Virginia rail (Rellus limicola)
I am feeling very lucky this week because not only have I gotten to see and photograph a Virginia rail, I have also...
Immature Virginia rail
seen and photographed three dark brown (or black) downy chicks! Virginia rails are normally very secretive and hide amongst the stems of dense vegetation. This one was quietly searching the edges of a marsh when I first spotted her. I couldn't believe she actually walked into the range of my camera lens.
I also saw a turtle try to reach for one of her young'uns. She was furious! She yelled at the turtle for a good three of four minutes.
Adult and immature
Apparently the female builds several "dummy nests" to confuse predators. She lays her eggs in just one of the nests. That's a clever survival technique!
I am joining Stewart M's Wild Bird Wednesday HERE