A big button-quail day
Rohan Clarke <>
Thu, 30 Dec 2010 15:40:35 +1100
I drove up to Terrick Terrick National Park in north-central Victoria
last night to search for Red-chested Button-quail. Although usually a
rarity (or at least rarely encountered) in Victoria, there have been a
smattering of reports in the state in the last 3-4 months. As luck would
have it I saw at least eight individuals including several stunning
adult females. During the day and around dusk the native grasslands were
alive with the sound of Stubble Quail but it was after dark that the
button-quail were mostly heard. In the same area as the RCBQ, I also
flushed about 30 Stubble Quail including many young ones and about 10
Little Button-quail including one very cute chick.
On the way home this morning I stopped in a patch of woodland near
Heathcote and chanced upon a single Painted BQ - the third species of
Button-quail that occurs in Victoria.
I've posted photos of all three species taken in the last 24 hrs here...
Thanks to Simon Starr (www.firetailbirdwatchingtours.com) for posting
the original report and for providing some additional tips on where to
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