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Old Sep 16, 2008, 10:09 AM   #1
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I'd never seen one of these until the other day. They stay hidden apparently most of the time, and are rarely in the open. This one popped out of the reeds and poked around for a few minutes before jumping back into the reeds and disappearing. Never did get a fully clear shot, but then again, they're rarely ever seen around here.One thing's for sure - they like the mud...cheers...Don










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Old Sep 16, 2008, 12:13 PM   #2
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Nice catch - you are near the northern limit of their range, but with the warming climate, things are moving North. Rails are always secretive, easier heard than seen.
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 12:16 PM   #3
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Congrats on a new bird Don! Sure looks like it likes those reeds. Cheers, Dan
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Old Sep 16, 2008, 2:07 PM   #4
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Great job - first in sighting one and then in getting good shots of it. Virginia Rail is one bird I haven't been able to check off my list yet.



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cool catch don. very tough birds to get a shot of.

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I have a couple of them around here but can't get them to come out of the reeds for any kind of shot so far. Good job!

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Thanks guys. Yes, they're very elusive, and this is the first sighting for me in over 4 years since I started chasing the boids. Probably won't see another for a long time...cheers...Don
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