Red-backed Button-quail (RBBQ) near Brisbane - an update for SEQ birders

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Subject: Red-backed Button-quail (RBBQ) near Brisbane - an update for SEQ birders & a question re button-quail habits
From: robert morris <>
Date: Mon, 5 Jan 2009 23:48:15 +0000

Following on from my sighting on the 2nd Jan, Stuart Pickering had good views 
of a female RBBQ on Corcorans Rd on the 3rd. I'm not sure if the views were on 
the ground or in flight. However, I have been back twice since (evening and 
morning) without further sigtings (note: there are regular Brown Quails on the 
track which are huge in comparison). I was wondering if anyone has thoughts as 
to why they are on the track some days and not others. Two things have changed: 
it hasn't rained for several days (when I was there on the 2nd the grass was 
saturated). Are they more likely to come in the open following a wet day / 
night? The second thing which has changed is that the track has been cut since 
last week. All three birds I saw last week were on the track in long grass down 
the centre. This has now gone - most of the track is as short as a lawn. 
Perhaps the lack of cover has driven them to longer grass. Thoughts? Still lots 
of nice Plum-headed finhes.Rob Morris  Brisbane, Australia > 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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