Like the Scaled Quail the other day, these Gambel’s Quail took refuge in the bushes at the base of the mesquite trees. They aren’t as skittery, though, so I was able to get more pictures of them. They insisted on hanging out in the shade, mostly, making it difficult to get all the pictures to be compatible.
Six guys and a gal were all milling around. Presume this is a birdy singles bar of some sort.
A few of the guys moved on to greener pastures, leaving these three to huddle together to decide how to court the one female to the advantage of all.
One decides to take the lead.
He looks quite confident, taking big strides, and moving right along towards the female.
Alas, when he gets there, he finds that she has gone home and her three uncles are taking names and checking credentials and qualifications of would-be suitors.