Birdwatching in Leuser Ecosystem ( Aceh- Sumatra)
My partner and I spent two days birding in Gunung Leuser Ecosystem with Agus Nurza of Aceh Birder. Agus is extraordinarily passionate about birdwatching and actively involved in their conservation in Aceh. He really went out of his way to make our trip comfortable, and most importantly make sure we got the birds. He is the go-to guy for serious birders – knows the birds, their calls, and where to find them and specialises in endemics. Aceh really is an unexplored playground for birdwatchers, and with 87 species in 2 days I only wish we had spent longer!
*Claire Runge, Australia (May 2015)
Birding Holiday in Leuser Ecosystem Rain Forest Sumatra (Claire, Jason & Agus Nurza)
Birdwatching on 24-25 & 26 of July 2015 Leuser Ecosystem ( Aceh- Sumatra)
I had an afternoon, a full day and a final morning .
This tour began in the forest mountain just 1h30 from Meulaboh with 4 Sumatran Laughingtrushes – my main target- and a few other species also present. We began walking and soon watched up many species within 2 hours: Long-tailed Sibia, Cream striped Bulbul, Sunda, Black and Chestnut-capped Laughingthrush, Sumatran Treepie !..
It was an “easy birding” as said Agus my excellent guide.
Alas this first( and the second afternoon) were a wash-out limiting my time for nightbirding.
For my full birding day, we added 3 species of Leafbirds, Aceh Bulbul – a futur split for sure!-Hoogerworf Salvadori Pheasant, Sumatran Peacock Pheasant and again the same bird than yesterday ( including again 3 Sumatran Laughing trush). Success! During our dinner on site – yes thank to Agus who bring table, chair, coffee,… we saw the Rookmarkeri ssp Silver-eared Mesia a real beauty.
On the last morning we tried a lower forest and we saw Hornbills. And it was time for my flight back to Medan.
An easy birding!
*Christian Goblet – Belgium
Agus Nurza (left) and Christian Goblet in Leuser Rainforest Sumatra.
Aceh Province – with Gayo Highlands and place for Sumatran Laughingthrush.
June 21-25, 2015
For finding the specialties of the Aceh region, Agus Nurza and Tedi W. are the best guides.. After we visited Aceh, they discovered a place where Grey-faced “Sumatran” Woodpecker is easy to see. We stayed out in the field the whole day long. At noon, they prepared a sober meal. Also driving in the night, after a whole day of birding, is no problem for these guys.
On request of our guides, I am not giving details about the visited places. Trapping of Sumatran Laughingthrush, Silver-eared Mesia and Aceh Bulbul is a serious problem with populations now on a very low density in many parts of Sumatra. Please contact Agus for more details and guiding.
*Peter Collaerts et al 2015.
Agus Nurza (from left), Peter Colaerts,
Birdwatching in Aceh
Aceh is the northernmost province of Sumatra. Home of orangutans, elephants, rhinos, tigers and a very long list of birds. Not very visited by birders until now but surely will be a main destination in the near future
There are very nice forest in many places and species likeRueck´s blue flycatcher may survive in this province. Birding here is awesome and it takes several days to cover all the areas.
Many trappers in the forest. for that reason, I dont give any direction here and i strongly reccomend anyone else do that thing. The hunters are familiar with the birding websites and also with birdsong websites, where they download birdsongs to attract the birds. The contact there is Agus Nurza, from Aceh Birder.
*Carlos N. Bocos. Nov. 2015.
Agus Nurza and Carlos N. Bocos
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