Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Quail in a sea of gold, Point Reyes National Seashore

Photograph of a California quail set against a backdrop of golden wildflowers

Two more shots from my Weekend of the Quail in May of this year (previous posts from this weekend are here, here, and here). I saw this guy perched a little way off the trail and in front of a beautiful valley of golden wildflowers. This normally skittish species actually let me approach over what must have taken 10-15 minutes to get into the right position. Every now and then he would glance my way (see below), but was totally cool with my approach, and let me snap off a lot of frames with this awesome backdrop.

Photograph of a California quail set against wildflowers in Point Reyes National Seashore


  1. Thanks, Jim! I was pretty excited when I saw the potential for this kind of shot with that bright golden field of flowers behind the quail -- although I wasn't sure if he would stay in place until I made my way close enough.

  2. Perfect combination.
    That finely detailed bird drowning in your sea of gold.And to top it all off: a few sprigs of what I presume is canola.
    The glory of it....