I had a most delightful encounter with one of these birds the other day. ( For the benefit of overseas readers - this bird is only found in the eastern part of southern Queensland and northern New South Wales. It is listed as vulnerable by the Environment Department.) I have frequently seen Black-breasted Button-Quail out at Inskip Point but it has always been a rather brief view as they hurried off into the underbrush. I have been told stories of how they have walked out in front of others - and have rather wondered how accurate such stories might be! Well it happened to me the other day!
I was walking slowly and quietly down the bush track to the end of the point and had stopped to look at another bird when I saw this little bird come out on the track and start towards where I was standing. I kept still and it kept walking towards me. Then it found a suitable patch of soft sandy dust and stopped and scratched until it had made a suitable spot then sat down and fluffed all its feathers out and had a "dust bath". Meanwhile I kept the camera clicking! This series of photos is part of the result. For more bird photos visit the Bird Photography Weekly.