Clapper Rail

Clapper Rail

A common marsh dweller I hardly see.

Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail

Clapper Rails are members of the same family as the Gallinule, Coot, and Sora. Above you can see the large toed feet used to run across marsh and swamp vegetation.

Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail

This bird lives along the Southern US coastal marshes down through Central America and the Caribbean. Of course their numbers are shrinking rapidly due to loss of habitat, yet for now they are still common…just very shy.

Clapper Rail
Clapper Rail

These Rails are so shy that if moving south from colder areas they only fly at night.

ACE Basin, South Carolina.

 

6 thoughts on “Clapper Rail”

  1. We have Virginia rails and they are a little bit different. it’s not easy to find these birds and photograph, they are very skittish.
    Great moments and photographs!!!

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