Spotted Quail-Thrush, Blue Mtns, NSW

Subject: Spotted Quail-Thrush, Blue Mtns, NSW
From: David Stowe <>
Date: Mon, 11 Jun 2007 21:58:12 +1000
Today was a great day.
Finally caught up with one of those bogey birds that has eluded me previously - the Spotted Quail-Thrush! Went to Mt York just past Mt Victoria in the NSW Blue Mountains, the same location I had been once before where my two illustrious companions on that visit saw it and helpfully pointed to where it had been but i never laid eyes on it (except for a fleeting possible flight view that didn't count!)
(Thank you Carol and Alan!!)
So it was with great pleasure this morning that my wife and I saw a pair without even leaving the car as we arrived at the lookout carpark! Of course i didn't have my camera set up ready and my bins were in the back seat but still had good clear views. The male did hang around just long enough for me to get a quick photo before another car pulled up and pretty much ruined any more chances at a decent photo or indeed another look.
Still, I was very happy.

Other highlights were a feeding flock of Brown-headed and White-naped HE and a lone White-eared HE, not to mention large numbers of Red Wattlebirds. A Peregrine soaring off the cliff was great too.

Dave Stowe

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