I liked the lichen-covered post this guy hopped up on at the Pierce Point Ranch parking lot. I didn’t like the fact that I had to shoot into the sun though. That made for some tough backlighting.
I don’t know why male California quail always like to be perched on something above the ground while the rest of the covey remains on the ground. I’ve never seen a female on a post. Maybe the males do it to protect the females and young. That way they’re in a position to see anything dangerous approaching and can let out a warning call in time to save the others. Maybe they like being in a high place because it’s safest for them. I’d like to think it’s the former.