Instagram post by @ciquah Jessica

Some birds are totally worth spending 20 minutes twisted around sideways with your camera propped between lawn chairs. πŸ˜‰ I would of held my breath too if it wouldn't of made me pass out lol! Aren't they just too dang gorgeous?!! Oh!! And in pic # 2 if you look closely you can see where the dirt was flying because he was doing his little quail scritches!!! πŸ’—πŸ™ŠπŸ’—And we're just not going to talk about the fact that I totally stopped watching for the highly anticipated Lucifer hummingbirds arrival... πŸ˜‚ Psh - I'll just have to go back and hang out with the lovely Mary Jo at her Ash Canyon B&B again πŸ˜ƒ #montezumaquail #quail #arizona #ashcanyon #huachuca


  • 85w ago meerkatharry meerkatharry

    Such a sweet bird and love those markings @ciquah

  • 85w ago les_weaver_photography les_weaver_photography

    Now that's a beautiful little guy - such an amazing pattern on his face!! ❀️❀️❀️❀️❀️ Lovely pics Jess!

  • 85w ago rebecca_dunn1 rebecca_dunn1

    Omg!!! I searched everywhere for one when I was in Madera canyon, and never found one! Awesome shot congrats!! And lucifers are coming there?? I'm headed back end of July I will be searching again! ( my husband always tells me when you least expect it you'll see them)πŸ˜‚

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @rebecca_dunn1 Ash Canyon B&B, (which is where I saw these cuties!) is the absolute best place to be almost guaranteed to see the Lucifer's. πŸ˜ƒ Mary Jo said the Montezumas stop by her yard quite regularly. Have you ever been there? Also, Thanks for the awesome compliment on my pics. 😘❀️

  • 85w ago rebecca_dunn1 rebecca_dunn1

    @ciquah No I've only been to Madera but I was just reading about Ash Canyon online and it looks AMAZING! I think I'll have to make a day trip there too! I just saw a picture of the Lucifer! Did you ever get to see one?

  • 85w ago 1176mickey 1176mickey

    Beautiful bird πŸ˜πŸ˜ƒ

  • 85w ago toshgiles toshgiles

    Shot three is also great!!

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @toshgiles Thanks! πŸ’—πŸ˜ƒ I personally think # 3 is possibly the best out of the batch but I was really compelled to share the fun and silliness of the other 2 also! πŸ˜‚

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @rebecca_dunn1 Yes. Emily and I did see a male Lucifer's at Ash Canyon. He comes in the evening just before dusk. But there should be more showing up soon as mid August is considered to be "peak Lucifer's season" at her place.

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @les_weaver_photography Thanks Les! 😘

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @meerkatharry So incredibly gorgeous right?!! Dang I love birds!! πŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒπŸ˜ƒ

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @2wheelsgood4u Thanks! 😘 I've been searching for these elusive beauties for 2 or 3 years at least. I couldn't believe my luck when I caught them lurking at the edges of the feeder area at the Ash Canyon B&B! πŸ˜ƒ

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @my_fy_green Right?!!! Almost unreal looking because they are so finely detailed! πŸ‘©β€πŸŽ¨πŸ‘

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @_saretti_ I understand completely!! I catch myself doing it allll the time! πŸ˜‚

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @nature_in_light Thank you ever so much Thomas! That is such a sweet compliment! ☺️❀️

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @crownnjewels Thank you!! They were such a treat to see! I was so worried they would leave before I got a decent pic! πŸ˜…

  • 85w ago my_fy_green my_fy_green

    @ciquah like a beautifully painted clay statue

  • 85w ago gospelmusiclover3 gospelmusiclover3

    Those photos are wonderful!

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @gospelmusiclover3 Thank you! ❀️🌹

  • 85w ago angelicamc2012 angelicamc2012

    Perfect and beautiful shots!! Love them!! @ciquah

  • 85w ago klausnmisha klausnmisha

    These are so good. I've missed your photos!

  • 85w ago lking50 lking50

    Oh Jessica...these photos are absolutely beautiful and outstanding! We love quail and hoping they are making a come back in FL!

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @lking50 Thanks Linda! πŸ’— I hope they make a comeback as well!! I love getting to see our local quails soooo much! Hope you're enjoying your trip! πŸ˜ƒ

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @klausnmisha Awww! That's so very sweet of you! I have tons of pics stashed so I'm gonna try to post more often. I truly appreciate your support! 😘🌹❀️

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @angelicamc2012 Thanks! I'm still amazed that I got good pics of those sneaky little cuties!

  • 85w ago itsmat3o itsmat3o

    Sweet pic of the Mearns quail!

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    @itsmat3o Thanks! πŸ’— I think it's hilarious that they are also called the Fool quail, unfortunately the ones I saw were acting pretty mature so I didn't get to see any "fool" type of behavior. πŸ˜…

  • 85w ago ciquah ciquah

    #mearnsquail #harlequinquail #foolquail

  • 85w ago naturally.birds naturally.birds


  • 85w ago picobaby picobaby

    WHAT A CATCH!!!!! Bravo, Jessy! πŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸ‘ŒπŸΌπŸŒŸπŸŒŸ

  • 84w ago pixel_jockey22 pixel_jockey22

    What beautiful quail!! gotta say they edge out the California ones in terms of looks.

  • 84w ago ciquah ciquah

    @pixel_jockey22 Right?!!! I was blown away by how incredibly cool they are!!! πŸ‘πŸ˜

  • 83w ago flutterby_di flutterby_di

    Wow such a beauty, love seeing these shots πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»πŸ‘πŸ»

  • 81w ago nick_kanakis nick_kanakis

    So so so cool! Few things better than a well behaved Montezuma Quail!

  • 81w ago ciquah ciquah

    @nick_kanakis I would have to agree!! I was incredibly thrilled to get the opportunity to photograph this beauty!! πŸ˜ƒ Thanks πŸ’—

  • 81w ago five_oaks five_oaks


  • 76w ago schwansongs schwansongs

    What a gorgeous bird, indeed worth the contortions (especially since they were not mineπŸ˜€). I have seen very few California quail in my lifetime in socal, are these guys more plentiful in your area?

  • 76w ago ciquah ciquah

    @schwansongs TOTALLY worth the contortions! You're right!! We mostly get the Gambel's quails in my area. I'm in southeastern Arizona. About 100 miles from both the Mexico AND the New Mexico borders. πŸ‘

  • 43w ago staceytax staceytax

    Awesome photos!! ❀️ I just saw one a couple of days ago there .., I was shaking as I clicked like a mad woman! πŸ˜‚

  • 43w ago ciquah ciquah

    @staceytax I was deliriously excited when I saw them also! They are just so incredibly gorgeous- I’m super glad you got to see them! Mary Jo’s place is so nice isn’t it? She’s an awesome lady and I love going out there. πŸ˜ƒ Thanks for the kind words about my pics! πŸ’ž

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