Brown Quail

Coturnix ypsilophora.

This one is a new species for me in this area. Discovered by accident as I turned around and there they were, but they saw me and disappeared. I sat on a rock for 5 mins, very still and very quiet before I heard russling in the bushes and then out emerged the quails (a pair).

View all photos taken: Thursday, 9th October 2008, This photo: 3:04pm

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  • said:
    Patience paid off! Nice work and well spotted.
    I think it's wonderful that they have made your place home. Nice work as usual.
  • picsbymac said:
    Your story and photos remind me of mourning doves here. Sweet birds that hop around on the ground, easily scared. A treat for you to find the quails - I trust that we won't be seeing any quail dishes!
  • David de Groot said:
    I must say I was quite excited to spot these guys as I didn't even know they existed, let alone lived around here.
    That's the problem with wild birds, but then it's also so much more satisfying to get a picture of them too.
    As for eating, this guys just the right size of a big dinner for one ;-) But no, I shoot with with a camera and oddly enough that doesn't result in something tasty to eat.
  • NKN Photography said:
    They do look tasty though. Just like 1 big drumstick.
  • David de Groot said:
    Quite, about the right size for a meal-for-one ;-)