Painted Button Quail

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Subject: Painted Button Quail
From: "Alastair Smith" <>
Date: Thu, 24 Mar 2005 21:49:36 +1100

This morning I ventured south on the Vespa to Namadgi NP with no real expectations as there was a strong wind was blowing. From the visitors centre I walked out along the Australian Alpine Walking track, though after about half an hour I turned back because there were so few birds. On my return I flushed two Painted Button Quail. I observed where one bird landed and had quite good views of what I presume to be a female. This was a lifer for me.

From Namadgi I went down to what was Smiths Road Reserve, though I now see it is now Tharwa Sandwash and part of Gigerline nature reserve. I was rewarded with views of Diamond Firetails, Dusky Woodswallows and Southern Whiteface. On the return to my Vespa I was overflown by three low flying Wedge-tail Eagles.

If you are looking for a place to bird this weekend, then may I suggest you head south.

Regards and happy Easter


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