After recieving an E-mail from my friend Tony Archer, I was excited and on the other hand left breathless.
All what Tony was saying was that he was off to Zimbabwe with some birders to look for the African Pitta.
Further down, as I read the mail ; he was simply saying to me " Mpho, I want you to come on this trip".
So, I had to make a decision fast, that is very fast.
We left for Zimbabwe on the 8th December 2012, with a stop over at Louise Trichardt; so as to hit the border gate at Beit Bridge as early as possible on the 9th December 2012 and proceed to Harare.
Waking up in Harare on the 10th December 2012, gave us ample time to do some birding around the city. Well, with the assistance of Ian, the local bird guide, we managed to spot some specials.
It was about 10h00 when Mackenzie whispered in great excitement "There it is"; pointing at the Pitta. "Wow, what a beauty", I said to myself.
All cameras and binoculars were out to catch a glimpse of the bird but it was illusive hiding in the lower branches of the thick forest. Later on the Pitta thought it was enough and disappeared into the forest. We called it a day and decided to come the next for a better shot.
On the 13th December 2012, after some birding around Masoka, we gave the Pitta a second try. We were back at the Pitta spot again awaiting its appearance when a troup of elephants appeared and made us run for our dear lives. At least we gave it a second try. I will be back again soon.