Copyright © 2017 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved. Blue Pitta: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Blue Pitta is found in the Indian Subcontinent and the Southeast Asia across Bangladesh, Bhutan, Burma, Cambodia, India, Indonesia, North-western Australia, Myanmar, Vietnam and Thailand. It is closely related to the Indian Pitta and Mangrove Pitta and its natural habitats are the subtropical or tropical moist lowland forest and subtropical or tropical moist montane forest.

We did not expect to have the Blue Winged Pitta during this day but we were lucky to have seen our birder friends queuing on the side of the dirt road after the Second Stream, we had to ask them if what were they waiting for and then they revealed this beautiful secret. The next day we returned at the location at 5:30 a.m. and it was still dark when we got there so that we would be first to go in the hides. We were joined by our friend Khun Pok we got in the hide at 7:00 a.m. and yet the Blue Pitta showed up at 8:10 a.m. and returned at 10:30 a.m.; the rain was pouring, the light was very poor, all the elements were against us.

Well, birding is birding, we can’t always predict the weather and we just have to take whatever as part of the joys of birding.

Khao Yai National Park, Thailand
June 30, 2017
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro TS-85C | Fotopro WH-30 | Carry Speed FS-Slim | Nitecore UNK1

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