California Quail

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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…




34 thoughts on “California Quail

    1. 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.

      1. 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!

  1. 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.

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