Photos of Buff-breasted Button-quail

To: <>, <>, chris sanderson <>
Subject: Photos of Buff-breasted Button-quail
From: martin cachard <>
Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 00:48:44 +1030
Andrew, I heartily agree with you on the size of the females - they ARE huge & 
this is what struck me the most when I saw my pair! 
Painteds up here are a little smaller (about the size of a female Black BBQ) 
than they are further south , but I would still say that the female Buff BBQ I 
saw was easily the biggest BQ I've ever seen - by quite a long way.... 
I've seen heaps of southern female Painted BQ's too & they are still much 
Let's hope for a long dry !
Martin Cachard

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> Date: Tue, 17 May 2011 23:12:01 +1000
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> Subject: Re: [Birding-Aus] Photos of Buff-breasted Button-quail
> I'm pretty sure myself and Peter Lansley were the last observers to 
> definitely see Buff-breasted BQs near Mt Molloy in early 2007. I was speaking 
> to Lloyd Neilsen about this at the time and he told me it was his aim to try 
> to take a photograph of one, as this had never been achieved before. If Lloyd 
> is reading this he can confirm.
> At the time of the sighting (late January) FNQ was on the cusp of its first 
> genuine wet season in roughly seven years. So the habitat had been very dry, 
> but daily heavy showers at the time were stimulating new growth. So, early in 
> the wet (before it gets too dense) seems to be the best time. The habitat was 
> around the base of low rocky hills - the birds took shelter higher up when 
> flushed. My "technique", such as it was, was to freeze if I flushed one bird, 
> and to scan the ground closely for its partner which, over three days of 
> observations, was always nearby. However, I was never able to view the bird 
> on the deck for more than a couple of seconds before it was up and out.
> There are Painted BQs in the area too, and care needs to be taken with ID. 
> Don't assume any BQ is the one you're after! Among other pointers, a female 
> Buff-breasted BQ is comparatively huge - the first time I flushed one it was 
> more like putting up a bronzewing!
> Andrew
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