Posts Tagged ‘Water Rail

02
Oct
19

Peace and Quiet

I was sat alone in a hide on the coast here last week. To be honest I was just enjoying the peace and quiet and having a bit of a reflective moment. When I was jarred into life by the appearance of this little chap almost in my face. He popped out of the reeds right in front of me. He heard the camera shutter go off and ran back in as suddenly as he came out. Seeing Water Rails in good light is always a treat so when he came out again I just put the camera down and enjoyed him for a while.

08
Nov
18

Stealing the Show

We were waiting for the Stejneger’s Stonechat to come a little closer last week when this little chap decided to make an appearance. Not normally prone to dancing across sunlit meadows this Water Rail had obviously not read the books!

19
Mar
17

Rallying Rail

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.

08
Feb
16

In the open

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!

Water Rail

11
Apr
15

Third time lucky

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.

Water Rail

06
Mar
15

Crepuscular

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.

Water Rail




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