Not a particularly fantastic photo, but the best of a bad bunch and about as good as I was going to get in the conditions.
Apparently common in it's natural range, this member of the Megapodiidae family can only be found along the coastal regions from Byfield to Cape York, Arnhem land, Groote Eylandt and the NW Kimberley. It also occurs overseas in PNG, Indonesia the Phillipines and the New Hebrides.
The Megapodiidae family of birds are mound builders and lay their eggs in large mounds constructed from leaf litter, dirt, grasses, etc They do this to regulate the incubation temperature without the need to sit on the eggs.
There are 19 species in the Megapodiidae family, of which only three occur in Australia. In the north is the Orange-footed Scrubfowl, along the eastern seaboard is the Brush Turkey and in the southern regions, the Malleefowl (now classified as vulnerable).
View all photos taken: Friday, 1st October 2010, This photo: 11:39am