All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<b>California Quail - male</b> <br><i>Callipepla californica</i></br>
California Quail - male
Callipepla californica
Finally, after several years of trying to photograph one of these shy, elusive birds, I got my opportunity at the open space park. The male has a curved, black topknot (unfortunately, I would have to photograph it against a black background so it didn't show up well!). I also saw the female and several chicks nearby.