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Blue-headed Pitta by Leaubellon Blue-headed Pitta by Leaubellon
Brève à tête bleue (Hydrornis baudii)

Painter 7, Wacom tablet.
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Cypselurus Featured By Owner Dec 29, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Simply beautiful colors! :)
I'v always loved pittas- they have so much bright color packed into such a tiny frame :D Hoping to see these chaps at Danum Valley soon~ 
Leaubellon Featured By Owner Dec 30, 2013
Pittas are one of my favourite families of birds, they look like something right out of Final Fantasy lol. And when I started my database of bird photos found on the net, it was the first family I got pics for all the species (albeit for some species, it was really poor quality photos). I hope you got to see them in their natural habitat, they for sure aren't the easiest one to spot.
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jan 10, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(What's final fantasy o.o)
I recently read 'The Jewel Hunter'- a kind of memoir written by this guy who went out in a year to try and see all 30-odd species of Pittas. (and rather amazingly, he succeeded, and even got good photos of some of them). I remember one of the species he couldn't get terribly great shots of was..Schineider's Pitta? (quite honestly, I can't remember these names properly..) Was that one of the species you had trouble finding great shots of?
Haha, I'll definitely have to work hard to find them. There's supposed to be an easy area in Sepilok, Borneo, to see Black-headed Pitta, and to a lesser extent, the local Banded Pitta. Seeing just one will do finely for me really- even if its just barely confirmable views XP Expecting a National Geographic-esque Pitta posing on the middle of the forest floor is just not gonna happen..
Leaubellon Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014
Final Fantasy is a series of video games, I'm not an avid player but I really like its universe.

That's funny, I once stumbled upon a blog whose author had the exact same goal (actually maybe it's the same guy). That was quite some time ago, the guy was then far from reaching it and the photos that were posted were pretty bad lol. Yes, the Schneider pitta (easy name for me because of a past famous actress here Romy Schneider ^^) is definitely my most wanted species amongst pittas althought I now have found some decent pics (though the bird is being hold in hand). The black-faced and Sula Pitta are the two other species I found only horrible pics of.

I guess the difference between a barely confirmable view and a NG-esque view depends for a good part on the equipment you have. That's one of the reason I'd find birdwatching frustrating if I were to go into it, what if I had a better lens..  I'll wait forever to be sure I have the best equipment possible before going to difficult places I know I won't be returning a second time. :p
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
(taking a break from drawing a massive Borneo birds project) 
Ahh..okay, makes sense :D I actually feel the same wat about a lot of the video games I've seen to XP

Really? o.o The one I'm talking about is C. Goodie. Same guy? Perhaps? 
Scheneider's Pitta, to be frank, wasn't that much of a looker....I remember vaguely, a kinda rusty overall color with a kinda blue/green back? 
I prefer the Fairy Pitta :P Enigmatic species they are here. You search and search but just can't find one, then some dude who can't tell an egret from an elephantbird comes onto the forum and goes like 'hey guys what's this bird? found him when he flew into my bedroom', and there's this beautiful Fairy Pitta perched on a stack of comic books. ._." 
Yeah, the same guy didn't get too many great shots of the Black-faced Pitta. It loves on a pretty remote island, doesn't it? The Solomons or something of the sort...
I thought Sula Pitta has been lumped with Red-breasted Pitta? They might've separated it again....
Oddly, the guy that wrote Jewel Hunters has a pretty decent shot of a Sula Pitta! Pretty clear, not NG level certainly, but definitely passable. Unfortunately, he has only one shot of each Pitta species (though he includes some photos of subspecies too), and the only Sula Pitta shot is from the back, though I assume the belly looks none too different from Red-breasted Pitta?

Ever considered tagging along with some birding team off to some faroff jungle-island to find one? :D Field work usually gives you more insight (but probably also more chances of getting leeches in funny places, according to the author of the book..)
Although I am going to places with records of Pittas (Kinabatangan River is where the guy found Giant Pitta, but other birders have also seen Garnet Pitta, Black-headed Pitta (recently split, I think?), Banded Pitta, Blue-headed Pitta, Hooded Pitta, and Blue-banded Pitta there. However, as I'm 14 (height aside), I'm not exactly one of those people built for crouching in a fixed position or standing motionless behind a tree for 30 minutes to wait for a small I most likely will only here them :P 
However, if a Pitta would like to just stand in front of my camera and kindly feed and do pitta stuff 5 feet away from me, I won't complain. Honest. 

Haha birding's fun lens or not :D I don't do cameras as I tend to break everything I lay my hands on. And also, the aforementioned age more or less prevents me from lugging the camera version of a world war cannon onto some remote and ancient island most likely still populated by pterosaurs. I just watch and list, watch and list, and enjoy most the way~ Ask me any bird on my list, and I can tell you where I saw them, how many there were, and how hard it was to find. Even the leaf warblers which more or less look the same. No lie~ 
(maybe tiny lie ^^; )

Leaubellon Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2014
Drawing a Borneo birds project! Is that a school assignment? I wish I had that sort of homework when I was 14. ^^

I don't know if it's the same guy, the link I have for his blog doesn't work anymore, I bookmarked it more than five years ago though, so not really surprising. The male Schneider Pitta is my favourite amongst the large species, partly because it is rarely seen I guess, but yeah female and immatures are meh, not unlike the rusty-naped group. Yes, Black-faced and Sula pittas are Island species and pretty close to their continental counterparts although the first pic I saw of the Sula pitta on the bird oriental club gallery, it looked strikingly distinctive from the red breasted but now that I've seen a few more pics, I tend to think it was probably just that particular specimen on that particular photo. Regardless, the species/subspecies thing is often puzzling and not very consistent across all the bird groups if we consider them on only their scientific merit. I don't really mind the political agenda behind some decisions as often it is for the good cause.

Nah, the prospect of birding in "real life", in real rainforests with real leeches and costing plenty of real $$$ doesn't really arouse me, at least at this point of my life. :p For the time being, my birding field is the internet, and in that realm, the fairy pitta is a pretty common species. =p I'd love to do some hiking, trekking in the wild though but more as a fun experience with friends, not for birds I most likely won't see nor hear anyway. ^^;
Cypselurus Featured By Owner Mar 8, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Now back from Borneo! (well, was back from Borneo for quite a while, but schoolwork swamped me again..)
I did NOT manage to find Pittas (small surprise), but I did find Red-and-Black Broadbills, Rhino+Wrinkled+Asian Black+Oriental Pied Hornbills, both stork species (including Storm's and Lesser Adj.) and a fair few smattering of endemics, including Bornean Flowerpecker, two laughingthrushes, Bornean Whistling Thrush, and a few others. 

Here's an at least fairly decent shot of a Black-faced Pitta-…
Not sure if you've seen this one before?

Ah :P Okay~ 
Leaubellon Featured By Owner Mar 10, 2014
That's great to hear. I guess you were birding with a specialized tour operator or professional guide to see that many species. The r&b Broadbill and the Storm Stork would be my favs if i had a life list; well they're the most decorative in the lot.

Thanks, yes I've seen it before and to this day, it's still the only decent pic of that species I've found on the web. /:
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MasterKrypton Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
so pretty!
Misted-Dream Featured By Owner May 14, 2011  Professional Traditional Artist
Once again, I love the illustrative qualities in this! Beautiful!
meihua Featured By Owner May 14, 2011
Such cute birds, I love their tiny tails :XD:
Duzloo Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2011  Professional Interface Designer
Those are some really beautiful animals. Great work.
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Diseux Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2010
gorgeous detail in the feathers!
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