California Quail, Point Reyes National Seashore

Bird nesting is about over now.  A couple of California quail families go through our yard every day.  Baby quail are very easy to recognize.  Many baby birds don’t leave the nest until they are about as big as the adults.   Baby quail, on the other hand, are on the move shortly after hatching.  They’re all legs.  I keep saying to myself that I should photograph the baby quail around our yard, but I never seem to get around to it.  I photographed this adult male near the trailhead for Abbott’s Lagoon.

A California quail sits on a fence post near Abbott's Lagoon.

California Quail, Point Reyes National Seashore

These immature quail were also photographed near the trailhead.

Immature California Quail, Point Reyes National Seashore

Immature California Quail, Point Reyes National Seashore

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About Jim Coda

I am a nature photographer living in the San Francisco Bay Area. I specialize in photos of birds, mammals, and landscapes.
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6 Responses to California Quail, Point Reyes National Seashore

  1. Pat Ulrich says:

    Very nice shots, Jim! Great background in the shot of the male. I always enjoy seeing a pack the adorable youngsters following their parents around.

  2. John Wall says:

    The trailhead to Abbotts Lagoon is some kind of quail breeding ground, isn’t it. There’s always quail out there. I love your shot of the youngsters.

  3. Cathy R says:

    I don’t think that I have ever seen baby quail before. Little fluffballs, aren’t they?

    Thanks for both photos. The male is quite the confident guy, isn’t he?

    • Jim Coda says:

      Hi Cathy. They’re cutest right after they hatch and start following their parents. I’ve noticed the males seem to want to be on a high perch when their mates and babies go through our yard.

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