…morning light is magic…

Bobwhite Quail

Bobwhite Quail are beautiful birds with very distinct feather patterns.  Males have a bold black and white head pattern with the females having buff colored heads.  They are very fast and can be hard to track with a camera as they run around.

Had mostly cloudy skies on this trip and had crank up the ISO and break out my flash for some of these shots.

Taken with Canon 1DX and Canon 500mm F4 IS II mounted on tripod with Wimberley II gimbal head.

Aperture priority, 1/320 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, fill flash with better beamer (-3 stops)

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Aperture priority, 1/250 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, fill flash with better beamer (-3 stops)

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Aperture priority, 1/320 sec @ F5.6, ISO 3200, evaluative metering, fill flash with better beamer (-3 stops)

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Aperture priority, 1/1250 sec @ F8, ISO 1600, evaluative metering

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7 responses

  1. Steve Goulet

    Absolutely great shots! The birds look like they are posing for you.

    November 29, 2015 at 3:55 pm

    • Thanks Steve for commenting. They did a good job of posing for us, which is an advantage of shooting from a blind at a ranch that only caters to photographers.

      November 30, 2015 at 5:10 pm

  2. Beautiful.

    November 30, 2015 at 7:16 am

    • Thanks Lyle. I used to see these birds fly away from me while walking along but never got to see how colorful that they are before. It was a very good time.

      November 30, 2015 at 5:11 pm

  3. Simply outstanding! Especially like the threesome. I’ve never been able to get a good shot of this elusive bird. Its becoming rare in the NE.

    December 4, 2015 at 6:44 am

    • Thanks Stephen. Appreciate your comments. Shooting from a blind is about the only way to get this close to these birds.

      December 5, 2015 at 9:24 am

  4. That’s some beautiful work. Looks like they were waiting for you to fill up your card.

    December 24, 2015 at 2:00 pm

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