On June 6, 1998, Lauren Casey, Dave Foster and
I arrived at Garrie Landry's
for what we affectionately (and optimistically) call
"The First Annual Button Quail Symposium". Although Our gathering
probably doesn't qualify as an official "symposium", it was a long
awaited and thoroughly planned trip to a genuine "button quail mecca".
Lauren from California, and Dave and I from Ohio, flew down to
Louisiana where we were welcomed by Garrie and his hundreds of birds;
various doves, finches, and especially button quails!
Garrie has hundreds of buttons, and is responsible for developing
nearly all of the various mutations that are available today, and is
always working towards more new and beautiful buttons for us to enjoy.
There were far too many different types for me to photograph and
reproduce here, but Lauren has undertaken this very project, having
purchased at least two of each mutation on this trip. If you would
like to see them all, check out Lauren's site,
If she hasn't already, she will soon have photographs posted of each
of these beautiful birds.
Garrie has buttons at all stages of development, fronm the tiniest
chicks to full-grown breeding pairs. You can imagine how difficult
is was not to go home with an entire cage full of these little
Garrie's Aviaries are expansive, being housed in a large, long
building with countless flights off to each side of the main hallway.
Each flight houses various combinations of quail, doves and finches.
Below is a shot of the main hall (with us in it), and one of Garrie
showing us one of his many little treasures.
||Looking at Buttons|
Aside from the adorable buttons, it wouldn't be fair to ignore
Garries other beautiful birds. Below are just a few that I
photographed while there...
|Golden Heart Dove|
After a busy afternoon of ooh-ing and ahh-ing over all the birds,
we all went out for dinner at Landry's Seafood Restaurant (nope,
Garrie doesn't own it, but I did ask!). We all stuffed
ourselves with the local flavor, spicy cajun food! The tiny crawfish
were something I'd never experienced, but I knew I had to try them
before I left Louisiana. I must've eaten fifty of them!
What a Feast!
Me, Garrie, and Lauren
Thanks for stopping by to share our trip to The "First Annual
Button Quail Symposium". We hope to have more such gatherings in the
future, at different locations around the country. (Poor Garrie! I
wouldn't want him to think that we plan to descend upon him like this
every year!) I promise that future trips will be planned and
publicized well in advance... Maybe you'll be able to be there too!
Endless gratitude to Dave for accompanying us
to Louisiana, taking photographs, and generally being a real trooper!
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