Since the founding of Sicklebill Safaris in 1998 Phil has led well over
30 trips to Papua New Guinea, these have ranged
from private clients with particular needs such as family groups,
parrot enthusiasts and photographers, to hard core world listers.
A truly impressive list of birds has been seen. These have included
26 species of bird of paradise including Brown, Black, Buff-tailed and Pale-billed Sicklebills, Princess Stephanie's and Ribbon-tailed Astrapia, Carola's, Wahnes' and Lawes Parotia, Blue, King-of-Saxony, Greater, Lesser, Emperor, Crested and King Bird of Paradise. We have also seen such marvels as New Guinea Harpy Eagle, Victoria and Southern Crowned Pigeons, Flame Bowerbird, Long-billed Cuckoo, Shovel billed Kingfisher, Superb, Red-bellied and Hooded Pittas, 5 species of Paradise-Kingfisher and many more. Additional highlights included Fire-maned Bowerbird, New Britain Bronzewing, Nicobar Pigeon, Bismarck Boobook and an undescribed species of Microeca Flycatcher.
We have unrivalled experience in the Bismarck (New Britain and New Ireland) and Admiralty Islands (Manus) where over 50 endemics can await the intrepid birder including Black, Finsch's, Grey and Red-knobbed Imperial-Pigeons, Violaceous and White-necked Coucals, Black-headed Paradise, White-mantled and Bismarck Kingfishers, Meek's Pygmy-Parrot, Superb Pitta, Bismarck, New Britian and Manus Boobook Owls, Bismarck and Admiralty Pied Monarchs, Rufous-faced Thicket-warbler and Manus Rufous Fantail.
Since the peace settlement we have been able to lead several
trips to Bougainville seeing such great species as Sanford's Sea-eagle, Woodford's Rail, Solomon's Boobook, Bougainville Monarch, Bougainville Crow, Ultramarine Kingfisher, Duchess Lorikeet, Pied Goshawk and Claret-breasted Fruit Dove.
From our beginnings in New Guinea it
was logical that we expand and branch out to cover the whole of the
Pacific area. Our guides are, between them, arguably the most
experienced tour leaders in this region and we can offer tours to suit
all ages, budgets and birding needs. Our current tour catalogue (see
the link below) gives some idea of the areas we cover and some of the
birds you can see on the various tours. Feel free to enquire about the
possibilities of any other areas you are interested in as we may be
able to help you there. We have world wide experience and even if we
cannot take you ourselves can often recommend itineraries and guides
for you to contact. Please also feel free to ask about our specially
customised tours which link birding to other interest. For example we
have run PNG trips which combine birds with looking at the local
culture and orchids.