Clapper Rail

With no rain in weeks the marshy ponds on Boddeker Rd. are shrinking drastically. I stopped by Saturday morning before work and there was a nice variety of bird life gathered. Black Skimmers, Great Blues, Ibis, Cormorants, Willets, Spoonbills, Great and Snowy Egrets, Reddish Egret, Sanderling.

This Clapper youngster came scampering out of the reeds and wandered so close to where I was standing I couldn’t get focus with my 400mm prime! Young birds can be so incautious. Clapper Rails are common on Galveston’s east end. I make this one somewhere between juvenile and immature. Definitely older than the chicks I have posted here before.