Red-backed Button-quail (RBBQ) near Brisbane

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Subject: Red-backed Button-quail (RBBQ) near Brisbane
From: Peter Ewin <>
Date: Fri, 2 Jan 2009 12:37:02 +1100
Well done Robert - This is a species that I have failed to find as well. Did 
you notice whether there was a sign at the turnoff (either for Corcorans Road 
or the cemetery)? When I tried to find this spot last year I realised to late 
that I had missed the turnoff and didn't have time to head back. Some Sat Nav 
systems have it marked (my one does) but I was using my father's older model 
and his didn't have it in it, so I was looking for a sign but possibly just 
missed it.
Hopefully will get back there at some stage and try again
Peter> From: > To: > Date: 
Fri, 2 Jan 2009 01:15:30 +0000> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Red-backed Button-quail 
(RBBQ) near Brisbane> > > I have tried but failed to see RBBQ at Lake 
Samsonvale on several occasions (they are easy to hear!). However this morning 
I saw at least 3 birds near Wivenhoe Dam along Corcorans Rd (it's on the east 
side of the dam):,152.571859&spn=0.011313,0.022659&z=16>
 > I was there early - my first bird was a Barn Owl sitting on the Corcorans Rd 
sign in half light. I walked the track slowly but unfortunately still flushed 
the first 2 birds off the track getting good flight views - but not views I 
would count for a lifer! I then decided to stay still on the track with my 
scope in an area where at least 2 (females? I assume) were making the booming 
call intermittently. I'd decided that they obviously liked the track which may 
have been because of the wet grass? After about 10 minutes a female came on to 
the track and spent sometime coming and going from the trackside grass about 
30m from me (I was surprised at how tiny she was - no bigger than little 
button-quail I would guess). It did the same a few minutes later, eventually 
sitting down in the grass in the middle of the track. On both occasions I only 
saw her from the back / side, never front on. After nothing for 15 minutes I 
walked slowly towards where I last seen her, and she flew up from under my 
feet. I wished I'd been more patient, but it confirmed that the other 2 birds 
were the same species. > > There were also 4 or 5 family parties of Plum-headed 
finches feeding in seeding flowers along the track. If you've only ever seen 
a**e-end views of RBBQs flying away, I recommend giving this site a try.> > 
Kind regardsRob Morris Brisbane, Australia > 
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