Today my next door neighbor mentioned that they had some baby quail hatch in their yard. I literally have to contain myself when someone tells me that they have baby animals in their backyard. I kind of want to squeal and jump up and down like a crazy person and grab my camera and a lawn chair and move into their backyard for about a week. That's not crazy, right? :)
I didn't squeal and jump up and down (well, not out loud anyway), but I did run over there with my camera. Then I found out that she wasn't letting anyone go back there because she doesn't want to scare them off. I get it, quail are pretty skittish, but I wanted to see them really bad! They have a nest somewhere in the far back corner of their yard and they only come out with their babies a couple of times a day. So I didn't think I was going to get to see them, which I was super bummed about, but then, right before I was going to leave, they decided to take an afternoon walk around the yard. Yay!
I took photos from her kitchen window with a zoom lens, so I didn't get super awesome photos. I was actually pretty far away from them. But they're SO cute! They're tiny little fluff balls. There was around 8-10 of them. They were moving so fast it was hard to get an accurate count.
There are very few things in life that make me as happy as photographing animals, especially birds. I forget how much I love it sometimes, and then I get to do it and it just makes me giddy. I could have sat there for hours watching those birds and chasing them with my lens. I wish I didn't have to do it through the window, but even through the window with a zoom lens, I loved every second of it. It made me extremely happy.
I will share a few of the pictures I took, but before I do that, I just wanted to say that we're getting ready to leave town and I'm not positive how reliable my internet access is going to be while we're gone. So I know I'm in the middle of my 100 days of happy, but I reserve the right to skip a day or two this week if I can't get online. I'll catch them up when I get back. I'm going to take a ton of pictures while we're gone!! :)