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the collared kingfisher Halcyon Chloris
the collared kingfisher Halcyon Chloris

KUALA TERENGGANU (NST): The kingfisher is set to be one of the attractions along Sungai Berang in Hulu Terengganu.

white throated kingfisher Halcyon Smyrnensis
white throated kingfisher Halcyon Smyrnensis
 banded kingfisher Lacedo Pulchella
banded kingfisher Lacedo Pulchella

Unveiled as the state’s newest tourist destination, the 38km stretch of the narrow, winding river is believed to be home for up to 10 species of the small, bright birds of the families of Alcedinidae (river kingfishers) and Halcyonidae (tree kingfishers), said Hera Alam Travel and Tour Sdn Bhd managing director Mokhtar Mohamad.

Mokhtar will head the first ever kayaking expedition on Sungai Berang from May 7 to 9. Apart from the birds, he expects the 200 river safari participants to find other flora and fauna treasures, especially along the last 20km-stretch through the jungle from Belukar Bukit to Pengkalan Ajal.

“Academicians from Universiti Malaysia Terengganu, Universiti Darul Iman and Universiti Teknologi Mara will be taking part in the three-day exploration organised by the state government and Terengganu Tourism Action Council.

“With professionals from various government agencies and participants from the local and foreign media, the State Kayak Association, Malaysia Association of Hotels and State Tourism Association, we hope to identify points of interest along the waterway,” said Mokhtar.
State Tourism, Culture, Arts and Heritage Committee chairman Datuk Za’aba Mohd Adib, said at the launch of “Sungai Berang Uncovered 2009” that Sungai Berang would be the perfect eco-tourism launching pad for Hulu Terengganu.

“Given the right exposure, it can turn out to be a popular eco-tourism destination for domestic and foreign tourists. The most important thing is Sungai Berang will give visitors another reason to visit the state aside from the beautiful beaches and islands.”

Malaysian Nature Society Terengganu vice-chairman and avid bird watcher Anuar Abdullah McAfee said he was pleased that a local operator had taken the initiative to find a site and benefit from it by promoting it as a tourist destination.

“Birds are a great attraction for nature tourists and if there are many species of kingfishers, there must be other interesting birds in the area as well. It is my hope the operators will protect the area and keep it clean and natural,” he said.

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