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PIC OF THE WEEK: 06/27/11 • PREVIOUS WEEKNEXT WEEKALL 2011 PICS

Bird Pic Of The Week

Clapper Rail

(Rallus longirostris)

Where: Slaughter Beach, DE • Mispillion Nature Reserve

Notes: I have often heard that rails do not like to get their feet wet. This encounter may support that saying. Rails live and lurk their entire lives within the coastal salt-marsh savannahs. They rarely ever fly. The loud tik-tik-tik call of the "mud hen" is most often heard there, but usually not seen. Even if you are lucky enough to see one of these elusive marsh birds, they usually dart from one patch of grass to another and are quickly out of sight. Photographing anything in a grassy environment is tricky as well, because of grass blades often obstruct a clear shot. Rails in general are most active in the early mornings and late evenings; though at low tide, they will wonder a short distance out onto the exposed mud flats to forage for crustaceans, aquatic insects, and small fish. In this particular location there were rafts of dead marsh grass that had been left in piles along the edge of the road from an especially high spring tide. As we drove down the road the the Dupont Nature Center at high tide, a couple of times we found a "Clapper" out in the open, wondering around on top of those long piles of debris. They seemed to have no concern of our presence as we watched nearby from the road.

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Equipment: Canon EOS 40D • Canon 100-400mm Zoom L Series Lens • Shot from vehicle

Exposure: Shutter Speed = 1/400 second • Aperture = f-5.6 • Exposure Mode = Aperture Priority • Focus Mode: One Shot • Lens (Focal) Length = 400 mm • ISO = 400 • Aprox. Camera Distance = ~25 Feet • Date Shot: 05-21-11

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