Orange-footed Scrubfowl

Megapodius reinwardt.

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

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Comments

  • cags-m519 said:
    Cute! I like the bluriness up close and how the bird is focused in on
  • ~*Hang*~ said:
    wow, bad but pretty good too,u must be spying on the guy for a very long time and laying low too. Good job.
  • Ror said:
    I love that this shows you're human :)
    Your shots are always so very composed and brilliant, like even the animal subjects do as they're told.
    And still, it is a great shot, and well composed and I thank you for sharing.
  • renanluna said:
    A Dodo's bird? hahahahahha!
  • MΛЯK said:
    I like it... It gives the impression that you were stalking it (which I'm sure you were).
  • David de Groot said:
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/xchelsea] Thanks!
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/1vy] Yeah, definitely not a prize-winning photo, but it's a bird you won't see around Brisbane. As for lying low, actually not in this case, it was shot out the window of my 4wd ;-)
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/ror] Thanks :) Yes, there are actually a lot of shots like this on a birding expedition, just most of them never see the light of day. I only posted this one due to it's uniqueness for people who don't live in it's habitat.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/renanluna] Close - dunno what they'd taste like though.
    [http://www.flickr.com/photos/markgoodwin] Well very roughly. I had a 4wd full of family and thus couldn't just lay low for hours on end to stalk it properly, so this one is shot from inside the vehicle.