Don’t quail, even though it’s a gambol.

Posted: February 16, 2016 in Animals, Nature
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No, that’s not a misspelling. Usually used as a verb, a gambol is defined as a skipping or frisking about.  Although a Gambel’s quail doesn’t actually skip, it’s not a gamble to guess that you’ll see them moving like lightning across roads or into the shelter of a nearby cactus if you’re in Arizona.  These chubby cuties look for cactus fruit and grasses and if you catch sight of Mom a/o Dad followed by a line of tiny fluff balls, it’ll bring a smile to even the most jaded face.

Although quail are mostly seen zooming around on the ground, they can definitely fly.  In my parents’ neighborhood, they show their appreciation of Spanish-style roof tiles by perching atop them to survey the surrounding area.

© janet m. webb 2016

© janet m. webb 2016

  1. Lena says:

    That was a really special bird. Very beautiful.

  2. Hi J. Quails and quail eggs are served in many restaurants in the Middle East. Quite tasty actually, for the non-herbivores. No more gambling for those little guys I guess.

  3. macmsue says:

    Very punny! I’e seen quails flying off at great speed, usually low to the ground

  4. happyface313 says:

    🙂 Oh, wow, they’re beautiful! Lovely little creatures! 🙂

  5. thirdeyemom says:

    These are great shots Janet! I especially love the last one. Will be on the lookout for them when we go to AZ in March

  6. leannenz says:

    Wow I love the composition of this photo! stunning!

  7. I think that they hop about so much because the ground is so freaking hot most of the year.

    Nice photos, Janet. The second one is a beautiful portrait and the colors are quite soothing.

  8. Laurin Lindsey says:

    They really got it going on with their fancy head dress! Lovely photographs : )

  9. Dan Antion says:

    The close-up is such a good photo – nice job Janet!

  10. jan says:

    We have families of quail in our yard – adorable but not the smartest bird!

  11. Wonderful – love your use of the English language

  12. kirizar says:

    Never before have I envisioned a desert abound with quail. Now that I have seen it, it can never be unseen. Thank you.

  13. pommepal says:

    That is such a lovely clear shot on the tiles showing all the speckled colours, quite beautiful

  14. badfish says:

    Love the roof (tile) shot…and the other is cool too

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