Quails on the sea

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Subject: Quails on the sea
From: Philip Veerman <>
Date: Tue, 6 Feb 2018 09:52:15 +0000
Surely the Osprey suggestion is to be taken as a joke.........  Why would that 
be suggested? Isn't it simple enough that the bird flew out somewhere and made 
a mistake, going over the sea, got exhausted and fell into the water. How many 
Ospreys are there around coastal Melbourne? Why would one escape from an 
Osprey? Even so, it is irrelevant to any useful question,  which is why was it 
in the sea? Ospreys don't take flying prey.


-----Original Message-----
From: Birding-Aus  On Behalf Of 
michael norris
Sent: Tuesday, 6 February, 2018 7:30 PM
To: Falk Wicker
Cc: birding-aus
Subject: Quails on the sea

Incidentally the quail was soaking wet with closed eyes when it was
found. There's a photo it -after it had dried out - on Birdline
Victoria for 4 February.

Doesn't seem to be enough disruption to the plumage for it to have
escaped from an Osprey.

My best guess is that it was washed into the Yarra because of the 3cm
rainfall  on 31 Jan: the Yarra plume passes close to the shore of
Port Phillip in Brighton.

I would be grateful if anyone could say whether it is  a  female or
immature bird.

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