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California Quail - Male

California Quail - Male
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Copyright: Pam Russell (coasties) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3749 W: 483 N: 8155] (28054)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-10-08
Categories: Birds
Camera: Canon EOS 10D, Canon EF 100-400mm L IS USM, Digital RAW 100, Hoya UV 77mm
More Photo Info: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): A - Z Birds [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2005-10-08 4:44
Viewed: 4136
Points: 38
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California quail (Callipepla californica)

The California quail was first imported into the Nelson district in 1865 and during the folowing ten years into the Auckland, Canterbury, Otago, Southland and Wellington districts.

The California quail is a beautiful creature. The male has a scaled belly, black chin, and a big, black topknot sticking out of the top of his head.

Perched on a tree or a fence post, the male California Quail claims his territory by cackling and posturing. The entire family takes to trees for roosting as well as for safety. After the breeding season, these birds become gregarious, gathering in large coveys and often visiting city parks, gardens, and yards. This is the quail with the "topknot" featured in the animated films of Walt Disney.

Description: 9-11" (23-28 cm). A stocky, mainly gray quail with a curved black head plume. Similar to Gambel's Quail, but crown brown, not chestnut; forehead buff, not black; and belly scaled, lacking black patch in center. Female less boldly marked than male.

The above obtained from various websites.


Camera: Canon 10D
Time of day: 6:18 p.m.
Date: 8th October 2005
Weather conditions: Clear in between heavy rain
Lens: Canon 100-400mm L IS
Filter: Hoya 77mm UV
Shutter Speed: 1/350
F-Stop: F/6.7
Focal Length: 400mm
ISO: 100
Original file type: Digital Raw

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Hi Pam,
Very good photo of the California quail.
I discover a new bird by your post.
The DOF is excellent and the green background very wonderful.

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  • TAZ Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2241 W: 47 N: 3167] (10926)
  • [2005-10-08 5:46]

What a nice shot for this strange bird ! I have never see before. Thanks Pam for sharing this beauty.

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  • radz Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 598 W: 11 N: 72] (436)
  • [2005-10-08 5:57]

Beautiful bird,nice composition.Looks like painting.

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  • metall (38)
  • [2005-10-08 5:58]

Excellent DOF. Great background color made the bird shine better!
Well done Pam!

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  • sAner Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1455 W: 74 N: 1426] (4750)
  • [2005-10-08 6:18]

Excellent shot Pam. Very sharp details and superb composition. This is great. Well done & TFS!


Beautilful bird Pam. Very good colors, good DOF and very good sharpness. Good informative note. TFS.

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  • fiyo Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1053 W: 5 N: 3475] (15161)
  • [2005-10-08 7:35]

Hello Pam,
Excellent Photo,nice bird. Very good lighting, sharp and detailed image, very nice colours.
Well done, Pam, and TFS. : )

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  • red45 Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 2636 W: 74 N: 9091] (31094)
  • [2005-10-08 12:54]

Wow, this one looks great Pam. Very pretty bird, great patterns on its feathers. Sharp, detailed, well composed.

It's a beauty. Pam.
The details are very good and it stands out very nice from the beautiful BG. Well composed and nice colours.
Great work.

beautiful shot. looks like a painting by a maestero! TFS!

DOF is excellent! super dynamic image. Paul :)

Hi Pam. You have done a great job with this quail. He is absolutely beautiful. The colour and composition are excellent! The detail is fantastic! Thank you!

Hi Pam,
beautiful bird in this composition. The colors and detail look perfect to me. The DOF looks to be perfect, as is the light. Well Done!

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  • manyee Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 3089 W: 230 N: 6774] (23770)
  • [2005-10-09 2:46]

Hey, Pam. What is our state bird (California) doing all the way in New Zealand? Great capture with excellent POV, composition and light. Sharp details and beautiful colors. Well done and TFS. : )

Most things have been already said with the exception of two: so fast and so yummy !

Great shot Pam! Very beautiful. I've never seen a bird like this before. Nice composition, good colors and great details. TFS!

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  • Toni Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 403 W: 2 N: 316] (2034)
  • [2005-10-10 17:09]

Hi Pam
What a lovely unusual bird ! Great POV, details and BG.
Well done.
Regards Toni

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  • Luc Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1835 W: 301 N: 4287] (14767)
  • [2005-10-10 21:39]
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Personal assessment of the photo: very very good.
Strong visual impact.
Aptness of the photo for the site: excellent.
Personal assessment of the note: complete.
Thank you very much Pam.

I have just read your new great intro. Maybe it is time to change mine too. I will think about it. Yours inspire me alot.

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  • jossim Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Note Writer [C: 1538 W: 5 N: 2240] (12636)
  • [2005-10-11 21:29]

Bonne présentation de cet oiseau, le Bg fait bien ressortir le sujet et les couleurs sont superbes. La netteté et les détails dans le plumage sont excellents.

Félicitations et merci pour l'envoie !

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