The only Buff BBQ's I've seen (a pair at Mt Mulligan in Aug 2004) were nearly
trodden on by me before I saw them burst into flight from right beside me. The
smaller male bird flew pretty much straight ahead & dropped about 20mtrs away,
while the 2nd bird (huge female) flew ahead for a few mtrs & then curved left &
back up the hill back past me & then dropped only 10mtrs from me. I tried to
find her without moving toward where she had landed, but I had no luck
whatsoever - after 10mins I decided to move slowly to where she landed, but
there was no sign of her.
They seem are a very hard bird to observe once flushed, no doubt about that
My good mate Adam Arnold (a very competent local birder), followed up my
sighting a fortnight later & was fortunate enough to have both birds sighted
clearly at the exact same spot from where I'd flushed them. He saw them before
they burst & had a very good look at them - no photos were taken.
I guess this illustrates that the key would be to find where they are, then
just sit & wait for them to approach - there seems little point in bashing
country looking for them & hoping you will see them for a photo before they
With Richard's, Tony's & my observations in mind, it seems that they would be
near impossible to find again immediately after flushing them - better to hit
the same patch much later & just sit, wait & hope....
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> Date: Wed, 18 May 2011 22:31:13 +1000
> Subject: [Birding-Aus] Buff-breasted Button-quail Pix - ask an aviculturalist
> I would be williing to bet the few dollars I have at my disposal that the
> reference you site in fact means Black-breasted Button-quail. These are far
> from unknown in captivity. Buff-breasteds are a different story.
> Reading Richard and Tony's stories I'm reminded how ridiculously lucky I was
> with these birds. I wandered into the area in the late morning to do a bit of
> reconnaisance, intending to come back early the next day. I flushed a female
> Buff-breasted BQ within 15 minutes and, not surprisingly, could scarcely
> believe my eyes! I came back and repeated the trick for the next two days
> straight :)
> At that time they hadn't been seen for years. And apart from a sighting by
> Pete Lansley a few weeks later, not since.
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