Today is a very fruitful day for the 3 of us who all got the shot of this lovely Banded Pitta (male). With the information provided by our birding friend, we head to the Crocker range park near Keningau. At about 9:30am, we arrived at the park and carried out gear to the park. Not for long, we heard the male calling near the ginger brushes. Unfortunately, the bird has seen our present and moved further away from where we spotted it.
I decided to head towards the direction where the bird disappeared. I then found myself at a trail where both side of the vegetation over grown and covered the trail, making the surrounding very dark. I was telling myself this looks like the place where pitta like to hang out and look for food. I switched on my speaker and start calling for the bird. The bird sound is a female voice. For about 5 minutes, I saw something hooping on the floor. There it is, the Banded Pitta. However, it didn’t make a sound, just hooping at around 20 feet from where I stand. I jump from one side of the trail to the other side. The above was my first clear shot of the bird, who came out and standing at the middle of the trail for about 5 seconds.
I quickly SMS my brother and other friend to come over. This male just stayed around the area. We made the call and not for long, it will show up at the trail. Later, we know why it kept coming back to the same area, actually in search for food, i.e. earthworm!!! Good thing that I got my 5D Mk3, with high ISO of 8000, the above image is still usable.
We now wanted to make another trip there to find the female Banded Pitta.
Happy birding !!!
Information from Wikipedia
It includes four subspecies, which can be divided into three main groups: The nominate subspecies from Java and Bali has a yellow eyebrow, underparts that are densely barred in yellowish and blackish-blue and a narrow blue band on the upper chest, irena and ripleyi from the Thai-Malay Peninsula and Sumatra have a more orange eyebrow, a blue belly and a chest that is barred orange and dark bluish (more orange towards the sides; blue towards the center), and schwaneri from Borneo has a blue mid-belly and yellow flanks and chest densely barred with blackish. Females of all subspecies are significantly duller than the males. There are also vocal differences between these, and it has been suggeted they are better treated as three separate species.