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When I was setting up my rig a few weeks ago in Santa Cruz to photograph Hummingbirds a California Quail jumped up on an old weathered post not too far from me surrounded by lovely flowers.  I moved pretty quick to finish setting up my tripod w/Sidekick and mounting my camera hoping it would stick around!

California Quail on Post

“You lookin’ at me?”…

California Quail- The Look

A little Morning Stretch…

California Quail-Morning Stretch

Seeing and photographing this Quail first thing in the morning made my day. They’re so quick, and skittish that I’ve only been able to get a few good images of any.  The rest of the images I made this day were icing on the cake.

Nikon D700| Nikkor 200-500mm VR| Lexar Professional Digital Film| PS CC 2015

Wishing you all a great week-end!

More to come…






  1. Great shots 🙂 ! They are all wonderful in their own way. The composition on the first one is spectacular. Great timing and framing! Looks like a beautiful place to spend a few hours.

  2. Beautifully capture, nice bokeh!

  3. wow! What a gorgeous bird, and you captured it so clearly. I especially love the first one. It just looks iconic~perfect.

  4. your DOF is just gorgeous and so is the quail!

  5. FANTASTIC! The best quail photos I have ever seen. I love your backgrounds.

    • Oh what a lovely thing to say! I’m going to float on this compliment all day!! Thank you so much Denise!

  6. Beautiful images Deborah, with perfect surroundings

  7. The colors of the plants and the quail are just beautiful! What a pretty bird and wow you captured it, we have them and they just run so fast!

    • Don’t they! I’ve only been fortunate photographing them well one other time.
      I guess it’s once in a Blue Moon I happen upon one that likes to pose for a photo session. 🙂

      Thank you so much Lynn! I hope you had a lovely trip and visit with your daughter.

      • I sure did! We have lots of quail here and they run across the road so quickly, you think they would get hit by cars but they are so quick, babies behind them all in a hurry! great photo!

  8. Wonderful photos. I like those as well as your comments!

  9. Beautiful photo, such gorgeous markings on that bird.

    • Thank you so much Jean! They are good looking bird with their markings, and little head feather aren’t they. 🙂

  10. Absolutely stunning, Deborah!! Everything comes together beautiful, love the colors! 🙂

  11. You nailed this series! A wonderful subject, framed perfectly, and in beautiful light. Love the shallow DOF and soft colors. I think this is some of your best work! #3 is priceless.

    • Thank you so much Geo for this lovely comment! He/She was pretty funny bustin’ out the moves. 🙂

  12. exquisite capture – the second one almost surreal

  13. Magnifique !

  14. I’m glad you were moving fast and the Quail was accommodating. These are beautiful photos.

  15. Terrific photos of a photogenic bird.

  16. Just awesome! Love these shots Deborah. You always seem to be at the right place at the right time.

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