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Native Californian, biologist, wildlife conservation consultant, retired Smithsonian scientist, father of two daughters, grandfather of 4 small primates. INTJ. Believes nature is infinitely more interesting than shopping malls. Born 100 years too late.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Have a few quail

This is the first image from our Poison Water Spring series.

Remember that place?

I said staking a camera in the spring was taking a chance. 

Well, the camera filled nearly 2 gigabytes of memory with images in the first 8 days, and then something strange happened.

The Pelican case mysteriously popped open and the batteries dropped into the water. 

The camera remained perched within inches of water on its 1-inch aluminum shelf.

Not to worry -- Craig recovered the batteries from the water; they were intact and no damage was done.   

A lot of animals visited and emerged from Poison Water in those 8 days, and California quail took first place for sheer numbers. 

The population is doing well, as you can see.   


randomtruth said...

Great shots. Lots of this year's juveniles in that batch o' quail. Hope you reset the camera in that spot - it looks like it could be a real winner.

jason said...

That's really neat. You always leave us in suspense with these first of series.. :)