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Old May 31, 2012, 10:32 PM   #1
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We spent Memorial weekend in Tucson at my in laws place, and while hanging out by the pool I set up the camera and caught some of the locals.

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Old Jun 1, 2012, 6:12 AM   #2
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Nice and sharp ...
What is that thing on the fence post (#6)?
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Great pictures1 The A900 rocks!
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What is that thing on the fence post (#6)?
It's a Quail.

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Great series. That quail looks quite dashing.
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Old Jun 1, 2012, 7:53 PM   #6
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Mike, you have made bird shots interesting. I normally don't shoot birds myself, but if I had this variety to choose from, I might!

I was going to ask about #6, but John (jelow1966) and Mugmar answered.
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Your inlaws have quite a place for birds that are unfamiliar to non-desert inhabitants, and you certainly have taken good advantage of it with a nice selection.

I am not surprised that the Gambel's Quail has gotten peoples' attention, sporty guy that he is, but I am surprised that no one has asked about the Gila Woodpecker (#1 & #2), the Verdin (#3), or the Pyrrhuloxia (#6), all specialties of Arizona's desert. Everyone of course knows the Cardinals and the House Finch. Goos job.
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penolta;

Thanks for the identification of the species of these birds. I am quite surprised that the quail has had these inquiries for ID. They are everywhere from central California to SE Arizona. I did not know that they are "Gambels"quails though, thanks for the clarification.

The Gila Woodpeckers where very common in the area that I was in, very easy to locate just look on top of the flowering saguaros and you could find one in a short time. There is a river named the Gila River that runs across the entire state of Arizona and drains into the Colorado river near Yuma Az. which creates a riparian habitat for many creatures.

The Verdin I captured was the only one I saw that weekend and the owner of the property was not familiar with it either.

I just learned from your reply that the Pyrrhuloxia is its own species of cardinal (desert cardinal). I thought it was a common female cardinal. There are no cardinals in So California where I come from, not being familiar with them I was quite impressed with their brilliance. These cardinals were very elusive and were my main subjects, all the others were captured while waiting for the cardinal to show himself.

Thanks for your informative reply.
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Those are excellent captures. I vote for #6 and #7 as my favorites, but all are well done and interesting.
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