.......................................... Strix the harbinger
...........................................guards OakWood's gate, ever asking,
.............. . ......................................"Whooo passes this night?"

Saturday, March 28, 2015

Clapper Rails

Clapper Rails are about 14" or 15" long. Normally they are just a clatter call deep in the cattails, impossible to see, but on some magical South Padre Island days all rules are off and these secretive birds will step out of the marsh shadows into the sunshine for a few minutes to strut their stuff for us. I took these about a week ago on our last day on the Lower Rio Grande. 




3 comments:

Redwing said...

Nice! I always hope to see a Clapper Rail when I'm at South Padre. It makes my day, if I do.

Justine Valinotti said...

This might be my favorite of your bird photos. The clapper rail isn't an easy bird to see, but is certainly worth the effort.

Gunnar Berg said...

Thanks. When they decide to show themselves it's easy; when they don't it's still easy - you just don't have anything to show for it. Actually, sometimes I get nothing because I get caught up in the bird and forget I own a camera.