It’s been a lovely drizzly winters day with only a few brief breaks mid afternoon.
I took the opportunity to see what birds were around on Tangey’s Lane, on the west bank. The usual suspects were in attendance – White-browed Babblers, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, Scarlet Robin, Brown Treecreeper and Golden Whistler in the company of those pictured below.
The highlight though was this Painted Button-quail, seen briefly scuttling amongst the Hedge Wattle. I can’t recall the last one I spotted, but it must be over 12 months ago.
Painted Button-quail are one of five focal species in the Connecting Country Woodland Bird Program – perhaps the least observed of the quintet. The others are Hooded Robin, Diamond Firetail, Jacky Winter and Brown Treecreeper – all of which have been seen recently in this area of Newstead. Watch out for all of them over coming months.