Papua New Guinea Aug 08—30, 2007
Posted by David Bishop
It is always a privilege to return to New Guinea which has become, in many ways, my second home during the thirty plus years I have lived and visited there. This remarkable country never fails to astonish me. New Guineans are undoubtedly some of the finest and most interesting people on our planet, and they, together with the continuing vastness of this island-continent's forests, birds, and other wildlife, combine to produce not only an outstanding tour, but one that literally rejuvenates the soul.
Who will ever forget that incredible Shovel-billed Kingfisher at its nest—for so many years a near mythical denizen of New Guinea's vast forests; the delightful morning scenes in the highlands, range after mountain range graced with tendrils of mist and tempting forests that just beg to be explored; falling trees; earthshakes; the amazing displaying birds-of-paradise; sensational views of two Southern Crowned Pigeons; and a totally gorgeous morning out on the waters of Kimbe Bay watching hordes of pigeons, exploring amazing coral reefs, and glorying in a very confiding pod of rarely seen Risso's dolphins. What a place!
To return to this spectacular continental-island with such a wonderful group was sheer joy. Thank you one and all: Phil and Beverly, Brian and Meg, Ray (a special thank you for sharing your scope) and Anne, Bob and Rosie, Romney, Virginia, Dave, and Ferenc.
Thanks too, to all the people in Papua New Guinea who helped make this trip so much fun and so successful: Andrew, Sebuna, and Nick in Port Moresby; Sam, Miro, Kiwan, Jimmy, Philip, and Edmund in Kiunga and Tabubil, plus all the girls at the Kiunga Guest House; Joseph and all our Huhli and Australian hosts at Ambua; Lyn, Daniel, Kim, and everyone at Kumul Lodge; and Florence, Patrick, and everyone at Walindi.