Mountain Quail Oreortyx pictus

A threatened bird of western North America, often heard more easily than seen. Judging from the interest these photos have received, I was perhaps more fortunate than I realised at the time to find this individual calling from an exposed position not far from the road.

Mountain Quail, Yosemite, 4-May-06 Mountain Quail, Yosemite, 4-May-06

Mountain Quail, Yosemite (California, USA), 4th May 2006