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@Kitsafari - thank you SO much for sharing the Pitta photos and information.  They are all beautiful birds but the Blue-winged Pitta and especially the Malayan Banded Pitta are exquisite.  Four hours would seem like the blink of an eye for such a marvelous bird.

 

It  seems like most of the  photos are from Singapore - I had no idea you could get multiple Pitta species there.   Cool!    Are there guides in Singapore with reasonable chances of Pitta success or does getting photos of multiple Pittas take a lifetime?

 

I am sorry the poor Pittas have to perch or roost on buildings during migration but kudos to you for taking care of them.  I have  heard of "yard birds"  but "Kitchen Birds" raises things to a whole new level   :-)

 

Thanks too for the photo of a White-throated Kingfisher - they must be even more stunning when perched in full sun.  

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I'm sorta resurrecting this old old thread to put in some photos of pittas.  @offshorebirder had asked me in his joint TR with inyathi to put up some photos of the pittas we had seen in Southeast

Half-collared Kingfisher   Morgan's Bay, December 2019  

I think if I got a photo of the Malayan Banded Pitta as good as that one @Kitsafari I would hang up my camera for good. Stunning. Seeing as how I got directed here from @offshorebirder's Trip rep

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7 hours ago, offshorebirder said:

 

It  seems like most of the  photos are from Singapore - I had no idea you could get multiple Pitta species there.   Cool!    Are there guides in Singapore with reasonable chances of Pitta success or does getting photos of multiple Pittas take a lifetime?

 

 

@offshorebirder

Of the three pitta species we see regularly in Singapore (well four now, after a rare fairy pitta flew off course during its migratory course to Borneo and landed in one of our small forest reserves for the first ever recording on our island nation), only the  mangrove pitta is a resident. the other two are migratory species but are fairly regularly seen during their winter sojourns here - usually December through to March. The regulars usually return to their favourite spots and local birders and photographers stake out these spots. Once it is spotted, the community will know very quickly. Right now, a hooded pitta can be seen in one of the central nature reserves, while the blue-winged pitta is back in the botanic gardens, assuming the magpie robin hasn't chased it off!

 

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Galana
On 1/29/2020 at 8:22 PM, kittykat23uk said:

Yep, I've seen narina trogon, but not very well. Any little gems will get my vote. But I am also hoping for that clog-faced brute of a bird too.. 🤞

Another taster for @kittykat23uk although stretching the boundaries of the thread.

 

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Bar-tailed Trogon. 2015. Not so common in Uganda but.....

 

And.....

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 Old Bootface himself. 2015. Mabamba Swamp. Also seen in Lake Mburo and QE NPs, Murchison Falls, ZIWA and even alongside the main Kampala- Kabale highway if you know where to look.:D

We did not take any snaps this 2018 trip simply because we did not bother to go and find one.

 

(There are also a pair in the Wildlife Education Centre in Entebbe if really desperate!)

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Hmm, I cannot recall anyone ever referring to Old Bootface as a 'Little Gem'. 

Who knows though, it may catch on. B)

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1 hour ago, Soukous said:

Who knows though, it may catch on.

I put it down to her excitement as the trip draws near. Some work may be needed.:D

This is a little gem in my book.

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Rwenzori Batis. Bwindi. Uganda.

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A little gem from Frasers' Hill, Malaysia - Fire-tufted Barbet

 

 

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Ah, I think I may have been misunderstood, I was hoping for the clog-faced brute on our trip, not on this thread 😂

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Just now, Kitsafari said:

 

A little gem from Frasers' Hill, Malaysia - Fire-tufted Barbet

 

 

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Wow, beautiful! 

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A gorgeous Barbet @Kitsafari

 

Here's another good looking bird

 

Coppersmith Barbet, Shahpura, India

 

Coppersmith Barbet

 

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@Kitsafari @Soukous

 

I can't choose between these two absolutely stunning barbets ; India or Malaysia is not in my immediate planning but who knows ?

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Galana

Good looking Barbets indeed.

I try to remember that this is not an African thread so switching continents here are couple more of mine.

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Coppersmith Barbet. Keoladeo Ghana NP.

and

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Blue-throated Barbet. Somewhere west of "Wildgrass Lodge" Kaziranga.

 

And another Kingfisher too.

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Crested Kingfisher. Karan's Corbet Motel.

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This qualifies on two counts.

1. It is certainly a little Gem and

2. It's Kingfisher.

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Eurasian Kingfisher. Wigtown, Scotland.

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@Galana

 

Equals and may surpass the  Crested Kingfisher ,  fabulous !

 

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P9290736 Oriental dwarf kingfisher (Ceyx erithaca)

Oriental dwarf kingfisher 

 

P2212326 Stork-billed Kingfisher

 

Stork-billed kingfisher 

 

P4035620 blue-eared kingfisher

Blue-eared kingfisher 

 

P4015091 collared kingfisher

Collared kingfisher - all from Borneo 

 

 

 

Amazon kingfisher P1310724

Amazon kingfisher 

 

Amazon Kingfisher P1350045

Amazon kingfisher 

 

Green kingfisher P1340751

Green Kingfisher

 

P9180359 Ringed Kingfisher & Prey

Ringed kingfisher

From Brazil 

 

P2210548 Crested Kingfisher

Crested kingfisher (Japan) 

 

P9200017 Giant Kingfisher

Giant Kingfisher (South Africa) 

 

S1080002  Brown-hooded Kingfisher

Brown-hooded kingfisher

 

PA276386 Madagascar Kingfisher

Madagascar kingfisher 

 

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Pied kingfisher (South Africa) 

 

pied kingfisher montage

Pied kingfisher (India) 

 

white throated kingfisher

 

White-throated kingfisher (India) 

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What a brilliant kingfisher collection!

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Galana

Oh my @kittykat23uk

They are something else.

I normally glaze over at the humble Pied but when you show them all lined up like an aerobatic display one has to go wow!.

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Striped Kingfisher. The Gambia. Not as bright as some but still cute.

 

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Red and Yellow Barbet. Tarangire NP. Tanzania.

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Another little gem from India

Verditer Flycatcher

Corbett Tiger Reserve, India

 

Verditer Flycatcher

 

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BRACQUENE

@Galana @Soukous

 

It looks more and more like a competition but played in an excellent spirit I must say and difficult to judge !

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9 minutes ago, BRACQUENE said:

 

It looks more and more like a competition but played in an excellent spirit I must say and difficult to judge !

 

Nah, just an excuse to show pretty bird photos. Not as good as seeing them in real life, but it brings back fond memories

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7 hours ago, Soukous said:

Not as good as seeing them in real life, but it brings back fond memories

Ditto.

It has been also fun trawling them out and then trying to remember where the heck it was that you saw it.

It also brought home to me how many snaps we take that once put on the hard drive in a folder marked "Country xxxx year xxxx"  never see the light of day again.

I have seen all but about 4 of Africa's BeeEaters and may have to travel further afield to get more.

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13 hours ago, Galana said:

I have seen all but about 4 of Africa's BeeEaters and may have to travel further afield to get more.

 

Given the breadth of your travels should one assume that you are referring to individual birds rather than species? :rolleyes:

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Oh that that were true..^_^

In Claytons MAN with a boarding card for EBB

early doors tomorrow,

Mind the shop!

 

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