Copyright © 2019 by Ali Bernie Buga-ay, all rights reserved.
Fairy Pitta: this photograph may not be used without permission.

The Fairy Pitta or Pitta nympha is also called the “Forest Angel” in Taiwan, South Korea, North Korea, and japan. Diet consist of earthworms, spiders, some insects, slugs, and snails. It is Vulnerable due to habitat loss through deforestation, hunting, wildfire, trapping, and cage-bird trade and the decline is fast.

I never would have wanted to get the Fairy Pitta this year if not for a dear friend Prin Pattawaro; yes, last year I was inspired by Khun Kin Shing Li with his fantastic photographs. To many, it has been a serious target to be had in a collection of Pittas as it a rare migratory bird, though it is a regular, but the number of individual birds are so limited and the location is a no joking matter for a twitch for which one had to take a private boat to an island. I was so glad to meet Utan Codarsa also with his friends which made our work so interesting and fun.

The experience of having it was really difficult as it was too hot, the summer heat of Thailand is a punishment, and we were just sweating like being soaked in the rain except it was too hot and one should take so much water or else experience a horrible headache like what I had. It was an energy draining birding activity and yet we were to happy to have this bird added into our collection.

Koh Mun Nai, Thailand
April 27, 2019
Nikon D500 + Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6E ED VR
Fotopro E9| Fotopro LH-10A 
Carry Speed FS-Pro| OSKA Nik EN-EL 15 
Nitecore UNK1 | Toshiba FlashAir 64GB


Hooded Pitta



2 Comments to: Fairy Pitta

  1. Neil Cairns

    May 26th, 2019

    Awesome shot here Ali……one day maybe next year I hope to try for a Pitta.

    • May 27th, 2019

      Yes Neil, I had been wanting to have this, I tried to hold back the itch of twitching for this bird as the past two years I just sat and watched everybody’s work on facebook. Then Prin told me to just go, this compelled me and told my wife, I have to do go this year and get over with this bird. hahahahaha


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