Monday, May 28, 2012

Virginia Rail

I was out on a walk at the Ipswich River Audubon Sanctuary this morning and had a close encounter with three Virginia Rails.

I heard one calling about 10 feet from where I was standing. It started walking towards me and a second called off in the other direction. It must have been about five feet from me. The first one walked by and this is the one you see below. About five minutes later, another walked by.

They are perfectly adapted for the marsh. They are well camouflaged and move with ease without rustling the vegetation.

If you’re not a bird watcher, you may not get what a cool encounter this is. I have not “seen” one in a good 25 years. Having three sightings in 10 minutes is too cool. Getting a photo in extremely difficult conditions is just unbelievable.

©2012 Steve Borichevsky

©2012 Steve Borichevsky©2012 Steve Borichevsky


Kelly said...

Awesome. These are birds I don't get to see very often and have never been able to photograph! What a great day for you!! Love the shot of his eye through the grasses...very cool.

Roy said...

Yes, awesome manually focussed shots Steve. We have a Water Rail (similar species) and this normally arouses similar feelings in birdwatchers over here.

dAwN said...

Lucky you! These birds can be so difficult to see!

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Kathryn said...

What a wonderful find! And 3 no less! Great experience!

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