Thursday, May 20, 2010

Clapper Rail

The Clapper Rail are my entry for this weeks Camera Critters  click on my link to see more critters.
My skywatch post now follows my Clapper Rail.

One of the most exciting birds and the best bird I saw last weekend in Delaware was the Clapper Rail. My birding friends and I were headed to the shore when we heard these Clapper Rails. I have always wanted to see a Rail and up till now I was only able to hear them.

They are not the best photos but, they show the Clapper Rail's size, bill, the habitat where they find their food and water.








They are very shy birds and like to hide in tall grasses. I read online that the populations are down in the USA due to the destruction and loss of coastal marshland. The Clapper Rail is a chicken size bird that rarely flies, it is graysih brown with a chestnut breast.





They eat crustaceans, insects and small fish. They search for food while walking, sticking the bill into the water or mud. It was a cool experience for me to see this bird out in the open.


This is my post for Friday Ark and to see more animals on the Ark just click on my link.

Also my entry for Michelle's Nature Notes  click and visit to see more nature post.
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42 comments:

Carver said...

You captured them in motion so well. I'm not familiar with these although I'm pretty sure I've seen them on the coast. Interesting post.

Magical Mystical Teacher said...

Run, Clapper Rail, run!
Your enemy pursues you—
do not stop, but run!

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Ruth's Photo Blog said...

Sometimes we take whatever picture we can.These are good,especially given the secretive nature of these birds.
Blessings,Ruth

KaHolly said...

Oh, a rail, congratulations! I, too, am in pursuit of my first rail sighting! Rails and Bitterns. So elusive. Great job. ~karen

rainfield61 said...

I always see a similar one along my jogging trail nearby a river, but I never hold any camera during jogging.

Bob Bushell said...

Good pics of the Clapper Rail, Eileen.

NatureFootstep said...

tanks for the info on this bird. :)

outwalkingthedog said...

What a great bird! Your photos really capture it - running and ... swimming? I never knew they swam; always thought of them running & hiding. Thanks for enlightening me.

Living In Williamsburg Virginia said...

These are good action shots and great info.

Darryl and Ruth : )

Greyscale Territory said...

This is a new bird to me and it has such an unusual name! Your photos are great! Especially find the shape and length of this bird's beak is quite intriguing!

Ricepatty said...

Once again beautiful photos with such an interesting lesson on the Clapper Rail - I'm not sure if they are in my area but I am going to keep my eyes opened for them.

CherylK said...

I've never even heard of a Clapper Rail so this was especially interesting for me...you've done a wonderful job of capturing it's personality!

GreensboroDailyPhoto said...

Congratulations on the great capture. How fun to set a goal like that and finally reach it. Now thanks to you, we've all learned what Clapper Rails look like--- AND that they exist!

Jan
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Misty Dawn said...

I've never heard of this bird either! What a great post. I love learning new things about nature and animals.

Iowa Gardening Woman said...

Like the others, I have never heard of this bird either, how exciting, what a great capture.

Michael said...

Nice bird - odd name. Thanks for sharing.

Hootin' Anni said...

I always enjoy, so much, bird photos. These are outstanding.

Thanks for visiting! Have a great weekend.

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Jenn Jilks said...

It's such a lovely little bird. Thanks for sharing - we don't seem to have this one in My Muskoka !

Mumsy said...

Beautiful bird and I love how I always get to see something new on your blog.

Snap said...

I really enjoyed this post, Eileen. I learned more and thought the photos captured what this clapper is all about!

eden said...

Great photos, Eileen. Wonderfully captured. And my favourite is the second photo.

Willard said...

An excellent informational series. I have read about these birds, but never seen them.

This Is My Blog - fishing guy said...

Eileen: That is such an unusual bird.

Cheri said...

Don't think I am familiar with this neat bird. Great shots.

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Adrienne in Ohio said...

It's always exciting to watch a new bird. I don't think I've seen these before, either.

Rambling Woods said...

What an interesting bird..I hear 'marshland' and my heart sinks when I think about all the wetlands that are going to be affected by the oil spill...Thank you for participating in Nature Notes this week....Michelle

Lina Gustina said...

Great captures as always...
I've never seen the bird before


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Dave said...

Hi Eileen, Thanks for introducing Clapper Rail to me, it is such a wonderful creature.

jabblog said...

Great captures! It's so exciting seeing something for the first time 'in the flesh'. Strange name, though ;-)

Phil said...

Eileen, Your pictures deserves a round of applause (claps all round) Oh dear, sorry. Chicken size? that's some rail, most of ours are quite small.

Valerie said...

Wow that one is a new one for me as well! What a name,

mick said...

Nice photos of the rail and its habitat.

Idaho Birder said...

Those were some pretty good looks at a rail. I assume that Clappers are similar to Virginias in that you don't often get good long looks.

Bird Girl said...

I'm so glad you posted these pictures. Someone just told me that we have Rails (although I'm not sure if they are Clapper Rails or not) But I am going to go looking soon. What a neat experience!

Bob Kaufman said...

I didn't realize there are Clapper Rails in Delaware. I thought they were West Coast birds! Anyway, congratulations that you were able to take a picture of this shy bird.

NicoleB said...

They are gorgeous!
I have never even heard of these before :D

Kay said...

Good photos! Any time you actually see a rail you are very lucky. Not that hearing one is not great--but they are certainly hard to spot. My favorite place to look for (or listen for)rails is the board walk at South Padre Island. They now have an entry fee, though, and I don't go there so often. I'm happy to see your rail!
K.

Prizler Photography said...

I cracked up at Magical Mystical Teachers post!
Great shots!

Larry said...

Great shots of this elusive bird Eileen. As you say, they are usually heard but not seen.

ksdoolittle said...

I would say you were pretty lucky to observe a Clapper Rail right off like that. And to be able to grab a photo or two or three!! I've yet to see one, altho' I try! ~ks

gwendolen said...

Great sighting. Very cool that you got photos too.

lisaschaos said...

He's so unique! I have not seen one, nor heard of one before. From his name I picture him using his wings for clapping, lol.