A keen birder visiting the parklands spotted a most unusual visitor to Sydney Olympic Park, a Noisy Pitta casually feeding under some shrubs.
This Pitta is a stunning little bird that is hopping about energetically and feeding on invertebrates.
It is a real surprise to find it here as Noisy Pittas are usually found in rainforests. In spite of their jewel colours, they are remarkably hard to see, let alone photograph, in the dappled understory.
Noisy Pittas are found along the east coast and some may move to the coast in the winter months. They rarely fly though.
This is a wonderful example of a special bird finding refuge in the Sydney Olympic Park parklands.