Photo: California quail serves as a sleek sentry

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Our photo of the day comes from Montaña de Oro state park in California.

The head plume of a California quail is such a charming thing – and although it may look like a single feather, it is actually a cluster of six overlapping ones. Fancy! This marvelous shot was taken by photographer loren chipman, who calls the handsome bird a "Sleek Sentry." She adds, "Ok, sleek implies slim and this guy is definitely not, but his feathers are perfect! It is good to see creatures doing well in our area."

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