Exodus 16:13a (ANIV)
That evening quail came and covered the camp,…
TIME OF DAY:
The verse tells us it was in the evening.
Sunlight, from the setting sun & yellow light from the column of fire are illuminating the scene, both on the left of the illustration.
Some Hebrew people. Many are running around, catching Quail!
Google earth position & orientation – 29° 19’ 237.45” N 32° 58’ 59.12” E Looking N. Egypt is behind & to the left of the viewer. The Red Sea is behind the viewer, some 7 miles (11.2 Km) away.
The dark brown humps are tents! I based my design on photographs of African, nomadic Bedouin tents.
Quail is a collective name for several genera of mid-sized birds in the pheasant family Phasianidae.
I have chosen to include the Common Quail (Coturnix coturnix) in this illustration, which is a small 6.7 inch (17 cm) rotund bird. It is difficult to see, as it keeps hidden in crops, grasses and bushy vegetation. It typically eats seeds & insects. Quail are reluctant to fly, preferring to creep away instead. Even when Quail take to the air, it keeps low and soon drops back into cover. This low flying feature of Quail explains what we read in another part of the Bible: in the book of Numbers, chapter 11, verse 31 (NLT) it says, ‘Now the LORD sent a wind that brought quail from the sea and let them fall into the camp and all around it! For many miles in every direction from the camp there were quail flying about three feet above the ground.’
Common Quail have a streaked brown, fawn & red-brown colouration with a white eyestripe, and, in the male, a white chin. Quail migrate, & have long wings, unlike other typically short-winged gamebirds. It is a strongly migratory bird, found in parts of Europe, Asia and Africa.
For a good explanation of quail see in Biblical references – http://www.zoocreation.com/biblespecies/quail.html