Gambel’s Quail, Gilbert AZ

Gilbert Water Ranch has been the site of many hours of photographic fun, mostly chasing water birds.

But it also has its fair share of the regular occupants of the desert and sometimes they’re close enough to warrant a picture.  I usually see these guys zooming along the ground, in and out of cover, top-knot feather bobbing, but they do sometimes hang out –  and sit more-or-less still –  in the trees.

Profile view of Gambel's quail in a tree of bare branches



  1. Jim Taylor

    I had to look it up in Peterson’s Field Guide, but yes, that is a Gambel’s Quail, not the California Quail that populate every piece of brush in the Okanagan Valley.
    Jim T

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