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California quail just waking up

By drbird  
First a big thank you for all the awards, comments and votes on the black grouse image ..very much appreciated.

California quails are mostly ignored by birders in the St. Francisco bay area ...simply because they are very common there. But hey come can you ignore such a beauty. In fact they are among my favorite quails. We were conducting a study on Icterides (New world blackbirds) when I came across this male just coming down from the roost -which was high up in the canopy of tall tree. The light was far from being good but flash saved the day. My wife had to hold the flash to bounce it a bit better with the directon of the natural light and to avoid any cross shadows.

Tags: California Wildlife and nature Californian quail

Voters: PhilT2, chavender, debu and 34 more

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debu 12 India
19 Mar 2019 11:18AM
Very nice detailed image.
19 Mar 2019 1:10PM
What a beauty! 👏👏👏Grin
19 Mar 2019 3:03PM
Superbly taken Gerhard. What a wonderful bird. It has such beautiful colours and detail. Pam
cheesey 16 2 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2019 3:03PM
Great shot !
19 Mar 2019 3:46PM
Stunning image.
pamelajean Plus
16 1.8k 2275 United Kingdom
19 Mar 2019 4:58PM
An excellent detailed image of this attractive bird.
Techno Plus
14 6.8k 8 England
19 Mar 2019 7:31PM
Quality posting this, Gerhard, 20d too.....Wink
19 Mar 2019 7:47PM
Lovely detail, beautiful plumage too!!! 😀😀😀😀
Regards David
richmowil Plus
13 490 2 England
19 Mar 2019 8:25PM
Stunning detail in this superb image!
dales Plus
6 13 Australia
20 Mar 2019 8:34PM
Beautiful bird & top shot !!
What a beautiful bird great detail lovely colours superb capture, Very nicely presented,
Gerhard. 🏆🏆🏆
xwang 13 56 8
16 Jan 2021 11:24AM
It is simply beautiful,... wonderful shot!

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