Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Eared Pitta: this photograph may not be used without permission.
Watching this bird for the whole day will never bore me. As this bird looks for food, preferably worms, it gathers the wriggly creatures in its beak, clipping them that looks like noodles dangling on both sides of the beak. This bird is skittish, always suspecting something can harm it and its young. It is exciting because it will approach its nest in different techniques and attempts just to be sure that nobody is around to follow it for the nest to be safe from predators. Surely there are plenty of predators around its nest, we have seen a lot from birds to rodents, and even snakes. The following week, we planned to come back and watch it again, Loong Sin said, they were eaten by an animal. Arpha and I were so sad to hear that and we just have to hope that the Eared Pittas could lay eggs again and be safe from predators next time.
Kaengkratchan National Park, Petburi, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR