Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Quail on a Fence Post, Point Reyes National Seashore

Here's a quick break from the steady stream of elephant seals I've been posting lately. This is a handsome California quail perched on a fence post along Sir Francis Drake Boulevard in Point Reyes National Seashore.

Coy California quail -- Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography

I find these birds to be so strikingly beautiful, with an amazing array of patterns on their body. They're quite common to find along the main road, and I took these shots out of an open car window. I have had success getting out of the car without spooking quail before, but I decided not to try my luck this time. I might have preferred a better backdrop than just the overcast sky, but at least it doesn't distract the eye from the details of their plumage.

Quail standing tall -- Pat Ulrich Wildlife Photography


  1. These are lovely images of a most beautiful bird! Exquisite detail. Perfection!

  2. Wonderfull bird, lovelly plumage! Great shots ;)

  3. Beautiful color and detail Pat and I like the catchlight in the eye.

  4. Extraordinary patterns and plumage.

  5. Hello friends,

    So beautiful and colorful pat, i like it. Keep it up!
    Wildlife Photography