Despite the pulse-quickening high of yesterday's Gurney's Pitta, half of us had unfinished business at Khao Nor Chuchi - we simply had to see Banded Pitta before moving on, even though we only had a morning to complete the mission. It was probably going to be tick and run, but Steve wanted this even more than the Gurney's, and would any of us get another chance? It's easy to appreciate why this species is so sought-after; just take a look at the back cover of The Clements Checklist of the Birds of the World to appreciate male Banded Pitta in all its flame-hued, bar-shouldered, black-banded glory.
|Is male Banded Pitta even better looking than Gurney's? The jury is out.|
|This male Siberian Blue Robin kept us company at times when the Banded Pitta went AWOL.|
After finally succeeding with the pitta, it was time for lunch and then the long drive to Krung Ching National Park. This site proved more birdy than Khao Nor Chuchi, and though we didn't arrive until late afternoon we still managed to rack up numerous interesting species, including a day-roosting Grey Nightjar, Grey-and-buff Woodpecker, Maroon Woodpecker, Black-bellied Malkoha, Mountain Hawk-Eagle, Banded Broadbill and Black Hornbill. We stayed on after dark for nightbirds, scoring better looks at Javan Frogmouth but only hearing Collared Scops Owl.
|While I like moths, I prefer to eat my fruit before they do - this one is busy leeching the juice out of these bananas.|