As long time readers know, I enjoy bird watching and have spent much of the last year and a half learning how to photograph birds. Throughout that time I have never been able to get a clear decent picture of a quail. This photo from the Phoenix Mountain Preserve is the closest I have gotten. Quail look goofy and walk around on the ground in a way that suggests that they would be easy to catch. Not so. For how unsophisticated they seem, they are actually masterful at hiding in the bushes and quickly darting from one safe cover to another, successfully avoiding predators as well as birdwatchers.