after many months of searching, several sightings and much frustation, we finally have pics of the elusive water rail.
Water rail have been seen for at least the last 3 winters,
by almost everybody but me, it seemed.
I only saw him for the first time late last year.
Today, there were many encounters, here are the results.
The best ones are those that got away -and I did miss some great chances. All due to the secretive nature of this bird.
If you ever see one, you may notice the rail barely out of cover for more than a few seconds, then it's gone again,
-perhaps best illustrated by the last picture in the series.
I also have a suspicion that two rail are present on site,
that make take quite a while to confirm.
Saturday, 7 February 2009