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    Californian Quail

    On the vineyard this day, I watched a pair with their four youngsters ...
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    ...le beau et le bon, cela rime avec Breton!...

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    Awesome. That's quite a small clutch though isn't it?

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    Great photo! Let me guess... it was snowing heavily, right?

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    They're Albino!! So rare you rarely see them!! Soory @EeeBees Couldn't resist
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    Boom, cough,cough,cough

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    Maca, thank you for making me laugh!!!!

    @Wildman, with all the rain and low temperatures it is a wonder if many chicks will survive ...
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    Maca, thank you for making me laugh!!!! Didn't have my fone on me at the time so no fotos ...


    @Wildman, with all the rain and low temperatures it is a wonder if many chicks will survive ...
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    I often wonder how young birds survive during wet and cold conditions - sometimes they don’t - but yesterday was a great example of how Quail can do it - I saw one family out in the rain with just two chicks - I couldn’t get them all together - but here is one older chick with Mum - I suspect they have had more than weather problems with just two chicks left
    Then I spotted this lovely Quail family that were sheltering under a loading ramp walkway - I stopped the car about 5m away and hung out the driver’s window - hard to believe but there was about eight small chicks under there - I had to open the door which unsettled them and I missed good pictures as the chicks moved off with Mum and Dad - I went back an hour or so later and they were back under cover - but again I missed good pictures - I guess most birds can find shelter somewhere in their environment - but hard to shelter from predators
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    Quote Originally Posted by time out View Post
    I often wonder how young birds survive during wet and cold conditions - sometimes they don’t - but yesterday was a great example of how Quail can do it - I saw one family out in the rain with just two chicks - I couldn’t get them all together - but here is one older chick with Mum - I suspect they have had more than weather problems with just two chicks left
    Then I spotted this lovely Quail family that were sheltering under a loading ramp walkway - I stopped the car about 5m away and hung out the driver’s window - hard to believe but there was about eight small chicks under there - I had to open the door which unsettled them and I missed good pictures as the chicks moved off with Mum and Dad - I went back an hour or so later and they were back under cover - but again I missed good pictures - I guess most birds can find shelter somewhere in their environment - but hard to shelter from predators
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    Nice photos.

    We love seeing those little fluff-balls following Mum and Dad around at this time of the year... so cute! The attrition rate is definitely high though with cats, stoats and hawks taking a high toll. That said, the population is very healthy here.

    Quail are just so funny to watch. My daughter and I had a real laugh last week watching 4 or 5 of them playing in a dust bath. They had a race course set up... like a BMX track... and they were running around this little track chasing each other. It was about a 1 square metre long route and had bumps and rocks in it. They were at it for about 6 or 7 minutes, then moved on.

    If I knew what to do with them I'd harvest the odd one or two.

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    I have made quail pate' with only one or two. using the breast meat not the liver....... with a dash of bourbon ..... not Chianti
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