Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) was a challenge

Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor)


Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) Tamborine Mountain Queensland.

Over the years I have tried to get a reasonable image of the Noisy Pitta (Pitta versicolor) but to no avail. I have seen this specimen in the same location at Tamborine Mountain a couple of times, so I decided to set up and wait it out. I had been sitting there for about an hour and no show, so I was going to pack up and move but decided I would just double check up the track. Lord behold, here it was sitting on the end of a log. It just sat there and I raced to get the camera about five feet away, when some tourists came down the track. I thought that would be right, it will run off now. But alas I indicated to the people coming down the track to be quiet and stand still, which they did. I fired off a few shot and although not stunning or outstanding. I think  photographing this type of bird is a challenge, no matter how experienced you are as a photographer.

They are elusive and normally hide in thick undergrowth. I am happy to at least get something usable. This photo just shows what I have always been saying, nature photography is one of the hardest genre of photography to do well and consistently.

The noisy pitta is found in forest habitats along the east coast of Australia. Its range extends from the northern tip of Cape York Peninsula southwards to the New South Wales, Victoria border. It occurs mainly in rainforest but is also sometimes found in drier woodland and scrub. You can often hear their call, which is very noisy, hence their name, or you can hear them scratching about in the undergrowth as they hunt for food.

2018-09-01T21:21:21+00:004 Comments


  1. Chris Morecroft Saturday, 16 August, 2014 at 8:23 am - Reply

    Yes I have had one opportunity to capture one of these and failed dismally , as you pointed out they love the under growth and are quite shy .
    Good vibrant image with sharp detail , very pleasing result . Good luck to you

    • James Doyle Saturday, 16 August, 2014 at 8:34 am - Reply

      Thanks Chris. It was a challenge and a lot of luck to get it out in the open, even if it was in heavy shade. I’m please with result after so much trying over the years.

  2. David Taylor Monday, 11 August, 2014 at 11:05 pm - Reply

    Lovely image James – nice light and super feather detail

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