One of my favorite themes is quail keeping track of their babies. Gambel's' Quail are such family oriented birds. After being hatched, the parents keep a wary eye on their youngsters while teaching them to look for seeds and insects. Often one of the parents is posted on a nearby rock, bush, or even cactus looking for predators. Here, a sentry bird has been posted on a prickly pear cactus to overlook the area.