Another target species for this trip was Malay-Banded Pitta, a species I have seen several times before at both KNC and Khao Sok Natonal Parks, however this was pre-SLR days and it now seems that having a camera feels that birding almost starts all over again.
This is another species I never tire of, just seeing those bright yellow, flame red, snow white and purple-blue colours lighting up the forest floor as this species hop and bounce through the leaf litter like a clock-work toy with that hair raising & heart pounding call that echoes through the area - what a stunning bird this really is.
After seeing full frame dazzling images of this species taken at Sri Phang Nga I mentioned this site to Sam and we decided to give it a go.
Sam W was tasked with the arrangements of this leg of the tour as my tasks were Khok Kham, BPT and Krabi. Prior to leaving the UK we both got involved with the logistics of this leg, which at first seemed to be going well but then the comms with our contact came to a halt and the trail went cold, however Sam managed to pull this out of the bag and managed to get the site details and have everything arranged on the night of arrival.
This leg of the trip would not have been possible without the help of Ike and Jay of which we really are grateful to - thank you both and Sam for a splendid job-well done.
|Entrance to Sri Phang Nga national park, Thailand, March 2018|
|View of the trail leading to the hides just outside of the national park boundary|
An early morning meet and we was on the trail heading to the hide above, I must admit I wasn't exactly sure of what to expect and anticipation was rife as I walked down the trail and entered the hide.
|View from the hide with the dappled sunlight gradually breaking through mid morning|
Star of the Show - Male Malay Banded Pitta, just outside the national park boundary, March 2018 - what a stunner!
I don't think I can type any words that can capture the moment so I'll leave it to the photos.
Co-Starring - Female Malay Banded Pitta, just outside the national park boundary, March 2018 - what a winner!