Every birder has their ‘holy grail’.
For me it’s the Spotted Quail-thrush Cinclosoma punctatum.
A walk late yesterday afternoon in the Mia Mia started uneventfully – the usual suspects were out and about – Fuscous, White-naped and Yellow-tufted Honeyeaters, raucous Red Wattlebirds and a few White-eared Honeyeaters which are welcome autumn migrants.
Then, suddenly, a dark shape shot by not far overhead – a male Spotted Quail-thrush. The bird posed briefly on a stump and then alighted to call from an elevated perch nearby. I managed a couple of dodgy photographs before it disappeared.
The Spotted Quail-thrush is by no means a rare bird, but locally sightings are few and far between. I’m sure some readers will be very familiar with the species in other parts of its range. I’ve certainly seen it regularly in other places, often in coastal areas of Gippsland and southern NSW.
I see them perhaps half a dozen times a year in the Mia Mia. These are my first photographs … must do better!