Plains Wanderer

Plains Wanderer

 

Pedionomus torquatus

Pictures: Pieter van der Luit

 

Birders visiting Australia are hoping to get a glimpse of the Plains Wanderer, an enigmatic species that has puzzled taxonomists for a long time. Whether it is an odd wader-like buttonquail, or an unusual quail-like wader, is still largely unclear. Anyway, it is rarely seen and if so, it is mainly during night drives through suitable habitat. It was like this that Pieter van der Luit and his wife managed to see one in the spotlights, during their trip through Australia.
Much to their surprise, the nighttime experience was followed the next morning by an amazing record of another bird during daylight, feeding along the roadside. It meant a golden opportunity to make some daylight pictures of this peculiar bird, perhaps the first ones ever to be published.

  Plains Wanderer Pedionomus torquatus, adult female.
  near Deniliquin, New South Wales, Australia, 20 June 2002.

 

See also Dutch Birding, volume 25 (2003), no. 2, pp. 100-102, for more pictures and an article describing this observation.

 

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