Chowchillas

I think reacting to the other group as I was not unduly close. maybe the combination of us plus the problems with the other group proved too much! Usually they would scuttle away or fly low down very short distances, This was a very atypical behaviour.
Phil Gregory
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On 2 Sep 2021, at 3:34 AM, Michael Hunter <michaeljvhunter@gmail.com> wrote:


Hi Phil,
             Were the Chowchillas reacting to you ?  Have had Buff Breasted Button quail flushed then fly high back over my Head to land  ~ 50 m behind, twice, separate birds, not  through tree branches though. Inland from you, next to a large dam alongside the main inland road.
           This was a predator escape reaction. ? The same for the Chowchillas, although as you surmise reacting to other Chowchillas ?

                Best Michael


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Only ever seen them on the ground


On Wed, 1 Sep 2021, 11:31 Phil Gregory, <oreornis@gmail.com> wrote:

I had an odd thing happen Aug 30 at Lake Barrine- we walked towards where
some Chowchillas were calling and suddenly 3 appeared flying quite high
overhead and darting through some branches in a large tree maybe 15-20 m
up; they may have doubled back round as they began calling again not too
long after, or perhaps an intruding group got chased off. I have never seen
this bird fly high at all, they are always on or very near the ground and
only fly short distances, so I was quite taken aback! I suspect it was an
intruding group that got seen off, as two lots were calling initially.
Regards
Phil Gregory
oreornis@gmail.com
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