Everyone knows that Water Rails show well at dusk. This individual had not read the books. Walking alongside the path at Titchwell it was attracting a steady steam of admirers.
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We were surprised to see a Water Rail on a tour last week. Seeing a Water Rail is not that unusual. We see them from time to time on our outings around Norfolk despite them sometimes being hideously elusive and they often only play ball at dusk. They are marvellously adapted birds; superbly designed for their reed bed environment.
We were surprised on two counts. The first … it was in the middle of the day and second … it was out in the open!
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Sat in the hide we waited patiently for Water Rails to appear. There had apparently been three but we saw only two. On the first occasion one came so close he was within my minimum focus distance.
The second time he showed, the card in my camera needed changing – schoolboy error.
The third time he came right out of the reeds and showed in bright sunshine.
One bird that rarely shows in bright sunshine is the Water Rail. Always hidden; the books use the word crepuscular, and always in the half light of a secluded pool or corner. This one we photographed in Scotland recently. Although he was initially quite wary he succumbed and came out to feed in the open eventually.