Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Eared Pitta

Pittas sure are exciting birds. Every so difficult to find outside of breeding season but always incredibly rewarding once found. I have birded in Thailand for many years but still can count on one hand's fingers the number of times I have seen Eared Pitta.
So it was with joy I accepted this opportunity to view the bird from a carefully set up blind. It so happened to be the very last day before the chicks left with their mom so I really managed in the 'nick of time'.
The bird perched and called the chicks from a perch some 6-7 meter up for a little over an hour before it went on the ground and slowly approached the nest. I don't know why it had such an incredibly slow approach and I don't think it was aware of my presence. When ever any other birds would come near the Pitta likewise would stop showing. It seemed on high alert until it finally decided to feed and then would come every 5-10 minutes. After 20 minutes of feeding I left the blind. Conditions were very hard for photography and these shots are the only decent ones I managed.


Ike said...

Love the bottom photo, will be posting it next month as the POTM if thats okay with you...
-I still need this tick too! -Was this taken in Kaeng Krachan?

Mike said...

Great stuff Peter, worth the wait I am sure.

I have yet to actually see any Pitta in the wild but I live in hope.