Noisy Pitta Migrant
Wed, 11 Apr 2001 01:17:55 -0000
An exciting sighting yesterday (9 April). I got a phone call from my nephew
who lives a few kms away, to say there was an unusual bird just outside the
bedroom window. He described it in thorough detail as I grew more
incredulous by the minute; he said he'd consulted his father's field guide
and concluded it could only be one thing. Utterly convinced he was taking
the mickey in a major way, I jumped in the car and tore over. There it
was -- a noisy pitta in my sister's backyard at suburban Woodend, Ipswich,
Queensland. The location is a few hundred metres south of the flying fox
colony, and only a kilometre from the CBD.
Not only was it a great thrill to see this beautiful bird in totally
unexpected surroundings, but it was also a lifer for me. After years of
failed attempts to spot one of the little beggars in their usual haunts, I
still don't know whether to laugh or cry. Anyway, whoopee!
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