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p.1 #1 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Thanks for looking. C/C appreciated.

Luck prevailed when these two secretive King Rails sauntered by close to the grass's edge.




Pausing but still close to cover.




A wing s-t-r-e-t-c-h.




No lice, ticks or mites present.




Best,
Tom

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May 14, 2013 at 01:59 AM
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p.1 #2 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Huge congrats on this exciting find Tom, I don't remember ever seeing these on the forum.
I love the grassy habitat... 2 and 3 are excellent poses, very well done.

Kirk



May 14, 2013 at 02:06 AM
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p.1 #3 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Great work Tom, what a find.

Rob



May 14, 2013 at 02:10 AM
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p.1 #4 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Super work Tom. I've never even heard of them before

Morris



May 14, 2013 at 02:19 AM
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p.1 #5 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Beautiful set Tom. The last 2 are spectacular. I like that environment and background. Great detail.

- Tam



May 14, 2013 at 02:21 AM
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p.1 #6 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Good find Thomas. Well done and a nice looking set.


May 14, 2013 at 03:05 AM
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p.1 #7 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Nice range of shots. What was the ambient light like? It appears to have a lot of noise.


May 14, 2013 at 03:11 AM
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p.1 #8 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Hi Tom, I have yet to see a Rail but maybe I will get lucky this year!

Looks like very low light shots here and some significant crops perhaps?

These are carrying a lot of 'green' in color cast. I do not for sure know the coloring of this bird but here is a rendition of color correction/altering and I may be way off?

Nice poses and neat find buddy

Karl

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May 14, 2013 at 04:14 AM
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p.1 #9 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


KirkB wrote:
Huge congrats on this exciting find Tom, I don't remember ever seeing these on the forum.
I love the grassy habitat... 2 and 3 are excellent poses, very well done.

Kirk


Hiya' Kirk,

Thanks a lot for your nice comments. It's nice to get lucky every now and then.



May 14, 2013 at 04:18 AM
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p.1 #10 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Rob Tillyer wrote:
Great work Tom, what a find.

Rob



Hi Rob,

Thanks a lot! Additionally, a little black King Rail chick stepped out from the grass not twenty feet away. As soon as I moved my camera he ducked back into the grass never to be seen again. So, I suppose the two King Rails were the parents.



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p.1 #11 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


morris wrote:
Super work Tom. I've never even heard of them before

Morris



Thanks Morris. Most of the Rails we see here are the Clapper Rails but every now and then a King Rail shows up.



May 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #12 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


canon.eos30d wrote:
Beautiful set Tom. The last 2 are spectacular. I like that environment and background. Great detail.

- Tam


Thanks Tam. I really appreciate your nice comments.


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May 14, 2013 at 04:21 AM
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p.1 #13 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


KCollett wrote:
Good find Thomas. Well done and a nice looking set.



Thanks !!!!



May 14, 2013 at 04:26 AM
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troylim wrote:
Nice range of shots. What was the ambient light like? It appears to have a lot of noise.


Thanks for your nice comments.

Unfortunately the conditions were wretched. It was an overcast day and the fog moved in. The fog had just about lifted and the sky was still overcast.



May 14, 2013 at 04:30 AM
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Karl Witt wrote:
Hi Tom, I have yet to see a Rail but maybe I will get lucky this year!

Looks like very low light shots here and some significant crops perhaps?

These are carrying a lot of 'green' in color cast. I do not for sure know the coloring of this bird but here is a rendition of color correction/altering and I may be way off?

Nice poses and neat find buddy

Karl


Hiya' Karl,

I wish you the best on finding your Rail and hope you get lucky this year.

I waited for what seemed an eternity for the chick to come out. The parents and chick both disappeared into the grass and were never seen again although I could hear them calling on occasions.

Thanks for your rendition and it is close. The grass could be a bit greener but your Rail colors look good.

Thanks for your nice comments my friend.

Best,
Tom



May 14, 2013 at 04:35 AM
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p.1 #16 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Oh Tom, big congratulations on your find. Excellent captures!

Khai



May 14, 2013 at 04:59 AM
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p.1 #17 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Tom,

Sweet series here. These birds look more like Clapper Rails to me, BUT I'm not very experienced in differentiating Kings from Clappers because it's not something I ever have to do here in Indiana. Your birds look like a spot on match for the Atlantic race of the Clapper Rail illustrated in the Big Sibley on pg. 152. Notably, the coloration is brownish/grayish overall without much hint of orange, which the King Rails show in my experience. Additionally, there appears to be more white in the tail, which appears to be more consistent with Clapper when comparing it to Sibley. While I feel very comfortable with the majority of eastern US birds, the Clapper vs. King Rail ID is one I have only had to make once, and that was three years ago.

Again, nice set of shots, especially given the conditions!

Ryan



May 14, 2013 at 05:00 AM
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p.1 #18 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Lovely set Tom !! I like them all.

Birdie



May 14, 2013 at 05:12 AM
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p.1 #19 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


nice lookin close-ups Tom


May 14, 2013 at 08:40 AM
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p.1 #20 · King Rails (actually Clapper Rails)


Great set.. I know how hard these guys are to get!


May 14, 2013 at 11:08 AM
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