Californian Quail

This old friend turned up today
in an online catalogue sent out
in Arrowtown. I had almost
forgotten about this photo of mine.
The old friend is not just the photo
however, but also the bird itself
because it was one of a large
number living around the house
where I spent a year.
This was about an hours drive
from Arrowtown.
I fed them with seed mixes
so they became very friendly,
even venturing inside if I allowed it.
This particular quail was standing
on a high vantage point and watching over
the safety of the others.