I got lost in the for two hours following Arpha, Harry, and Neth as they went looking for the Hooded Pitta in the jungle. It was easy to find them it since it was summer, the jungle shed foliage for it was so dry, plants were dying, so they improvised and went in the thicket to find the Pitta. I followed the same path but I did not see them where they went, I studied the trail of some marks and shoe prints, they were no where to be found.
To be safe while waiting for them to show up, I decided to sit on a big rock jotting out in the middle of the stream. There was water and it was flowing and around the rock it was deep almost to my knees so I knew I was going to be safe from smaller animals but nor from Tigers and Elephants. I covered my face from the attacking mosquitoes and waited patiently. Thirty minutes passed and I was so bored I decided to walk farther the trail to find them myself. As I was walking, I saw an owl from my left, frightened of my presence and it just flew following down stream and I got frightened as well. Then I saw this Kalij Pheasant with a mate so I hurriedly positioned my camera and changed my settings. It was too late they ran down through grass and twigs down the slope going down stream. I followed them and they showed up and then hid again.
Well, at least I saw them in the wild. This photograph above though was taken from a hide. Yes, I am proud of that because the Baan Son Nok keeps a hide at the jungle edge in which all birds are real and wild. I would becoming back again to take more photos from that hide for more better shots.
Kaeng Krachan National Park, Thailand
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
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