IN SEARCH OF THE INDIAN PITTA
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.