Guard Duty


This week’s photo, taken July 1, 2016 at Richmond Beach Park in Shoreline, WA, features an adult male CALIFORNIA QUAIL. This time of year when young quail are present, the adult male will perch above the shrubs and watch for danger, while the rest of the family forages in the thick vegetation below.

You may notice that this bird appears to have only one leg. It may have its other leg tucked up in its body, or perhaps it’s a member of a special subspecies of California Quail – the One-legged California Quail.

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About Joe Sweeney

I photograph birds to share the beauty and wonder I find in nature.
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One Response to Guard Duty

  1. Scott Dean says:

    Can’t remember if I told you but we did see a California Quail when we were exploring some backroads.

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