Quail Jizz

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Subject: Quail Jizz
From: knightl <>
Date: Sun, 12 Jun 2005 19:46:43 +1000
I managed to to a bit of casual bird observing while on a bushwalk with some friends up Logan's Ridge on Mt Barney on the Qld side of the NSW border. As I was driving in, I saw a spotted harrier on the western side of Beaudesert and a large quail dropping into the side of the grass on the way into Barney View. We also came across a peregrine at the 1000m mark [not far from the base of the east face).

The quail/button quail I saw that had me wondering were around the 400 metre level on the lower slopes of Mt Barney - you would describe it as a eucalypt woodland / dry schlerophyll forest with a moderate scattering of shrubs. We flushed two quail as we were passing along the crest of a ridge - one flushed a few seconds before the other. They didn't look particularly small, they didn't have a noisy flight, they flew fairly direct and low, and I had the impression that one had a rufous chest.

Does that ring any bells for the quail gurus?

Regards, Laurie.

PS, for those of you who are wondering, Logan's ridge entails a fair bit of rock scrambling on a 1000 metre climb. It was the route of the first whitefella ascent of Mt Barney in the 19th century and scared the excrement out of Captain Logan's companions.

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