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Blue-winged Pitta

When out for the first time with my Canon 350D and 400 F5.6 I had an experience I will never forget. http://www.pbase.com/peterericsson/image/63480338

Pittas are absolutely the most exciting family of birds here in Thailand. Just seeing one is
a privilege and often it only last for a few precious seconds.
Thus, being able to photograph these birds is a dream every bird photographer must have.

Since I had such a remarkable experience 2 years back I decided to give it another try.

Upon entering the area I said a sincere prayer asking God to bless me and not let me come away empty handed.

A minute later I had already located the very rare Malayan Night Heron but decided against staying with it since my target bird was Blue-winged Pitta.

The Pitta migrate to Thailand in the wet season and its call can easily be heard in June/July.

Not much after that I had a calling bird way up in a tree. It wasn’t interested in me so I decided to keep going. Then, only 20 meters from the spot I had Eared Pitta 2 years back, a pair of Blue-winged Pittas were feeding next to the road. Amazing!

I managed to park myself some 6-8 meters from the birds. It was very interesting to observe how they collected worms for their unfledged young ones. I was able to stay with the birds for a couple of hours and here is some of that for you all to enjoy.
All images were hand held and most of them with flash due to poor light conditions.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B6URxVlGdBs
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