Rich Ditch's Photography Blog

August 2, 2013

Around the Yard

Filed under: backyard, behavior, Birds, Non Birds — richditch @ 3:30 pm
Rabbit cooling off

Rabbit cooling off

Nikon D300, Nikkor 70-300 VR lens at 270mm, ISO 1250, 1/80th second at f/8, hand held, 7/29/13 at 5:54 pm

It seems like forever since I’ve posted anything on this blog, and I wish I could say it was because “time goes fast when you’re having fun.” My excuse really is that it is summer in Phoenix and I’m not getting out to my usual local places to see and photograph. But I still get to see some interesting subjects in the yard and still take random photos through the dirty window and door glass. Here are two examples from July.

Our backyard fauna consists of birds, lizards, and rabbits. Rabbit numbers vary from one or two up to four maximum. When the rabbits aren’t running around or eating my wife’s plants they look for ways to deal with the Arizona heat. One way of cooling off is settling down in a wet hole around an irrigation station. We think these holes are created by the Gambel’s Quail who also spend a lot of time crammed into them.

Gambel's Quail female with chick

Gambel’s Quail female with chick

Nikon D300, Nikkor 300/2.8 AF-S lens plus TC20E III (2x), ISO 1250, 1/160th second at f/8, 7/3/13 at 1:09 pm

It has been a good season for the Gambel’s Quail in the yard as well. I’ve lost track of the number of family groups we’ve had running around. This is a small chick, but not as small as they start out. From the frist time we see them them are highly active and stick close to one or both parents. They can run quite fast and are always interested in what food the parents can discover for them.



  1. Rich,

    Last week I held a newly hatched California Quail in my hand that was in danger, it was SO tiny I felt like I was holding air. I love the rabbit and the photo of the quail. I don’t blame them for trying to cool off in your high temps.

    Think “cool” because cooler weather will be here before long.

    Comment by Mia McPherson — August 2, 2013 @ 3:37 pm

  2. Good to see you back at the blog Rich- and to see your excellent images-dirty glass and all (although I can’t detect any imperfections in the photos). Neat post.

    Comment by Chuck Gangas — August 2, 2013 @ 4:14 pm

  3. These are beautiful photos, even if they are ordinary or you, they’re different for one of us.

    Comment by Sue — August 2, 2013 @ 5:22 pm

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