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Old Nov 3, 2014, 11:24 PM   #1
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I can go months without see one of these but I saw one on Saturday then Sunday observed a covey. These game birds are quite skittish and usually don't let you get very close. Fortunately I was situated in an observation kiosk at William L. Finley wildlife refuge that acted kind of like a blind. Double fortunately the 100-300 was mounted and managed 6 or so trips of the shutter before they got wise. I haven't hunted upland game birds for decades. Yet even though I was sitting there watching them, and knew they were going to take off at some point, when they jumped into the air pounding their wings the adrenalin rush shot through me just like to old days.

I know plenty of hunters and I wouldn't trade my hunting days for anything. Somewhere along the way though I adopted a kind of catch-and-release mentality. I think I just don't care to clean them anymore.
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Old Nov 4, 2014, 3:52 PM   #2
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Wow, I'm jealous. Those are all better than any quail shots that I have. Good catch, Alan.
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Nice set, what a beautiful and cute bird.
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Wow, I'm jealous. Those are all better than any quail shots that I have. Good catch, Alan.
Thanks Steven. These are my best quail shots to date. They did take a lot of work in post though. Wish I already had the 40-150 + converter combo. Might not have had to do so much PP.

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Thanks Marcello. They are fun to watch.
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I've seen this bird many times but never photographed it, I grew up hunting the 'Bob White' & pheasant; I can remember the lift-off sound... awesome.
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