You wrote ...
"With Spinifexbird, I now have a bona fide
bogey bird. I knew it would be tricky, but thought it would be pretty gettable.
Oh how wrong I was."
They are indeed tricky little devils !
They often pop up out of a clump of spinifex and dive straight
back again or into an adjacent clump.
If you hear a clump of spinifex saying
chick" freeze, and wait, and then wait a bit more.
Their call is not unlike one of the calls of Clamorous
Sometimes (but rarely) they will sit about 1 metre above the
ground on a almost leafless bush and just look around.
In my area, they restrict themselves to the tallest Triodia (pungens ?)
None of the Field Guides reflect their true colouring
& none at all show the barring under the tail
Regards, Bob Forsyth, Mount Isa, NW Qld.
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