Brown or Stubble Quail recording? (Altona, Vic)

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Subject: Brown or Stubble Quail recording? (Altona, Vic)
From: Peter Shute <>
Date: Sun, 6 Nov 2011 11:14:05 +1100
I've been wanting to record the sound of quails flushing, because it always 
startles me so that I can't quite remember what it sounded like afterwards. 
I've taken to running my recorder whenever I walk through suitable vegetation.

Yesterday I flushed a single quail at Cheetham Wetlands in Altona and got a 
recording. It would have to be either a Brown Quail, which I've seen there many 
times, or a Stubble Quail, which could be there, but I haven't seen or heard 
one myself.

I was under the impression that it called as it flushed, but all I hear on the 
recording is wings beating and a very brief squeak that might be the rubber 
bands of the microphone shock mount stretching as I swung it, then a couple of 
squawks when it landed.

Would anyone like to have a listen and give me their opinions? The recording is 

Peter Shute

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