Mystery Bird + Brown Quail

To: pardalote <>
Subject: Mystery Bird + Brown Quail
From: Denis Wilson <>
Date: Mon, 9 Jul 2012 17:02:41 +1000
Hi Matt

Sounds like a Cisticola to me.
Check the COG Gallery.
They change appearance in breeding season and eclipse.

In breeding season they are noisy and obvious, calling from the tops of reeds, etc.
But not so in winter.

Hope that helps.

Denis Wilson

On Mon, Jul 9, 2012 at 4:37 PM, pardalote <> wrote:
Hi All

I went birding around the Dunlop ponds with my friend, Julian, today.  We saw some brown quails near Jarramlee pond, but when we were at Fassifern pond, we flushed a tiny bird with next-to-no tail.  It was rather furtive, so we never got a good view of the little guy.  As soon as we thought we had found him, he flew away into another clump of reeds.
We were wondering if anyone knows of any small water birds with a stumpy tail.  Unfortunately, that's all the information we have on this guy.

Thanks, Matt.

Denis Wilson
"The Nature of Robertson"

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