During late September of last year, Fair Isle Bird Observatory was extremely fortunate enough to host a talk by Chris Gooddie about his personal conquest to see all of the 32 species of pitta this stunning world has to offer.
Unfortunately for me I was on bar duty and for some reason only discovered the talk had commenced after the observatory guests returned for a drink and wouldn't stop talking about how good his talk was....JUST MY LUCK!
For some reason I think I had got confused and was under the impression that Del was giving his talk on 'Life as the Warden'.....don't get me wrong, Del's talks were ace but I had seen his talks quite a few times already and probably had my head buried in a BB or a Birding World at the time!
Anyway to cut a long story short I picked up one of Chris Gooddie's books up that he had left on the lounge coffee table about his personal adventure in search of feathered treasure and began to read it. Unfortunately I didn't finish it before my season finished so asked Chris If he wouldn't mind swapping me a copy of the book for a piece of art and he happily agreed much to my relief!
This following illustration is of a male Blue-headed Pitta (Pitta baudii) an endemic to Borneo that I recently sent to Chris in exchange for The Jewel Hunter that is a must if you love birds!
(Given that I have never been to Borneo I had to rely quite heavily on Photographic reference for this painting)