I would love to see one of these pretty birds some day! I love their little top knots...
@Kelly - Thanks for commenting. Quail have been so common where I have lived with California Quail in Utah and Idaho, and Arizona (Gambel's Quail). Really, they are daily birds. I have found them to be pretty challenging to photograph well. I was sitting in my blind photographing the Western Tanagers and BH Grosbeaks when this dude popped up on the fence close to me. He was in heavy shade and I didn't change my camera settings, but I figured what the heck and took a bunch of photos of him. Then I played around with the photos in Photoshop Elements and figured they were share-worthy. We are really looking forward to having a bunch of baby quail in the yard soon!
I loved seeing California Quail when I spent a summer in Washington. Its neat to have such a large dramatic bird just strolling around the neighborhood.
Robert, they look so much like Gambel's that I had to look twice and try to remember how to tell the 2 apart! As for the dike, no, I have never been there and it is so awesome that you got to see a scissor-tail there! Wow! Need to come back, need to come back to Utah!Very nice captures of the quail! I am in CT right now but headed for Acadia National park in ME next!
I've only seen these cool looking birds in photographs. Would love to see one someday. How wonderful that you will have a bunch of quail youngsters in your yard soon. Can't wait to see the images!