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California Quail

California Quail
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Copyright: Muhammad Shaukat (shaukatmi) Silver Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 19 W: 0 N: 73] (392)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2008-06-15
Categories: Birds
Exposure: f/5.6, 1/1000 seconds
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Photo Version: Original Version
Date Submitted: 2015-12-29 17:42
Viewed: 1408
Points: 14
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Happy New Year to you all.

The California quail, also known as the California valley quail or valley quail, is a small ground-dwelling bird in the New World quail family. These birds have a curving crest or plume, made of six feathers, that droops forward: black in males and brown in females; the flanks are brown with white streaks. Males have a dark brown cap and a black face with a brown back, a grey-blue chest and a light brown belly. Females and immature birds are mainly grey-brown with a light-colored belly. Their closest relative is Gambel's quail which has a more southerly distribution and, a longer crest at 2.5 in, a brighter head and a scalier appearance. The two species separated about 12 million years ago, during the Late Pliocene or Early Pleistocene. It is the state bird of California.

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Hello Shaukat Sahib,

Hope you are well. Kindly accept heartfelt new Year's greetings from Pakistan, may this year prove a source of health and joy. Taken from quite a distance this shot of the elegant Californian Quail is excellent while it sits pretty on the branch of a pine tree. Against the blue sky, the bird appears prominent and lovely, thanks a lot for sharing, take care,
Best regards/Abid

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  • PeterZ Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 5136 W: 166 N: 13121] (49139)
  • [2015-12-30 10:05]

Hello Muhammad,
Nice photo of this California Quail in beautiful colors and good sharpness, although the focus is more on the fir-cones above. Attractive pose with eye contact.

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  • lousat Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6479 W: 89 N: 15611] (65309)
  • [2015-12-30 11:30]

Hi Muhammad,happy new year to you too first,and my best compliment for this very elegant composition showing us this quail in perfect sharpness despite the distance,very well done.All the best and thanks for share,Luciano

Hello Muhammad
You've captured this California Quail perfectly in it's natural surrounds. Lovely detail on his colourful plumage.
TFS Janice

Hello Muhammad,
Nice photo of this California Quail.


Hello Shaukat Sahaab,

Nice to see this beautiful species. Well presentation with splendid composition.
Thanks and wish you have a nice and prosperous new year 2016,

A very nice shot of lovely quail. It gave a nice pose from coniferous tree. Focus, composition and colors very nice. Thanks for sharing this beauty, Muhammad. Best wishes and salams.

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