Every year I await the arrival of Gambel’s Quail chicks with a great deal of anticipation. The problem with photographing quail chicks is that they run very fast, and they hide very well. I was fortunate to see a quail family running across the road late last week when I was on my way to work.
Please note that the photos in this post are not very sharp as I stayed well away from the quail to keep from alarming the parents and frightening the chicks.
Dad Quail stood watch from a Four-wing Saltbush while Mom Quail led the chicks across the road.
Using my vehicle as a blind, I watched the chicks as they scurried for cover after crossing the road.
All of the chicks crossed the road, and Mom Gambel’s Quail herded the last of the chicks to safety.
I tried to get a close-up photo of one of the chicks. This slightly fuzzy photo of a fuzzy quail chick was the best that I could manage:
On Sunday I was excited to see that an entire Gambel’s Quail family had stopped for lunch in my garden. I do not know if it was the same family, but it was a very large family. Dad Quail watched while Mom quail and the chicks ate …
… then Mom Quail watched while Dad Quail ate and the chicks continued to eat.
Everyone took a final bite or two, and the quail family prepared to leave.
The family left along the garden wall, which we call the “Quail Highway.”