Pitta, is the main target bird that we want to photograph for our trip to Danum Valley, which has the highest type of pitta recorded there. This trip we were lucky to find 2 species of them. One being this Blue-Headed Pitta, which is an endemic species and not easy to encounter even at the valley.
We spent one whole morning walking on the jungle trail being beaten by leeches. But the price pays off. After about 3 hours of tracking, our bird guide spotted this lovely colourful bird came out from the brushes and hooping on the trail looking for food. We were took by the guide that pitta’s main food is leeches. That’s why were have to pay the price before we could photograph this bird.
About 8 of us line up at the small trail waiting quietly for the guide to make the call to attract the pitta to the open area where we can take a clear short. We took the shot at a very low light condition, and we need to pump up our ISO to 5000-6400.
Reference from Wikipedia
The Blue-headed Pitta, Pitta baudii, is a species of bird in the pitta family Pittidae. The species is endemic to the island of Borneo, where it occurs in Brunei, Kalimantan (Indonesia), Sarawak and Sabah (Malaysia). Its natural habitat is tropical lowland evergreen forests. While it does occur in disturbed of secondary forests, it is most common in primary forest. It usually occurs below 600 m (2,000 ft),it has been recorded up to 1,200 m (3,900 ft), but this record has not been verified.
The Blue-headed Pitta is a medium-sized pitta, at 17 cm (6.7 in) in length. The plumage of the male is very brightly coloured, with a bright blue crown, black cheeks, white throat, chestnut red back, violet blue tail and belly, and black wings marked with white. The colours of the female are more subdued, with a buff coloured back and head and blue only being found on the tail.