Was the loner a scout or just thirstier than his kin who were lurking out of sight?
Chimineas Ranch, San Luis Obispo County, California
In only four days of operation, the camera took 487 photos at Poison Water Spring.
Birds were the most common subjects, and California Quail were numerically dominant among the 12 species of birds that guzzled at the spring.
A distinctive handsome fellow -- a Mountain Quail -- appeared amongst the evening guzzlers on the 4th day .
Flank and bib coloration set the California and Mountain Quail apart.
The camera took several pictures of him in the company of a small number of California Quail.
One California Quail on the rail watches the Mountaineers guzzle below.
When the California Quail dispersed a small clan of Mountain Quail joined him.
A few California Quail watched them from the grandstand seats.