Using the Birdingpal resources you must agree to the following: If you contact a local Birdingpal and make arrangement to go birding, you should note it is common courtesy to make sure you show up for the appointment. If for any reason you are unable to do this, the least you must do is contacting the local Pal right away.
Please note that most Birdingpals are serious birdwatchers. It is a privilege to contact them, and your message should reflect it. A local Pal does not get paid, but should he/she offer to take you out birding, using their own vehicle, it would be courteous to pay for the fuel. A lunch and/or a small gift would also be appropriate, something as simple as a souvenir of your country, or a pin from your local birding club.
Banda Aceh, Aceh
Aceh is a Great Birding Spot area. Many endemic bird species of Sumatra Island can be found in the Leuser Ecosystem Area or Gunung Leuser National Park of Aceh like Sumatran Laughing Trush.
My work is in areas where there is no internet access. I return to Jakarta once in three months. Many times it is too late to respond to fellow birders on short notice, so please give me time to contact you.
English, Bahasa Indonesia
I am a talkative 22 years old birdwatcher. I have loved birding since 2010 and joined a birdwatching club (KPB Nycticorax) in campus. An undergraduated student at department of biology in Universitas Negeri Jakarta (State University of Jakarta), a biology education program. also a private science teacher for kids. love traveling!
Muara Angke Sanctuary, Monas Park, Muara Gembong Wetland, Rambut Island
Milky Stork, Christmas Frigatebird, Black-winged Starling, Javan Plover
Interests: Nature: birdwatching, twitching, photography, butterflies, beach, mountain, island, herping
Travel: walking, hiking,train, bus, car, long walk, motorcycle
Visit: tourist site, monument, arboretum, parks, wetlands, open area
Bandung, West Java
I am an American living in Bandung. I've been here only since June of 2007, but I can provide transportation to areas close to Bandung or even to Cibodas and Gunung Gede Pangrango where most of the Javan endemics can be found.
Banyuwangi, Jawa Timur
I work in Baluran National Park as a field observer. I frequently do monitoring in Baluran NP and in Ijen Crater in my spare time. I have write a field guide book of Birds of Baluran National Park (in Bahasa languange).
Labuan Bajo, Kupang
English and Indonesia
I am a birdwatching tour guide in Flores island Indonesia, I started to guide people around Flores since 2009. The birding areas in Flores are: Komodo National Park, Mt Mbeliling, Pota Wangka, Ente'e, Puarlolo, Golo Lusang, Rana Mese, Poco Ranaka, Pagal, Pocondeki Kisol, Nanga Rawa kisol and Kelimutu National Park.
English, Japanese, Kai, Bahasa, Kei Javan
Palu, Central Sulawesi
Indonesian, some English
I'm an amateur birdwatcher, but can identify many birds of Sulawesi. I have worked with WCS (Wildlife Conservation Society) as a field assistant researcher doing a survey of the biodiversity in Sulawesi. Vegetation, Mammals and Birds. I want to help anyone who wanting to birdwatch in Sulawesi, since I know many places to watch birds.
Bukit Lawang, North Sumatra
I currently live in Bukit Lawang near the Gunung Leuser National Park.
My profession includes jungle trekking and educating people on the fauna and flora and different species of apes and birds that are found here.
My friend who is a biology teacher and member of Bird Watching Groups in England came here to trek and teach me about the different species. From that I decided to continue learning about the natural Bird life here in Bukit Lawang.
I am keen to enhance visitors experience and trek with those who are interested in watching the local bird species.
I really enjoy being with and guiding people through our jungle here in North Sumatra.
Gunung Leuser National Park
Great Argus, Sumatran Eagle and many kinds of Hornbills, Broadbills & Kingfisher
Nature: birdwatching, photography, butterflies, fishing, swimming
Travel: stroll, walking, hiking, climbing, train, bus, car, biking, long walk, packpack
Visit: tourist site, museum, restaurant, club,architecture appreciation
Attend:live music, sports event
Participate: night life, party, dance, club, bar, rock, hiphop, rap, beer, liquor, social games
A good place with many birding spot. 1. Merapi National Park: good for some Java's lowland and mountain birds such as White-bellied Fantail, Black-banded Barbet, Pink-headed Fruit Dove,Sunda Bulbul, Grey-throated Whiteye, Javan Hawk Eagle, Javan Whistling Thrush, etc. 2. Trisik Beach: a nice place to see Javan Plover and some migrant shorebirds and seabird (including Chrismast-island Frigatebird). Sometimes the rare endemic White-capped Munia also occur. 3. Prambanan Temple and Melia Purosani Hotel: Good for Java Sparrow. 4. Malioboro:up to 30000 Barn Swallow and 5000 Daurian Starling flocks in a single sunset, amazing sight for common bird. 5. UGM valley: Good place to take Blue-eared Kingfisher's picture.
If you contact a professional Birdingpal guide you must be prepared to pay a fee for guiding services.
Bali and Indonesia
Kaili, Bahasa, English
If you go to Sulawesi you must get in touch with Nurlin Djuni, he is the best guide in the area and has all the contacts to source mammal sites if he doesn’t know them himself. He is originally from Palu but works all over Sulawesi, nearby islands and I think Irian Jaya as well. The only world-class birding guide we had was Nurlin Djuni. Nurlin joined us for our few days on Halmahera and a day on Ternate. He helped us find most of our target birds fairly quickly and I had the feeling that any extra days on Halmahera would have been frustratingly slow in terms of new birds found.
Steve Anyon-Smith, NSW, Australia email@example.com
As for Nurlin, he is both top-flight and a lot of fun. He has professional bird books and knows his birds so well. He treks in places that I am too old to cover, but the places he took me had different endemic
birds and he identified them all. Sense of humor and warmness. This guy, maybe around 30 now, is so outgoing and understands foreigners. He has a guitar which he lugs around and sings some funny songs in both English and his native Bahasa Indonesia, not to mention his dialect of Kaili from his native village on Sulawesi. Experience--I first met him when he was an English teacher at a language center in Palu, Central Sulawesi. Flexible--I asked him to guide my cycling tour customers for the trekking portion, and he was the highlight of their trip. I could not compete in any way. They loved everything he did and said.
He is very patient and hard-working. I watched as he etched black crayon off of a poster he had drawn underneath, all done by hand. He has trekked for days into places I wouldn't imagine going, but the younger bird-watchers loved it. He will work day and night for you. He loves his family. Everything he does, he does for the people of his village, though he himself remains poor
and humble. He is one of the most thoughtful people I have ever met.
Richard Fuller, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam