Quail Pair

It is that time of year when the California Quail are no longer forming covys, but are paired up. In fact they are on the nest at this time. The female (left bird) shows signs of having been on the nest. She has what might be called the equivolent of 'bed head', or 'helmet head', only in this case it is the breast feathers. If you look closely you will notice that the feathers look disorganized and a bit out of place, evidence that she has recently been on the nest. Until the eggs hatch, the parents will leave the nest and forage for the necessties.

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Mark Schmitt Mark Schmitt

Taken 9:20 AM on May 28, 2012
Uploaded 2:54 PM on May 29, 2012
Posted in Wildlife
  • Canon EOS 30D
  • ƒ/11.0
  • 1/80 sec.
  • 500 mm
  • 160 ISO
Wofford Heights, CA
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