|1st June 2014, Taman Negara Sg. Relau, Merapoh, Pahang|
Scientific Name: Erythropitta granatina
Equipment: Nikon 1 V2 + Nikkor AFS-VR 400mm f/2.8G
I believe what I had witnessed was a male Garnet Pitta looking for a mate.
He appeared from behind a fallen log with his mouth full of worms and a what appeared to be a young cricket. He then jumped onto the log, still with his mouthful and started whistling loudly. After about two minutes he dropped the food onto the log. Maintaining his whistling, he then started to move along the log as if he was listening for a response. Satisfied that there were none, he then flew away.
He came back about 20 minutes later to check if there were any takers, unfortunately luck wasn’t with him that day.
What it takes to get a mate! Probably this is a Garnet Pitta’s equivalent of fine dining at the Ritz
His entire body vibrated as he whistled loudly even with the food between the beak.
He came back the second time to check if there was someone knocking at the door