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Papua New Guinea Part 4, The Karawari and the Sepik – October 2014

October 15, 2014

Leaving Ambua for the Sepik

We spent the morning hanging out at the Ambua waiting for information about our flight. The sunrise was again spectacular, with a fog bank that looked like snow.  

I stepped outside of the main lodge and Thomas immediately pointed out a Prince of Princess Stephanie’s astrapia bird of paradise. So now I’ve seen two! Princess Stephanie’s astrapia (Astrapia stephaniae), also known as Stephanie’s astrapia, was named in for Princess Stephanie of Belgium, wife of Crown Prince Rudolph of Austria-Hungary. When seen close up, which of course we did not, you would see an iridescent blue-green and purple head, silky plumage below and two very long, broad purplish-black central tail feathers.

We were supposed to leave on a small chartered plane from a small runway at the Ambua,but instead the plane was going to meet us in Tari. So after breakfast we got back on the bus and headed down the mountain back to the Tari airport. Although at first were disappointed, it turned out to be a great ride and we got to see and take pictures of some things we had not seen along the road before, like the “gas station,” some more “recycling,” a “car wash,” a woman walking her pig, some more men on the street with their headpieces (just to prove that they don’t just dress for the few tourists that are visiting). 

Papua New Guinea Part 3, Paint and Wigs – October 2014

October 14, 2014
Today started out very early as we were going birding again, this time just as the sun was rising. The view from our hut was magnificent. The sky turned a light pink and the flowers around us glistened. Ambua is filled with all sorts of beautiful flowers in all different colors. Joseph once again took us out birding along with Thomas and our driver (who actually was the best in spotting the birds). Once again we lucked out and saw several different ribbon tailed BOP. This time we could see the blue crest on the bird and the ball on its beak.

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