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By Vinod Goel

Last year, the sight­ing of an In­dian Pitta, a small colorful bird, in Delhi af­ter 60 years, in Aravali Bio­di­ver­sity Park, brought great news for the bird­ing com­mu­nity of Delhi and around. My first sight­ing of an In­dian Pitta was in the com­pound of a for­est guest house at Si­tanadi Wildlife Sanc­tu­ary, Ch­hatis­garh, in 2004. This was the time when my in­ter­est de­vel­oped in bird­ing, as most of the wildlife sanc­tu­ar­ies and na­tional parks are closed for more than 3 months dur­ing the mon­soons. My other en­counter with this bird hap­pened in June, 2011, at Tala range of Band­hav­garh Na­tional Park, where I found it for­ag­ing on the ground, hardly 10 me­ters from my ve­hi­cle, while we were ob­serv­ing a ti­gress not far from the main en­try gate.

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