|11th March 2012, Shah Alam, Selangor|
Local Name: Burung Pacat Gembala Pelandok
Scientific Name: Pitta sordida
A juvenile Pitta in her habitat , a small patch of jungle before the undergrowth was cut and ‘cleared’ by unscrupulous so-called Bird Photographers to provide unobstructed shooting lines. Mention the word ‘Code of Birding Ethics’ and most Bird Photographers here would scratch their heads or offer you wry smiles, in their hearts maybe saying ‘ who ‘s this smart Aleck?”. A sad state of affair and a bit paradoxical as far as the concern for birds and habitat by those who have chosen this creature as their source of pleasure.
Some even go to the extent of going into the bird’s nesting/ feeding area to introduce ‘foreign perch’ just to obtain shots with cleaner backgrounds.
These pictures were taken two weeks before the area ( in a public park where one has to pay to enter) was ‘cleared’ by unknown Bird Photographers . .
News of what had happened to this bird has spread within the local birding community , either by word of mouth or through the internet bird forums. Let us hope that it is a lesson learned, and that it has created better awareness on more ethical practices especially for this region.