Re: birding-aus Finding birds

To: "Pat O'Malley" <>
Subject: Re: birding-aus Finding birds
From: "Lawrence E. Conole" <>
Date: Tue, 2 Nov 1999 18:17:35 -0800 (PST)
> Its sometimes struck me that this would be a  useful model for a new
> type
> of field guide,  (no, seriously this time), albeit that for many
> species
> this would not be necessary. But I have a specific request in this
> regard.
> I have seen few of the Quail/Button Quail species in the last few
> years -
> in each case more or less by accident. How does one 'systematically'
> track
> them down? I have an image of seeing a paddock, donning long boots
> and
> stomping off through it in the hope of putting something up. There
> must be
> better ways.

An interesting idea!  

As for Q/BQs - I think it's all a bit seredipitous really.  Once having
found a location where they occur (usually by accident), one then
repeatedly visits the site, getting a bit more sly or adept at seeing
them before they explode in a whirrrrrrr of feathers.  Stomping through
long grass is not all that productive; endless views of small round
things rocketing off into the distance are not the greatest for clear
field IDs.  The quiet walk/stalk can offer views of them before they
fly, but it's often hard to see them of course.  I've also had success
recently with Red-chested Button-quail by sitting quietly in a chair on
the edge of a clearing they frequent - constantly scanning the area
with binoculars, I've seen them scratching platelets, interacting with
each other, etc.  There's probably no easy answer for encountering
Q/BQs - except perhaps persistence and quick reflexes.

> PS no more advice on finding so-called  'Purple Crowned Lorikeets'
> please.

They recently became extinct in Victoria (ie. we missed them on the

Cheers -- Lawrie

Lawrie Conole
Victoria, Australia

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