A photography tour of pitta birds in Vietnam

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With 9 species of Pitta birds, Vietnam is considered an attractive destination to photograph them. The group of pitta birds has in common are always vibrant and attractive colors, large round eyes with a humorous pose that make them attractive to photographers. However, Pitta birds usually only live and feed on the ground, in the canopy of the forest, meager light often makes photography difficult. Good photos require good lighting conditions and relatively few disruptive subjects such as branches, garbage, etc.

The Pitta photography tour will have clear goals such as Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Blue Pitta, Rusty-naped Pitta. It’s a perfect target for passionate photographers.

In addition, there are also colorful Pitta species and they are migratory birds to Vietnam such as Hooded Pitta, Fairy Pitta, and Blue-winged Pitta.

Now the available bird-hides to take photos of 4 Pittas species, Shortly, Vietnambirds.net tour will open 2 more hot-spots to take photos of 2 Pitta species in the North of Vietnam, also 2 hard targets Pitta species are Eared Pitta and Blue-naped Pitta.

A pitta photography tour in Vietnam will currently take 5 to 7 days, depending on your time budget and other goals you want to have after your journey.

In the schedule, we are apart from 4 main goals: Bar-bellied Pitta, Blue-rumped Pitta, Blue Pitta, and Rusty-naped Pitta

Bar-bellied Pitta site, we can have more: Abbott’s Babbler, puff-throated babbler, Black and Red Broadbill, Blue-winged leafbird, White-rumped Shama, Indochinese Blue Flycatcher, and Siberian blue Robin, moreover, some woodpeckers will visit the hide too.

Bar-bellied Pitta, male. Photo at Bird-site in Cat Tien National park.
Bar-bellied Pitta, male. Photo at Bird-site in Cat Tien National park.

Blue-rumped Pitta side, we may have other birds that also visit frequently such as Greater Coucal, greater racket-tailed Drongo, Black-headed Bulbul, Black-crested Bulbul, Stripe-throated Bulbul. There are additional shooting targets such as Germain’s peacock pheasant, Siamese fireback, Red-junglefowl, Green-legged Partridge.

Blue-rumped Pitta, male. Photo at bird-site in Di Linh plateau.
Blue-rumped Pitta, male. Photo at bird-site in Di Linh plateau.

We’ll spend 2.5 days of our journey for these 2 bird-sides. If visitors have a good time, we can spend an extra day taking photos of other beautiful birds on the trails: Sunbirds, Raptors, and Orange-breasted Trogon.

Orange-breasted Trogon, male. Photo on the trail in Cat Tien National Park
Orange-breasted Trogon, male. Photo on the trail in Cat Tien National Park

In the next 2 days, visitors will explore the next destination of the journey, take pictures of Blue Pitta, this subspecies in Vietnam are endemic, they are blue in the upper part color and the breast is scaly with a very Orange-red make more pretty. On this bird-site, we have quite a few sub-goals that are always visited such as Bar-backed Partridge, Long-tailed Broadbill, Silver-breasted Broadbill, Red-billed Scimitar-babbler, White-browed Scimitar babbler, Emerald Dove, Blue and White Flycatcher, Hainan Blue Flycatcher, Warblers, Siberian Thrush, Orange-headed thrush, White-throated Rock-thrush, … Especially the very brilliant bird: Indochinese Green-magie.

Blue Pitta, male. Photo in Di Linh plateau.
Blue Pitta, male. Photo in Di Linh plateau.
Indochinese Green Magpie, colorful subspecies in Di Linh plateau
Indochinese Green Magpie, colorful subspecies in Di Linh plateau

In the last 2 days of our journey, we will spend time with Rusty-naped Pitta. Pitta species has an elevated living area (Race of bird in South Vietnam usually only found at an altitude of more than 1000m above sea level), in humid old forests with fog all year round. This is a difficult bird to conquer and would be a very desirable target. In addition to the main goal, we also have additional sub-targets that are beautiful birds to visit the bird-site such as 2 endemic bird species with very narrow distribution Collared laughing thrush, Black-crowned Fulvetta; and many other attractive birds: Black-hooded Laughingthrush, Mountain fulvetta, White-tailed Robin, Grey-bellied Tesia, Pygmy-wren Babbler,… In addition, photographers also had time with beautiful birds Others live on the nearby stream: Slaty-backed Forktail, Spotted forktail, Plumbeous Water-Redstar.

Rusty-naped Pitta. Photo at Bidoup NuiBa national Park.
Rusty-naped Pitta. Photo at Bidoup NuiBa national Park.

At the end of the journey, we will visit a new hot spot, where Vietnambirds.net has successfully set up a new bird-site for birds to drink water such as Red crossbill, Green-backed Tit, Chestnut- vented Nuthatch, Vietnamese Greenfinch

Red-crossbill comes for water at new bird-site.
Red-crossbill comes for water at new bird-site.

Vietnambirds service is proud to be a company with a lot of experience in Vietnam in this new field, we have enthusiastic, experienced staff and it is our passion that will make your passion winged.

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