Montezuma Quail is one of those birds that it seems EVERYBODY wants to see when we do trips out to west Texas. They can certainly be difficult to locate so I end up spending a lot of time each year looking for them. On Monday I was out in the Fort Davis area looking for birds with a good friend of mine when we unexpectedly encountered a pair of them. The male was actually standing out in plain view and its cryptic markings did their job. It took what seemed an eternity before my friend saw it and started taking photos. Thankfully this one wasn’t spooked and posed for pictured for a couple of minutes before disappearing into the tall grass. What a thrill for both of us!