I recently followed a quail as it moved ahead of me through the tall, sparse grass, staying about 5 m in front. It was on dusk, colour was fading and it soon outpaced me and disappeared, before I could get a good look at it. We have Painted Button-quail, Stubble Quail and Brown Quail in our area.
I went back the next day wanting to see the bird again but, as on several subsequent visits to the location, it was nowhere to be found. But! I did find this intriguing scene in the grass.
So, whose handiwork is it? Reptile, bird, quail??
The last three images are from 2009 when I found a dead Painted Button-quail that was being rapidly picked clean by wasps – one of the few occasions I’ve had to get a really good look at a bird.