Friday, September 11, 2015

Stubble Quail stumbled upon

Stumbled upon Stubble Quail (Coturnix pectoralis) in drying grasses at Mungalla Station today, some distance from usual haunts near creek track and in weedier mix of flora. No sign of any partner, but luck mainly determines sightings of the species.

Much more easily found, specially this very dry year, Horsfield's Bushlark (Mirafra javanica). The birds seem to be thriving in competition with  the scores of Australian Pipits ever present on tracks and bare spots in the grasses, though the Bushlarks favour slightly greener cover.

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