A common marsh dweller I hardly see.
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.
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.
These Rails are so shy that if moving south from colder areas they only fly at night.
ACE Basin, South Carolina.