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The Elusive Virginia Rail.

 
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May 24, 2010 15:10 |  #1

As the title indicates, the Virginia Rail is one of the most elusive of birds to photograph. His habitat is in thick marsh reeds and vegetation. The thicker the Cattails the more likely he's going to set up residence there. I heard a birder making clicking sounds by mouth, once and the Rail answered him but never showed himself. While at a marsh, last week, two Virginia Rails were calling and I suspect they were sitting on eggs. The call of another Rail close by must have been threatening, requiring a look by the local nest owner. Another photographer and I were on the edge of some open water surrounded by Cattails. We spotted movement and one of the callers appeared. He wandered quickly from one clump of reeds to another and would look in the direction of the first call. He was never exposed more than a second or two and then would step back and disappear. There was a lot of shutter actuation when ever he showed his face. When we were done and the Rails had stopped calling, there were two photographers with huge smiles. Here are a few of the shots I managed to get.

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If you ever have a chance to photograph one please leave some of the vegetation around it. I really believe it belongs with that bird. But then again you may not have any choice. That's where he's most comfortable.

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May 24, 2010 15:21 |  #2

gosh Joe, how do you do it? fantastic shots, IQ is as good as it gets, very nicely done.


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May 24, 2010 16:27 |  #3

Amazing shots, razor-sharp with great lighting - that last one is stunning. Well done.


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May 24, 2010 16:58 |  #4

Fantastic..
Great light, perfect exposure and tack sharp details..
I think you can quit photography now! :D

Really, don't stop posting these fantastic images...


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May 24, 2010 17:42 |  #5

Excellent shots, Joe, and great just to see one. I'd love to come across one.


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May 24, 2010 17:54 |  #6

An excellent trio of shots Joe. They are spot on as usual.


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May 24, 2010 19:11 |  #7

BGgraphy wrote in post #10238021 (external link)
gosh Joe, how do you do it? fantastic shots, IQ is as good as it gets, very nicely done.

Thank you Bret. I shoot in manual and practice a lot. Nice of you to ask though.

Chris Manchester wrote in post #10238431 (external link)
Amazing shots, razor-sharp with great lighting - that last one is stunning. Well done.

Thank you so much Chris. If you're pleased I'm happy.

joayne wrote in post #10238626 (external link)
Fantastic..
Great light, perfect exposure and tack sharp details..
I think you can quit photography now! :D

Really, don't stop posting these fantastic images...

Thank you Joayne. I got a laugh out of that one. No intention of quitting though.

sparker1 wrote in post #10238827 (external link)
Excellent shots, Joe, and great just to see one. I'd love to come across one.

I hope you do too Stan. They're quite an impressive bird to see. Thank you.

Candor wrote in post #10238885 (external link)
An excellent trio of shots Joe. They are spot on as usual.

Thank you so much Mike.


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May 24, 2010 21:35 |  #8

Interesting story of the Rail... the anticipation, hunt and image finale are indeed marvelous... looks like another great day in the field Joe. Lovely shots.

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May 24, 2010 22:21 |  #9

Joe...these are wonderful shots.....especially that last one. I saw some clappers this afternoon but they wouldn't come out in the open for their photo shoot.


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May 24, 2010 23:11 |  #10

Joe, you caught some beautiful images here...I really think it's time for me to retire the camera and just drool over your shots. I'm impressed with your quality of work, always a thrill to open your threads.


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May 25, 2010 13:40 |  #11

dbriz wrote in post #10239984 (external link)
Interesting story of the Rail... the anticipation, hunt and image finale are indeed marvelous... looks like another great day in the field Joe. Lovely shots.

db

Thanks my friend. We had a sensational day.

Shar824 wrote in post #10240264 (external link)
Joe...these are wonderful shots.....especially that last one. I saw some clappers this afternoon but they wouldn't come out in the open for their photo shoot.

Thank you Sharon. I've never seen a Clapper. Perhaps some day.

ajosteve wrote in post #10240517 (external link)
Joe, you caught some beautiful images here...I really think it's time for me to retire the camera and just drool over your shots. I'm impressed with your quality of work, always a thrill to open your threads.

Don't retire Steve. We need you here. Your too kind in your praise though. It's blushing time again. How embarrassing. :D


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May 25, 2010 15:26 as a reply to  @ Joe F.N.'s post |  #12

Joe those are absolutely stunning! A combination of fantasic photography and a rare subject. Just brilliant!

I too have seen clappers and have some pics, but nothing as good as these.


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