Tuesday, April 29, 2014

I had 2 days in Port Moresby while the expedition was organized. I visited the nearby botanical garden warming up for the fieldwork. Cassowaries are almost impossible to see in the wild, but here I had great opportunity to study all the 3 species.

Southern Cassowary:

Dwarf Cassowary:

Saturday, April 26, 2014

We stayed in villages and campsites along the track. I was fascinated by the beauty of the houses built from the materials found in the surrounding forest.

Guesthouse at 1900 Crossing campsite.

 At this higher elevation we had heavy rain every day.

Guesthouses in Agulogo village. Raggiana Birds of Paradise had a display tree in the village, but it was raining in the morning we stayed here, so I missed them.

Scene from Kagi village (800 people live here):

Locals were always interested in what I was doing. When I started sketching a house in Kagi village, there was crowd around me in 1 minute. I was very hungry here, that's why the strange face:

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I was stunned by the beauty and variety of butterflies during the trip. I could easily spend the whole 4 weeks simply with sketching them. Here's a sketch of 2 related species, done by a small spring along the track:

Here's a photo of the left one, accompanied by a less colourful, but still amazing species. It landed only briefly, so I could take only this poor photo:

This was probably the most beautiful of them all, but was very mobile, sat down only very briefly, immediately hiding its upperwing, so this blurry photo is a flight shot:

Sunday, April 20, 2014

I've painted some plates for the new edition of the Birds of Papua New Guinea field guide. The author, Thane Pratt, and the project leader, Allen Allison kindly invited me to the expedition on the Kokoda Trail.
 I had to leave the team one week earlier to catch my flight. Here's a photo of Thane, holding my present for him. I've made a sketch of his favourite bird of the trip, the Chestnut-shouldered Goshawk.

We have seen this species during the first week of our trip. I couldn't find any photos of it on the internet, so this must be a really rarely photographed species. Here's my photo: 

Saturday, April 19, 2014

 I've returned from a 1 month study trip in Papua New Guinea yesterday. I walked on the Kokoda Trail with an expedition organized by the American Bishop Museum and The Papua New Guinea National Museum.

In the next weeks I'll post my sketches, photos, stories from the trip.

Safe birdwatching in Port Moresby:

A selection of my field sketches while packing for the return journey: