The California Quail is a stunningly beautiful bird and one that I have hoped to see for years. It was not until our last trip to the West coast that I finally got the experience. And, it was in the most unlikely of places.
We had stopped for directions at the Point Reyes Visitor Center hoping to find recommendations for a B&B. As we left, I heard the unmistakable call of the Quails. Scanning the parking lot, I spotted about a dozen of them feeding on a grass island. Poor Cindy had to explain to the terrified visitors that I had not lost my mind as a screamed in joy and bounded down the steps in a mad dash to the car to get my camera. They ended up watching in fascinated awe as I shot away. This and one other shot of the equally beautiful female were my rewards.
Shortly after that Cindy pointed out an Acorn Woodpecker in a nearby tree. Two lifers at a random stop. Life can be good that way.
Shoot Date: February 15, 2017
Canon EOS 5D Mark III
Shutter priority ¹⁄₁₀₀₀ sec at f/2.8 1 ½ EV
Lens: EF400mm f/2.8L USM @ 400 mm