Clapper Rail crosses the pond at Heron's Head Park
Saturday afternoon, a juvenile Clapper Rail runs quickly across the far side of the largest pond at Heron's Head Park. The lighting was bad, too bright and harsh shadows, but this is only my second Clapper Rail sighting and my first good look at the whole bird, the first sighting, the bird had been half concealed by the pickle grass. This sequence took about 20 seconds. I'm calling this a juvenile due to the dark beak and the lack of orange plumage. Though due to the harsh lighting I could be wrong. If so, please let me know and I will correct the page. All shots were taken with Canon 1dmk4, 500mm lens with 1.4x teleconverter and all were cropped 50%. Distance to bird was 150 feet. Special thanks to Charlene for spotting the rail.