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PIC OF THE WEEK: 12/31/12 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2012 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Gamble's Quail

(Callipepla gambelii)

Where: Socorro County, NM • Bosque Del Apache National Wildlife Refuge (NWR)

Notes: Little else compares to the striking plumage of this beautiful, little quail of the Desert Southwest. These eleven inch tall birds are surprisingly quick on their feet and rarely take flight. Even when I saw a male perched up on a fence post or tree limb, he got there by climbing through the interior of a nearby bush. The elevated vantage point gave him the ability to be a watch guard or lookout. There was an open spot in a pathway where they occasionally crossed to get to a watering hole; so, I sat nearby and waited. Their nearly constant clucking made it easy to know when the covey was approaching. Perhaps their vocalizations were to let the rest of the group know their location in the extremely thick vegetation. These quail can move very quickly through the underbrush and even more so in open areas. There was a young Cooper's Hawk hanging around the area, perhaps that is why they were so skittish. But finally, as one of the male birds sprinted across the pathway, closer that I expected, I was able to pan fast enough to get this one shot in focus. My low position to the ground both softens the surroundings and provides an eye level view, appropriate I think, for a bird that would rather walk than fly.

Small Bird Photo 1

Small Bird Photo 1
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Equipment: Canon EOS 5D Mark II • Canon 400mm f-5.6 Prime USM L Series Lens • Hand Held

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/1250 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: AiServo • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 100 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~10 Feet • Date Shot: 12-13-12

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