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Gambel's quail        Images © Mark A. Chappell

Gambel's quail are desert birds that closely resembles the California quail.   The two species have very similar calls and share the same basic color pattern, including the topnot (although the belly of a male California quail is scaly instead of black, and Gambel's has a bright rusty cap).   The male at left, above was perched in a blooming ocotillo plant near Palm Desert, California, and the males on the rock (upper right) and on a dead yucca and juniper branches (3 rows down) were nearby.   The males immediately below were in Joshua Tree National Park, California (left) and near San Antonio, New Mexico.   The calling female in the next row down, at right, was in nearby Black Rock Campground in Joshua Tree National Park, the running female was in the nearby Big Morongo Reserve, and the female at bottom left was in Tucson, Arizona

  • Canon 10D, 1D Mk. II,1D3, or 1D4; 500 mm f4 IS lens plus 2X converter or 800 mm IS lens plus 1.4X converter, fill-in flash on some images (2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2014)