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REMOTE SUMATRA EXPEDITION

Monday 30th June - Tuesday 15th July 2014

Pete Morris

Simeulue Scops Owl (Pete Morris)

Simeulue Scops Owl (Pete Morris)

This tour was initially conceived as part of the push to find the ‘final 500’, as Birdquest strive to add to the 10,000+ seen on tours to date. There were not too many on offer, and the logistics to get to them were not completely straightforward, but we thought we’d give it a go anyway! After some careful planning and helpful backup from agents and friends we were set… at least on paper! To make things a little tougher, the tour was added on to the four week Sumatra tour, and the two, back to back, made for quite an epic adventure! Thankfully, despite the odd hitch, the tour went very well indeed, and we managed to find just about all of the available specialities and new birds. Specific highlights included sensational views of both Simeulue and Mentawai Scops Owls, great views of the very rare Sumatran Laughingthrush and superb views of the rare Roll’s Partridge, while other great birds included the rarely seen Silvery Pigeon, the superb White-crowned Hornbill and a whole host of potential splits including Mentawai and Simeulue Serpent Eagles, Mentawai Malkoha and Sumatran Mesia to name just a few. And then there were the sensational Sumatran Orangutans and a Sun Bear to add a bit of interest.

Mentawai Scops Owl (Pete Morris)

Mentawai Scops Owl (Pete Morris)