little button quail

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Subject: little button quail
From: "gary wright" <>
Date: Sat, 17 Feb 2007 16:04:40 +1030
On 20/1/07 I was birding the area behind the telegraph station and in getting a 
good luck at female brown songlark I came up slowly to base of acacia bush.  
Fortunately there were a pair of little button quail who didn't realise that I 
was there and I was able to observe them at close range feeding.  The female 
had beautiful pink blush and a black line  near her ear.  What was intriguing 
though was the way of walking of the quail.  They rocked forward in a manner as 
if there feet were glued to the ground and after a number of times of this they 
would then take a step.    The same would occur when they were reaching out to 
feed on some vegetation-the head would rock towards it in the glued feet manner 
before finally taking a piece of vegetaiton in the beak.   I stood motionless 
and the quails constantly checked out both sides of the bush, seemingly for 

A very fortunate interlude!

Gary Wright

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