Grey Crow (Corvus tristis): this vocal forest crow was seen daily in the Kiunga area and heard at Varirata.
Torresian Crow (Corvus orru): several at Port Moresby, PAU and Varirata.
Metallic Starling (Aplonis metallica): numerous in the Kiunga area.
Yellow-eyed Starling (Aplonis mystacea): a starling flock along the Elevala River included at least 20 of this scarce species.
Singing Starling (Aplonis cantoroides): a few at PAU and 2 at Port Morseby and Mount Hagen airports.
Yellow-faced Myna (Mino dumontii): common in the lowlands including Varirata and Tabubil.
Golden Myna (Mino anais): only 2 along the Elevala River on July 31 and Aug 1.
House Sparrow (Passer domesticus): only seen in Port Morseby and Mount Hagen.
Mountain Firetail (Oreostruthus fuliginosus): up to 10 at Kumul Lodge.
Blue-faced Parrotfinch (Erythrura trichroa): heard at Ambua Lodge.
Hooded Munia (Lonchura spectabilis): 5 at Ambua airstrip for Marc, at least 40 below Kumul and 3 at Mount Hagen airport.
Gray-headed Munia (Lonchura caniceps): 10 at PAU on 4th.
Mammals – identification very difficult, even with photos!
Dusky Pademelon (Thylogale brunii): one seen briefly at Varirata.
Common Bush Wallaby (Thylogale brunii): a small kangaroo seen by Marc at Kumul Lodge may have been this species.
Painted Ringtail Possum (Pseudocheirus forbesi): a possum at Tari may have been this species.
Feathertail Possum (Distoechurus pennatus): a pygmy-possum at Kumul was thought to be this species or Long-tailed Pygmy-Possum.
Speckled Dasyure (Neophascogale lorentzii): one at Kumul Lodge
Black-tailed Antechinus (Antechinus melanurus): this marsupial mouse was seen at Kumul Lodge.
Rothchild's Woolly Rat (Mallomys rothschildi): a rat in the forest at Kumul may have been this species.
Black-tailed Giant Rat (Uromys anak): we watched a couple of these giant rats eating leftover fruit on the bird-feeder at Kumul Lodge after dark.
Great Flying-fox (Pteropus neohibernicus) or Big-eared Flying-fox (Pteropus macrotis): the many large fruit-bats along the Fly and Elevala Rivers are one of these two species.